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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U.S. Supreme Court delays decision on Proposition 8 appeal

Monday, October 1, 2012
On its first official day of the 2012-13 session, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday did not include the Proposition 8 case on the list of cases it would or would not review. [ Read more → ]

Schwarzenegger reveals he officiated two gay weddings while Calif. governor

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who maintained a public position of opposing same-sex marriage, revealed in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday that he presided over two ceremonies of gay couples while in office. [ Read more → ]
Rupert Everett

What Rupert Everett says he really meant about gay parents

Sunday, September 30, 2012
British actor Rupert Everett, who stunned the LGBT community two weeks ago when he told London’s Sunday Times that he could not "think of anything worse” for children than being raised by two gay fathers, has more to say on that subject, and same-sex marriage, as he peddles his new memoir, "Vanished Years." [ Read more → ]
Mitt Romney (left) and Barack Obama. File photos, by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Will Obama, Romney talk marriage in upcoming debate?

Sunday, September 30, 2012
This week’s presidential debate could mark the first opportunity for President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to face off on marriage in a race in which LGBT issues have figured less prominently than previous elections. [ Read more → ]

Historic U.S. Supreme Court session opens Monday

Saturday, September 29, 2012
Perhaps the most historic U.S. Supreme Court session ever for the LGBT community gets underway officially October 1, with a record nine gay-related cases seeking review, all involving same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Tasmanian Parliament’s upper house votes down same-sex marriage bill

Friday, September 28, 2012
HOBART, Tasmania, Australia -- A same-sex marriage equality bill that had passed the lower house of the Tasmanian State Parliament was voted down by the upper house after legal experts, particularly a former state chief justice, called into question the federal constitutional legality of the legislation. [ Read more → ]
Roy McDonald

GOP lawmaker who supported gay marriage defeated in New York primary

Friday, September 28, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York State Sen. Roy McDonald, one of four GOP lawmakers who voted to legalize same-sex marriage last year, was narrowly defeated in his primary race, and said he won't campaign as an Independent in the general election, and will instead back his former primary opponent. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wants to debate anti-gay lawmaker

Friday, September 28, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings punter whose profanity-laced letter to a Maryland lawmaker in defense of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support of same-sex marriage, wants to debate a Minnesota state representative who has expressed anti-gay views. [ Read more → ]
Austin, Texas

Austin city council approves resolution supporting same-sex marriage

Friday, September 28, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Austin city council on Thursday adopted a resolution supporting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, the first such measure from a Texas city. [ Read more → ]
Gigi Chao, with her father Cecil.

Male suitors flock to lesbian after wealthy father offers ‘marriage bounty’

Friday, September 28, 2012
The recently married lesbian daughter of a Hong Kong property and shipping tycoon has been flood with marriage proposals from male suitors after her father offered $65 million "marriage bounty" for any man who can win her heart and walk her down the aisle. [ Read more → ]

GOP attorney strongly defends DOMA in New York widow’s lawsuit

Thursday, September 27, 2012
NEW YORK — The House Republican attorney defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court took particular issue on Thursday with an octogenarian lesbian’s case against by the law by suggesting the timing and location of her marriage makes challenge invalid. [ Read more → ]

Poll: More Illinoisans support same-sex marriage than two years ago

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Support for same-sex marriage equality among Illinoisans has grown by 10 points over the last two years, according to a poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.)

O’Malley: Maryland marriage campaign needs to raise another $2 million

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said on Monday that the campaign to defend his state’s same-sex marriage law needs to raise another $2 million ahead of the Nov. 6 referendum. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota Catholics asked to donate money for anti-gay marriage TV ads

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's 400,000 Roman Catholic households are scheduled to receive a letter this week from all of the state's bishops, urging them to donate money for television ads asking voters to say yes to a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Another embattled GOP lawmaker who voted for same-sex marriage in NY wins primary

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
NEW YORK -- In a closely watched contest and by the narrowest of margins, Republican New York State Sen. Stephen Saland, one of four GOP senators to cast votes in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, appears headed to victory in his primary battle against challenger Neil Di Carlo. [ Read more → ]

Robison: Silence on gay marriage is like silence on allowing ‘pedophiles to play in public parks’

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
James Robison makes the case for keeping the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman by saying that remaining silent on this issue “would be like stepping back when suddenly the public has decided to allow pedophiles to play in the public parks... [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court: Proposition 8, three other LGBT cases, not on court’s list

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday included no same-sex marriage cases in its first announcement of what lower court decisions it will review during the 2012-13 session. Legal activists will almost certainly begin speculating now whether the high court is preparing to refuse to hear an appeal to preserve California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8. That action could come as early as Monday, October 1, or be pending for weeks. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Harry Jackson

Harry Jackson cites dubious studies to claim gay parents harm children

Monday, September 24, 2012
Trying to boost his campaign to generate a voter rebellion against Democrats over the issue of marriage equality, Harry Jackson wrote in his column today that legalizing same-sex marriage would harm children. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota poll shows voters split on anti-gay marraige amendment

Monday, September 24, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS — A new poll commissioned by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune shows slightly more Minnesotans favor the ballot initiative for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but that support falls just short of the 50 percent needed to pass the measure. [ Read more → ]
US Supreme Court

LGBT rights take center stage at Supreme Court: What to expect this week

Sunday, September 23, 2012
On Monday the United States Supreme Court returns from its summer break. From their very first day back on the job, the justices will begin considering what is surely the largest number of LGBT equality cases that they have ever faced in a single term. And these aren't just any cases, either. The cases on the Court's fall docket have the potential to become watershed moments in the history of the LGBT movement... [ Read more → ]
Mike Huckabee (left) and Dan Cathy

Mike Huckabee: Chick-fil-A’s reversal on anti-gay donations is ‘not true’

Sunday, September 23, 2012
Days after a local LGBT rights advocacy group and a Chicago alderman announced that Chick-fil-A had agreed to end donations to anti-gay organizations and end discrimination based on sexual orientation throughout the company, conservative former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced on his website Friday that those claims are not true. [ Read more → ]

Al Sharpton, black ministers voice support for Maryland marriage equality

Saturday, September 22, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A group of African American clergy were joined by the Rev. Al Sharpton for a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on Friday to voice their support for Maryland's marriage equality law, and to dispel the myth that all black ministers are against same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

NOM pumping $250K into anti-gay marriage campaign in Maine

Saturday, September 22, 2012
PORTLAND, Maine -- The National Organization for Marriage on Thursday transferred $250,000 to the Protect Marriage Maine political action committee, to aid in spearheading the campaign against Maine's November ballot initiative seeking to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Evan Wolfson

Freedom to Marry changes course, launches Maryland marriage PAC

Friday, September 21, 2012
The Washington Blade has learned that Freedom to Marry has formed a political action committee that will allow it to raise money to defend Maryland’s same-sex marriage law, a change of course from earlier this year when the organization declined to join the coalition of groups defending the law. [ Read more → ]

Maryland Governor to attend same-sex marriage fundraiser with Ravens’ Ayanbadejo

Thursday, September 20, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md -- Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is teaming up with the Baltimore Ravens' linebacker, Brendon Ayanbadejo, for a joint appearance next month to raise money and gain support for the state's marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
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