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Judge orders Indiana to recognize ailing gay woman's marriage

(Reuters) - Indiana must recognize immediately a terminally ill gay woman's marriage to her partner in Massachusetts, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Richard Young entered a temporary restraining order that requires the state to recognize the August 2013 marriage of Amy Sandler and her ailing spouse, Nikole Quasney, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009.

How to sort through the changes for same-sex tax filers

By Amy Feldman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Married same-sex couples this year will file their U.S. income tax returns just like heterosexual married couples because of the Supreme Court's decision in June to strike down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act. For insight into how gay and lesbian couples should plan this tax season, we turned to Nanette Lee Miller and Janis Cowhey McDonagh, who head accounting firm Marcum's LGBT and nontraditional family practice.

Tennessee must recognize marriages of three same-sex couples: judge

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Tennessee must recognize the legal same-sex marriages of three couples who wed in other states, a federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday in a limited decision that echoed a similar case in neighboring Kentucky. Judge Aleta Trauger granted the couples a preliminary injunction that requires Tennessee to recognize their marriages pending a final decision on the constitutionality of Tennessee's ban on same-sex nuptials.

Tennessee must recognize marriages of three same-sex couples: judge

(Reuters) - Tennessee must recognize the legal same-sex marriages of three couples who wed in other states, a federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday in a limited decision that echoed a similar case in neighboring Kentucky. Judge Aleta Trauger granted the couples a preliminary injunction that requires Tennessee to recognize their marriages pending a final decision on the constitutionality of Tennessee's ban on same-sex nuptials.

Four couples sue to overturn Indiana's ban on gay marriage

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Four gay couples filed a federal lawsuit on Friday in an effort to halt Indiana's gay marriage ban and force the state to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who were wed elsewhere. The suit, filed by the Indiana couples in a New Albany federal court, challenges the state's Defense of Marriage Act, saying the law is unconstitutional by denying same-sex couples the rights, privileges and responsibilities extended to opposite-sex couples.

Michigan stumbles in court defending same-sex marriage ban

By Rachel Jackson DETROIT (Reuters) - The Michigan defense of its same-sex marriage ban got off to a rough start on Monday when its first witness at a federal trial was dismissed for not being qualified, dealing a blow in what may be an uphill battle to keep its law on the books. Last week, two federal judges ruled same-sex marriage restrictions in Texas and Kentucky were unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court victories for gay rights advocates.

As US takes historic step on same-sex rights, Canadian judge watches with pride

WASHINGTON - One Canadian judge was particularly overjoyed as the U.S. Department of Justice, in a historic move Monday, broadened same-sex spousal rights across that country. That's because this Hamilton-born, CFL-loving, Tiger Cats-cheering judge helped write a page of the American history book. Harvey Brownstone presided over the same-sex wedding in Toronto that led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision last year, a ruling that has since spurred changes in various federal departments.

Holder adopts spousal privilege for same-sex couples at U.S. Justice Dept

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder plans widespread changes within the U.S. Justice Department to benefit same-sex married couples, such as recognizing a legal right for them not to testify against each other in civil and criminal cases, according to excerpts of a speech on Saturday.

Attorney General Eric Holder says same-sex marriage ruling is being applied to Justice Dept

WASHINGTON - In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages.

Obama administration recognizes Utah same-sex marriages

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said Friday it will recognize same-sex marriages in Utah - even though the state will not do so - and will provide federal benefits to about 1,400 gay couples who wed there before the Supreme Court halted the nuptials this week.
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