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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Noson-Leiter

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 → ]
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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 → ]
election-voting

An LGBT guide to Election Night 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012
It’s a close race for the White House, a close race for Tammy Baldwin’s bid to the U.S. Senate, five unpredictable outcomes on marriage related votes, and an openly gay caucus in Congress that could total either three or six by the end of the evening. [ Read more → ]
Michael Key, Washington BladeEdith Windsor

DOJ asks Supreme Court to prioritize Windsor’s DOMA challenge

Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Obama administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to make the case of an 83-year-old New York lesbian who had to pay $363,000 in estate taxes its highest priority among the pending lawsuits challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
nom-marriage-101

AFER debunks NOM’s new marriage propaganda video

Friday, October 26, 2012
The American Foundation for Equal Rights is debunking a new video by the National Organization for Marriage -- entitled "Marriage 101" -- calling it propaganda that includes claims that NOM knows are not true. [ Read more → ]
barack_obama

Obama calls for support of state marriage equality ballot initiatives

Thursday, October 25, 2012
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Thursday reaffirmed his support for marriage equality, and called on Americans to support the freedom to marry when they vote on ballot measures in Maine, Maryland and Washington. [ Read more → ]
R. Clarke CooperExecutive Director, Log Cabin Republicans.

Log Cabin Republicans: How the LGBT GOP group has abandoned gay rights

Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Log Cabin Republicans now have squandered their last ounce of potential credibility. After 35 years in their dysfunctional relationship with the Republican Party, these gay conservatives have gotten nowhere, and are unable to admit it. And the party, after 35 years of accepting their endorsements, endowments, and votes, still degrades, derides, derogates, and vilifies all LGBT people and their families, both in its platform and in its legislation. [ Read more → ]
Chris-Kluwe

Chris Kluwe battles government agents in new marriage equality ad

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings punter and outspoken marriage equality advocate, argues against a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota in a satirical new radio ad for the group for Minnesotans for Equality. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Robert J. Anderson

Maryland pastor declares LGBT people and supporters are ‘worthy of death’

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A recent town hall meeting sponsored by the Maryland Family Alliance, a coalition working to defeat Maryland's marriage equality law, has inflamed the gay marriage debate on news that a local pastor declared that LGBT people and their supporters are “worthy of death.” [ Read more → ]
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 → ]
jim-mary-oriley

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 → ]
eiffel-tower-france

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 → ]
Frank Schubert

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 → ]
Chris Kluwe

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 → ]
vote-no

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 → ]
protect-marriage

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 → ]
minnesota

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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