Marriage Equality

Since 2000, 16 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, Uruguay) have legalized same-sex marriage, as have parts of Mexico. In the United Kingdom, the law legalizing same-sex marriage in England and Wales takes effect March 29, 2014.

In the United States, same-sex marriage is legal in 17 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois*, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington), and in the District of Columbia. (*Illinois same-sex marriage law takes effect on June 1, 2014. Same-sex marriage was legal in Utah for 17 days following federal court ruling striking down that state’s gay marriage ban. Marriage equality in Utah is on hold pending appeal.)

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Oregon

Ore. same-sex marriage ban gets day in court, but no one’s there to defend it

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon are urging a federal judge to strike down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights group seeks to expand Ohio same-sex marriage challenge

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A gay rights group wants to intervene in a court case that's being appealed, hoping to persuade a federal court to overturn Ohio's same-sex marriage ban and allow same-sex couples to wed in the state. [ Read more → ]
Arizona

Couples challenging Ariz. same-sex marriage ban ask court for pretrial ruling

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PHOENIX — Gay and lesbian couples challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal court for a pretrial ruling in their favor. [ Read more → ]
Reince Priebus is Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Republican activists push party to drop opposition to same-sex marriage

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
As bans against same-sex marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by de-emphasizing social issues. [ Read more → ]
Oregon

Federal judge to hear Oregon same-sex marriage challenge

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge in Oregon is ready to hear arguments about the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but no one will be in court to defend the measure. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane

Judge denies NOM’s request to postpone hearing in Ore. gay marriage challenge

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge in Oregon said Tuesday he would not postpone a long-scheduled hearing challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban to accommodate an eleventh hour request by the National Organization for Marriage to intervene in the suit and defend the ban. [ Read more → ]
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Book ignites media slugfest over history of marriage equality movement

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
To say there’s been a flurry of discussion around the release of a new book Tuesday on the legal case that challenged California’s Proposition 8 would be an understatement. The book, “Forcing the Spring,” by The New York Times writer Jo Becker, has been thoroughly pilloried by many plugged-in LGBT activists and journalists this week, both publicly and privately. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.)

Pa. governor asks judge to forgo trial, rule in same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Corbett is now asking a federal judge to decide a constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania's law banning same-sex marriage without a trial. [ Read more → ]
NOM chairman John Eastman

NOM seeks to defend Ore. gay marriage ban, questions gay judge’s impartiality

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- The National Organization for Marriage said Monday it plans to file a motion to intervene and defend Oregon's gay marriage ban from challenges in federal court. [ Read more → ]
Ohio

Ballot initiative to overturn Ohio gay marriage ban moves forward

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Supporters of the latest version of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at overturning Ohio's gay marriage ban can now gather signatures to get the measure on the ballot. [ Read more → ]
Steve Helber,  APSpencer Geiger, left, of Virginia Beach, and Carl Johanson, of Norfolk, hold signs as they demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Report: Marriage equality will add $60 million to Va. economy over 3 years

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. — As a federal appeals considers a ruling that overturned Virgina’s ban on same-sex marriage, a new report finds that marriage equality would add $60 million to the state’s economy. [ Read more → ]
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Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s gay marriage ban

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Lambda Legal announced Tuesday it has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of a widow and three same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Ben Sasse

U.S. Senate hopeful: ‘Marriage is defined by God and it predates government’

Monday, April 21, 2014
Ben Sasse, the GOP US Senate candidate from Nebraska who has garnered endorsements from Tea Party-aligned groups including the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, appeared on Friday’s edition of The Janet Mefferd Show to reiterate his commitment to the social conservatives cause. [ Read more → ]
Anthony Sullivan

Gay widower renews petition for green card on 39th wedding anniversary

Monday, April 21, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- A 72-year-old Australian man widowed by his American husband of more than three decades is renewing his pitch for a green card since the Obama administration eased policies on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Poll: For the first time, more Texans support marriage equality than oppose it

Monday, April 21, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas -- For the first time in any poll, more Texans support legalizing same-sex marriage than oppose it. [ Read more → ]
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Quicker ruling sought in challenge to Pa. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, April 21, 2014
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gay couples and others challenging Pennsylvania's 1996 law banning same-sex marriage asked a federal judge Monday to bypass a trial in favor of a quicker ruling in the case. [ Read more → ]
Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney

Judge: Indiana lacks valid reason for same-sex marriage ban

Monday, April 21, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge has said that attorneys defending Indiana's same-sex marriage ban haven't given a valid reason why the state should not recognize the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom has a terminal illness. [ Read more → ]
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Federal court to hear challenge to Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban

Sunday, April 20, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- The future of Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage goes before a federal judge this week, and while critics will argue that it unconstitutionally discriminates against gays and lesbians, there appears to be little support for it to be upheld. [ Read more → ]
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Report: Marriage equality will add $47 million, new jobs to Oregon’s economy

Sunday, April 20, 2014
As a federal court prepares to hear arguments in a challenge to Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, a new report finds that marriage equality would add $47 million to the state’s economy and generate over 450 new jobs over three years. [ Read more → ]
DreamWorks Pictures

Living single in the age of marriage equality

Sunday, April 20, 2014
What good is being gay when you have no one to love? What good is same-sex marriage when you’re single? During the periods when I was single, I watched a lot of films, at home, alone. The selection process had to be very cautious. Romance was out. Drama too, as my emotions were too raw after breakups. Suspense and mystery were iffy; I’m more easily spooked when I don’t have someone to protect. Sci-fi creeped me out. Comedy was about the only choice left... [ Read more → ]
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Franklin Graham: Putin’s doing what’s right for Russia, gays can go to heaven if they repent

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Despite major changes in public opinion in recent years, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of iconic American preacher Billy Graham, reiterates his strong opposition to same-sex marriage and gay adoption in an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” [ Read more → ]
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Oregon revises marriage licenses to accommodate for same-sex couples

Friday, April 18, 2014
In light of the Oregon attorney general’s decision to not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Oregon is now revising its marriage licenses to include forms for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

AUDIO: Tenth Circuit appeals panel hears arguments on Okla. gay marriage ban

Thursday, April 17, 2014
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold a ruling by a federal judge that threw out Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. Following is the audio recording of today's hearing > [ Read more → ]
Illinois

Cook County, Ill., approaches 1,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, April 17, 2014
CHICAGO -- Cook County, Ill., has issued almost 1,000 marriage licenses since it was allowed to do so by a court ruling. [ Read more → ]
Arkansas

Judge hears challenge to Arkansas same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, April 17, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage took their case before a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge Thursday, who said at the end of the hearing he expects to issue a ruling in about two weeks. [ Read more → ]
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