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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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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

Pat Robertson implores woman not to attend sister’s same-sex wedding

Friday, March 9, 2012
Today on the 700 Club, a woman asked Pat Robertson whether it was appropriate for her to serve as a bridesmaid or even attend her lesbian sister’s wedding to another woman, and if that breaks up the union between them, well... "tough luck." [ Read more → ]

Poll: North Carolina voters oppose constitutional ban on gay marriage

Friday, March 9, 2012
ELON, N.C. -- A new Elon University Poll released Friday shows that a majority of North Carolinians oppose Amendment One, a constitutional amendment on the May 8, 2012, North Carolina primary ballot that bans relationship recognitions and threatens protections for the state’s unmarried couples. [ Read more → ]

Catholic diocese cuts homeless funding over director’s support of gay marriage

Friday, March 9, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento has announced it would no longer provide funding for Francis House, one of the largest shelters serving homeless people in Sacramento, because its new director spoke in support of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Majority of Maryland voters support same-sex marriage law

Friday, March 9, 2012
A poll released Thursday shows that 52 percent of a sample of registered voters in Maryland would “definitely” or “probably” vote in favor of the state’s same-sex marriage bill in a referendum expected to be held in November. [ Read more → ]
Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict denounces efforts toward legalizing gay marriage in U.S.

Friday, March 9, 2012
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI on Friday denounced the "powerful political and cultural currents" seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States, and urged U.S. bishops to strengthen their teaching of the evils of premarital sex and cohabitation. [ Read more → ]

Poll suggests Maine voters likely to approve same-sex marriage this fall

Thursday, March 8, 2012
A new poll suggests that Maine voters are likely to reverse their 2009 decision and legalize same-sex marriage when the issue is once again considered at the ballot box later this year. [ Read more → ]

Is Obama abdicating party leadership on same-sex marriage?

Thursday, March 8, 2012
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney deflected a series of questions Thursday on whether President Obama is deferring his role as party leader by withholding support for same-sex marriage as other Democrats vocally support it. [ Read more → ]
Jim Messina

Obama campaign ducks question on marriage in Democratic platform

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The Obama camp continues to have no answers on whether President Obama will complete his evolution to endorse marriage equality and support including it in the Democratic Party platform. [ Read more → ]
Antonio Villaraigosa

LA mayor Villaraigosa supports marriage equality plank in Democratic platform

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who serves as chair of the Democratic National Convention and a co-chair of the "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" coalition, has announced his support for a marriage plank in the Democratic Party's 2012 national platform [ Read more → ]

Ousted Iowa Supreme Court justices to receive JFK ‘Profiles in Courage’ award

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
BOSTON -- Three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were ousted from the bench in a retention vote after ruling that Iowa's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, will be honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, according to an announcement by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. [ Read more → ]

Fischer: Gays already have marriage equality, want ‘special’ rights

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
If Bryan Fischer's opposition to marriage equality is rooted in concerns that it would grant to gays "special treatment that is denied to other folks," allow us to reassure him that when gay marriage is legalized, he will have the very same right to marry the man of his dreams as everyone else. [ Read more → ]
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