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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Rep. Jerrold Nadler is calling for legislative repeal of DOMA in the wake of court rulings against the law.Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

Nadler pushes DOMA repeal, despite recent court rulings

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A New York Democrat leading the charge against the Defense of Marriage Act in Congress is stressing the need for legislative action against the anti-gay law despite a string of victories in the courts. [ Read more → ]
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N.Y. high court declines to hear appeal challenging same-sex marriage law

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York state Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal by the conservative group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, who were seeking to have New York’s same-sex marriage law overturned. [ Read more → ]
Bill and Melinda GatesPhoto: Kjetil Ree, via Wikimedia

Gates’ donate additional $500,000 to Washington marriage equality campaign

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Microsoft Chairman and co-founder Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda, have donated an additional $500,000 to the campaign to uphold Washington's state's marriage equality law [ Read more → ]
Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg pledges additional $500,000 to support marriage equality campaigns

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that he'll spend another $500,000 of his personal fortune to support marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Minnesota and Washington state in an effort to help the campaigns raise an equal amount. [ Read more → ]
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Minister describes gays as ‘predators’ during Maryland marriage rally

Monday, October 22, 2012
BALTIMORE — A California pastor referred to gays as as “predators” during an event against same-sex marriage at a local black church on Sunday. [ Read more → ]
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Vermont couple who lost discrimination suit films anti-gay marriage ad in Maine

Monday, October 22, 2012
A Vermont couple who agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a lesbian couple from New York who claimed that their Inn refused to host their wedding reception because they were a same-sex couple, appear in a new ad advocating against same-sex marriage in neighboring Maine. [ Read more → ]
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France delays plans to debate same-sex marriage

Monday, October 22, 2012
France has delayed plans to move forward with legislation to legalize same-sex marriage amid growing opposition led by religious organizations and the majority Roman Catholic Church. [ Read more → ]
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NOM mastermind Frank Schubert makes millions selling LGBT discrimination

Friday, October 19, 2012
National Organization for Marriage (NOM) strategist Frank Schubert has made nearly $3 million selling anti-LGBT discrimination in just the past year, according to NOM Exposed, a project of the Human Rights Campaign. [ Read more → ]
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Marriage equality advocate Chris Kluwe to debate an empty chair

Friday, October 19, 2012
Borrowing from Clint Eastwood's much maligned appearance at the Republican National Convention in August, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said he will debate an empty chair on the issue of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
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Poll: Battle over Minnesota gay marriage ban ‘too close to call’

Thursday, October 18, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- With less than three weeks from Election Day, the battle over Minnesota's proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is too close to call. [ Read more → ]
Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg’s Super PAC will support marriage equality initiatives

Thursday, October 18, 2012
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced the creation of his own “super PAC” to direct millions of dollars in donations to elect candidates from both parties who he believes will "focus on problem solving" and support policy issues such as legalizing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Federal appeals court: DOMA discriminates against married, same-sex couples

Thursday, October 18, 2012
NEW YORK -- A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) unconstitutionally discriminates against married same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Catholic Church, NOM responsible for 60 percent of anti-gay marriage funding in ballot states

Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Catholic Church is funneling unprecedented dollar amounts into the four states where marriage equality is on the ballot this fall – Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington – and in many cases, parishioners may not even be aware that their dollars are being used to fund discrimination, according to a new report by the Human Rights Campaign. [ Read more → ]
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Let’s keep discrimination out of Minnesota’s constitution

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I want them to remember us not as the last generation to attack our fellow citizens' individual and religious freedoms, but rather as the first one to defend the right to marry -- for everyone. And, as a Minnesotan, I want future generations to remember my state not as the latest to pass an anti-marriage amendment to its constitution, but rather as the first to defeat such a hurtful measure... [ Read more → ]
The $1.5 million cost cap that House Speaker John Boehner has allotted to defend DOMA has been reached. Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

Boehner maxes out $1.5 million cost cap for DOMA defense

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The House Republican-led panel that has taken up defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in court has maxed out the $1.5 million cost cap set to hire private attorneys to advocate for the anti-gay law, according to a report from Democratic lawmakers. [ Read more → ]
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Chris Kluwe’s campaign for marriage equality: ‘This is an issue about freedom’

Monday, October 15, 2012
Minnesota Vikings' punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken advocate for marriage equality, appears in a new video for Minnesotans United for All Families, the official campaign working to defeat Minnesota's proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Ren and Josh, married -- Love is love.

Same-sex marriage does not obstruct your religious liberty

Sunday, October 14, 2012
What is up for vote in four states this November is civil marriage. A civil marriage is a legal contract within a state; it is not a religious marriage. Pastors will still be able to perform, or not, ceremonies at their will. No pastor will be forced to marry anyone. Period. It is true today and, no matter what the vote is on Nov. 6, it will be true then as well... [ Read more → ]
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HRC commits additional $1 million to marriage equality campaigns

Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Human Rights Campaign on Friday announced it was committing an additional $1 million to the marriage equality campaigns in the four states with ballot initiatives this November. [ Read more → ]
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ESPN poll reveals where pro athletes stand on same-sex marriage

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Professional hockey players are the most supportive professional athletes on the issue of marriage equality, according to a recently published ESPN poll. [ Read more → ]
Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg donates $250,000 to Maryland marriage equality campaign

Friday, October 12, 2012
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has taken his support of same-sex marriage national by donating $250,000 to support the Maryland ballot initiative aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Nordstrom announces its support for same-sex marriage

Thursday, October 11, 2012
In an email to it 56,000 employees, Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom on Thursday announced its support for marriage equality, and the Washington state ballot initiative, Referendum 74, that would legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

U.S. senators from Maine neutral on marriage ballot initiative

Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Republican U.S. senators from Maine are no taking no position on the Maine marriage ballot initiative just weeks before voters will decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage at the polls. [ Read more → ]
Archbishop John Nienstedt

Archbishop tells woman to reject gay son or suffer eternal damnation

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- As the battle heats up in Minnesota over a proposed state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, there has been renewed outrage by statements expressed by Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt in a 2010 letter to one of his parishioners. [ Read more → ]
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Catholic bishop: Same-sex marriage ‘endangers religious liberty’

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Same-sex marriage “jeopardizes freedom rather than expands it,” and “endangers our religious liberty and the right of conscience," according to Bishop Joseph Tyson, the Catholic bishop of Yakima, Wash. [ Read more → ]
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British politician warns that same-sex marriage will turn UK into Nazi society

Monday, October 8, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, UK -- The former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, warned an audience at an anti-gay marriage rally in Birmingham on Monday that "Britain risks becoming a totalitarian state as a result of gay marriage, and could go the way of Nazi Germany." [ Read more → ]
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