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Post-DOMA deluge: More lawsuits demand marriage rights

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It hasn’t even been two months since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, but “the lay of the land is getting a bit complicated,” according to James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s National LGBT and AIDS Project.

Esseks was one of the attorneys involved in pressing the case of Edith Windsor, which led to a historic June 26 decision striking down the core provision of DOMA.

Assessing the deluge of litigation since then, “it’s hard to keep count,” Esseks said.

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Town hall on July 2 to discuss what SCOTUS rulings mean to Georgia

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UPDATE on July 1: The Rush Center is completely booked for this town hall, but people can still register to attend online by clicking here.

There's a time to celebrate. And now it's time to get back to work.

Georgia Equality and Lambda Legal team up on July 2 for a town hall meeting to discuss what the recent Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop. 8 means for Georgians.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center, 1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307.

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[Video] Atlanta LGBTQ activists ask for our hand to ‘Marry the Movement’

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I'm in love. And I hope we all say, 'I do.' And how could you not to such a dapper looking group of people asking for our help to continue to fight for equality for all people.

Southerners on New Ground, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is honoring the Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage by urging LGBTQ people and allies to "Marry the Movement."

Check out this great video released the day after the historic SCOTUS rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 that features Atlanta-based LGBTQ leaders including Pat Hussain, Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Ashe W. Helm-Hernandez, Step Guillod and Holiday Simmons.

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Top 10 signs from Atlanta’s ‘Day of Decision’ rally

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On Wednesday, June 26, several hundred gay marriage supporters gathered at the corner of 10th and Piedmont streets in Midtown Atlanta to celebrate the two U.S. Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and California's Prop 8. And many of them came with signs.

Some of the signs seen at the rally were in the classic protest-style, but others, like many of the ones below, were tongue-in-cheek with a Southern flair you'd only find in Atlanta.

Here are our favorites, snapped by GA Voice staff members Laura Douglas-Brown, Dyana Bagby and Ryan Watkins. Enjoy!

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ANALYSIS: Marriage equality wins at Supreme Court, but no immediate change in Ga.

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The Supreme Court handed down a pair of victories for marriage equality today, striking down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional and issuing a ruling in a challenge to California's Proposition 8 that should allow gay marriage to resume in that state.

The rulings do not give same-sex couples the right to marry in Georgia, but LGBT rights supporters here will join allies around the nation in hosting rallies tonight. The Atlanta rally is set for 5 p.m. at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue.

“While we had hoped for a more expansive ruling that would immediately affect the legal status of couples here in Georgia, this is an important step towards the full legal recognition of our relationship.” said Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, the state's largest LGBT political group.

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Supreme Court: Prop 8 supporters had no standing to defend Calif. gay marriage ban

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In a second 5-4 decision on gay marriage today, the Supreme Court held that supporters of California's Proposition 8, the ballot measure that ended gay marriage in the state, did not have standing to defend the law in court. In a victory for gay Californians, the court remanded the case back to the district court, which had previously thrown out Prop 8.

"We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to. We decline to do so for the first time here," reads the majority opinion.

The decision should mean that same-sex couples will be able to resume marrying in California.

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Local groups plan ‘Georgia Day of Decision’ rallies

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Atlanta LGBT organizations will host a rally at the corner 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue the day of the U.S. Supreme Court issues its rulings on two gay marriage cases.

Justices heard arguments in the cases in March. Rulings will be issued before the court ends its term this month. The next time the court is scheduled to release decisions is Monday at 10 a.m.

Though the date for the gay marriage rulings is not yet known, organizers of the rally are already making arrangements.

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Historic gay marriage decisions expected by end of June

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The U.S. Supreme Court will issue decisions this month that could change the fight for marriage equality for a generation or more.

The last scheduled session for the current Supreme Court term is June 24. At press time June 4, gay marriage supporters and opponents alike were anxiously watching the court for decisions that could impact marriage rights for same-sex couples in California and around the country.

Meanwhile, activists around the country are planning “Day of Decision” demonstrations, including a gathering scheduled for the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta.

“Regardless of what those decisions entail, this will be a historic date for the LGBT community and will have a great impact on the ongoing struggle for equality in Georgia and around the country,” reads an open letter to the LGBT community signed by leaders of eight local LGBT and LGBT-supportive organizations.