Category Archives: Civil Unions / Gay Marriage

Many Family Types, One Goal: Children’s Best Interest in Custody Agreements

Although Ryan Jurica’s initial divorce filing is loaded with inflammatory allegations, My Fair Wedding host, David Tutera, and his partner, Ryan Jurica, have entered a temporary custody agreement that places the parties’ fraternal twins 3,000 miles apart on separate sides of the US. The LA Times reported on September 13, 2013, that the judge entered […]

IRS Recognizes Same Sex Marriage for Federal Income Tax Purposes

As of September 16, 2013, through Revenue Ruling 2013-17, the Internal Revenue Service will recognize the marital status of legally married persons, including persons married to others of the same sex, for the purposes of filing federal income tax returns. The full text of Rev. Rul. 2013-17 can be found here. Currently, thirteen states recognize […]

Lesbian Couple Seeks Spousal Immunity in Kentucky Murder Trial

Geneva Case and Bobbie Jo Clary, a lesbian couple in Kentucky, are seeking to invoke spousal immunity to shield Case from testifying against Clary in Clary’s criminal murder trial.  Clary has been charged with beating a man to death and then stealing his van. Case and Clary were joined in a civil union in Vermont […]

The Nation’s Highest Court Speaks on the Issue of Marriage Equality

Article written by Michele M. Jochner and Shannon R. Burke Waiting until the final day of its 2012-2013 Term, the United States Supreme Court issued two long-awaited decisions regarding same-sex marriage.  Both cases, decided by close 5-4 margins, were viewed as victories for the proponents of marriage equality. In United States v. Windsor, the Court […]

The U. S. Supreme Court Hears Marriage Equality Cases

Article written by Michele M. Jochner and Shannon R. Burke Recently, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two consecutive days in two cases which have generated national headlines and filled the broadcast airways with the topic of marriage equality.  The Court’s decision in these two cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States […]

U.S. Supreme Court Will Address Gay Marriage

As a follow up to my last blog post, on Friday December 7, 2012, the United States Supreme Court announced that it would hear, not one, but two gay marriage cases.  The first is Windsor v. United States 699 F.3d 169 (2012), which comes out of an October 2012 ruling from the Second Circuit Court […]

Supreme Court Still Quiet on Gay Marriage

There are presently 10 pending appeals potentially before the Supreme Court addressing the issue of same sex marriage.  8 of the 10 appeals directly challenge the controversial Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on equal protection grounds.  DOMA has already been declared unconstitutional by the 1st and 2nd Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as by […]

Yet Another Court Declares DOMA Unconstitutional

On May 31, 2012, a federal appeals court in Boston (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit) unanimously ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) was unconstitutional, thereby paving the way for this controversial issue to be decided by the United States Supreme Court.  Less than one week later, on June 6, 2012, […]

Loving v. Virginia: Thoughts on Gay Marriage

In June 1958, Mildred Jeter, a black woman, married Richard Loving, a white man.  Although the newlyweds were residents of Virginia, they married in the District of Columbia because Virginia had a criminal statute that prohibited interracial marriages between a white person and a person of color in addition to a statutory provision that rendered […]

Far Reaching Effects of New York’s Legalization of Gay Marriage

The New York State legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo legalized same-sex marriage for the state of New York on June 24, 2011. A same-sex marriage bill known as the Marriage Equality Act passed the State Senate by a vote of 33-29 on June 24, 2011.  Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure that night, allowing the […]