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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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 → ]

NOM promotes anal-obsessed preacher Patrick Wooden… again

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Once again, the National Organization for Marriage is promoting North Carolina pastor Patrick Wooden, who stars in a video meant to drum up support for the state’s discriminatory Amendment One. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit challenging Nevada’s gay marriage ban

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Nevada on behalf of eight same-sex couples, challenging Nevada’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Maine marriage PAC distributes flyers attacking ‘sodomy based marriage’

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Opponents of a marriage equality referendum that would allow Maine voters to reverse their 2009 decision and legalize same-sex marriage when the issue is again considered at the ballot box later this year, have launched a “No Special Rights PAC," encouraging supporters to use the term "sodomy-based marriage." [ Read more → ]

Obama ‘does not support’ Minnesota’s anti-gay marriage amendment

Monday, April 9, 2012
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign on Monday issued a statement that said the President "does not support" a proposed amendment to the Minnesota state constitution that would ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ more vulnerable than ever

Monday, April 9, 2012
The Obama administration changes course in the fight to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Signature gathering is about to start in Ohio. And voters in North Carolina say they support relationship recognition -- so why are they also saying they'll vote to take it away? This week's Marriage News Watch report is here... [ Read more → ]

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 → ]
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