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Mel Evans, APNewark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, shares a laugh as he officiates the first same-sex marriage for Joesph Panessidi, center right, 65, and Orville Bell, 65, in Newark City hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

Nearly 3,000 gay couples say ‘I do’ in N.J. in first 6 months of marriage equality

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Through the end of March, a total of 2,955 same-sex couples have wed in New Jersey since Oct. 21, when marriage equality began under the orders of a state judge, reports the New Jersey Star Ledger. [ Read more → ]
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

Ohio Statehouse ban on same-sex ceremonies to get review

Thursday, April 10, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Overseers of Ohio’s Statehouse will review a seven-year-old policy that forbids same-sex couples from having their weddings and receptions in the state capitol building. [ Read more → ]
Cortesy: Mikel Razo, Mexican Wedding Photography (AP)Jeremiah Pyant, left, and Jeff Robertson, seen here during their proposal ceremony in Cancun, Mexico on Dec. 1, 2013, are among five winning couples in a wedding contest held by the American Civil Liberties Union.

ACLU announces winners in national same-sex marriage wedding contest

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union's primary work is litigation, but this month it's moonlighting as a wedding planner as part of its role in the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. [ Read more → ]
AP/InvisionSara Gilbert and Linda Perry

Sara Gilbert of ‘The Talk,’ ‘Roseanne,’ marries rock musician Linda Perry

Monday, March 31, 2014
Sara Gilbert, co-host of CBS’ “The Talk,” married rock musician Linda Perry on Sunday, her colleagues announced Monday. [ Read more → ]
Matt Sayles, APElton John and David Furnish

Elton John, David Furnish to exchange vows again to celebrate UK gay marriage

Saturday, March 29, 2014
LONDON -- Elton John and David Furnish say they plan to exchange vows for a second time to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

Complaint filed against retired Methodist bishop for presiding over gay wedding

Friday, March 14, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A retired United Methodist bishop who performed a wedding ceremony for two Alabama men after they were refused permission to marry in the church now faces formal complaints over the ceremony. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Thomas Ogletree

Methodists drop case against retired minister who officiated gay son’s wedding

Monday, March 10, 2014
A retired United Methodist Church minister accused of breaking church law by officiating his son's same-sex wedding had his case dropped by a New York bishop Monday, just a few months after another minister was defrocked for the same thing. [ Read more → ]
Victor R. Caivano,  APRussian newlyweds Alexander Emereev, left, and Dmitry Zaytsev pose with their marriage book in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The two men, who are from Sochi, planned to apply for political asylum after their marriage ceremony at the civil registry in Buenos Aires.

Russian gay couple marries in Buenos Aires, will seek asylum in Argentina

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A same-sex couple from Russia's Olympic city of Sochi has married in Buenos Aires and plan to seek asylum in Argentina. [ Read more → ]
M. Spencer Green, APCharlie Gurion, center, and David Wilk hold up their marriage license as Cook County Clerk David Orr, left looks on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Chicago.

Cook County, Ill., issues more than 80 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
CHICAGO — More than 80 same-sex couples have gotten marriage licenses in Cook County, including some from other Illinois counties who apparently didn't want to wait until gay marriage becomes legal statewide on June 1. [ Read more → ]
New Mexico

Judges in 2 N.M. counties stop officiating weddings following gay marriage ruling

Thursday, February 20, 2014
CARLSBAD, N.M. -- Judges in two southeastern New Mexico counties recently announced they will no longer officiate weddings after the state's high court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal. [ Read more → ]
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

Kan. House gives initial OK on bill to allow discrimination against gay couples

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill aimed at protecting people, groups and businesses that cite religious reasons for refusing to provide goods or services for gay weddings. [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APFormer United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer was defrocked by church officials after he officiated his gay son's wedding in Massachusetts.

