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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Opponents of Indiana's proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage rally at the state capitol.

Conservatives angry at Ind. GOP leadership over fall of gay marriage ban

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Religious conservatives who lost a surprising battle over same-sex marriage in Indiana this year are placing some of the blame with the state's Republican legislative leaders. Opponents of amending the Indiana Constitution to add the state's current gay marriage ban won a surprising... [ Read more → ]

Tenn. bill allowing discrimination against gay couples dead this session

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A proposal to protect wedding-related businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to provide services to same-sex couples is dead for the session after being withdrawn from a Senate committee on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

Kansas state Senator declares gay discrimination bill is dead

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- An anti-gay marriage proposal that roiled Kansas politics is dead, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review it said Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Dallas, Texas

Dallas city council committee advances ‘statement of support’ for LGBT residents

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
DALLAS -- A Dallas City Council committee on Tuesday voted in favor of a “comprehensive statement of support” for its LGBT employees and residents in an effort to address inequalities in city employment, healthcare and lobbying efforts. [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APBob, left, and Bill Sullivan take off their wedding rings before entering the marriage license bureau at City Hall, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Sullivans were denied a marriage license along with an effort have their out-of-state marriage recognized.

Advocates pursue varying strategies to bring same-sex marriage to Pa.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
PHILADELPHIA — Marriage bureau officials in Philadelphia expressed their support Tuesday for same-sex couples, but said they cannot grant them marriage licenses until the law changes in Pennsylvania. [ Read more → ]

SHE4ME: The universal theme of love is love

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
SHE4ME is a stunning new video set to music by Jen Foster, which tells the story of three inseparable best friends, Nicole, Mike and Gabby grew up together in West Hollywood, California. Two of them will marry one another today. The short film chronicles the universal theme of love is love. [ Read more → ]

Colo. House approves bill to allow joint tax filing for gay couples

Monday, February 17, 2014
DENVER -- Gay couples in Colorado who are married in another state and in a civil union here could file joint state tax returns under a measure headed to the governor's desk. [ Read more → ]
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.

Ind. Senate approves limited gay marriage ban, but no vote before 2016

Monday, February 17, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Senate voted Monday to amend the state constitution by banning gay marriage, but it will be 2016 at the earliest before the measure appears on a statewide ballot because of a late change that limits the scope of the ban. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) will face off in November in the Texas governor's race.

Marriage lawsuits could help Davis, hurt Abbott in Texas governors race

Monday, February 17, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Greg Abbott's job as Texas' top lawyer placed him in the line of fire last week when his likely Democratic opponent in the governor's race called on him to stop defending lawsuits over same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Washington state to convert same-sex domestic partnerships to marriage

Monday, February 17, 2014
SEATTLE — Washington state plans to convert thousands of same-sex domestic partners into married couples on June 30, if they haven't gotten married on their own or dissolved their union by then. [ Read more → ]
Andrew Medichini, APPope Francis delivers his blessing to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to attend the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.

Pope opens big week with sex, divorce, homosexuality, gay marriage on agenda

Monday, February 17, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- Meetings this week between Pope Francis and his cardinals will deal with some of the thorniest issues facing the church, including the rejection by most Catholics of some of its core teaching on premarital sex, contraception, gays and divorce. [ Read more → ]
WFIU (File)Indiana Senate chamber

Ind. Senate prepares for vote on House version of gay marriage ban

Monday, February 17, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana State senators are scheduled to take a final vote on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage after approving a version last week which would put off a public referendum until at least 2016. [ Read more → ]
Derek Kitchen (left) and his partner Moudi Sbeity are lead plaintiffs in the challenge to Utah's ban on same-sex marriage.

Plaintiffs in Utah same-sex marriage case get engaged

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Derek Kitchen, the lead plaintiff in Kitchen v. Herbert, the federal court challenge to Utah's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, made a Valentine's Day proposal to his partner and co-plaintiff, Moudi Sbeity, at the Equality Ball in Salt Lake City on Friday evening. [ Read more → ]

‘Gay rights evolve on a global level’

Sunday, February 16, 2014
NBC's Harry Smith looks at the global evolution on gay rights for "Meet the Press" on Sunday, including interviews with Andy Cohen and Brian Boitano. [ Read more → ]

The Hoosier same-sex marriage debate occurred mostly in private

Sunday, February 16, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Over the past week, Indiana's senators debated a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage extensively, going over the merits for hours at a time, before deciding a ban shouldn't appear on the ballot in November. [ Read more → ]

Ohio advocacy groups split on support for marriage equality amendment

Saturday, February 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As it works to educate Ohioans on the need for marriage equality, a coalition of state and national advocacy groups says it opposes another organization’s effort to win Ohioans marriage equality at the ballot box this fall. [ Read more → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APVin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday hoping to hear the court announce decisions in the gay marriage cases.

Battle over same-sex marriage moving rapidly to federal appeals courts

Saturday, February 15, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The overturning of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama's two election victories. [ Read more → ]

Religious right leaders rail against Virginia marriage equality ruling

Friday, February 14, 2014
A federal judge’s decision to strike down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriagehas unsurprisingly stoked the ire of conservatives. [ Read more → ]
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

Friday, February 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appeal or insisting his state's law was sound. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee want to deny recognition of gay marriages in 33 states

Friday, February 14, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Two GOP Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would require federal agencies to use a person’s state of residence to determine federal recognition of marital status. [ Read more → ]

Couple sues Ky. to force it to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Friday, February 14, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Kentucky couple sued the state Friday, seeking to force it to issue same-sex marriage licenses after a federal judge ruled earlier this week that unions performed legally in other places must be recognized by the Bluegrass State. [ Read more → ]

Plaintiffs celebrate overturned Va. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, February 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- The two couples at the center of a fight over the legality of same-sex marriage in Virginia are celebrating a federal judge's ruling overturning the state's ban. [ Read more → ]
Samantha Clemens, Las Vegas Review-Journal (AP)Tod Story, executive director of American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, gives remarks at the podium during the launch of Freedom Nevada on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 in Las Vegas. The campaign aims to ensure passage of an expected 2016 ballot measure that would amend the Nevada Constitution to recognize all marriages.

Gay rights advocates launch ‘Freedom Nevada’ push to repeal gay marriage ban

Friday, February 14, 2014
LAS VEGAS -- Several same-sex couples helped a coalition of advocacy groups in Nevada put a face on what they called marriage equality on Thursday, launching a push to get the Legislature in 2015 and voters in 2016 to change the state constitution to allow same-sex unions. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Nye, The Indianapolis Star (AP)Citizens for Community Values of Indiana representatives hold up a large banner outside the Statehouse in Indianapolis on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. From left are Ross Byrne, South Bend; Pamm Thomas, Osceola; and Tom Uebbing, South Bend.

Indiana same-sex marriage fight delayed (at least 2 years)… but not over

Friday, February 14, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Senate's decision to advance a proposed ban on same-sex marriage without also blocking civil unions has reset the clock on the issue getting to voters, setting the stage for continuing fights for at least two years. [ 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.

BREAKING: Federal judge rules Va. ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

Thursday, February 13, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- Virginia on Thursday became the first state in the South to have its same-sex marriage ban overturned, with a late-night federal court ruling that declared the voter-approved amendment unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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