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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Scott G. Winterton, The Deseret News (AP)Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve speaks during the 184th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Mormon leader outlines opposition to gay marriage at church’s biannual conference

Saturday, April 5, 2014
A top Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to same-sex marriage Saturday during the church's biannual general conference. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on homosexuality has softened in recent years, but this marks the second consecutive conference in which leaders took time to emphasize the faith's insistence that marriage should be limited to unions between a man and a woman, "as God created." [ Read more → ]
APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)

Mich. AG wants full appeals court to examine same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, April 4, 2014
DETROIT -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants an entire federal appeals court to take a look at a decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Ohio-flag

Federal judge to order Ohio to recognize legal same-sex marriages

Friday, April 4, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge said Friday that he will strike down Ohio's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, a move that stops short of forcing Ohio to perform same-sex weddings but will make the state recognize gay couples legally wed elsewhere. [ Read more → ]
Firefox

Mozilla CEO resigns amid controversy surrounding anti-gay marriage donation

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO after protests of his support of a same-sex marriage ban in California. The Mountain View, Calif.-based nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser had promoted him last week. [ Read more → ]
Florida-Family-Policy-Council

Group intervenes in lawsuits to preserve Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MIAMI -- The group that pushed Florida's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is intervening in lawsuits filed by gay couples. [ Read more → ]
SPLCPaul Hard, right, with his husband David Fancher at their wedding in Marconi Beach, Mass. on May 20, 2011.

Mother who opposed her deceased son’s same-sex marriage intervenes in lawsuit

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The mother of an accident victim is now involved in a federal lawsuit filed by his same-sex partner, who is trying to overturn Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Lorraine-Mae-Rafferty

Oregon gubernatorial candidate: Gay marriage ‘a sin, just the same as murder’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Meet Lorraine Mae Rafferty of Selma, Ore., who explains why she’s running for governor Oregon, and makes it clear that she opposes same-sex marriage because it’s a sin, “just the same as murder” -- a label she also applies to abortion. [ Read more → ]
Jacquelline Fuller

World Vision board member resigns in protest of gay hiring policy reversal

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
SEATTLE -- A World Vision board member has resigned in protest after the Christian aid group quickly reversed a two-day-old policy change that would have allowed it to hire Christians in same-sex marriages in the U.S. [ Read more → ]
Patricia Todd

Gay Ala. lawmaker angry over passage of anti-gay marriage resolution

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama lawmaker has accused her colleagues of using deception to pass a resolution urging an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Cortesy: Mikel Razo, Mexican Wedding Photography (AP)Jeremiah Pyant, left, and Jeff Robertson, seen here during their proposal ceremony in Cancun, Mexico on Dec. 1, 2013, are among five winning couples in a wedding contest held by the American Civil Liberties Union.

ACLU announces winners in national same-sex marriage wedding contest

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union's primary work is litigation, but this month it's moonlighting as a wedding planner as part of its role in the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. [ Read more → ]
Michael Wyke, Tulsa World (AP)Mary Bishop listens as her partner Sharon Baldwin speaks about the status of appeals in the ongoing Oklahoma same sex marriage fight during a news conference at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, March 17, 2014. The two are co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state for banning same sex marriage.

Okla. lawyers argue that marriage exists for its ‘procreative potential’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Marriage exists for its procreative potential, not just as recognition of a loving relationship between two people, and the U.S. Supreme Court agrees, lawyers for an Oklahoma clerk said in a new court filing. [ Read more → ]
Key-West

Key West couple files lawsuit challenging Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
KEY WEST, Fla. -- A same-sex couple in Key West, Fla., has filed a lawsuit after being refused a marriage license in Monroe County. [ Read more → ]
Freedom Oklahoma

Okla. same-sex marriage supporters launch public education campaign

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A coalition of same-sex couples and their supporters gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol to launch a statewide campaign intended to teach Oklahomans about marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
Clark-County-GOP