Methodists in crisis over same-sex marriage, church law

Sunday, February 9, 2014
NEW YORK — The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. [ Read more → ]
Ohio

Ohio Statehouse hosted 23 weddings last year, but is off limits to gay ceremonies

Thursday, January 30, 2014
For gay and lesbian couples hoping to hold wedding ceremonies surrounded by the limestone columns and marble staircases of the Ohio Statehouse, it’s a grand location that’s totally off-limits. [ Read more → ]
Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)

Wedding fever at the Grammys: Couples say ‘I do’ to song ‘Same Love’

Sunday, January 26, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- Couples exchanged rings in the aisle at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their gay rights anthem "Same Love." [ Read more → ]
Macklemore (right) & Ryan Lewis

Grammy Awards: 34 couples to marry on-air during performance of ‘Same Love’

Sunday, January 26, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Producers for Sunday's Grammy Awards are hoping that the biggest show-stopper of the night will be the an on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay and straight -- during a live performance by hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love." [ Read more → ]
South Dakota capitol in Pierre.

S.D. to consider bills to allow businesses to refuse services for same-sex ceremonies

Saturday, January 25, 2014
PIERRE, S.D. -- Two bills filed in the South Dakota Legislature seek to protect clergy, church officials and businesspeople who refuse to provide services for same-sex marriages or receptions because of their religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker, at their wedding ceremony on Jan. 16, 2014.

Houston mayor fires back at critics over her same-sex marriage: ‘Get over it!’

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
HOUSTON -- Houston mayor Annise Parker is firing back at Republicans who say her marriage to longtime partner last week was politically motivated. [ Read more → ]
Jim Walder

Ill. innkeeper expects more legal troubles when he refuses to host gay weddings

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
PAXTON, Ill. — The owner of an Illinois inn who is the subject of a civil rights complaint for refusing to host same-sex civil union ceremonies, says he will refuse to allow same-sex weddings when the state's marriage equality law takes effect in June. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Thomas Ogletree

United Methodist Church charges second clergyman for officiating gay wedding

Friday, January 17, 2014
NEW YORK -- The United Methodist Church has formally charged another clergyman for presiding at the same-sex wedding of his son. [ Read more → ]
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker

Houston mayor Annise Parker weds longtime partner in Palm Springs

Thursday, January 16, 2014
HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that she and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard have married in California. [ Read more → ]
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner

Lily Tomlin marries partner of 42 years on New Year’s Eve

Monday, January 6, 2014
Actress and comedienne Lily Tomlin married writer Jane Wagner, her partner of 42 years, on News Years Eve, reports Liz Smith. [ Read more → ]
Reed Saxon, APAubrey Loots, right, and Danny Leclair, the first gay couple to be married aboard a float in the Tournament of Roses, kiss after being wed by the Rev. Alfreda Lanoix of the Unity Fellowship Church of Christ, left, aboard the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float in the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Rose Parade hosts its first same-sex wedding atop giant wedding cake float

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
PASADENA, Calif. — Standing atop a giant wedding cake float, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair exchanged vows New Year's Day in the first same-sex marriage during the Tournament of Roses Parade. [ Read more → ]
Eric Reed, AP/AIDS Healthcare FoundationAubrey Loots, left, and Danny Leclair, with notary Marilyn Townsend, display their signed marriage certificate just days before their Rose Parade wedding.

Rose Parade will go on with gay wedding, despite San Diego woman’s boycott

Monday, December 30, 2013
PASADENA, Calif. -- A San Diego woman calling for a boycott of the annual New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade, because two Los Angeles men will be married atop a float themed “Love is the Best Protection.” [ Read more → ]
Benjamin Zack, Standard-Examiner (AP)Patrick Freideman, left, and his husband Spencer Freideman kiss during their wedding in a hallway at the Hampton Inn in Ogden on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.

More than 900 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Utah

Friday, December 27, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — More than 900 marriage licenses have been issued to gay couples in Utah in the week after a federal judge struck down the state's ban. [ Read more → ]
Benjamin Zack, Standard-Examiner (AP)Hundreds of gay couples line up outside of the county clerk's office in the Weber Center on Monday morning, Dec. 23, 2013, the first day that Weber County began accepting applications for same-sex marriage licenses. Couples began lining up outside the building at 10 p.m. on Sunday night due to concern that the state might only issue licenses for one hour before a possible stay could be placed on the ruling that allowed same-sex marriage.

Utah officials turn to higher court to halt same-sex marriages

Monday, December 23, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state lawyers have again turned to a Denver-based federal appeals court in their bid to put a stop to gay couples getting married, saying the state should not be required to abide by one judge's narrow view of a "new and fundamentally different definition of marriage." [ Read more → ]
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