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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 → ]
Rev. Frank Schaefer

Methodist pastor faces trial for presiding over son’s gay wedding

Friday, November 8, 2013
The Rev. Frank Schaefer officiated his son's same-sex marriage "because I love him so much and didn't want to deny him that joy," but his decision to flout Methodist law could cost him his pastor's credentials in the latest flashpoint of a debate roiling the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination. [ Read more → ]
Seth Perlman, APMarriage equality supporters at a rally in Springfield, Ill., on Monday, the day before lawmakers passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

Wedding plans get underway as Illinois same-sex couples gear up for marriage

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Just a few hours after state lawmakers approved same-sex marriage in Illinois, Chicago wedding planner Lindsay Parrott started getting her first inquiries for summer weddings. [ Read more → ]

West Point in N.Y. hosts first same-sex wedding between two men

Friday, November 1, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- TTwo West Point graduates were married Saturday in the military academy's first wedding between two men. [ Read more → ]
Sandra Day O'Connor

O’Connor performs same-sex wedding at U.S. Supreme Court building

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has officiated at the wedding of a gay couple at the Supreme Court, at least the second such ceremony at the court since its June decision that expanded federal recognition of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Rich Schultz, APBeth Asaro and Joanne Schailey exchange vows as Mayor David DelVecchio officiates in the first same-sex marriage in Lambertville, N.J. history at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in Lambertville, N.J. Asaro and Schailey hold the distinction of being the first couple to enter into a civil union in the state, when that law took effect in 2007

Gay couples wed as N.J. becomes 14th state to legalize same-sex marriage

Sunday, October 20, 2013
LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. -- Gay couples exchanged vows in early morning ceremonies in several New Jersey communities Monday as the state began recognizing their marriages at 12:01 a.m., becoming the 14th state to do so. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Frank Schaefer

Pa. pastors to officiate at gay wedding to support colleague facing dismissal

Sunday, October 20, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — A group of Methodist ministers will jointly officiate the marriage of a same-sex couple — in violation of church doctrine — to show solidarity with a colleague facing possible dismissal for presiding at his gay son's wedding. [ Read more → ]
Joe Epstein, APKaren Nicholson-McFadden,left, and Marcye Nicholson-McFadden,center, of Aberdeen, listen as their son Kasey, 14 and their daughter Maya, 10, speak to a crowd of about 150 people gathered on the lawn in front of Garden State Equality Friday Oct. 18, 2013, in Montclair, N.J.

Some N.J. gay couples plan weddings, others still denied marriage licenses

Sunday, October 20, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. — Pioneering couples across New Jersey prepared Sunday night to become the first in the state to be legally married to their same-sex partners. [ Read more → ]
Dan and Mike's wedding.

Finally, the day for those who have been married in their hearts a very long time

Sunday, October 20, 2013
Weddings come in a lot of flavors. Many are planned, sometimes long before a potential mate is even in the picture. Some come about at the last minute. Some of the opposite sex variety come about because improper birth control was used and the couple “has to.” Then there are some special ones that occur when marriage equality is finally attained: the weddings of people who have been married in their hearts for a very long time, but only now can be legally and socially recognized. These kind of weddings will take place in New Jersey this week. Long term couples becoming legally, publicly married and acknowledged. It is about time. [ Read more → ]
Joe Epstein, APDavid Gibson,left, and Rich Kiamco, right, of Jersey City display their marriage license, which they obtained on Friday.

N.J. same-sex couples prepare to wed just after midnight tonight

Sunday, October 20, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- Several gay couples in New Jersey are expected to gather late Sunday to wed in ceremonies to be held shortly after midnight after judges said they would not hold up the first gay marriages in the state. [ Read more → ]
April Saul, Philadelphia Inquirer/APFrom left: Leigh Nachod (only hands showing), Megan Nachod, Ed Cameron, Dennis Gaspari, Renai Hall and Rose Papa cheer after affirming their identity as they applied for same sex marriage licenses at the Cherry Hill, NJ  Municipal Building late Friday afternoon.

