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Arkansas Supreme Court suspends same-sex marriage ruling

Arkansas’ highest court has suspended a judge’s ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, halting the distribution of licenses that have been issued to hundreds of gay couples.


Oregon same-sex marriage ruling to come Monday

A federal judge says he’ll issue a decision next week on a constitutional challenge to Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban.


UPDATED: Thu., May 15, 2014

Idaho gay marriage ruling stayed by appeals court

Idaho residents planning to gather at courthouses across the state to celebrate same-sex marriages saw their plans put on hold Thursday by a federal appeals court.


UPDATED: Thu., May 15, 2014

Judge strikes all Arkansas bans on gay marriage

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has struck down all state laws preventing gay couples from marrying, expanding on his order finding such bans unconstitutional.


Ministers diverge in opinion on lifting of Idaho’s gay marriage ban

Thousands of couples have tied the knot at the Hitching Post, an institution in Coeur d’Alene right up there with the famous Hudson’s Hamburgers. But the popular wedding chapel across …


Idaho leaders rush to stop same-sex marriages

A federal judge’s decision to allow same-sex marriages in Idaho starting Friday has attorneys for the state scrambling to appeal and gay rights advocates planning their next steps.


Judge strikes Idaho’s ban on gay marriage

BOISE – Same-sex couples in Idaho can marry starting Friday morning, after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban late Tuesday afternoon. “This is a historic day …


UPDATED: Tue., May 13, 2014

Judge throws out Idaho gay marriage ban

Unless a higher court intervenes, same-sex couples in Idaho can legally marry starting Friday morning, after a federal judge overturned the state’s same-sex marriage ban late Tuesday afternoon.


Idaho defends same-sex marriage ban in federal court

BOISE – Lawyers for the state of Idaho urged a federal judge on Monday to uphold Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriages, saying it benefits children. “Idaho has sufficiently good reasons …


Same-sex marriage being left to states

SALT LAKE CITY – Advocates on both sides of the gay marriage debate predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned part of a federal ban on …


Spin Control: One year later, marriage is still an institution

As of Friday, same-sex marriage has been legal in Washington for a year. So the obvious question is: How much worse off is your marriage now that men can marry …


Idaho same-sex couples sue state over marriage ban

BOISE – Four same-sex couples from Boise filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging Idaho’s ban on gay marriage and its laws that deny recognition of same-sex marriages from other states. …


Four couples challenge Idaho’s ban on gay marriage

Four same-sex couples from Boise filed a federal lawsuit today challenging Idaho’s ban on gay marriage and its laws that refuse to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.


Gay military couples struggle to get ‘marriage leave’

WASHINGTON – Gays and lesbians in the military are running into widespread obstacles as they seek to take advantage of a new Obama administration policy designed to make it easier …


Christie plans appeal of NJ gay marriage ruling

A spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie says he will appeal a state court ruling calling for gay marriage to be legalized.


Gay marriage in Spokane: The trip to wedded bliss

After 18 years, two states and one Supreme Court decision, Kat Pinette and Hosanna Lahaie-Lee said their “I do’s.” Pinette and Lahaie-Lee held hands on Aug. 22 before a small …


Discrimination trial of Richland florist advances

RICHLAND, Wash. — The trial of a Richland florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding is still on track.


Britain legalizes gay marriage

LONDON — Britain has legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow told lawmakers that the royal assent had …


Gay pride parade celebrates same-sex marriage approval

A month before their scheduled nuptials, Kath’ren Bay and Alexis Higdon stood side by side in a flatbed truck rolling down Main Street, clutching signs thanking the state of Washington …


Gay couple at center of discrimination suit

SEATTLE – In a part of the state where attitudes toward gay and lesbian people are seldom favorable, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed have lived open but quiet lives with …


Magazine ranks Spokane third-gayest city

The nation’s largest gay rights magazine has ranked Spokane as the third-gayest city in the nation. Two other Washington cities made the top five, including Seattle at No. 5 and …


Hundreds take wedding vows

SEATTLE – Scores of same-sex couples crowded Seattle City Hall for a day of wedding ceremonies on Sunday, the first day they could marry after the state’s voter-approved gay marriage …


Valley residents hold one of state’s first same-sex weddings

When Chase Lawrence was in the fourth grade, his teacher asked his class to envision their future. Lawrence answered that he would be living in England and married to a …


Spokane County same-sex couples receive marriage licenses

After waiting years—some upwards of 35 or more—the last few hours and minutes of anxious anticipation were joyful.


Gay couples line up for marriage licenses

SEATTLE — Two by two, dozens of same-sex couples obtained their marriage licenses in Washington state early this morning, just hours after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing …


Law puts churches on varied paths about same-sex weddings

For some pastors, Washington’s new law allowing same-sex marriage only adds a piece of paperwork to the blessings they already give to gay couples making a lifelong commitment. For others, …


Plenty of Spokane’s faithful supporting Referendum 74

As the campaign for Referendum 74 rolls along, you might fall under the impression that people of faith – all of them – are opposed to gay marriage. That this …


Proposition 8 battle gets its day on stage

The play is called “8,” after California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California. It’s about the court battle to overturn Proposition 8, and you might even say it …


Gay marriage ban backers seek Supreme Court review

SAN FRANCISCO — Backers of California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a federal appeals court that struck down the measure as unconstitutional.


Gay marriage supporters raise $952K in June

OLYMPIA — Supporters of gay marriage in Washington state said today that they raised more than $952,000 last month for the campaign to uphold the state’s new law, which is …