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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Washington state makes it a sweep as voters approve same-sex marriage law

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
In a sweep of election night victories for marriage equality, voters in Washington state approved Referendum 74, affirming the state's same-sex marriage law, and granting gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry. [ Read more → ]
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown

National Organization for Marriage reacts: ‘We are not defeated’

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The National Organization for Marriage reacted Wednesday to its stunning loss in four states where marriage equality initiatives were on the ballot. [ Read more → ]

HRC: Landslide victory for LGBT equality up and down the ballot

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, reacted to the overwhelming electoral victories for LGBT people, calling it a milestone year with a clear mandate for equality moving forward. [ Read more → ]

Marriage votes mark ‘watershed’ moment for LGBT equality

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Even the most jaded political pundits were stunned by the four stunning victories for marriage equality on the ballot Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota voters reject proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage in Minnesota as between one man and one woman, has been defeated. [ Read more → ]
David Wiggins

Iowa justice who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage retained by voters

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa's voters have retained Justice David Wiggins on the Iowa Supreme Court, following a heated campaign by marriage equality opponents who sought to remove him from the bench following the unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa. [ Read more → ]

Maryland voters approve same-sex marriage law

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
With nearly all precincts reporting, voters in Maryland have approved the Civil Marriage Protection Act, giving same-sex couples the right to marry. [ Read more → ]

Historic: Maine voters legalize marriage equality for same-sex couples

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
In a historic and landmark vote, the state of Maine has legalized same-sex marriage by popular vote, becoming the first state in the nation to pass a marriage equality measure at the ballot box. [ Read more → ]

Spain’s Constitutional Court upholds same-sex marriage law

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Spain’s highest court on Tuesday upheld the legality of the country’s same-sex marriage law, rejecting an appeal contending that marriage in the Spanish constitution means only the union of a man and woman. [ Read more → ]

Will election results make it be a banner day for marriage equality?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
While voters across America have never approved of same-sex marriage at the ballot box, final polls in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington show that marriage equality is poised to make history today. [ Read more → ]
David Johnson

GOP lawmaker cites deceased gay brother as he fights same-sex marriage

Monday, November 5, 2012
AUGUSTA, Maine -- A Republican state lawmaker in Maine urged voters to reject the marriage equality ballot initiative while invoking the memory of his deceased gay brother, who was in a 25+ year relationship with his partner. [ Read more → ]

Final polls indicate marriage equality headed for passage in Maine

Monday, November 5, 2012
The ballot initiative to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine has a 13 percentage point lead over opponents in the latest poll conducted by Critical Insights for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. [ Read more → ]

Obama responds to 10-year-old’s heartfelt letter about her two dads

Monday, November 5, 2012
Ten-year-old Sophia penned a letter to President Barack Obama. In the letter, she told the President how happy she was that he agreed with her on the topic of marriage equality. You see, young Sophia has two dads... [ Read more → ]
Mitt Romney (left) and Barack Obama. File photos, by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Obama vs. Romney: Where the candidates stand on LGBT issues

Monday, November 5, 2012
The Washington Blade breaks down some of the most frequently cited LGBT issues and where each Presidential candidate stands on Marriage Equality, the Uniting American Families Act, ENDA, DADT and DOMA. [ Read more → ]
Parade participants exit Main Street in Uniontown into a parking lot following a procession bringing attention to traditional marriage Sunday afternoon. The event was held by the Liberty Baptist Church in North Union Township.Photo: Roberto M. Esquivel,

Baptist church leads parade to celebrate ‘traditional’ matrimony

Monday, November 5, 2012
UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- More than a 100 people marched in a parade downtown to celebrate marriage Sunday in Uniontown. [ Read more → ]
A van with anti-gay marriage signs and banners parked near an anti-Question 6 event at a Frederick park on Nov. 4.Photo: Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade

Supporters of Maryland marriage law remain hopeful going into Election Day

Monday, November 5, 2012
Supporters of Maryland’s same-sex marriage law said over the weekend they remain optimistic voters on Election Day will support Question 6. [ Read more → ]

Do anti-marriage equality ads just teach our children to bully?

Sunday, November 4, 2012
My parents are grateful I didn’t kill myself while in school. The truth is that they didn’t know how close I came. Six out of ten teenagers, in 2011, witness bullying at least once a day in school. Those who are bullied are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. When you add those numbers together, there are a lot of children in our school systems who are isolated and alone and hurting... [ Read more → ]

Latest poll: Majority of Minnesota voters oppose marriage amendment

Sunday, November 4, 2012
The proposed Minnesota marriage amendment, which would define marriage as between one man and one woman, does not appear to have the support of a majority of voters, according to the final pre-election day poll by Public Policy Polling. [ Read more → ]
Tina Beattie

Catholic university revokes fellowship for theologian who backs gay marriage

Sunday, November 4, 2012
SAN DIEGO -- A British theologian claims that the University of San Diego has withdrawn a fellowship and revoked a speaking invitation because she signed a letter supporting civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United Kingdom. [ Read more → ]
Chris Kluwe

Kluwe quits Pioneer Press blog in response to pro-marriage amendment editorial

Saturday, November 3, 2012
Minnesota Vikings punter and marriage equality advocate Chris Kluwe announced Saturday he would no longer blog for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press after the newspaper published an editorial on a proposed marriage amendment that Kluwe called an "obfuscation and selected presentation of arguments." [ Read more → ]
Republican N.H. gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne (left) and Democratic N.H. candidate Maggie Hassan.Photos via Wikimedia.

Marriage equality at stake in New Hampshire gubernatorial race

Saturday, November 3, 2012
The outcome of the gubernatorial race in New Hampshire could be crucial in determining the fate of marriage equality in the state, which was the first to have a governor sign it without it being taken away through referendum. [ Read more → ]
Marco RubioFile photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Rubio participating in NOM robocalls against marriage equality

Friday, November 2, 2012
Rising Republican star Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is speaking out against same-sex marriage in robocalls being sent to voters in states deciding the issue at the ballot and presidential election swing states, according to an anti-gay group. [ Read more → ]

Religious Right Rabbi blames Hurricane Sandy on gays, marriage equality

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency is blaming Hurricane Sandy on gays and lesbians, calling it “divine justice” for New York’s new marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt makes $100K contribution to HRC’s marriage efforts

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, on Wednesday announced a $100,000 gift from actor Brad Pitt to support the organization’s marriage efforts. [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court to decide on Prop 8, DOMA cases in late November

Monday, October 29, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court this morning indicated that it will consider whether to grant review in Hollingsworth v. Perry (formerly Perry v. Brown), the federal constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8. [ Read more → ]
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