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Fayetteville Observer (YouTube)Maj. Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor kiss outside a Fort Bragg chapel.

Same-sex couple’s wedding ceremony a first at Fort Bragg’s chapel

Sunday, December 22, 2013
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The North Carolina home of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division and the Green Berets is opening the base chapel to same-sex ceremonies. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. Methodist bishop offers job to Pa. pastor defrocked over gay son’s wedding

Sunday, December 22, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — A United Methodist pastor from central Pennsylvania who was defrocked after officiating his son's gay wedding was invited by a California Methodist bishop to serve in her region in yet another sign of a split in the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination. [ Read more → ]
Kim Raff, APChris Serrano, left, and Clifton Webb kiss after being married, as people wait in line to get licenses outside of the marriage division of the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Same-sex marriage ruling catches conservative Utah off guard

Saturday, December 21, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- A day after a judge's surprise ruling overturned Utah's same-sex marriage ban, at least one county clerk intended to open early Saturday to issue licenses. And 40 minutes north of Salt Lake City, about 300 hundred people showed up at the Weber County Clerk's Office on Saturday afternoon but were later turned away without marriage licenses. [ Read more → ]
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Salt Lake County clerk issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Friday, December 20, 2013
Just hours after a federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban on Friday, a Salt Lake County Clerk issued what may be the first marriage license to a same-sex couple in Utah. [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APFormer United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer at a a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. United Methodist church officials have defrocked Schaefer, who officiated his gay son's wedding in Massachusetts.

Pa. pastor appeals defrocking over officiating gay son’s wedding

Friday, December 20, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- A United Methodist pastor defrocked for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding has appealed the decision, a move that offered the latest evidence of a split in the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination and came as yet another state legalized gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Frank Schaefer

Pa. pastor defrocked after performing gay son’s wedding

Thursday, December 19, 2013
NORRISTOWN, Pa. — United Methodist church officials defrocked a pastor from central Pennsylvania on Thursday who violated religious doctrine by officiating his gay son's wedding, and he later said he was shocked by their decision, calling his involvement in the wedding an "act of love." [ Read more → ]
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Hawaii same-sex marriage pioneer who sparked national debate weds partner

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
HONOLULU -- One of the Hawaii women who sparked the national same-sex marriage battle with a lawsuit more than 20 years ago is now legally married to another woman. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Frank Schaefer

Pa. pastor won’t quit voluntarily over officiating at gay son’s wedding

Monday, December 16, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- A United Methodist pastor vowed Monday to defy a religious order to surrender his credentials for performing a same-sex wedding, saying church officials will have to defrock him if they want him out of the ministry. [ Read more → ]
Mel Evans, APNewark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, officiates the ceremony for the same-sex marriage of Liz Salerno, left, 38, and Gabriela Celeiro, 34, center, at Newark City Hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

More than 700 same-sex couples marry in N.J. in past seven weeks

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- More than 700 same-sex couples have married or renewed their vows in New Jersey since the state allowed gay nuptials. [ Read more → ]
Rob Griffith, APGay couples, back row from left, Craig Berry, Ulyses Garcia, Narelle Majic, Ashleigh Watson, Dennis Littelow and Stephen Dawson, front row from left, Joel Player, Alan Right, Samantha Hermes, Hayley Wilson, Ivan Hinton, and Chris Teoh, pose for photos after they all took their wedding vows during ceremonies throughout Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

First same-sex weddings held in Australian capital city

Saturday, December 7, 2013
CANBERRA, Australia — Gay and lesbian couples from around Australia joined in fragile marriages in Canberra on Saturday under the nation's beleaguered same-sex union laws that face a challenge in the courts within a week. [ Read more → ]
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Judge orders Colo. bakery to offer wedding cakes for same-sex couples

Friday, December 6, 2013
DENVER -- A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. [ Read more → ]
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Same-sex weddings account for 17% of marriages in Washington state

Thursday, December 5, 2013
SEATTLE -- Same-sex weddings made up 17 percent of marriages in Washington this past year, the first year gay marriages were legal in the state, state officials reported Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy photo (AP)Rev. Frank Schaefer (right) and his son Tim.

