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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New Jersey lawmakers will vote on same-sex marriage bills this month

Monday, February 6, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. — The Democratic leadership in the New Jersey state legislature on Monday announced that measures to legalize same-sex marriage will advance to floor votes by both chambers -- the majority leadership announced that the Senate had scheduled a vote for Feb. 13, followed by a vote in the House vote three days later. [ Read more → ]

Federal appeals court to rule Tuesday on constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8

Monday, February 6, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday signaled the court is ready to rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the 2008 voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in California. [ Read more → ]

WA Family Policy Institute promotes claim that gay parents molest their children, turn kids gay

Monday, February 6, 2012
One of the most prominent anti-gay groups currently working to defeat proposed marriage equality legislation in the state of Washington is the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW). Led by Joseph Backholm, FPIW has played a central role in organizing anti-gay efforts in the state... [ Read more → ]

Freedom to Marry vs. NOM on who should decide who gets married

Monday, February 6, 2012
Jeremy Hooper at Good As You calls our attention to Sunday's televised "debate" on same-sex marriage between Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson and National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown. [ Read more → ]
The Galluccio Family

Daughter of same-sex parents pleads with NJ lawmakers for marriage equality

Saturday, February 4, 2012
In Maryland, 14-year-old Sarah Crank asked lawmakers to vote "no" on marriage equality because "people have the choice to be gay" and she doesn't want to be affected by their choice. But in New Jersey this week, 15-year-old Madison Galluccio testified she should not be forced to feel like an outcast because her parents are gay. [ Read more → ]

Santorum: Gays don’t deserve ‘privilege’ of marriage because gay unions don’t ‘benefit society’

Saturday, February 4, 2012
Rick Santorum told a gay man in Fulton, Missouri Friday afternoon that he didn’t deserve the “privilege” of marriage because his same-sex relationship does not “benefit” society in the same way that opposite-sex marriage does. [ Read more → ]

New Jersey Assembly committee advances marriage equality legislation

Friday, February 3, 2012
TRENTON, N.J. -- A committee in the New Jersey State Assembly on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, setting the stage for a showdown between the Democratic-controlled state legislature, and Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who has vowed to veto the measure. [ Read more → ]

Broad coalition launched to repeal federal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Friday, February 3, 2012
WASHINGTON – A broad coalition of more than 50 civil rights, labor, progressive, faith, student, health, legal, women’s, and LGBT organizations on Thursday announced support of the Respect for Marriage Act-- the bill to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that withholds federal... [ Read more → ]

Repeal of gay marriage absent from New Hampshire’s House agenda

Thursday, February 2, 2012
CONCORD, N.H. --The New Hampshire state House legislative leadership announced Thursday they will focus on the state's economic growth and education initiatives in the 2012 session, but are leaving social issues out of the agenda -- including a repeal of the state's same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]

Federal appeals court rules Prop 8 trial videotapes to remain sealed

Thursday, February 2, 2012
A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled against the release of the videotapes of the Proposition 8 trial, the federal court challenge of California's 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Washington state Senate approves marriage equality bill

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Washington state Senate on Wednesday evening voted 28-21 in favor of SB 6239, a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. The bill, garnering three more votes than the required 25, passed with bipartisan support of 23 Democrats and four Republicans, and now moves to the House, where it already has enough support to pass. [ Read more → ]
Dan LittauerMembers of the Scottish Parliament demonstrating support for marriage equality.

Scotland likely to legalize same-sex marriage ‘by the end of 2013′

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Scotland is likely to have full marriage equality by the end of 2013 at the latest, Tim Hopkins, Director of the Equality Network, told LGBTQ Nation at a reception in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday evening. [ Read more → ]

Lawsuit challenges DOMA, Veterans Affairs over denial of benefits to married same-sex couples

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) refusal to grant equal disability benefits to an Army veteran in a same-sex marriage is a violation of the veteran’s constitutional rights, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the law firm of WilmerHale. [ Read more → ]

Federal appeals court upholds Maine law requiring anti-gay NOM to release donor list

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Maine's campaign disclosure law that requires the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage to release its donor list, but the group vowed to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent revealing who financed a $1.8 million movement that helped overturn the state's gay marriage law. [ Read more → ]

Advocates to deliver 24,000 postcards to Washington state senators prior to gay marriage vote

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. –A broad statewide coalition of organizations, congregations, unions and business associations that will work to obtain civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples in Washington State in 2012, will deliver more than 24,000 constituent postcards to every state senator on Wednesday prior to tonight's historic vote on marriage equality legislation, SB 6239. [ Read more → ]

Maryland Senate hearing on marriage equality bill draws hundreds

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Over the course of four hours on Tuesday, opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage delivered compelling testimony before a Maryland Senate committee in hopes of swaying lawmakers on a landmark bill. [ Read more → ]

New Mexico state legislator introduces anti-gay ‘Defense of Marriage’ bill

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
SANTA FE, N.M. -- A New Mexico lawmaker has reintroduced a state-level Defense of Marriage Act that would amend the constitution to ban same-sex marriage and void recognition of marriages and civil unions from other states. [ Read more → ]

Maryland youngster asks legislators to vote ‘no’ on gay marriage for her birthday

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Tuesday from advocates and opponents of the marriage equality bill currently pending in the state legislature, including 14-year-old Sarah Crank, who told legislators that it “would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage.” [ Read more → ]

Protestors rally outside Maryland state House in opposition to same-sex marriage

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- More than 300 protesters rallied outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis on Monday evening, listening to ministers and chanting slogans in opposition to a same-sex marriage bill introduced by Gov. Martin O'Malley. [ Read more → ]

Washington state House committee advances same-sex marriage bill

Monday, January 30, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Marriage equality in Washington state moved another step forward as a House panel on Monday approved its version of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines in favor of the bill, with seven Democrats voting... [ Read more → ]
Martin O'Malley

O’Malley calls for compassion, justice in debate over same-sex marriage

Monday, January 30, 2012
BALTIMORE -- Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley -- who has said legalizing marriage equality is a high priority for his administration -- underscored a need for rational thinking and polite public discourse over the issue in a speech Sunday at the 24th National Conference on LGBT Equality. [ Read more → ]

Why voting on rights is a lousy idea…

Monday, January 30, 2012
Maine, Washington, and Maryland are all closer than ever to marriage equality, but the Governor of New Jersey thinks that civil rights should be put to a popular vote -- whether it's marriage today, or school desegregation in the 1950s. This week's Marriage News Watch report is here... [ Read more → ]

Christie sees future, Santorum wears George Wallace drag

Sunday, January 29, 2012
You can’t scare the public with the gay issue anymore since they no longer are afraid to have us as neighbors. In fact, most Americans want us as their neighbors and pollsters have discovered that 47 percent of strong conservative Republicans would vote for an LGBT person running for office. [ Read more → ]
Washington state capital building

Washington state Senate committee advances marriage equality bill

Saturday, January 28, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state took another step closer to becoming the seventh state to offer full marriage equality as a Senate panel on Thursday advanced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Washington anti-gay pastor: Same-sex marriage will lead men to marry horses

Thursday, January 26, 2012
During a televised debate in Washington state on Wednesday, Antioch Bible Church pastor Ken Hutcherson claimed that legalizing same-sex marriage in the state would lead to polygamy, bestiality, and pedophilia. [ Read more → ]
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