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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Chris Christie

New Jersey governor vetoes marriage equality bill, as expected

Friday, February 17, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie on Friday afternoon vetoed a bill approved by the state legislature that would legalize same-sex marriage -- just six hours after it reached his desk. [ Read more → ]

Maryland marriage debate delayed; supporters agree to opposition amendment

Thursday, February 16, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Maryland House of Delegates on Thursday put off for at least one day a scheduled debate on legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, leading some to speculate that supporters lack the votes to pass the legislation. [ Read more → ]

New Jersey state Assembly passes historic same-sex marriage legislation

Thursday, February 16, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. -- The New Jersey state Assembly on Thursday approved its version of the marriage equality bill by a vote of 42-33, although political analysts noted the vote falls short of the necessary 54 votes for an override of Republican Gov. Chris Christie's promised veto. [ Read more → ]
Steav Bates-Congdon (right) and Bill Bates-Congdon

Music director at Catholic church fired for marrying partner of 23 years

Thursday, February 16, 2012
The popular music director at a Charlotte Catholic church has lost his job because he married his partner of 23 years in New York, one of seven states to recognize same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Rahm Emanuel

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pledges support for marriage equality bill

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel pledged his support for a new bill introduced in the General Assembly last week that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. Emanuel’s support for the bill comes nearly a day after Gov. Pat Quinn suggested that he was unsure about his stance on same-sex marriage, despite having signed the civil unions bill into law last year. [ Read more → ]
Chris Gregoire (left) and Chris Christie

Chris Christie ignores Chris Gregoire’s outreach on marriage equality

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) hopes to put the politically delicate question of same-sex marriage behind him and is prepared to swiftly veto a bill extending marriage rights to gays and lesbians, even if it means ignoring the arguments of proponents. [ Read more → ]

Gay couple sets record for longest kiss, Google sends a Valentine to gays

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Valentine’s Day 2012 was marked with more progress on marriage equality front, this time in Maryland; also a gay couple set a new world record for the longest kiss, and a Google doodle sends a Valentine to gay couples. Here's "The Wrap" for February 14, 2012... [ Read more → ]

Opponents of Washington marriage equality law launch repeal effort

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
OLYMPIA, WASH. -- Within hours of Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signing a marriage equality bill into law, opponents filed the paperwork necessary to collect signatures for a referendum to overturn the law. [ Read more → ]
Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken: Proposed NC anti-gay marriage amendment ‘goes too far’

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Singer Clay Aiken, a North Carolina native, said he loves his home state but is deeply unhappy about proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban same sex marriages. The former "American Idol" contestant spoke out about the amendment in a video posted to YouTube on Monday. [ Read more → ]

Joint Maryland house panel votes to advance marriage equality bill

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A joint panel of two committees in the Maryland state legislature on Tuesday approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Protesters shout down Santorum as he speaks against marriage equality in Washington state

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Occupy Wall Street protesters nearly drowned out Rick Santorum for 44 minutes as he tried to deliver remarks at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington on Monday night. Speaking from a balcony, Santorum sought to condemn the state’s newly-enacted same-sex marriage law and the Ninth Circuit’s ruling against Proposition 8, but was repeatedly interrupted by protesters yelling, “we are the 99 percent.” [ Read more → ]

Efforts to put Proposition 8 initiative on 2012 ballot have ceased

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The efforts to collect signatures to qualify an initiative to repeal California's Proposition 8 law, which bans same-sex marriage, have ceased, following last week's victory in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. [ Read more → ]

Marriage equality moves forward in Washington, New Jersey

Monday, February 13, 2012
Marriage equality took center stage again on Monday, with progress on both coasts -- in Washington out west, and in the east, New Jersey. [ Read more → ]
Rick Santorum

Santorum: Washington’s approval of gay marriage is ‘not the final word’

Monday, February 13, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, well known for his opposition to same-sex marriage, visited Washington state on Monday within an hour of Gov. Chris Gregoire signing the state’s same-sex marriage bill into law. [ Read more → ]
Chris Gregoire

Gov. Chris Gregoire signs Washington state marriage equality bill

Monday, February 13, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington Governor Chris Gregoire on Monday signed into law the measure passed last week by the state legislature that legalizes same-sex marriage, making Washington state the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry. [ Read more → ]

New Jersey state Senate approves same-sex marriage bill

Monday, February 13, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. -- The New Jersey state Senate on Monday voted in favor of a bill that would legalize marriage between same-sex couples, despite a vow by the Governor to veto such a bill. [ Read more → ]

Protesters say ‘gay is okay,’ LA Times says gay marriage is ‘inevitable’

Sunday, February 12, 2012
Here's the wrap-up for Sunday, February 12, 2012, and a preview on some stories making news on Monday. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Chris Gregoire (D-Wash.)

Washington governor to sign same-sex marriage bill on Monday

Sunday, February 12, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday will sign the newly passed legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state. A statehouse signing ceremony in Olympia has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. PST on Monday, the Governor's office has announced. [ Read more → ]

You mean same-sex families have children? Alert the Marines!

Sunday, February 12, 2012
The entitlement and audacity of some who oppose LGBTQ equality never ceases to amaze me. Of all of the false hysterical claims they make, the one about children has to take the cake. "If marriage equality is accepted, children will be forced to learn about gays." [ Read more → ]
Charlie Morgan

Lesbian guardsman calls on Boehner to drop DOMA defense

Saturday, February 11, 2012
WASHINGTON — A lesbian guardsman suffering from cancer called on U.S. House Speaker John Boehner this week to stop defending the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in court. [ Read more → ]

Maryland House committees hear same-sex marriage arguments

Friday, February 10, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Two committees of the Maryland House of Delegates on Friday began hearing arguments on two separate measures regarding gay marriage -- one to legalize same-sex marriage, and another that would create an constitutional amendment to ban, same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Fargo gay couple defies North Dakota law, applies for marriage license

Thursday, February 9, 2012
FARGO, N.D. — It's a first in North Dakota. In a follow-up to a story we first brought you last night, a same-sex couple applied for a marriage license seeking the same benefits as a husband and wife. [ Read more → ]

‘Truth Wins Out’ slams Newt Gingrich for hypocrisy on marriage equality

Thursday, February 9, 2012
WASHINGTON – Truth Wins Out -- a non-profit organization that fights anti- LGBT religious extremism -- placed a provocative full-page ad in the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call on Thursday admonishing Newt Gingrich for his "stunning hypocrisy" on the issue of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Santorum compares 9th Circuit to Soviet Union, calls court ‘intolerant’ for striking down Prop 8

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
During a town hall in McKinney, Texas on Wednesday, Rick Santorum lashed out at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for striking down Proposition 8, arguing that the judges displaced “intolerance” towards conservatives and labeled proponents of “traditional” marriage as “bigots” when they found the measure unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

Washington state House approves same-sex marriage bill

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to approve a same-sex marriage bill, putting the state on the cusp of becoming the seventh in the nation to offer full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]
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