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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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 → ]
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ginsburg predicts DOMA will ‘most likely’ be before SCOTUS within the year

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
BOULDER, Colo. — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday said that she believes the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will likely go to the high court within the next year. [ Read more → ]
Jay Carney

White House staying out of Proposition 8 litigation

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to directly answer a question about whether the Obama administration wants the U.S. Supreme Court to take up litigation challenging California’s Proposition 8 or allow a lower court ruling striking down the same-sex marriage ban to stand. [ Read more → ]

Seattle Times endorses marriage equality; launches ‘I Do’ social media campaign

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
SEATTLE — In an unprecedented move, The Seattle Times on Monday declared its support for same-sex marriage, and launched a social media campaign aimed at gaining voter support for Referendum 74, the November ballot initiative that will allow voter to approve or reject the state’s new marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
Former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson.

Pro-gay Proposition 8 attorney helping Romney campaign with debate prep

Saturday, September 15, 2012
A lead attorney in the federal lawsuit against California’s Proposition 8 is facing criticism from a gay Democratic group for assisting the Romney campaign with debate preparation — despite the ticket’s support for policies that would undo his work against the same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]

GOP touts opposition to marriage equality at anti-gay summit

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Republican public officials — including the No. 2 person on the GOP presidential ticket — weaved opposition to same-sex marriage into their speeches during an annual social conservative conference in D.C. as they criticized President Obama’s policies and reaffirmed traditional values. [ Read more → ]
Mark Grisanti

New York GOP lawmaker who supported gay marriage survives primary

Friday, September 14, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), one of the four Republicans who voted in favor of a marriage equality bill last year, and who has since been targeted by the anti-gay the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) because of that vote, won his GOP primary race Thursday. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy group begins airing pro-marriage equality television ads

Thursday, September 13, 2012
SEATTLE -- Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the broad coalition working to defend the state’s marriage law, this week began airing its first television advertisement aimed at gaining voter support for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Minnesota voters split on proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Minnesota's voters are evenly divided on their support of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, according to the latest polling by North Carolina-based of Public Policy Polling. [ Read more → ]
Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali and Will Behrens in a civil union ceremony presided by a Navy chaplain at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in June 2012.

GOP senators introduce bill to prohibit same-sex ceremonies on military bases

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Two U.S. Senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would prohibit same-sex unions from being held on military bases. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to hear two additional DOMA cases

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday filed legal briefs with the Supreme Court asking justices to take up two additional cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act upon their return from summer recess. [ Read more → ]

Utah elementary school’s partnership with Chick-fil-A upsets parents

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
DRAPER, Utah -- Some parents in this suburban Salt Lake City community are expressing concern over a recent decision by Draper Elementary to have a local Chick-fil-A franchise sponsor a school spirit night, and provide catering for students celebrating birthdays during the school year. [ Read more → ]

‘Political porn:’ Mystery anti-gay attack flyer surfaces in NY Senate race

Monday, September 10, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In what many journalists and pundits are labeling "political porn," a flyer has been circulated via e-mail that attacks New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti, one of four Republicans who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the Empire State a year ago. [ Read more → ]

Singer’s poignant song humanizes marriage equality via music video animation

Monday, September 10, 2012
Australian singer-songwriter Brett Every has a wonderful gift of tapping into contemporary issues involving the LGBT community through his songs and his music videos. [ Read more → ]
Emmett C. Burns

Lawmaker backs off demand that Ravens silence player’s support of gay marriage

Monday, September 10, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Maryland lawmaker who wrote to the owner of the Baltimore Ravens professional football team last month, asking that the team silence linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo over his support of same-sex marriage, has backed off from his opposition following a national outcry after the letter was made public last week. [ Read more → ]

Marriage: What does gender have to do with it?

Sunday, September 9, 2012
When I was younger, I never dreamed of my wedding day. I don’t know why exactly, thoughts of it just didn’t excite me, they didn’t really come into my mind. It wasn’t something I thought I wanted. It’s not something I want right now, but I will in the future. I wonder who she’ll be... [ Read more → ]

Kirk Cameron: ‘Liberal press’ took his anti-gay remarks ‘out of context’

Saturday, September 8, 2012
Former “Growing Pains” actor and self-proclaimed born again Christian Kirk Cameron -- who last March said that homosexuality is “unnatural” and “destructive” to the foundations of civilization -- now says his words were simply a case of the "liberal press" looking for things to twist and take out of context. [ Read more → ]
Ann Romney

Ann Romney: Marriage equality, abortion ‘not what this election is about’

Saturday, September 8, 2012
Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on Friday declined several opportunities to discuss her position on same-sex marriage and abortion, calling them "hot button issues" that are not important to voters. [ Read more → ]

More states call for ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ to be declared unconstitutional

Saturday, September 8, 2012
The state of Vermont on Friday joined New York and Connecticut in asking a federal appeals court to rule that the law defining marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

No political party will ever regulate love

Saturday, September 8, 2012
No matter who gets elected in November – no matter who makes the laws – no matter what religious zealots say; there is no one on the face of this earth, or any other earth, who will ever be able to regulate with whom a person falls in love. ... You cannot regulate love – no matter how hard you may try – you simply can’t tell people who to love. [ Read more → ]

Michigan lesbian couple challenges state’s adoption, marriage laws

Friday, September 7, 2012
DETROIT -- A lesbian couple in Michigan, currently battling the state's ban on adoption by unmarried couples, is expanding their fight to include a challenge against the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

HRC: The 12 Best Equality Moments in Charlotte (Video)

Friday, September 7, 2012
This was a historic convention for the LGBT community in Charlotte. Dozens of speakers – including President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, activist Zach Wahls, Tammy Baldwin, Rahm Emanuel, and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – spoke out for LGBT equality as part of a broader narrative about what makes our nation strong. [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins: Starbucks’ support for marriage equality led to billions in losses

Friday, September 7, 2012
In a radio bulletin that either reveals a stunning level of ignorance or sheer insanity, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said that the National Organization for Marriage’s campaign to boycott Starbucks over its stance on gay rights called “Dump Starbucks”—which so far has collected fewer than 50,000 signers—is responsible for a $10 billion loss in profits. [ Read more → ]

House Democrats intercede on behalf of N.Y. widow against DOMA

Friday, September 7, 2012
House Democrats are yet again interceding on behalf of litigation challenging the Defense of Marriage Act — this time as one of 15 parties expected to file legal briefs before an appellate court in a case involving a lesbian New York widower. [ Read more → ]
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