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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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 → ]
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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 → ]
Bishop Joseph Tyson

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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Polls in Washington, Maine, Maryland show voter support for same-sex marriage

Monday, October 8, 2012
Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington state may be among the first ever to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box, as recent polling suggests marriage equality bills gaining support leading up to the November general election. [ Read more → ]
Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory BookerPhoto: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Rising Democratic star Cory Booker delivers fiery speech at HRC dinner

Monday, October 8, 2012
Newark Mayor Cory Booker suggested he’d pursue a gubernatorial run in New Jersey and — if elected — sign marriage equality legislation into law during a fiery keynote speech Saturday evening at the 16th annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner. [ Read more → ]
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Former Alabama Chief Justice: Gay marriage will be ‘ultimate destruction of our country’

Sunday, October 7, 2012
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is seeking to regain the office of chief justice, denounced same-sex marriage and predicted it would be the downfall of the country. [ Read more → ]
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Be the change; volunteer for marriage equality today

Sunday, October 7, 2012
Democracy is about participation — it’s about caring about an issue so much that you’ll go door-to-door in your neighborhood talking to voters about marriage equality. Heck, you might not even be in your neighborhood. We’re so quick to judge when we lose an amendment or a referendum, but how quick are we to be out knocking on doors and making calls for equality? [ Read more → ]
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The effects of marriage referendums and what to do about them

Sunday, October 7, 2012
This November, four states (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington) have marriage definition questions on their ballots. Within the LGBT community and society at large, we often think of the effects of these elections in terms of whether or not marriage equality will expand to another state, or whether yet another state will ingrain discrimination into its constitution. What we don’t consider — but we ought to — is the toll that these referendums can take on LGB people during the election season itself. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: Ruling on ‘homosexual sodomy’ is easy

Friday, October 5, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Noted conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told an audience at the Washington D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute that "it’s 'easy' to render a verdict" on same-sex marriage "when you apply the words in the Constitution as they were intended by its framers." [ Read more → ]
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at a recent D.C. fundraiser for Marylanders for Marriage Equality.Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

Democracy for America to ask members to support state marriage campaigns

Friday, October 5, 2012
The Washington Blade has learned that Democracy for America will ask its supporters to donate to the four statewide same-sex marriage campaigns. [ Read more → ]
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Poll: Large majority of Illinois Catholics support same-sex unions

Thursday, October 4, 2012
After releasing poll data showing a 10-point increase in support for same-sex marriage among Illinoisans, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University released new data Monday showing a majority of Illinois Catholics also approve of gay and lesbian unions. [ Read more → ]
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Poll: Majority of Latinos favor same-sex marriage

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
MIAMI -- A new poll from NBC Latino/IBOPE Zogby released Wednesday finds that 60 percent of Latinos surveyed support same-sex marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
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Former NFL commissioner donates $100,000 to Md. marriage campaign

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Former National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Tuesday announced that he and his wife have donated $100,000 to the campaign to defend Maryland’s same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]
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NFL’s Matt Birk: ‘Defending traditional marriage is in line with God’s will’

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Just two days after penning an op-ed in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in which he wrote that “same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children," Baltimore Ravens center (and former Minnesota Viking) Matt Birk reiterated his opposition to marriage equality in a video supporting Minnesota's proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Supreme Court refuses NOM’s challenge to Maine donor laws

Monday, October 1, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied another request from an anti-gay group challenging financial disclosure laws in Maine that require the organization to reveal who donated to the 2009 marriage ballot initiative campaign. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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