To the Bishop judging the minister who officiated his gay son’s wedding…

Sunday, December 1, 2013
In 1990, I fell in love. I met a beautiful man named Paul who shared my values, my heart and my soul. We quickly knew that we intended to spend the rest of our lives together. We were not looking for legal protection or rights, and the public conversation about same sex marriage and marriage equality really had not even begun. We just sought to solemnize our relationship into s spiritual marriage. My parents had been on their own journey accepting my sexual orientation, and they had evolved to the point that they felt comfortable approaching the minister of their church that they had supported significantly for years... [ Read more → ]
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, AP

Final wedding plans underway as gay couples in Hawaii prepare to say ‘I do’

Friday, November 29, 2013
HONOLULU -- Some same-sex couples plan to get married as soon as they're able to do so legally in Hawaii on Monday. A ceremony for six couples at the Sheraton Waikiki is one of several wedding events taking place soon after 12:01 a.m., when a... [ Read more → ]
Timmy Samuel, Courtesy of Starbelly Studios (AP)This June 2011photo provided by Starbelly Studios in Chicago shows Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert smiling during their civil union ceremony at Millennium Park in Chicago.

Terminally ill woman, partner to be first same-sex couple to marry in Illinois

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
CHICAGO -- Even as they celebrated their home state becoming the 16th to legalize same-sex marriage, Chicago couple Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert couldn't help but feel bitter disappointment: Marriages cannot legally start in Illinois until June 1, 2014, a day one of them might not live to see. [ Read more → ]
St. Louis Post-DispatchPastor Matt Hunt presides over the wedding of Carley Mitchell (left) and Kara Quartz-Mitchell.

Iowa pastor converts record store into same-sex wedding chapel

Monday, November 25, 2013
KEOKUK, Iowa -- An Iowa record store owner is hoping to use his business space for same-sex marriages, a move that could prove competitive with nearby Illinois. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Frank Schaefer

Bishop: I tried hard to avoid trial for pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding

Thursday, November 21, 2013
NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- A United Methodist official in Pennsylvania says she didn't want to put a pastor on trial for officiating at his gay son's wedding. [ Read more → ]
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Klingenschmitt: West Point chapel desecrated by ‘acts of sodomy’ by gay wedding

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Earlier this month, two male West Point cadets were married at U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel and “Dr. Chaps’ Gordon Klingenschmitt is predictably disgusted because the altar has now been desecrated by having acts of sodomy performed upon it. [ Read more → ]
Chris Knight, APThe Rev. Frank Schaefer, left, of Lebanon Pa., celebrates communion with supporters after the sentencing phase of the trial at Camp Innabah, a United Methodist retreat, in Spring City Pa. Tuesday Nov. 19, 2013.

Pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding expects to be defrocked after suspension

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
SPRING CITY, Pa. -- Rev. Frank Schaefer gets to keep calling himself a Methodist pastor - at least for the next 30 days. [ Read more → ]
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Pa. pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding to learn fate

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
SPRING CITY, Pa. — A day after convicting one of their own of breaking church law, a jury of United Methodist clergy members returned Tuesday to determine the punishment for a minister who officiated at the same-sex wedding of his son. [ Read more → ]
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Church jury convicts Pa. Methodist pastor for officiating gay son’s wedding

Monday, November 18, 2013
SPRING CITY, Pa. -- A United Methodist minister was convicted Monday in a Pennsylvania church trial of breaking church law by officiating at his son's same-sex marriage, a case that rekindled debate over the policy of the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination. [ Read more → ]
Orlando Cruz (second from left) and Jose Manuel (center).

Orlando Cruz, first openly gay professional boxer, marries partner

Monday, November 18, 2013
NEW YORK — Openly gay professional boxer Orlando Cruz married his partner, José Manuel Colón, in a ceremony in New York's Central Park on Saturday. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Frank Schaefer

United Methodists hold trial for Pa. pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding

Monday, November 18, 2013
SPRING CITY, Pa. -- A United Methodist pastor accused of officiating his son's same-sex wedding testified Monday he decided to break church rules out of love for his son. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy photo (AP)Rev. Frank Schaefer (right) and his son Tim.

Pa. pastor faces church trial Monday for officiating at gay son’s wedding

Sunday, November 17, 2013
A Pennsylvania pastor charged under United Methodist law with officiating his son's same-sex marriage is scheduled to go on trial Monday. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy photo (AP)Rev. Frank Schaefer (right) and his son Tim.

Ministers back colleague by participating in same-sex wedding ceremony

Sunday, November 10, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- About 50 ministers gave their symbolic support to a colleague facing sanctions from the United Methodist Church by participating in a same-sex wedding. [ Read more → ]
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