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Marriage News from around the country

By | 2004-08-19T09:00:00-04:00 August 19th, 2004|Uncategorized|

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe

California: The California Supreme Court ruled Aug. 12 that the City of San Francisco lacked the authority to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and invalidated the licenses of the over 4,000 couples married earlier this year in San Francisco. The court was ruling soley on the issue of whether or not the San Francisco mayor had the legal authority to issue the licenses.

Florida: A Panhandle county clerk, backed by a religious rights organization, filed seven lawsuits across Florida Aug. 5 asking the courts to uphold the constitutionality of state laws limiting a marriage to a man and woman. Joining the Holmes County Clerk and the Orlando-based Liberty Counsel were more than a dozen notary publics, wedding chapels and churches.

Louisiana: A judge on Aug. 16 refused to block a Sept. 18 statewide vote on a proposed constitutional ban on marriages for same-sex couples. Amendment opponents said they would appeal. Time is critical because the secretary of state is facing a deadline this week to get ballots to the printer.
On Aug. 13, another judge filed a temporary order blocking the vote because Sept. 18 is not a statewide election date, as the Constitution requires. However, he suspended his order so the state can appeal directly to the State Supreme Court. That judge scheduled a trial on whether to make his order permanent.

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