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BigGayNews for Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Federal Judge Overturns Mississippi Same-Sex Marriage Ban

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has overturned Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage, but he is putting his order on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday.

State attorneys have already said they will ask the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block Reeves’ order.

Mississippi has a 1997 law and a 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment that define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Two lesbian couples and a gay-rights group filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn those. Reeves heard arguments Nov. 13.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Roberta Kaplan says gay Mississippians deserve the dignity of equal treatment.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood filed written arguments asking Reeves to uphold Mississippi’s marriage rules.

Ferguson: It’s Us, Not Them

Most of my friends on Facebook are white, and that’s a problem. Before I came out, some friends and family might not have understood the bigotry and prejudice I faced, but now they post messages of love and support, and many of them changed their profi…

Arkansas’ gay marriage ban overturned by federal judge

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — The state of Arkansas’ ban on gay marriages was struck down today by U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker.

The ruling came in favor of two same-gender couples who challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The ruling was put on hold however, and it is likely that the state will appeal.

The state of Arkansas’ ban on same-gender marriages was struck down today by U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker.

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Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge struck down Arkansas’ gay marriage ban on Tuesday, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, arguing that the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation.

But Baker put her ruling on hold, and the state is expected to appeal it to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis.

The ruling comes as the state Supreme Court weighs a separate case challenging the ban. Justices are weighing whether to uphold Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s decision in May striking down the 2004 amendment and earlier state law as unconstitutional. Piazza’s decision led to 541 same sex couples getting married in the week before the state Supreme Court suspended his ruling.

Justices have not indicated when they will rule in that case. The lawsuit before the state Supreme Court also argues the ban violates Arkansas’ constitution.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office had argued in federal court that same-sex marriage was not a fundamental right guaranteed by the constitution. McDaniel, a Democrat who is leaving office in January due to term limits, has said he personally supports allowing gay couples to marry but will continue defending the ban — approved by voters by a 3-1 margin — in court.

Judges across the country have ruled against bans similar to Arkansas’ since the U.S. Supreme Court struck part of a federal anti-gay marriage law in June 2013, and gay marriage is legal in more than half of the U.S.

The Best Thanksgiving TV Marathons To Be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is on the way, which means a whole lot of chit-chat with the relatives. In case you’re in need of a family activity that lets everyone take a break from small talk, check out one of our favorite TV marathons airing this Thursday, neatly categorized for all your holiday needs:

All In The Family
Shows you probably won’t feel weird watching with your parents.

“The Middle” (ABC Family, 7a.m.-9:30 a.m.)
“Friends” (TBS, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
“Modern Family” (USA, 10 a.m.-midnight)
“Friday Night Lights” (Pivot, 10 a.m. -9 p.m.)
“The Andy Griffith Show” (TV Land, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.)
“The Simpsons” (FXX, 4p.m. – 10p.m., followed by “The Simpsons Movie”)
“The Brady Bunch” (TV Land, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.)

Eyes Glued To The Screen
When the sitcoms get too corny, switch to to these suspenseful options.

“Jurassic Park” (AMC, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday)
“Transporter: The Series” (TNT, 11 a.m.-11:03 p.m.)

Keeping It Real
Fans of reality TV and docu-series have a lot to be thankful for this year.

“Swamp People” (History, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.)
“North America” (10 a.m.-2 p.m., Animal Planet)
“Food Paradise” (Travel Channel, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
“Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery Channel, 12 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday)
“Nature’s Weirdest” (BBC America, 12p.m.-midnight)
“River Monsters: Unhooked” (Animal Planet, 2 p.m.-8 p.m)
“The Millionaire Matchmaker” (Bravo, 3 p.m.-10:30 p.m.)

Quirky LOLs
Programming for families who sport of lot of thick-rimmed glasses.

“Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.)
“Portlandia” (IFC, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)

BONUS: Weekend Highlights
Our favorite picks from Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“Buffy The Vampire Slayer” (Pivot, Friday, 9 a.m-10 p.m.)
“Gilligan’s Island” (TV Land, Friday, 3 p.m.-9 p.m.)
“The Matrix” (AMC, Saturday 11 a.m.-5 a.m. Sunday)
“Veronica Mars” (Pivot, Saturday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.)
“Homeland” (Showtime, Saturday 3 p.m.-midnight)
“Sleepless In Seattle,” (WeTV, Saturday 3:00pm-1 a.m. Sunday
“Walking Dead” (AMC, Sunday 2 p.m.-10 p.m.)
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo, Sunday 3 p.m-11:30pm)

All listings Eastern Time.