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Stay blocking Michigan same-sex marriages extended pending appeal

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court panel extended a temporary hold on Tuesday on a federal judge's ruling that struck down a Michigan ban on gay nuptials, blocking the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending an appeal. A federal judge in Detroit struck down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, and county clerks issued more than 300 marriage licenses to gay couples on Saturday before the appeals court temporarily stopped the judge's decision from taking effect.

Michigan gay couples wed after judge strikes down ban

By Rebecca Cook PONTIAC, Michigan (Reuters) - Officials in Michigan issued dozens of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in hastily arranged, joyful ceremonies on Saturday, a day after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on allowing gay couples to wed. At least 50 people had lined up in the Oakland County clerk's office in Pontiac, on the outskirts of the Detroit metropolitan area, when Clerk Lisa Brown arrived to open it at 8 a.m. local time carrying a heart-shaped balloon.

California pension reform measure abandoned after court ruling

By Tim Reid (Reuters) - Backers of a ballot measure to cut California's public pensions, which was seen as a model for other states, abandoned their campaign to win voter support on Friday after a court ruling. Chuck Reed, the Democratic mayor of San Jose, said he was ending his campaign to put the statewide measure on the ballot this November, but he did not rule out trying to re-launch his effort for the November 2016 election.

Potentially costly B.C. court ruling on teachers on hold... for now

VANCOUVER - A potentially costly court ruling that found the British Columbia government violated the rights of its teachers and ordered hundreds of clauses restored to their collective agreement has been put on hold until an appeal is heard. The ruling Wednesday by the B.C. Appeal Court is the latest volley in a decade-long legal battle between the government and its teachers and yet another wrinkle in contract negotiations already steeped in acrimony.

Utah state attorneys argue children at risk from gay marriage

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah attorneys seeking to overturn a federal court decision that struck down a state ban on gay marriage have argued in appeals papers that prohibiting same-sex unions is crucial to safeguarding the best interests of children. The conservative, heavily Mormon state briefly became the 18th U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage when a federal judge ruled in December that a state ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

India top court refuses plea to review gay sex ban

India's top court Tuesday rejected a plea filed by the government and activist groups to review its shock ruling which reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex. A Supreme Court bench dismissed petitions filed by the government and rights groups against a verdict last month that recriminalised gay sex and made it an offence punishable by up to life imprisonment. "We see no reason to interfere with the order impugned. The review petitions are dismissed," Supreme Court Justices H.L. Dattu and S.J. Mukhopadhaya said in their decision.

Gay films at Sundance reveal more equality, fewer stereotypes

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - While politicians and judges in Utah tangle over whether same-sex marriage should be legal, filmmakers at the state's famous Sundance Film Festival found inspiration in the growing equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Sundance film recounts California gay marriage battle

Two gay couples who waged a five-year court battle to restore same-sex marriage in California are back in the spotlight, in a new film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, and lesbian couple Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, finally achieved their goal last June. But "The Case against 8" recounts the long and often dispiriting judicial battle they fought to get there.

Utah clerks advised of risks of denying gay marriage licenses

By Patty Henetz SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - The Utah attorney general's office on Tuesday advised local counties they must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, following a federal court ruling last week that found the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Ryan Bruckner, a spokesman for state Attorney General Sean Reyes, said the instruction was not intended as an official dictate, but to advise county clerks that "if they continue to deny (applicants), they could have problems with being in contempt of court."

Utah clerks advised of risks of denying gay marriage licenses

By Patty Henetz SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - The Utah attorney general's office on Tuesday advised local counties they must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, following a federal court ruling last week that found the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Ryan Bruckner, a spokesman for state Attorney General Sean Reyes, said the instruction was not intended as an official dictate, but to advise county clerks that "if they continue to deny (applicants), they could have problems with being in contempt of court."
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