U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that the federal government will recognize the 300 same-sex marriages performed in Michigan following the recent ruling that struck down the state ban on gay marriage. The announcement comes shortly after state Gov. Rick Snyder said the same-sex nuptials would not be recognized at a state level.
Holder said in a statement posted on the Department of Justice website that he will be recognizing the marriages performed last weekend in the state, adding that these married same-sex couples will be eligible for federal benefits.
The move follows a similar decision made in January, when the Obama administration said it would recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah from Dec. 20 to Jan. 6, before a stay was granted in a court ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. more >>
Same-sex marriage becomes legal in England and Wales on Saturday and while the Church of England has accepted that new reality, it still maintains guidelines for its clergy against marrying gay and lesbian couples.
"I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it's the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being," Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told The Guardian on Thursday.
Queen Elizabeth II officially approved the gay marriage law in July 2013, after the bill passed the parliament. The Anglican Communion had spoken out against the bill, arguing that changing the definition of marriage will not be good for society. more >>
Kate Hudson and fiancé Matt Bellamy are fighting to save their relationship with intense counseling sessions, according to reports this week.
The couple, who share son Bingham together, have been engaged since 2009. However, Hudson has been spotted at several events without her engagement ring on lately, and the couple are rarely seen together. Nevertheless, an insider revealed that the actress and Bellamy are undergoing regular therapy sessions together to get through the rough patch.
Kaley Cuoco is honoring her recent marriage to Ryan Sweeting with a tattoo that denotes their wedding day, Dec. 31, 2013.
"The Big Bang Theory" star debuted the brand new ink on her upper back between her shoulder blades while playing tennis at a charity event in Calabasas, Calif. over the weekend. According to photos, the tattoo features three rows of large Roman numerals reading 12-31-13, the date of her wedding day, according to Us Weekly.
Cuoco's public gesture to her wedding comes as no surprise since the actress flooded social media sites with photos and tweets from the New Year's Eve nuptials. In fact, Cuoco has posted so many photos that she was forced to defend herself against Twitter trolls who complained about the amount. more >>
Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy silenced rumors of a breakup when they were spotted out looking happy together over the weekend.
The couple have been engaged since 2011 and share a son, Bingham, together, but reports arose last month suggesting that a break up was near. Despite the speculation, Hudson and Bellamy appeared in high spirits while dressed casually in Los Angeles on Friday, according to People.com.
According to previous reports, Hudson and Bellamy cannot agree on living together in Australia. During Christmastime, Hudson missed her mother Goldie Hawn's annual Christmas getaway in Aspen in order to spend time with Aussie native Bellamy. Since returning to the U.S., the actress has not been spotted with Muse rocker at all. Furthering rumors that Hudson's relationship with Bellamy was "on the rocks," the actress attended several events without wearing her engagement in recent months. more >>
A federal judge in Kentucky granted on Wednesday an extended stay on his February ruling that lifted part of the state's ban on gay marriage, forcing it to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II granted lawyers defending the state's same-sex marriage ban an extended stay, agreeing that immediately allowing the recognition of out-of-state marriages in Kentucky pending an appeal could result in "chaos." Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and lawyers from an Ashland-based firm are currently appealing Heyburn's February ruling in the U.S. 6th Circuit of Appeals in Cincinnati.
Heyburn said he granted the stay because he thinks it is "best that these momentous changes occur with full review, rather than risk premature implementation or confusing changes. That does not serve anyone well." Heyburn added that Beshear's lawyers haven't necessarily shown they are likely to win the appeal. more >>