September 13, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday ordered Arizona to issue a death certificate listing the deceased man as married and his same-sex partner as his surviving spouse. District Judge John Sedwick cited rulings in the past year overturning state bans on same-sex ...[read more]
July 8, 2014
by Ann Schober
California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill that will change the language in California's marriage code to accommodate same-sex couples. The bill, introduced by California Senator Mark Leno, proposes that all state-statutory references to opposite-gender couples, such as " ...[read more]
February 11, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Idaho Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that a woman in a same-sex marriage may adopt her partner's birth children. The couple was legally married in California in 2013 and Jane Doe I is the legal mother of two boys, aged 12 and 15. On appeal from a magistrate ruling which denied the ...[read more]
January 7, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Four same-sex couples filed a class action lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Monday, seeking to overturn the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and state Attorney General Tom Horne are named as defendants in the lawsuit. Two ...[read more]
September 28, 2013
by Fangxing Li
JURIST Guest Columnist Ginger Grimes, University of California, Irvine School of Law Class of 2015, discusses the recent announcement by the Department of Justice regarding veteran same-sex couples benefits and advocates that the place of celebration rule should be adopted...Last month, a federal ...[read more]
August 30, 2013
by Lauren Laing
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California held Thursday that Title 38's exclusion of same-sex spouses regarding veteran's benefits is unconstitutional. Tracey Cooper-Harris, a 12-year Army veteran, sued the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after it denied her ...[read more]
August 15, 2013
by Blake Lynch
The Supreme Court of California on Wednesday ended legal challenges over Proposition 8 California's now-defunct same-sex marriage ban. Supporters such as Protect Marriage had argued that a sole judge lacked the authority to overturn a state constitutional amendment, that applicable injunctions ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Alexandra Cabonor
JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth B. Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center discuss the impact of Supreme Court's Decision in Hollingsworth v. PerryThe very first sentence of Chief Justice Roberts' opinion for the Supreme Court in the challenge to California's Proposition 8, ...[read more]
July 24, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The California Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the San Diego County clerk's request to halt same-sex marriages in the state, following the US Supreme Court June ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry. The decision was issued without comment in a single sentence, stating, "The request for an immediate ...[read more]
July 22, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The San Diego County Clerk filed a petition with the Supreme Court of California on Friday seeking to require county clerks to enforce Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban. County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. argues that last month's US Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8 applies ...[read more]

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