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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Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey: Gay marriage will teach kids to enter into gay relationships

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
On her daily radio commentary on Monday, Linda Harvey of "Mission America" sought to understand and explain why marriage equality won at the polls for the first time in last month's election, and the best she could come up with was that gay rights activists are skilled at misleading people while anti-gay activists just haven't been blunt enough about the threat that homosexuality poses to our society through encouraging kids to become gay ... or something: [ Read more → ]

Maine could begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Dec. 29

Monday, December 3, 2012
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine's same-sex marriage law is expected to take effect on December 29, and it's likely that that some marriage licenses will be issued on that date, even though it falls on a Saturday. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Supreme Court: No action Monday on Proposition 8, DOMA cases

Monday, December 3, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday released added orders from its Friday Conference, but the list did not include any on the ten cases dealing with the same-sex marriage issue. [ Read more → ]
Douglas Gansler

Maryland AG: Same-sex marriage licenses can be processed now for New Year’s Day weddings

Sunday, December 2, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Marriage officials in Maryland can begin processing marriage applications for same-sex couples, allowing them to wed on New Year's Day, according to an opinion by the state's Attorney General. [ Read more → ]

Court denies anti-gay groups’ efforts to intervene in Ill. marriage equality lawsuit

Friday, November 30, 2012
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Sophia Hall rejected motions to intervene in the trial challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage Friday by two anti-gay churches and the Illinois Family Institute, an anti-gay hate group. [ Read more → ]
US Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court takes no action on same-sex marriage cases

Friday, November 30, 2012
The Supreme Court, after taking most of the day to prepare new orders, took no action Friday on the ten same-sex marriage cases now on the docket. It did agree to rule on whether taking a human gene out of the body is a process that can be patented. It also agreed to rule on legal protection for makers of generic drugs. [ Read more → ]
Judge Robert C. Jones

Federal judge in Nevada denies challenge to state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, November 29, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A federal judge in Nevada has rejected a lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of eight gay couples challenging the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Couples in Illinois gay marriage lawsuit urge state legislators to pass marriage equality bill

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Several gay and lesbian couples who are plaintiffs in a legal challenge to a state law prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages met with state legislators in Springfield Wednesday and urged them to vote for a bill that would legalize gay marriage in Illinois. [ Read more → ]

Second Circuit case on DOMA may be high court’s strongest contender for deciding law’s fate

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
While marriage equality supporters have been giving thanks for the recent ballot box victories and the Second Circuit’s Windsor v. U.S. decision, the most recent Defense of Marriage strike-down by a federal court in mid-October, the law-focused among us are also looking ahead to the next big question: What will the U.S. Supreme Court do on Nov. 30, when it is scheduled to decide on the marriage-related cert petitions pending before it? [ Read more → ]

Televangelist John Hagee: Gays are defiling America’s purity

Monday, November 26, 2012
Televangelist John Hagee, the right-wing pastor who has claimed that the U.S. will face God’s judgment for electing “a leader who is for men marrying men” said “America does not have purity when men marry men and women marry women." [ Read more → ]

The Supreme Court, Justice Kagan, DOMA, and the subject of recusal

Monday, November 26, 2012
As lawyers maneuver to try to shape how the Supreme Court deals with a stack of cases on same-sex marriage, the attorneys have had to deal with the possibility that Justice Elena Kagan would not take part if the Court were to review one of the key cases now awaiting it. [ Read more → ]

Post-election analysis: What’s next for the LGBT community

Monday, November 26, 2012
Without a doubt, election night was a landslide victory for equality. Watching the historic results roll in on issues and candidates that matter to the progress of civil rights for LGBT people was truly a snapshot of just how much, and how quickly, this country has changed on social issues... [ Read more → ]

HRC launches national TV ad: ‘Dawn of a new day for marriage equality’

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Following recent victories for same-sex marriage in Maine, Maryland and Washington state this election cycle, the Human Rights Campaign on Sunday announced the launch of a national TV ad campaign aimed at growing public support for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Boeing says it will deny pension benefits to married same-sex couples

Saturday, November 24, 2012
The Boeing Company this week told union negotiators that it intends to deny pension survivor benefits to married same-sex couples, even though Washington State voters approved a marriage equality law earlier this month, according to a report in The Stranger. [ Read more → ]

Catholic lay group demands Knights of Columbus stop funding anti-gay marriage campaigns

Thursday, November 22, 2012
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Catholics United Education Fund (CUEF), a lay Catholic advocacy group, delivered a petition containing about 7,500 signatures to the Knights of Columbus on Tuesday, asking the Catholic fraternal organization to stop using its money to oppose same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Christian legal group: Gays can’t force Christian clerks to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A Christian legal group on Monday sent a memorandum to marriage officials in the three states where gay marriage was legalized in last week's elections, advising them they "do not have to violate their faith or conscience by personally issuing licenses to applicants who are of the same sex." [ Read more → ]

You say you want a revolution?

Sunday, November 18, 2012
The religious right is infused with pervasive, unrelenting hatred in its most ugly, unsubtle form. We are engaged in a tug of war between humanity and inhumanity as we witness the true colors of inhuman prejudices such as displayed by the right wing/GOP ... They are digging their heels in and we are again witnessing the death cries of an antiquated, stubborn, and cowardly worldview. [ Read more → ]

NOM sees one-third decline in contributions for 2011

Saturday, November 17, 2012
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) saw a steep decline in the amount of money it raised in 2011 – dropping to $6.2 million from the $9.1 million it raised the previous year, according to the Human Rights Campaign. [ Read more → ]
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel: Gay marriage my third priority for Illinois Legislature

Friday, November 16, 2012
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ranked gay marriage No. 3 on his list of priorities for the State Legislature Tuesday, placing it behind pension reform and approving a Chicago casino, reported the Chicago Sun-Times. [ Read more → ]
The Vatican

Catholic Church spent $2 million fighting marriage equality this election cycle

Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy funneled $2 million into entirely unsuccessful efforts to advance discrimination against LGBT people in the four marriage ballot states of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington this election cycle, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign. [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court reschedules conference to review DOMA, Prop 8 cases

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The United States Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it has rescheduled the private conference to review the legal appeals relating to California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]

NOM wants pro-gay companies to pay a ‘price’ in countries hostile to gay rights

Monday, November 12, 2012
Fresh from its stinging loss in five states in last week's election, the National Organization for Marriage has pledged to continue efforts to create backlash against companies that support marriage equality, by ensuring they pay a “price” in Middle Eastern countries that are hostile to gay rights. [ Read more → ]

Harnessing momentum from a historic election

Friday, November 9, 2012
Without a doubt, election night was a landslide victory for equality. Watching the historic results roll in on issues and candidates that matter to the progress of civil rights for LGBT people was truly a snapshot of just how much, and how quickly, this country has changed on social issues. ... Election night also saw the end of a long pattern of losses for state-level marriage equality at the ballot box... [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Perkins: If Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage, it could lead to ‘revolution’

Friday, November 9, 2012
While discussing the string of election night victories for marriage equality on Thursday, Tony Perkins declared that if the Supreme Court legalizes it Christian conservatives will never accept it because, like abortion, they know that "it's unnatural for two men to be married." [ Read more → ]

Autopsy on an election: Ten things we learned in 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012
The culture war is over. For real. GOP strategist Karl Rove needs to tear that chapter from his playbook and burn it in the nearest fireplace. The tired old tactics of the Far Right to demonize LGBT Americans and minorities no longer work. Just look at the ballot box on Nov. 6 for proof... [ Read more → ]
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