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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Equality and gender roles do not co-exist when a woman loves a woman

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Society had it all worked out in advance for me. All the time growing up, the message though implicit was loud and clear. Any of my future romantic endeavors would concern the male kind, because I’m female. This presented difficulties when I came to realize... [ Read more → ]
Mayors for the Freedom to MarryPhoto by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Nearly 300 U.S. mayors join campaign to advocate for marriage equality

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Mayors from across the country on Friday attended a reception during the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual D.C. meeting to commemorate the first anniversary of a campaign that features city executives who support marriage rights for same-sex couples. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Philadelphia Mayor... [ Read more → ]
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Same-sex military couples still struggle for recognition, despite DADT repeal

Saturday, January 19, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — Sgt. Karen Alexander fought for her country in Iraq, but back home she often feels the U.S. Army is fighting against her. Married to another female soldier with a 4-year-old son, Alexander is denied the same housing allowance and other family-friendly benefits... [ Read more → ]
Luis Leon

Minister at inaugural advocated for D.C. marriage equality law

Saturday, January 19, 2013
An Episcopal priest selected to deliver the closing prayer — or benediction — at President Obama’s inaugural ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Monday was one of the leaders in 2009 of an interfaith group of clergy that campaigned for D.C.’s same-sex marriage law. Rev.... [ Read more → ]
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Boeing changes course on survivor benefits for same-sex spouses

Friday, January 18, 2013
CHICAGO -- The aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing said Friday that it has altered its policies on providing survivor pension benefits to same-sex couples during negotiations with union representatives this week. During extensive contract negotiations last November, Boeing executives told the union negotiators that since pensions... [ Read more → ]
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After years of restraint, GOProud says it supports same-sex marriage

Friday, January 18, 2013
After years of refusing to take a position on same-sex marriage, the gay conservatives group GOProud on Friday announced it supports marriage equality for gays and lesbians. The announcement comes following a decision by GOProud's Board of Directors to begin work at the state and... [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)File photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Gillibrand leads renewed call to help bi-national couples

Friday, January 18, 2013
The junior senator from New York is taking up the lead on a renewed call for administrative action to help bi-national same-sex couples in anticipation of a ruling from the Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act. In a letter sent out Thursday, Sen.... [ Read more → ]
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Rhode Island committee schedules vote on same-sex marriage

Thursday, January 17, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in Rhode Island will soon head to its first political test. The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on the measure for Tuesday. If the panel passes the measure as expected, it... [ Read more → ]
Activists rally at Chicago's Thompson Center on Jan. 5.Photo: Daniel Guerrero, Chicago Phoenix

Illinois LGBT activists to demonstrate against Cardinal George

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Activists from the Gay Liberation Network, a longtime Chicago-based direct action LGBT rights group, are calling on the local community to join them early next month in a protest against Cardinal Francis George, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, due to his vocal opposition against... [ Read more → ]
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown

HRC declares the ‘fall of the empire opposed to same-sex marriage’

Thursday, January 17, 2013
WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign on Thursday highlighted a new milestone in the march toward full marriage equality, declaring the fall of the empire opposed to same-sex marriage. Widespread losses, sagging poll numbers, and poor investments make it difficult to see how national groups... [ Read more → ]
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Wyoming lawmaker introduces same-sex unions bill to bipartisan support

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Two same-sex marriage/civil union bills introduced in the Wyoming legislature this week by the state's only openly lesbian lawmaker are receiving bipartisan support. State Rep. Cathy Connolly (D-Laramie) is sponsoring House Bill 168, which broadens domestic partnerships, and accompanying bill HB 169,... [ Read more → ]
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel signs petition supporting marriage equality

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel has signed the "ILove Marriage" petition, pledging his support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois, according to an announcement by Lambda Legal. "Mayor Emanuel has been on the forefront in advocating for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in... [ Read more → ]
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Smallest state is big battleground on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Hundreds of supporters of same-sex marriage rights assembled at the Rhode Island Statehouse on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to make the nation's smallest state the 10th to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed — and the last to do so in New... [ Read more → ]
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House GOP leadership quietly increases cap on DOMA defense to $3 million

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives' continuing effort to defend the federal "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) will soon reach $3 million. Late Monday, House Democrats learned that Republican leadership had again privately raised the spending cap with attorney Paul Clement and the Washington-based... [ Read more → ]
Rhode Island State Capitolvia: Wikimedia

Same-sex marriage takes center stage in Rhode Island state House

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Same-sex marriage takes center stage in the Rhode Island state legislature on Tuesday as the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to review a proposed marriage equality bill. The committee is expected to hear several hours of testimony this evening from gay marriage supporters and opponents.... [ Read more → ]
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Virginia lawmakers kill proposal to repeal ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee on Monday voted 6-1 to kill a proposal that would have repealed the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Delegate Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) introduced HJ665 on Jan. 9, the first day of the current legislative session. He told the... [ Read more → ]
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Florida lawmaker introduces same-sex domestic partnership bill

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow Floridians to enter "domestic partnerships." State Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Fort Lauderdale) introduced the “Families First” bill (SB 196), which would extend legal protections to same-sex couples, including hospital visitation rights and the... [ Read more → ]
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Business leaders urge Illinois lawmakers to pass marriage equality bill

Monday, January 14, 2013
A coalition consisting of fifty Illinois business leaders and organizations on Sunday joined in urging the state's General Assembly to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would grant gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry. The support represents a broad array... [ Read more → ]
Donald Dwyer

Maryland lawmaker claims marriage votes spurred alcohol abuse

Monday, January 14, 2013
A Maryland lawmaker told a local newspaper last week that legislators who voted for the state’s same-sex marriage bill contributed to his alcohol abuse. Delegate Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel County) told the Maryland Gazette in an interview the newspaper posted to its website on Saturday... [ Read more → ]
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Hundreds of thousands march in Paris to oppose marriage equality

Sunday, January 13, 2013
PARIS -- Several hundred thousand people converged at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Sunday to protest the French president's plan to legalize same-sex marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt and conceive children. [ Read more → ]
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More than 1000 Catholic priests sign letter opposing same-sex marriage

Saturday, January 12, 2013
LONDON -- More than 1,000 Roman Catholic priests have signed a letter voicing fears that legalization of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during “centuries of persecution” of Roman Catholics in England. The letter, published Saturday... [ Read more → ]
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Cook County, Ill., offering wallet-sized civil union, marriage certificates

Saturday, January 12, 2013
Same-sex couples in Illinois now have an easier way to prove their civil union. Cook County Clerk David Orr unveiled wallet-sized civil union and marriage licenses Thursday, designed specifically for same-sex couples in a civil union or married couples with different last names. [c]Image courtesy... [ Read more → ]
Gary Tabor

Wash. judge refuses to perform same-sex marriages for ‘religious reasons’

Saturday, January 12, 2013
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A Superior Court judge in Washington states said he refuses to officiate same-sex marriage due to his “philosophical and religious reasons." “I do not wish to perform same-sex marriages," said Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor. [caption id="attachment_72435" align="alignright" width="300"] Gary... [ Read more → ]
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Colorado governor calls for passage of same-sex civil unions bill

Friday, January 11, 2013
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, in his third State of the State address, called for civil union legislation to be passed this year. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Lively: ‘Wedding songs to homosexual marriage’ are responsible for Noah’s flood, End Times

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Pastor Scott Lively, in an interview Tuesday with Sandy Rios of the American Family Association warned that homosexuality “is the issue of the End Times.” According to Lively, the advance of gay rights will lead to the persecution and killing of Christians like in the... [ Read more → ]
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