Wedding planning frenzy begins as N.J. gay couples prepare to marry

Saturday, October 19, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. -- Activists are still working to line up judges who could waive the three-day waiting period for same-sex couples who want to exchange vows first thing Monday, when gay marriage will become legal in New Jersey. [ Read more → ]
Julio Cortez, APNewark Mayor Cory Booker talks to supporters during an election night victory party after winning a special election for the U.S. Senate, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.

U.S. Senator-elect Cory Booker to officiate N.J. gay weddings

Friday, October 18, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. — U.S. Sen.-elect Cory Booker says he will officiate at weddings of both gay and heterosexual couples as the mayor of Newark now that New Jersey is allowing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

Retired Methodist bishop to officiate gay wedding in Ala. despite objections

Monday, October 14, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A retired United Methodist bishop from Tennessee said Monday that he will perform a wedding service for two men in Alabama despite opposition from the presiding bishop, who says the ceremony will violate church law. [ Read more → ]
Gortz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa.

Iowa venue that refuses gay weddings sues Civil Rights Commission

Friday, October 11, 2013
GRIMES, Iowa -- The owners of a popular Iowa wedding venue have filed a lawsuit against the state's Civil Rights Commission in response to a complaint against them for refusing to host same-sex weddings. [ Read more → ]
Gary Tabor

Wash. judge admonished for refusing to preside over same-sex weddings

Friday, October 4, 2013
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A Thurston County, Wash., Superior Court judge has been formally admonished for saying he wouldn't preside at same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]

Former president George H.W. Bush serves as official witness at gay wedding

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
KENNEBUNK, Maine -- Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Patricia Todd

Alabama’s first openly gay lawmaker marries longtime partner

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama's first openly gay legislator has married her longtime partner at a ceremony in Massachusetts. [ Read more → ]
John Banvard (left) and Gerard Nadeau

WWII, Vietnam vets marry in veterans home first same-sex wedding

Saturday, September 14, 2013
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Two U.S. military veterans married this week when a senior living facility for military veterans held its first ever same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
The H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, home to the D.C. Superior Court.

DC court sees increase in marriage applications since Supreme Court ruling

Friday, September 13, 2013
WASHINGTON — The D.C. Superior Court says it is adding a second marriage ceremony room and boosting marriage bureau staffing to accommodate an increase in applications believed to be the result of the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. [ Read more → ]

Baptist group prohibits chaplains from taking part in any same-sex ritual

Friday, September 6, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Southern Baptist Convention, which provides the largest share of active-duty military chaplains, has barred members from taking part in weddings, counseling sessions and couples retreats for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Rafael Mendoza

Mexico lawmaker asks to ban gay unions in public because it ‘confuses children’

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
MEXICO CITY - A state legislator in Mexico is causing a stir by asking authorities not to allow gay weddings in public spaces because it confuses children in a state that just approved same-sex civil unions. [ Read more → ]
Shari Vialpando-Hill, Las Cruces Sun-News/APHappy newlyweds join hands at the Doña Ana County Government Center on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 after receiving their marriage licenses and wedding in Las Cruces, N.M. The married couples include, from left: Erin Haynes and spouse Cynthia Haynes of Los Lunas, N.M.; Rev. Vangie Chavez and spouse Traci Garcia of Albuquerque, N.M.; Richard Sunman and spouse Thom Hinks of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Judi Schultz and spouse June Damuth of Las Cruces, N.M.

N.M. county continues issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, August 22, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Seven couples were waiting outside when the Dona Ana County courthouse opened Thursday and more from across New Mexico and Texas were expected to flock to the border town as the country clerk for a second day was granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]
Cedar Point amusement park, Sandusky, Ohio

Amusement park cancels wedding contest rather than include gay couples

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
SANDSUSKY, Ohio — An amusement park in Ohio is canceling a wedding contest after a gay couple organized a protest against the promotion because it excluded same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Gresham, Ore.

Gay couple files complaint against bakery for refusing wedding cake

Thursday, August 15, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. — A same-sex couple in Oregon who tried to buy a cake for their wedding has filed a discrimination complaint against the bakery that turned them down on religious grounds. [ Read more → ]

Recently appointed openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia weds

Monday, August 12, 2013
CANBERRA, Australia -- John Berry, recently appointed U.S. ambassador to Australia, married Curtis Yee, his partner of 17 years, in a private marriage ceremony at St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. on Saturday. [ Read more → ]
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