Eyder Peralta. Sarah Goodfriend left center and Suzanne Bryant share a kiss Thursday as they pose with their daughters, Dawn Goodfriend left and Ting Goodfriend following a news conference in Austin. KXAN-TV reports that this all started when a Travis County judge, who had earlier in the week ruled the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, ordered an Austin clerk to issue a marriage license to Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant. The Austin American Statesman reports that as soon as the order came through, Goodfriend and Bryant rushed to the clerk's office, where they were handed the license. Quickly, and just outside the office, they were lawfully married.
Judge has questions in gay marriage trial in California - Deseret News
Prior to their decision, same-sex marriage was already legal in 37 states and Washington DC, but was banned in the remaining Proponents of legal gay marriage contend that gay marriage bans are discriminatory and unconstitutional, and that same-sex couples should have access to all the benefits enjoyed by different-sex couples. Opponents contend that marriage has traditionally been defined as being between one man and one woman, and that marriage is primarily for procreation. Read more background….
Same-Sex Couple Gets Married In Texas, After Judge Defies Gay-Marriage Ban
Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week. The two cases are the first to reach an appellate court since the U. Supreme Court last year struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Since then, gay rights lawyers have successfully convinced eight federal judges that the ruling means courts must strike down laws against gay marriage because they deprive same-sex couples of a fundamental right. Campbell, however, contended the court must defer to the democratic process if there is a rational reason for the state to choose who can marry and who cannot.
AUSTIN - The judge that allowed Texas' first gay marriage to go forward is the target of a judicial conduct complaint, the latest volley in the state's attempts to call the historic union into question. Requests for comment from Judge Wahlberg's were not immediately returned. A court reporter confirmed he was out of his Austin office this week. On Feb.