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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Tom Smart, The Deseret News (AP)About 1,500 people gather to celebrate marriage equality after a federal judge declined to stay his ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Utah, at Washington Square just outside of the Salt Lake City and County Building Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/,

More than 1,500 gay marriage supporters rally in Salt Lake City to celebrate ruling

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- About 1,500 same-sex-marriage supporters rallied in Salt Lake City to hail a judge's decision paving the way for gay weddings in Utah. [ Read more → ]
Glenn Hartong, The Cincinnati Enquirer (AP)In this July 11, 2013 file photo, Jim Obergefell, left and John Arthur, right, are married by officiant Paulette Roberts, in a plane on the tarmac at Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Glen Burnie, Md. Federal Judge Timothy Black on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, questioned the constitutionality of Ohio's ban on gay marriage and whether state officials have the authority to refuse to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states. Black earlier ruled in favor of the couple in a lawsuit seeking to recognize the couples' marriage on Arthur’s death certificate before he died in October from ALS.

Ohio ruling likely to spark litigation aimed at striking down gay marriage ban

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
CINCINNATI — A federal judge’s decision ordering Ohio authorities to recognize gay marriages on death certificates may be a narrow ruling, but observers – and even the judge himself – predict it will spark further litigation aimed at striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Benjamin Zack, Standard-Examiner (AP)Hundreds of gay couples line up outside of the county clerk's office in the Weber Center on Monday morning, Dec. 23, 2013, the first day that Weber County began accepting applications for same-sex marriage licenses. Couples began lining up outside the building at 10 p.m. on Sunday night due to concern that the state might only issue licenses for one hour before a possible stay could be placed on the ruling that allowed same-sex marriage.

Utah officials turn to higher court to halt same-sex marriages

Monday, December 23, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state lawyers have again turned to a Denver-based federal appeals court in their bid to put a stop to gay couples getting married, saying the state should not be required to abide by one judge's narrow view of a "new and fundamentally different definition of marriage." [ Read more → ]
ACLU VirginiaChristy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd

Federal court rejects motion to dismiss challenge to Va. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, December 23, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal court on Monday rejected a motion from the Staunton Circuit Court Clerk seeking to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
via: Equality UtahHundreds of same-sex couples wrapped around two floors at the Salt Lake County Complex on Monday morning waiting to obtain marriage licenses.

Judge denies request for stay in ruling striking down Utah’s gay marriage ban

Monday, December 23, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge said Monday he will allow same-sex marriage in Utah to continue, denying a request from the state to halt weddings between gay couples until the appeals process plays out. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Timothy Black

Narrow ruling on death certificates rejects Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, December 23, 2013
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge has declared in a ruling that applies only to death certificates that Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

Court: Ind. gay marriage ban cannot invalidate marriages of transgender spouses

Monday, December 23, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's law banning same-sex marriage cannot be used to invalidate a marriage if one spouse later changes his or her gender identity, the state Court of Appeals has ruled. [ Read more → ]
Okla gay marriage

Okla. couple waiting 9 years in marriage lawsuit file new brief after Utah ruling

Monday, December 23, 2013
TULSA, Okla. — Lawyers for two same-sex couples suing for the right to marry and to have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in Oklahoma have filed an additional brief following a federal ruling that found a same-sex marriage ban in Utah violated the U.S. Constitution. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby

Utah’s same-sex marriage ban back in court as judge considers stay motion

Monday, December 23, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge on Monday is set to consider a request from the state of Utah to block same-sex marriages that have been taking place since Friday when the state's gay marriage ban was overturned. [ Read more → ]
Invision/APDot-Marie Jones (right) and Bridgett Casteen at the
2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 15, 2013.

‘Glee’ star Dot-Marie Jones marries longtime girlfriend Bridgett Casteen

Sunday, December 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- "Glee" star Dot-Marie Jones married her longtime girlfriend Bridgett Casteen on Saturday, reports People magazine. [ Read more → ]
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Appeals court rejects Utah’s request for emergency stay on marriage ruling

Sunday, December 22, 2013
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has rejected a request by Utah state officials for an "emergency" stay on Friday's federal court ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.

