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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Education Secretary Arne Duncan: ‘Yes I do’ support marriage equality

Monday, May 7, 2012
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday became the second Obama Administration official in as many days to publicly announce his support for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Catholic Church political mailer draws complaint to N.C. elections board

Sunday, May 6, 2012
The Catholic Dioceses of North Carolina have contributed $100,000 in support of Amendment One, a ballot initiative that goes before voters Tuesday, and if approved, would amend the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Joe Biden: ‘I am absolutely comfortable’ with same-sex marriage

Sunday, May 6, 2012
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden on Sunday said he he doesn't think that there should be any legal barriers to same sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Bill Clinton urges N.C. voters to reject ban on same-sex marriage

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has recorded a "robo call" to mobilize North Carolinians to vote in opposition to Amendment One, a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Eleven state Democratic Party chairs support marriage equality plank in national platform

Friday, May 4, 2012
WASHINGTON – Eleven state Democratic Party chairs from across the country have joined in support of a marriage equality plank in the party’s national platform. [ Read more → ]

We are now all members of Billy Graham’s church… whether we like it or not

Thursday, May 3, 2012
The last time I checked, I never signed up for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. I don’t even like his church, yet he thinks I should be forced against my will to live by its rules. Do we now make our civil laws based upon Christian Sharia? Do we all have to follow his version of the Bible or be punished by government? And if this is the case, are we really a free country? Are we really much different than Iran, or is it only by a matter of degrees or a matter of time until these so-called “Christian Supremacists” get their filthy and corrupt paws on all of our laws? [ Read more → ]

Billy Graham urges North Carolina voters to ban marriage equality

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Famed televangelist Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday urged North Carolina voters to support an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage, [ Read more → ]
Dave Strohmaier

Montana candidate for U.S. Congress airs marriage equality campaign ad

Monday, April 30, 2012
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Montana Congressional Candidate Dave Strohmaier, who is running as a progressive Democrat Montana's single seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, has released his first political commercial, a groundbreaking campaign ad that endorses marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Civil unions close in Colorado, only a few days until N.C. votes on marriage equality

Monday, April 30, 2012
Civil unions advance in Colorado, but old foes are joining forces in Maine. There's just a few days left until North Carolina votes on an extreme constitutional amendment, and the race is getting closer and closer every day. [ Read more → ]

Wise up, Dustin Lance Black!

Sunday, April 29, 2012
The moment I saw Dustin Lance Black’s headline in the Hollywood Reporter all my admiration came a-tumbling. While one cannot disregard the work of the screenwriter turned activist and its impetus on marriage equality, his latest critique of President Obama, and worse yet its luminous abode engorges like an unwelcome cloud on a sunny day. As an activist in the community, I want to clearly disassociate myself from the ominous loom of Black’s threatening blur... [ Read more → ]

Colorado Senate advances civil unions bill, doubt surrounds House possibilities

Friday, April 27, 2012
DENVER -- The Colorado state Senate on Thursday gave its final approval to a bill that would establish civil unions here. But before the Senate even took up the matter, the legislation appeared Dead On Arrival in the House of Representatives. [ Read more → ]

Homecoming: Fight for marriage equality extends to United Kingdom

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Coalition for Equal Marriage, a British marriage equality advocacy group, has released this new video in support of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom. [ Read more → ]
Pat Steadman

Colorado civil union bill moves one step closer to House showdown

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
DENVER -- The Colorado State Senate on Wednesday gave its initial blessing to a bill that would establish civil unions here. [ Read more → ]

Colorado searches for civil union sponsor, early voting begins on NC marriage ban

Monday, April 23, 2012
Civil unions head to the Senate in Colorado, but nobody seems to be quite sure who's going to sponsor the bill once it reaches the House. Early voting's begun in North Carolina, just in time for a big TV ad buy starting this week. And the bumpy road to repealing Ohio's marriage ban just got bumpier... [ Read more → ]

Vatican rebukes ‘radical’ U.S. nuns for ‘promoting issues of social justice’

Saturday, April 21, 2012
The Vatican this week rebuked the Leadership Conference of Women Religious – an umbrella group representing most American nuns – for spending too much time “promoting issues of social justice” and failing to speak out often enough about “issues of crucial importance to the life of the church and society,” such as gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Pew Research Poll- Social Issues Rank as Lowest Priorities

Pew Research Poll: Social issues rank lowest among voter priorities

Thursday, April 19, 2012
WASHINGTON -- As voters continue to focus on the economy and jobs as top issues, President Barack Obama's lead over Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, has narrowed from a 12 points last month to a slim 49 percent to 45 percent advantage. [ Read more → ]

Colorado civil unions bill headed to Senate floor

Thursday, April 19, 2012
DENVER -- The Colorado state Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved SB-2, a bill to recognize same-sex civil unions. It passed 5-4 on a party-line vote with all Democrats voting yes and all Republicans voting no. The bill will be debated and voted on in the full Senate next week. [ Read more → ]
Barry Morgan

Anglican Archbishop Of Wales backs same-sex marriage in UK

Thursday, April 19, 2012
LLANDDUDNO, Wales, UK -- Dr. Barry Morgan, the Archbishop of Wales, on Tuesday lent his support to same-sex marriage during a meeting of the Church in Wales' governing body, and gave an impassioned plea for Anglicans to be more tolerant towards homosexuals. [ Read more → ]

New Bern, N.C. passes resolution supporting ban on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
NEW BERN, N.C. -- Aldermen of New Bern, N.C., on Tuesday passed a controversial resolution that supports amending the state's constitution banning same-sex marriage, which is to be put before North Carolina voters in a ballot initiative on May 8. [ Read more → ]
Fullerton Union High School

School official who thwarted gay teen’s pageant candidacy returns to duties

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. -- The Fullerton Union High School assistant principal who was removed from campus after he disqualified a gay student from the school's Mr. Fullerton pageant, will return to his job on Wednesday, according to school district officials. [ Read more → ]

Baldwin calls for marriage equality plank in Democratic party platform

Monday, April 16, 2012
U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin has joined the chorus of those calling for an endorsement of marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform, saying the inclusion of such language would be a “statement of values.” [ Read more → ]

State lawmaker: Votes ‘aren’t there’ for marriage equality in Illinois

Monday, April 16, 2012
Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris (D–Chicago) said he would not call his same-sex marriage bill to a vote during the Spring legislative session in the General Assembly. He said the votes “aren’t there” and he doesn’t see an advantage of having legislators on the record as a “no” when they could later become a “yes” vote. [ Read more → ]
Maggie Gallagher and Fred Karger

Fred Karger wants proof of NOM’s Maggie Gallagher’s elusive husband

Friday, April 13, 2012
Republican presidential hopeful Fred Karger on Thursday issued a press release speculating that Maggie Gallagher -- the co-founder and former chair of the National Organization for Marriage -- has either divorced her husband of 18 years or was never married to him at all. [ Read more → ]

Court denies request to expedite gay troops’ DOMA case

Friday, April 13, 2012
A Massachusetts federal court has turned down a request from attorneys representing gay troops to move up the deadline for House Republicans to intervene in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
Matt Barber

Matt Barber calls Jimmy Carter ‘an apostate’ for backing marriage equality

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Liberty Counsel deputy Matt Barber attacked former president Jimmy Carter, who in a new study Bible writes that he supports marriage equality for gays and lesbians, as “an apostate” in an interview with LifeSiteNews. [ Read more → ]
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