Nev. county removes ‘traditional’ marriage definition from GOP platform

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County, Nev., Republican Party edited its official platform statement over the weekend to remove a section defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, cut out a statement opposing abortion and added a section affirming people of all sexual orientations. [ Read more → ]
Oregon

Oregon ballot sponsors seek quick answer on same-sex marriage lawsuit

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sponsors of a ballot measure to legalize gay marriage in Oregon asked a federal judge on Tuesday to make a speedy ruling in a case that challenges the state's ban on same-sex weddings. At the same time, top Oregon employers such as Nike and Intel threw their support to ending the restrictions. [ Read more → ]
ACLU VirginiaJoanne Harris and Jessi Duff

Judge puts one Va. gay marriage case on hold while other case is appealed

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A federal judge has put one lawsuit challenging Virginia's gay marriage ban on hold while another makes its way through the appeals process. [ Read more → ]
Traditionalist Youth Network co-founder Matthew Heimbach

Group with ties to white supremacists files brief supporting gay marriage ban

Monday, March 31, 2014
LANSING, Mich. — A group with reported ties to white supremacists, has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in support of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
AP/InvisionSara Gilbert and Linda Perry

Sara Gilbert of ‘The Talk,’ ‘Roseanne,’ marries rock musician Linda Perry

Monday, March 31, 2014
Sara Gilbert, co-host of CBS’ “The Talk,” married rock musician Linda Perry on Sunday, her colleagues announced Monday. [ Read more → ]
Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler

Lambda Legal seeks marriage recognition for terminally ill Ind. woman and her wife

Monday, March 31, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Lambda Legal on Monday asked a federal court to order the state of Indiana to recognize the marriage of a terminally ill woman and her wife. [ Read more → ]
Brendan Eich

Three Mozilla board members resign over CEO who opposes same-sex marriage

Monday, March 31, 2014
Three Mozilla board members have resigned over the selection of Brendan Eich, a Mozilla co-founder, as the company's new chief executive. The resignations are the latest fallout since the announcement last week that Eich -- who in 2008 donated to fight against marriage equality in California -- would lead Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox web browser. [ Read more → ]
Virginia-Flag

Poll: Support for gay marriage in Va. still 50 percent, no change in past year

Monday, March 31, 2014
Support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Virginia has stands at 50 percent just a little more than a month after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Matt Sayles, APElton John and David Furnish

Elton John, David Furnish to exchange vows again to celebrate UK gay marriage

Saturday, March 29, 2014
LONDON -- Elton John and David Furnish say they plan to exchange vows for a second time to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom. [ Read more → ]
James Gibbard, Tulsa World (AP)Gay Phillips, left, her partner Sue Barton, and Mary Bishop and her partner Sharon Baldwin have a champagne toast during a celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla., after a federal judge struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.

Gay couples at center of marriage lawsuit to be honored by Oklahoma ACLU

Saturday, March 29, 2014
NORMAN, Okla. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is honoring two lesbian couples at the center of a potentially landmark gay rights case that challenges the constitutionality of Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Matt Dunham, APSean Adl-Tabatabai, left, and Sinclair Treadway kiss each other as they are announced officially married during a wedding ceremony in the Council Chamber at Camden Town Hall in London, minutes into Saturday, March 29, 2014.

At midnight hour, first same-sex weddings take place in United Kingdom

Friday, March 28, 2014
LONDON -- Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, it took just a few minutes to make history. [ Read more → ]
Steve Helber, APPlaintiffs in the Bostic v. Rainey case, Tony London, waves to the crowd as he and his partner, Tim Bostic, right, leave Federal Court after a hearing on Virginia's ban on gay marriage in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.

Opponents file first brief in appeal of Virginia’s same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, March 28, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal judge who struck down Virginia's gay marriage ban usurped the state's authority to decide whether same-sex unions should be allowed, a lawyer defending the ban said Friday. [ Read more → ]
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