Court cases involving gay marriages
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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission , U. The case dealt with Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery in Lakewood , Colorado , which refused to provide a wedding cake to a gay couple based on the owner's religious beliefs. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission, evaluating the case under the state's anti-discrimination law , the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, found that the bakery had discriminated against the couple and issued specific orders for the bakery. Following appeals within the state that affirmed the Commission's decision, the bakery took the case to the U. Supreme Court.
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Supreme Court tosses ruling against bakers who refused cake for gay couple
Supreme Court to decide two landmark gay marriage cases
In the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, the U. Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making gay marriage legal throughout America. The ruling was a culmination of decades of struggles, setbacks and victories along the road to full marriage equality in the United States. In , just one year after the historic Stonewall Riots that galvanized the gay rights movement, law student Richard Baker and librarian James McConnell applied for a marriage license in Minnesota.
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Florida's ban on gay marriage is now in the hands of the state's highest court after an appeals court asked that the justices resolve the controversial prohibition. The request Wednesday from the 2nd District Court of Appeal for the first time puts the Florida Supreme Court in the position of deciding whether to take up the issue after five recent state and federal court decisions found that the voter-approved prohibition against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The appeals court made the request in a ruling in a case involving the divorce of Mariama Monique Changamire Shaw and Keiba Lynn Shaw, a lesbian couple married in Massachusetts in
Instead they took no action on either a case concerning the california ballot initiative Proposition 8 that brought a stop to gay marriages in that state or the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Court could act on Monday when it is scheduled to release orders, or discuss the cases again in their next scheduled conference on next Friday. At issue in the cases is Proposition 8, the controversial California ballot initiative that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. It passed with 52 percent of the vote. A divided three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in February struck down "Prop 8," ruling that it "serves no purpose , and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California and to officially reclassify their relationship and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.