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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New poll in Maine: Voter support for same-sex marriage increasing

Saturday, April 7, 2012
The Maine People’s Resource Center has released the results of a new public opinion poll of likely Maine 2012 voters, and shows support for marriage equality has increased to 58 percent, with opposition about 40 percent. [ Read more → ]
Zach Wahls

Zach Wahls to co-chair Family Equality Council’s ‘Outspoken Generation’

Friday, April 6, 2012
WASHINGTON — Zach Wahls — the the former University of Iowa student whose impassioned testimony in support of marriage equality went viral last year — will serve as co-chair for “The Outspoken Generation,” the Family Equality Council’s national youth advocacy initiative involving the young adult children of LGBT parents. [ Read more → ]
Mormon Temple in Kensington, Md.

Mormons working to overturn Maryland marriage equality law

Friday, April 6, 2012
Members of the Mormon Church in Maryland are working to overturn the state’s recently passed marriage equality law, according to an email obtained by the Washington Blade. [ Read more → ]
Brian Brown

Anti-gay group calls for federal probe of HRC, IRS

Friday, April 6, 2012
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the anti-gay group leading efforts to oppose same-sex marriage laws, is calling for a federal investigation of the Human Rights Campaign and the IRS. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge: Denial of benefits to same-sex spouse is discriminatory

Thursday, April 5, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge this week ruled that the denial of insurance coverage to the same-sex spouse of a federal court employee in San Francisco was an act of discrimination. [ Read more → ]

Advocates seeking to overturn Defense of Marriage Act optimistic

Thursday, April 5, 2012
BOSTON — There was optimism in the air outside the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse after advocates seeking to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act emerged from the first-ever appellate hearing on the constitutionality of the law. [ Read more → ]

School official apologizes for publicly humiliating gay student

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. -- A school administrator has apologized to a senior at Fullerton Union High School for publicly disqualifying him from the "Mr. Fullerton" competition, an annual school event, after the student voiced his support for same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Oral arguments heard in historic DOMA challenge

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
BOSTON — Oral arguments in a landmark legal proceeding challenging the Defense of Marriage Act unfolded Wednesday, marking the first time an appeals court has heard a challenge to the anti-gay federal law. [ Read more → ]
Mike Dewine

Ohio AG certifies petition for marriage equality amendment

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced that he had certified the petition for the proposed constitutional amendment that would repeal the state's existing ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Poll: 60 percent of N.C. voters oppose constitutional ban on gay marriage

Monday, April 2, 2012
ELON, N.C. -- A Elon University Poll released Monday found that six out of ten persons in North Carolina would oppose an amendment to the state constitution that prevents any same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships or civil unions. [ Read more → ]

SPLC condemns House Republicans’ intervention in disabled veteran’s case

Monday, April 2, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Monday condemned efforts by House Republicans to prevent a decorated 12-year U.S. Army veteran and other married gay and lesbian veterans from receiving the same disability benefits provided to their married heterosexual counterparts. [ Read more → ]

Seattle gay man’s email campaign hopes to discourage support for marriage ban

Sunday, April 1, 2012
A Seattle gay man has embarked on a personal letter writing campaign, contacting Washington residents who backed a failed 2009 measure that sought to overturn the state's "everything but marriage" civil unions law, in hopes that his story might discourage them from supporting this year's effort to overturn the recently passed marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]

Marriage vs. full LGBT equality the focus of media summit

Sunday, April 1, 2012
While it is easy to say that hundreds of thousands of people would benefit from marriage equality, it is also true that many of those people already live in places where most of the heavy lifting has been done and they have secured nondiscrimination laws, have working LGBT health clinics, a community center and a safe place for LGBT youth? But what about the vast majority of LGBT people in this nation who don’t have any protections from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations? [ Read more → ]
Nancy Pelosi and Hoyer

Pelosi, Hoyer rebuke Boehner for DOMA defense in veteran case

Saturday, March 31, 2012
WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leaders are continuing to criticize Speaker John Boehner for defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court and accuse him of going beyond his existing authority in defense of the anti-gay law ahead of his planned intervention in a lesbian veteran’s litigation against the statute. [ Read more → ]
Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney’s PAC secretly donated $10,000 to anti-gay NOM

Friday, March 30, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Documents sent to the Human Rights Campaign and released Friday reveal that Republican presidential front runner Mitt Romney confidentially donated $10,000 to the National Organizational for Marriage via the Alabama chapter of his political action committee, “Free and Strong America.” [ Read more → ]

The GLAAD Wrap: ‘Bully’ film opens, Matt Bomer on ‘Glee,’ Lambda literary awards

Friday, March 30, 2012
Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBT-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend. [ Read more → ]

NOM’s malodorous methods fan the flames of hate

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Given what we now know, young minorities that embrace NOM should not feel cool, but instead should realize that they are tools that are doing the bidding of a few overpaid white zealots with an insincere political agenda cooked up in a banal Washington conference room. This is not truly about reflecting Black or Latino culture, but promulgating a wicked culture of corruption where the lies of scheming lobbyists are slickly packaged and cunningly sold to voters. [ Read more → ]

California Democrats to help fight anti-gay measure in North Carolina

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A big win for marriage in New Hampshire, and California Democrats pledge to help the campaign to stop an anti-gay measure in North Carolina. But with alarming poll numbers out this week, will that help be enough? [ Read more → ]

Bank of America executive: N.C. anti-gay marriage amendment would be ‘disastrous’

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A top executive at Bank of America this week denounced a proposed constitutional amendment in North Carolina that would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, and said the initiative would be "disastrous" to the state's business climate. [ Read more → ]

Stephen Baldwin reverses course: ‘Absolutely’ supports legal recognition for gay couples

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Actor Stephen Baldwin, appearing Friday on the Rosie O'Donnell show, said he "absolutely" supports legal recognition of same-sex unions, in stark contrast to previous statements on the subject. [ Read more → ]
Marriage Equality rally in Cleveland

Hundreds participate in mass ‘illegal’ gay weddings at Cleveland rally

Saturday, March 24, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio - More than 200 gay and lesbian couples from across the state of Ohio gathered in traditional wedding attire to participate in what organizers called the "largest illegal mass wedding ever held." [ Read more → ]

N.C. anti-gay marriage ad makes the case against the anti-gay amendment

Saturday, March 24, 2012
A new ad from Vote for MarriageNC, the group attempting to pass a "one man, one woman" anti-gay marriage amendment in North Carolina, uses ordinary people trying to convey a “grassroots” message. However, in many ways, the ad actually makes the case against Amendment One. [ Read more → ]

The Democratic Party is embracing marriage equality

Saturday, March 24, 2012
While I would absolutely love for the President to support marriage equality, it is not the end of the world if he waits until a second term. Michele Obama is correct to suggest that the most critical component in securing such rights is ensuring fair-minded judges sit on the Supreme Court. If any one of the current GOP candidates were elected, it would almost guarantee that the high court would include an intolerant majority hostile to LGBT rights. [ Read more → ]

White House responds to Warren’s remarks on same-sex marriage

Saturday, March 24, 2012
WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said President Obama “appreciates” the views of Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren on marriage equality, but that he had no updates on the president’s own position on the issue. [ Read more → ]

Obama edging closer to marriage equality endorsement, source claims

Thursday, March 22, 2012
The odds are improving that President Obama will endorse marriage equality before the November election, according to an informed source. The chances that Obama will make such an announcement before the election are looking better than in previous months as the issue receives growing media attention. [ Read more → ]
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