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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Barack Obama

Obama expected to urge Supreme Court to strike down Calif. gay marriage ban

Thursday, February 28, 2013
The next phase of President Barack Obama's evolving position on gay marriage may come Thursday, the deadline for his administration to weigh in on a landmark Supreme Court case that could determine whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed. [ Read more → ]

New Rhode Island poll finds 60 percent support marriage equality

Thursday, February 28, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Brown University poll finds 60 percent of those surveyed support legalizing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. [ Read more → ]

Hundreds of U.S. companies, cities ask Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
BOSTON -- Nearly 300 corporations, cities, and other organizations filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, encouraging it to overturn a section of the Defense of Marriage Act that denies federal benefits and recognition to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

PFLAG chapter in China demands marriage rights for their gay children

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
GUANGZHOU, China -- A PFLAG chapter in China has sent an open letter to delegates of China’s National People’s Congress demanding marriage equality for their children. [ Read more → ]

Minn. GOP lawmakers denounce effort to legalize same-sex marriage

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Just hours after a marriage equality bill was unveiled at the Minnesota state capitol, a group of Republican lawmakers are calling for its defeat. [ Read more → ]

BREAKING: Marriage equality bill unveiled at Minnesota state capitol

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Lawmakers formally launched a long-anticipated effort Wednesday to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota by summer, and gay couples and their small children crowded the kickoff news conference - an image meant to show family diversity already exists in the state. [ Read more → ]

Big push to support same-sex marriage at U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
WASHINGTON — Prominent Republicans, retired military leaders and U.S. businesses are among the factions ready to ask the Supreme Court to support marriage equality in two cases up for argument next month. [ Read more → ]

Illinois House committee votes to advance same-sex marriage bill

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois state House committee has approved a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, sending the measure to the full House for a vote. [ Read more → ]

Major U.S. corporations call on Supreme Court to strike down gay marriage bans

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
More than 60 U.S. corporations -- including Apple, eBay, Facebook, Intel, Nike and Morgan Stanley -- have signed on to an amicus brief in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, California's voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman, former Prop 8 supporter, now an advocate for same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Meg Whitman, the president and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard, who, as a GOP candidate for Governor of California in 2010 supported Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, is now one of more than 75 prominent Republicans to publicly support marriage equality for gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]

Iowa GOP try for statewide vote to bring an end to same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Republican state senator has introduced legislation that would begin the process of referring a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage to Iowa voters. [ Read more → ]
Thea Spyer (left) and Edith Windsor

Edith Windsor calls on U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Edith Windsor, the New York widow who was forced to pay $363,000 in estate taxes in 2009 upon the death of her spouse, Thea Spyer, made her case to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, filing a brief in her challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]
Tracey Cooper-Harris (right) with her spouse Maggie.

Judge refuses to dismiss gay California veteran’s lawsuit

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- A lawsuit brought by a lesbian U.S. Army veteran and her wife over the denial of disability benefits can move forward over the objections of the Department of Justice, a federal judge in California ruled Monday. [ Read more → ]

Dozens of prominent GOP leaders sign brief supporting marriage equality

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
More than 75 prominent Republican leaders have signed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the freedom for gay and lesbian couples, The New York Times reported late Monday. [ Read more → ]
Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.

Illinois House committee to vote on marriage equality bill Tuesday

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois House committee could vote Tuesday on a measure allowing same-sex couples to marry. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Majority of Nevadans support repeal of state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, February 25, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A majority of Nevadans favor repealing the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, according to a newly released survey. [ Read more → ]
Suze Orman (left) and Kathy Travis

Suze Orman: Gay Americans pay more taxes for fewer rights

Monday, February 25, 2013
Personal finance expert Suze Orman says that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bars the federal government from recognizing legal same-sex marriages, imposes steep financial penalties on gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]
Stuart Stevens (left) with Mitt Romney.File photo by Charles Dharapak, AP

Romney strategist: Position on gay rights contributed to Election Day defeat

Monday, February 25, 2013
A chief strategist for Mitt Romney's failed presidential campaign said Monday that the Republican candidate's loss was all about policy, and that evolution on policy positions, such as same-sex marriage, is necessary to revive the GOP. [ Read more → ]

NOM threatens GOP lawmakers in Minn. who vote for same-sex marriage

Monday, February 25, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The National Organization for Marriage on Monday said it will spend $500,000 to defeat Republican lawmakers in Minnesota who vote to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Illinois Latino leaders advocate in support of same-sex marriage

Monday, February 25, 2013
CHICAGO -- A group of prominent Latino leaders said legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois would strengthen families and is "the right thing to do." [ Read more → ]
GOP leaders, from left: House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.J. Scott Applewhite, AP

5 reasons why a Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality could benefit the GOP

Sunday, February 24, 2013
One thing that I have learned as a parent to two 10-year-old boys — sometimes while a child sometimes says he wants one thing, he secretly may be hoping that he doesn’t get it. Their voices quiver as they ask for it, while their eyes say “get me out of this mess, Daddy!” That is kind of what is happening these days with the GOP and the Supreme Court and their former favorite wedge issue, the denial of marriage equality to LGBTQ people... [ Read more → ]
Stephen Hill

Booed soldier joins Ohio same-sex marriage effort

Friday, February 22, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A gay U.S. soldier who was booed during a Republican presidential debate in 2011 has joined the effort to overturn Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Obama administration urges U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

Friday, February 22, 2013
The Obama administration on Friday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing why it considers the federal Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

Australia judge rules ban on same-sex marriage is not gender discrimination

Friday, February 22, 2013
SYDNEY, Australia -- A federal court judge in Australia has ruled that the country's ban on same-sex marriage is not gender discrimination since neither gay men nor lesbians are allowed to marry under the legislation, and thus both sexes are treated equally. [ Read more → ]

A gay dad’s open letter to Laura Bush on quitting the gay marriage ad

Friday, February 22, 2013
In these modern times, it is funny how we forge interesting and new kinds of relationships through media, social and otherwise. We gain unique attachments to people we have never met, some of whom we interact with on Twitter or Facebook, and some of whom we have never interacted with at all. I have such a pseudo-relationship with former first lady Laura Bush. This week our relationship, which had moved into a rather warm and appreciative state of late, took a turn for the worse. [ Read more → ]
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