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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Manuel Balce Ceneta, APAttorney General Eric Holder

Holder extends federal recognition to Michigan’s married same-sex couples

Friday, March 28, 2014
DETROIT -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has extended federal recognition to the Michigan marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold. [ Read more → ]
Mike Colona

Mo. lawmaker introduces bill to repeal state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, March 27, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri state lawmaker has introduced legislation to repeal the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Jake May, The Flint Journal (AP)Supporters hold up a banner during a pro-gay marriage rally held by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Flint on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, outside of the Genesee County Courthouse in Flint, Mich.

Lawmakers ask Holder to recognize Michigan’s same-sex newlyweds

Thursday, March 27, 2014
DETROIT -- Six Democrats in Michigan's congressional delegation are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend. [ Read more → ]
Pat-Robertson

Robertson blames Satan for gay rights, recalls when gays were stoned to death

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
On Wednesday's broadcast of the "700 Club," Pat Robertson said that Satan is behind homosexuality and that Jesus wouldn’t have served gay couples since they would have been stoned to death. [ Read more → ]
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Lawsuit filed challenging Puerto Rico ban on same-sex marriage recognition

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A Puerto Rico attorney who married her longtime partner on the U.S. mainland has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to have their marriage recognized in her home territory. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

Governor: Mich. won’t recognize 300+ same-sex marriages performed Saturday

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge rejects motion to dismiss challenge to Wis. gay marriage ban

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge has denied a motion by the state to stay the case involving the constitutionality of Wisconsin's marriage amendment. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

Snyder nears verdict on status of Mich. same-sex marriage licenses

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday he wants to quickly decide the legal status of hundreds of same-sex marriages conducted after a judge struck down Michigan's gay marriage ban but before the ruling was halted. [ Read more → ]
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Appeals court extends freeze on same-sex marriage in Michigan

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
DETROIT -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday put an indefinite halt to same-sex marriage in Michigan while it takes a longer look at a judge's decision overturning a 2004 ban. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)

Michigan governor Rick Snyder stays cautious on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who keeps mostly silent on social issues in favor of focusing on the economy, is stepping carefully on the issue of same-sex marriage after a judge's declaration that the state's ban is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Paul Sancya, APOakland County Clerk Lisa Brown signs a marriage license for Justin Flowers, middle, and Josh Redder after performing their wedding ceremony at the Oakland County Clerks office in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Federal appeals court asked to let Michigan same-sex marriages resume

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
DETROIT -- Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a higher court to reject an indefinite stay while the case is appealed by the state attorney general. [ Read more → ]
Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (APGail Gaisenhaner holds up a wedding ring as she officiates a marriage between Beth Sherman and Karen Hawver of Ann Arbor at the Washtenaw County Clerk's office in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage. The couple have been together for 20 years and have four children.

Mich. appeal on same-sex marriage ruling dampens celebrations

Monday, March 24, 2014
DETROIT -- Couples across Michigan were still in a waiting game Monday to be recognized as legally married on state driver's licenses, voter registration records, Social Security cards and other documents because the ruling has been put on hold while the state appeals. [ Read more → ]
Arizona

Federal court asked to merge Ariz. same-sex marriage cases

Monday, March 24, 2014
PHOENIX -- Lawyers for plaintiffs in one of two pending lawsuits challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal court to combine the suits into one case. [ Read more → ]
Mark Regnerus

Michigan paid $40K for ‘expert’ testimony in same-sex marriage trial

Monday, March 24, 2014
DETROIT -- The state of Michigan says it has spent $40,000 on witnesses who testified as experts at a recent trial on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Brianne Bowen, The Ann Arbor News (AP)Mark Thiesmeyer and Matt Hook of Ann Arbor get married by Rev. Roger Pohl after more than 12 years together outside the Washtenaw County Administration Building in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014, the day after a federal court struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage.

Mich. governor to wait for appeals court before recognizing same-sex marriages

Sunday, March 23, 2014
DETROIT -- Michigan state agencies won't immediately recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the hours before an appeals court put on hold a judge's ruling that tossed out a state ban on gay marriage, the governor's office said Sunday. [ Read more → ]
Paul Sancya, APKim Gillen, holds flowers for friends applying for a marriage license at the Oakland County Clerks office in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, March 22, 2014.

More than 300 same-sex marriage licenses issued in Michigan

Saturday, March 22, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Clerks in four Michigan counties have issued more than 300 licenses to same-sex couples. Read more > [ Read more → ]
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BREAKING: Appeals court suspends same-sex marriages in Michigan

Saturday, March 22, 2014
A federal appeals court has suspended gay marriages in Michigan, putting on hold a decision by a lower court judge who had struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Michigan

Michigan begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Saturday, March 22, 2014
Same-sex couples wasted no time getting to courthouses in four Michigan counties to obtain marriage licenses on Saturday, one day after the state's nearly 10-year ban on gay marriage was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge. [ Read more → ]
Michigan

Some Mich. counties moving quickly to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Friday, March 21, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Some counties plan to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Saturday, less than 24 hours after a judge overturned Michigan's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Bernard Friedman

Reagan picked ‘activist judge’ who threw out Mich. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, March 21, 2014
DETROIT -- The judge who made history by throwing out Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage has been on the federal bench for 26 years. [ Read more → ]
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Mich. plaintiffs celebrate on hearing news that marriage ban struck down

Friday, March 21, 2014
Watch as plaintiffs Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer hear the news that Michigan's same-sex marriage ban has been struck down. [ Read more → ]
APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)

Mich. AG calls for immediate freeze on ruling striking down gay marriage ban

Friday, March 21, 2014
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking a federal appeals court to immediately freeze a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on gay marriage while he appeals. [ Read more → ]
Michigan

Federal judge strikes down Michigan ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, March 21, 2014
DETROIT -- Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday as he struck down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago - the latest in a recent series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger

Judge denies stay in ruling that Tenn. recognize three out-of-state gay marriages

Friday, March 21, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal judge on Thursday refused to issue a stay in her preliminary decision last week ordering the state of Tennessee to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while the case is proceeds in federal court. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General  Ellen Rosenblum (D-Ore.)

Oregon AG: ‘No rational justification’ for maintaining same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, March 20, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s attorney general has told a federal court that she believes the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal rights of gay and lesbian couples [ Read more → ]
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