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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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
Brian Brown

NOM: We’ll hold every N.H. lawmaker ‘accountable’ for pro-gay marriage vote

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown on Wednesday pledged to hold "every" New Hampshire lawmaker accountable for failing to repeal the state's marriage equality law -- all 211 of them. [ Read more → ]
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Grammy winner Jason Mraz is an ‘American for Marriage Equality’

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on Wednesday debuted a new video ad featuring Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Jason Mraz supporting its Americans for Marriage Equality campaign. [ Read more → ]
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NOM launches boycott after Starbucks rejects anti-gay marriage sentiment

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
SEATTLE -- The National Organization for Marriage on Wednesday announced it has launched a boycott of Starbucks after the coffee giant's chief executive flatly rejected a complaint by the NOM that it reconsider its support of marriage equality for gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]
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GOP-dominated New Hampshire House rejects gay marriage repeal

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
In a dramatic surprise and major victory for supporters of marriage equality for same-sex couples, the Republican-dominated New Hampshire House voted Wednesday (March 21) not to repeal the state’s two-year-old marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
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EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Warren pledges to lead on LGBT rights

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Elizabeth Warren, who is running to unseat U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), pledged to support a series of pro-LGBT initiatives and called on President Obama to endorse marriage equality in an exclusive interview with the Washington Blade on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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White House: Same-sex families ‘deserve legal protections, ability to thrive’

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, White House press secretary Jay Carney responded to a question about First Lady Michelle Obama’s comments at various campaign stops yesterday defending same-sex couples right to “love whomever they choose.” [ Read more → ]
Bob Vander Plaats

Marriage equality opponents, supporters rally at Iowa state capitol

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Hundreds of gay marriage opponents gathered at the Iowa state capitol on Tuesday, where they prayed, sang and lobbied lawmakers to approve a ballot referendum to overturn the state’s marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
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In effort to repeal same-sex marriage, NOM now supports civil unions

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The National Organization for Marriage has endorsed a civil unions bill in New Hampshire, a stark departure from its well documented record of opposing any type of legal relationship for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Jimmy Carter: Marriage equality for gays is ‘very fine’ with me

Monday, March 19, 2012
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter thinks it's "very fine" for gays and lesbians to marry. "In all of [Jesus'] teachings about multiple things -– he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies." [ Read more → ]
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Anti-gay marriage vote looms in N.C., and a close call in Washington state

Monday, March 19, 2012
It's coming down the wire in North Carolina, where an anti-gay ballot measure is looking an awful lot like the Prop 8 fight all over again. Meanwhile Denver Republicans vote to support civil unions, we'll get a vote this week on ending marriage equality in New Hampshire, and President Obama speaks out against an anti-gay ballot measure. [ Read more → ]
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What to consider before tying the knot: An LGBT primer

Sunday, March 18, 2012
As the tide of marriage equality begins to turn, with same gender nuptials becoming a reality for increasing numbers of couples, along comes a perfectly-timed guide to provide insight into what elements to consider before taking such a step. [ Read more → ]
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Maryland gay marriage opponents launch ballot referendum petition drive

Thursday, March 15, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Opponents to the Maryland law signed by Governor Martin O'Malley last month that would give same-sex couples the right to marry, have officially begun their effort to overturn the law. [ Read more → ]
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Washington gay marriage opponents launch drive to overturn law

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Opponents of same-sex marriage began collecting signatures in Washington state on Wednesday in hopes of blocking the state's new marriage equality law before it can go into effect this summer, just one day after a Superior Court judge cleared the way for opponents to begin the petition drive. [ Read more → ]
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Ben & Jerry’s rebrands ice cream to support UK marriage equality effort

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
With the debate for marriage equality taking place in England’s Parliament this month, Ben & Jerry’s United Kingdom arm has renamed their Apple Pie “flavor” as “Apple-y Ever After.” [ Read more → ]
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New polling reveals increasing support for marriage equality

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- There's been a ton of new polling data from around the country, and it's all encouraging. And more bad news for the National Organization for Marriage: they're under investigation by the Minnesota Elections Board, and the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to play along with their attempts to hide donors. [ Read more → ]
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Pennsylvania House committee abruptly yanks anti-gay marriage bill

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The House State Government Committee on Tuesday abruptly delayed its vote on a measure that would establish an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, redefining marriage as “the legal union of only one man and one woman.” [ Read more → ]
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Pennsylvania House committee to vote on anti-gay marriage amendment

Monday, March 12, 2012
HARRISBURG, Penn. -- A Pennsylvania state House committee is scheduled to vote on Tuesday on a bill that would “define” marriage as a union between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]
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Ohio Attorney General rejects petition to repeal state’s ban on gay marriage

Sunday, March 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine on Friday rejected a petition for seeking a ballot measure to amend the Ohio constitution and repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

Boehner may intervene soon against gay troops’ DOMA lawsuit

Sunday, March 11, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Republican-led House panel may intervene as soon as next week against litigation that aims to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that it unfairly prohibits gay troops from obtaining benefits for their same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]
Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope chooses war — I choose self-defense

Saturday, March 10, 2012
With the rhetoric being used by the Pope to his bishops, I have every reason to believe that these are not words of someone struggling to understand the reality of LGBT persons, these are the orders of attack given by a supreme commander to his highest officials. [ Read more → ]
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