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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Proposed amendment seeks to undo Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, March 2, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A proposed amendment to undo Ohio’s 2004 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage ban was submitted Thursday to the state Attorney General. The amendment would change the state's Constitution to read that the definition of marriage would be “a union of two consenting adults, regardless of gender.” [ Read more → ]

Chad Griffin named president of Human Rights Campaign

Friday, March 2, 2012
The founder and president of a high-profile California-based LGBT rights group has been named as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign. HRC announced Friday that Chad Griffin, board president of the American Foundation of Equal Rights, will succeed Joe Solmonese as president. [ Read more → ]

Maryland Governor signs marriage equality bill into law

Thursday, March 1, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday signed the historic bill making Maryland next in line to join D.C. and six other states in recognizing same-sex marriage. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) [ Read more → ]

Poll: Record number of California voters now support marriage equality

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A new poll finds that nearly six out of ten California voters now support marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, a significant increase since the state voted to ban same-sex marriage a little more than two years ago. [ Read more → ]
Annise Parker

Houston pastor wants Mayor Parker to shut up about marriage equality

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
HOUSTON — A high profile Houston pastor wants openly lesbian mayor Annise Parker to resign, or stop “promoting” the legalization of same-sex marriage. Parker is a co-chairperson of a bipartisan coalition of more than 80 U.S. mayors who have publicly stated their support for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Majority of Iowans opposed to constitutional ban on gay marriage

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A majority of Iowans oppose a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, according to a recently released poll by the Des Moines Register. [ Read more → ]

Almost too many equality victories to count!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Another crazy week: Maryland’s legislature passes a marriage bill, a lawsuit widens in New Jersey, the governor of Hawaii comes out for equality, and a huge victory in a federal case against DOMA. Lately we’ve racking up so many wins, it’s getting hard to keep up. [ Read more → ]

We tear down walls of fear and hate by living openly and honestly

Sunday, February 26, 2012
Why do people oppose same-sex couples being granted full equality within American society? Why do people oppose transgender people being able to use the bathroom of their identified gender? Often, it is because they are afraid... [ Read more → ]
Joseph Backholm

Washington anti-gay activist likens gay marriage to bloodletting

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Joseph Backholm, the Executive Director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington and the leader of the Protect Marriage Washington campaign to repeal Washington’s marriage equality law, appeared on The Janet Mefferd Show Thursday where he likened same-sex marriage to the medical practice of bloodletting. [ Read more → ]

Maine marriage equality advocates qualify for second ballot referendum

Saturday, February 25, 2012
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Three years after Maine voters rejected same-sex marriage, advocates have gathered the required number of verified signatures to put the issue of marriage equality back on the November 2012 ballot, according to Maine’s Secretary of State, Charlie Summers. [ Read more → ]

GOP group appeals California court ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional

Friday, February 24, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A group of Republican members of Congress who oppose gay rights filed an appeal today of a federal judge's ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Tonya Parker

Lesbian judge refuses to officiate heterosexual marriage ceremonies

Friday, February 24, 2012
DALLAS -- An openly lesbian judge in Dallas County, Texas says she refuses to perform marriage ceremonies for heterosexual couples until the state of Texas allows same-sex partners to wed. [ Read more → ]

Opponents of Maryland same-sex marriage launch effort to overturn law

Friday, February 24, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Opponents of a marriage equality bill passed in the Maryland state legislature -- which is on its way to Gov. Martin O'Malley's desk for his promised signature -- have filed the necessary paperwork with the Maryland Board of Elections for a referendum petition to let Maryland voters decide the issue. [ Read more → ]

In reversal, same-sex marriage advocates playing offense

Friday, February 24, 2012
The issue of same-sex marriage has returned to the national stage in an unprecedented way as numerous states throughout the country are seeing action on the issue. [ Read more → ]

Maryland Senate approves same-sex marriage bill; Governor’s signature expected

Thursday, February 23, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Maryland state Senate on Thursday passed the marriage equality bill by a vote of 25-22, sending it to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who sponsored the bill and is expected to sign it soon. The measure narrowly cleared the House of Delegates last... [ Read more → ]
Neil Abercrombie

Hawaii governor: State ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Thursday, February 23, 2012
HONOLULU -- Hawaii's Governor Neil Abercrombie says that he believes the state's law prohibiting same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but his Attorney General’s office said it will continue to defend it in federal court. [ Read more → ]

Proposition 8 rehearing: What it Means

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Big news in the Prop 8 case -- the Proponents have officially challenged our Ninth Circuit victory. So let's talk about what that means for the Prop 8 case, what comes next, and when we can finally start getting married again... [ Read more → ]

Federal judge rules ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ unconstitutional in California case

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal district court judge in San Francisco ruled Tuesday (February 22) that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the rights of gays and lesbians to equal protection of the law. [ Read more → ]

Maryland senate committee approves marriage equality bill

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland Senate committee on Tuesday approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, sending the measure to the full Senate, another step closer to Maryland becoming the eighth state to legalize marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]

Prop 8 supporters ask for appellate review by entire U.S. 9th Circuit Court

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- Supporters of California's ban on same-sex marriage are petitioning a review by the entire Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel of the court ruled the marriage ban as unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Chris Christie

NJ Governor Chris Christie on same- sex marriage: ‘I won’t compromise’

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
NEW YORK -- In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan on Tuesday evening, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie said “I won’t compromise my principles for politics" regarding the issue of the same-sex marriage bill passed by the state legislature, which he vetoed last Friday. [ Read more → ]
Sam Arora

Arora aide resigns in protest after Maryland marriage vote

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A senior adviser to Maryland Del. Sam Arora has abruptly resigned in protest over Arora’s vote against the state’s same-sex marriage bill. Joshua Lapidus, Arora’s legislative director, quit Friday night just after the marriage vote in a scathing resignation letter obtained by the Washington Blade. [ Read more → ]

Student journalist attacked over pro-gay marriage editorial

Sunday, February 19, 2012
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- A student journalist at Bridgewater State University was attacked on campus Thursday evening becuase she wrote a pro-gay editorial in the college newspaper that advocated for same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Maggie Gallagher’s interview on MSNBC: ‘Your embarrassment is well deserved’

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), an anti-marriage-equality group, was interviewed on the Feb. 11 edition MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes, and it didn't go well for her.

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Eric Holder

Holder: DOJ won’t defend law barring benefits for gay troops

Friday, February 17, 2012
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Friday in a letter to Congress that the administration would no longer defend in court a law barring married gay troops from receiving spousal benefits. [ Read more → ]
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