Utah same-sex marriage ruling prompts petitions for and against

Sunday, December 22, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- Opponents and supporters of a federal judge's ruling overturning Utah's same-sex marriage ban both have launched online petition drives seeking support for their positions. [ Read more → ]
Fayetteville Observer (YouTube)Maj. Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor kiss outside a Fort Bragg chapel.

Same-sex couple’s wedding ceremony a first at Fort Bragg’s chapel

Sunday, December 22, 2013
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The North Carolina home of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division and the Green Berets is opening the base chapel to same-sex ceremonies. [ Read more → ]
Frank Schaefer

Calif. Methodist bishop offers job to Pa. pastor defrocked over gay son’s wedding

Sunday, December 22, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — A United Methodist pastor from central Pennsylvania who was defrocked after officiating his son's gay wedding was invited by a California Methodist bishop to serve in her region in yet another sign of a split in the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination. [ Read more → ]
Kim Raff, APChris Serrano, left, and Clifton Webb kiss after being married, as people wait in line to get licenses outside of the marriage division of the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Same-sex marriage ruling catches conservative Utah off guard

Saturday, December 21, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- A day after a judge's surprise ruling overturned Utah's same-sex marriage ban, at least one county clerk intended to open early Saturday to issue licenses. And 40 minutes north of Salt Lake City, about 300 hundred people showed up at the Weber County Clerk's Office on Saturday afternoon but were later turned away without marriage licenses. [ Read more → ]

GOP lawmakers seeking outside help to defend N.C. gay marriage ban

Saturday, December 21, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Republican legislative leaders said Friday that they are getting outside legal help related to a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, suggesting they aren't convinced Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper can wholeheartedly defend the state in the case. [ Read more → ]

Salt Lake County clerk issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Friday, December 20, 2013
Just hours after a federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban on Friday, a Salt Lake County Clerk issued what may be the first marriage license to a same-sex couple in Utah. [ Read more → ]

BREAKING: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

Friday, December 20, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that brings a nationwide shift toward allowing gay marriage to a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it. [ Read more → ]
Darron Cummings, APIndiana lawmakers will decide whether to ask voters to amend the constitution to ban same-sex marriage when they reconvene in January.

Same-sex marriage supporters see hope in deeply conservative Indiana

Friday, December 20, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- In one of the most conservative states in the nation, supporters of same-sex marriage are pondering the unthinkable: a victory, or at least not a loss. [ Read more → ]
Donna Carpenter

N.M. county clerk, deputy resign to avoid issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Friday, December 20, 2013
PORTALES, N.M. -- Two New Mexico officials responsible for issuing marriage licenses resigned their position on Friday, just one day after the state Supreme Court ordered all 33 county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
William Sharer

N.M. gay marriage opponents vow to push for constitutional ban

Friday, December 20, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Same-sex marriage opponents are vowing the fight is not over despite a New Mexico Supreme Court decision Thursday saying it was unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses. [ Read more → ]

Navajo Nation official: N.M. court ruling has no effect on tribe’s gay marriage ban

Friday, December 20, 2013
FARMINGTON, N.M. — A Navajo Nation official says the tribe's own law prohibiting same-sex marriage isn't affected by the New Mexico Supreme Court's decision legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples in New Mexico. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Ohio voters likely to support gay marriage if religious exemption included

Friday, December 20, 2013
Ohio voters are split on the idea of same-sex marriage, but they’re far more likely to support it if know religious institutions won’t be forced to wed gay and lesbian couples, a new poll shows. [ Read more → ]
Russell Contreras, APMiriam Rand, 64, left, and Ona Porter, 67, both of Albuquerque, N.M., talk to reporters Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after the New Mexico Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in the state. The couple were part of a lawsuit that brought the case before the state's highest court.

N.M. same-sex marriage ruling comes following couple’s three-decade wait

Friday, December 20, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Miriam Rand and Ono Porter were having lunch when the couple got a call that they'd been waiting for, for three decades: New Mexico's Supreme Court had just issued a ruling on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Judge rejects motion to dismiss challenge to Ark. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, December 20, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A lawsuit challenging Arkansas' ban on gay marriage is moving closer to a trial. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza on Thursday rejected a motion by government lawyers to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to topple the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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