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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Colorado Civil Union Act dies after House leaders shut down session before vote

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
DENVER -- Unable to reach a compromise on how or when the Colorado Civil Union Act would be debated by the House of Representatives, leaders of both parties announced at about 11 p.m. Tuesday: the bill is dead. [ Read more → ]
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N.C. voters approve constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
North Carolina voters on Tuesday approved Amendment One, a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the Associated Press has reported. [ Read more → ]
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Biden releases the marriage genie

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
President Obama and Vice President Biden are an amusing study in contrasts. Obama is deliberate, contemplative and takes his time to evaluate an issue or problem before venturing a solution. Biden, meanwhile, wears his heart on his sleeve and frequently finds himself in trouble for talking out of turn. So it was on Sunday, when Biden appeared to endorse marriage equality during an interview on “Meet the Press.” [ Read more → ]
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We Will Not Be Erased…

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
It’s been said that telling our stories is what will make the biggest difference in the end. It’s easy to see the statistics that have changed since more and more people have come out and more and more of our loved ones have changed their minds about support for our equality. [ Read more → ]
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Author: Marriage amendment is about forcing ‘anti-religious values’ on children

Monday, May 7, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Author Orson Scott Card, primarily known for his science fiction writings, says "there is no need to legalize same sex marriage" in North Carolina, because there are “no laws left standing that discriminate against gay or lesbian couples." [ Read more → ]
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All eyes on Colorado civil unions, North Carolina marriage vote

Monday, May 7, 2012
Civil unions are close to passing in Colorado, but there's only a few days left before the legislature adjourns. We're getting down to the wire on Amendment One in North Carolina. The Prop 8 play is getting new legs as an audiobook. And the guys behind "We Are Young" have some strong words for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
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Axelrod: Biden’s views on marriage ‘consistent’ with Obama’s

Monday, May 7, 2012
The Obama campaign maintains the views Vice President Joe Biden expressed on marriage equality were “entirely consistent” with the president position’s on the issue because both Obama and Biden believe married gay couples shouldn’t be denied the rights enjoyed by straight couples. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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