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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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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]
Lincoln Chafee

R.I. governor warns he will veto efforts to put same-sex marriage to a public vote

Thursday, January 10, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday that he would likely veto any attempt to put same-sex marriage to a public vote, and said state lawmakers owe it to voters to decide the issue in the legislature. The Rhode Island House of Representatives is scheduled to vote within weeks on legislation that would allow same-sex couples to marry, however opponents of same-sex marriage have expressed their support for alternative legislation that would put the question before voters. [ Read more → ]
State Rep. Mark Ferrandino made Colorado history today after he was elected Speaker of the House. The gay Denver Democrat is the first out gay man in the state to hold the title.Photo by Evan Semon, Out Front Colorado

Colorado House appoints Ferrandino speaker, first for gay man in state

Thursday, January 10, 2013
DENVER -- When the Colorado General Assembly opened for business on Jan. 9, a transition of political power from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party established one the most diverse political bodies in the state’s history — including eight openly gay and lesbian lawmakers... [ Read more → ]
Thomas J. Tobin

Rhode Island bishop says same-sex marriage ‘unnecessary, immoral’

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin is urging Rhode Island state lawmakers to reject the latest proposal to legalize same-sex marriage, calling it "immoral and unnecessary." [ Read more → ]

Lawmakers to reintroduce Illinois same-sex marriage bill Wednesday

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The chief sponsors of legislation in that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois plan to reintroduce the bill Wednesday shortly after the start of the 98th General Assembly, according to one of its chief sponsors. [ Read more → ]
Angela McCaskill Photo courtesy Gallaudet University

University reinstates diversity officer who signed anti-marriage equality petition

Monday, January 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Gallaudet University has reinstated its chief diversity officer after a three-month paid suspension for signing a petition opposing Maryland’s same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Supreme Court schedules arguments in Prop 8, DOMA cases

Monday, January 7, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear arguments during the last week of March in two cases affecting same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Rick Garcia speaks in front of the Thompson Center. Photo: Ryan Nanni, Chicago Phoenix

Community rallies for passage of Illinois marriage bill, warns opposition

Saturday, January 5, 2013
Nearly 200 people rallied at the Thompson Center in Chicago on Saturday to demand action on pending legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. [ Read more → ]

Klingenschmitt: Gingrich under influence of ‘demonic voice’ for gay marriage statement

Saturday, January 5, 2013
Religious Right anti-gay activist “Chaplain” Gordon Klingenschmitt, perhaps best known for claiming to have freed a lesbian soldier from homosexuality after performing an exorcism on her, has started producing a daily television program that consists of him filming himself talking about the news of the day. [ Read more → ]
John BoehnerPhoto: Michael Key, Washington Blade

U.S. House approves rules affirming commitment to DOMA

Friday, January 4, 2013
As one of its first acts of the 113th Congress, the U.S. House on Thursday approved a set of governing rules that includes language authorizing the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to defend the Defense of Marriage Act against litigation in court. [ Read more → ]
Scott Dibble

Minnesota lawmaker to take the lead on same-sex marriage bill this session

Friday, January 4, 2013
An openly gay lawmaker in Minnesota said he will take the lead in the state Senate on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage during the 2013 legislative session. [ Read more → ]
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.

No vote on Illinois marriage equality; bill held for next General Assembly

Friday, January 4, 2013
A coalition of lawmakers, activists and organizations backing a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois announced Thursday that despite intense efforts to pass the legislation in the lame duck session of the current General Assembly, a full vote on the bill may not happen. [ Read more → ]

Rhode Island lawmakers introduce marriage bills in House and Senate

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Two Rhode Island state lawmakers on Thursday formally introduced bills in the state House and Senate that would legalize marriage equality for same-sex couples, setting the stage for Rhode Island to become the tenth -- or eleventh, depending on progress in Illinois -- state to where same-sex marriage is legal. [ Read more → ]

Senate committee approves Illinois gay marriage measure

Thursday, January 3, 2013
SPINGFIELD, Ill. -- Legal same-sex marriages are one historic step closer to becoming law in Illinois. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Greg Harris (center) and Sen. Heather Steans (right) at the state capital. Photo: Tony Merevick.Photo by Tony Merevick, Chicago Phoenix.

Illinois marriage vote uncertain due to absent senators

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Activists and lawmakers backing legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois are regrouping and recounting potential “yes” votes in the Illinois Senate after key members of the chamber reportedly said they will be absent from Thursday’s proceedings in the General Assembly’s lame duck session. [ Read more → ]
Westboro Baptist Church members protest Maryland's same-sex marriage law in Annapolis, Md. on Wednesday.Photo © Anna Staver.

Westboro protesters met by crowd of 250 counter-protesters in Maryland

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Four members of the anti-gay extremist Westboro Baptist Church were met by 250 counter-protesters on Wednesday morning when they arrived outside the Anne Arundel Circuit Court building in Annapolis to protest the state's recently enacted marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]

Illinois marriage equality bill stalled in state Senate by ‘technicality’

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Consideration of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois will no longer take place in a Senate committee of the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday night. [ Read more → ]
Pat BradyPhoto: Illinois Republican Party

Illinois Republican leadership backs marriage equality bill

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
With support building for legislation that would give gay and lesbian couples in Illinois the freedom to marry, two prominent Republican Party leaders on Wednesday declared their support for the bill. [ Read more → ]

Illinois marriage equality bill to be considered in State Senate Wednesday

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Illinois State Sen. Heather Steans (D) said Tuesday a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois will be heard by a Senate committee Wednesday night and a full Senate vote on a bill could come as early as Thursday. [ Read more → ]
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