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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Ryan Lyk

Top Minn. College Republican backs same-sex marriage

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The two-term chairman of the Minnesota College Republicans on Wednesday became the latest from his party to support legalizing gay marriage in the state. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Majority of Minn. voters still oppose legalizing same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Just four months after Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, a new poll finds that a majority of Minnesotans still oppose marriage equality for gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]

Report: Lawmakers who support marriage equality overwhelmingly win re-election

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
WASHINGTON – A new report released Tuesday by Freedom to Marry and Third Way, found that state legislators who vote in favor of marriage for same-sex couples overwhelmingly win voter support when running for reelection. [ Read more → ]

Iowa House GOP seeks to restore state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Republicans are again proposing a change in the Iowa Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Rep. Dwayne Alons (R-Hull, Iowa), introduced a joint resolution Tuesday signed by 34 other House Republicans. [ Read more → ]

Delaware poll finds majority of voters support marriage equality for gays

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
WILMINGTON, Del. -- A new poll released Monday shows that a strong majority of Delaware voters want the state's General Assmebly to pass legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Jorge Fernandez Diaz

Spain official: Same-sex marriage jeopardizes ‘the survival of the species’

Monday, March 4, 2013
MADRID, Spain -- Spain's interior minister on Sunday waded into the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage, declaring that "the survival of the species" was at stake. Jorge Fernandez Diaz argued during a symposium on religion and state at the Spanish embassy in Rome, that "religious reasons" were not arguments against a law allowing same sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Meg Whitman

A gay dad’s bittersweet, belated Valentine to Meg Whitman

Monday, March 4, 2013
Last week was extraordinary. The issue of same sex marriage was discussed more intelligently than ever before. In depth thought and information, including an outstanding synopsis by the American Sociological Association, appeared as amici briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. One of these was from 278 employers and organizations arguing from a pro-business perspective. These industry leaders stated that for them to “attract the best employees and colleagues” they must “offer robust workplace benefits and a workplace ethos of transparent fairness.” [ Read more → ]

NC approves tougher funeral protest rules in response to anti-gay church

Sunday, March 3, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina General Assembly has given final approval to a measure that would impose stronger criminal penalties for people who disrupt funerals or memorial services. [ Read more → ]

Study: Same-sex cohabitors less healthy than those in heterosexual marriages

Sunday, March 3, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Same-sex cohabitors report worse health than people of the same socioeconomic status who are in heterosexual marriages, according to a new study, which may provide fuel for proponents of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Ted Olson (left), and David Boies

Attorneys in historic same-sex marriage case sign book deal

Saturday, March 2, 2013
NEW YORK — The bipartisan legal team leading the fight for same-sex marriage has a book deal. Democrat David Boies and Republican Theodore B. Olson have signed with Viking for "A Just Cause: Law, Love, and the Case for Marriage Equality." [ Read more → ]

Advance of gay rights across the U.S. slowly spreading into Puerto Rico

Saturday, March 2, 2013
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The advance of gay rights across the United States is spreading into Puerto Rico, making the island a relatively gay-friendly outpost in a Caribbean region where sodomy laws and harassment of gays are still common. [ Read more → ]
President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2013.Photo: Charles Dharapak, AP

Obama: U.S. is experiencing an evolution on same-sex marriage

Friday, March 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Friday there was no way he could avoid urging the Supreme Court to overturn the state of California's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]

Democrats urge Supreme Court to overturn anti-gay marriage law

Friday, March 1, 2013
WASHINGTON — More than 200 congressional Democrats are urging the Supreme Court to overturn a key provision of the federal law against gay marriage. [ Read more → ]

State of California weighs in on U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8

Thursday, February 28, 2013
The state of California on Thursday filed its own amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, the state’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Jeremy Simon, 5, was one of more than 100 people who rallied in support of the Colorado Civil Union Act before a House Judiciary Committee took testimony on the bill. Photo: Evan Semon, OutFront Colorado

Colorado House committee approves civil union bill

Thursday, February 28, 2013
DENVER -- Civil unions for gay couples advanced a Colorado House committee with one Republican joining Democrats in support of a bill that's expected to become law this year. [ Read more → ]
Barack Obama

Obama brief seeks broad Supreme Court ruling overturning Calif. gay marriage ban

Thursday, February 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage and take a skeptical view of similar bans elsewhere, making a historic argument for gay rights. [ Read more → ]

ASA brief: Parents’ sexual orientation has no bearing on children’s well-being

Thursday, February 28, 2013
The American Sociological Association (ASA) has weighed in on the same-sex marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, filing an amicus brief Thursday outlining social science research that shows “children fare just as well” when raised by same-sex or heterosexual parents. [ Read more → ]

Eric Holder: Marriage equality ‘really the latest civil rights issue’

Thursday, February 28, 2013
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that marriage equality for gays and lesbians is the next big civil rights issue. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Calif. support of marriage equality a record high 61 percent

Thursday, February 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A record 61 percent of Californians now approve of allowing same-sex couples to marry, according to a poll released Thursday. [ Read more → ]
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 → ]
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