Three federal judges — including 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski — say it is discrimination for the federal government not to treat domestic partners like spouses, at least in states where they cannot marry, for purposes of receiving federal benefits.
A judge orders the Cook County Clerk to immediately grant a marriage license months in advance of the state’s new marriage equality law taking effect.
A lesbian couple from Medellín is poised to win joint parental rights after a years-long legal battle. But the decision could plant the seed to undo court victories for marriage equality.
From states that ban same-sex couples from marrying to military chaplains to questions about a service academy’s hires and environment, the ease of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal is giving way to dealing with the rough spots.
Raising nearly $14.5 million in contributions in 2012, NOM reported spending nearly $16.5 million during the year. The group unsuccessfully fought three marriage equality ballot measures and one state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex couples from marriage in November 2012.
Mary Bonauto has played a key role in almost every big win in the marriage fight, and she’s not done yet. “I want to be a part of helping take it over the finish line.”
Proponents of civil same-sex marriage are culpable of serious sin, according to Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill.
The Aloha State became the 15th state to legalize marriage equality Tuesday morning when Gov. Neil Abercrombie put his signature on Hawaii’s marriage equality bill. Same-sex couples living in Hawaii or visiting will be allowed to wed starting Dec. 2.
The Hawaii Senate voted in favor of an amended marriage equality bill, sending the measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Marriages will begin Dec. 2. Update — President Obama says “freedom and equality affirmed.”
In Hawaii both sides of the marriage equality debate defend their message with Native Hawaiian or kanaka maoli words or expressions. How can this be?
With the passage of a marriage equality bill in the state legislature Nov. 5, same-sex couples can begin to marry next June, but that could be too late for some, advocates say. “Every day [without marriage] is an injury to our clients,” said John Knight, an attorney with the ACLU of Illinois.
In the five years since Prop. 8, attitudes about same-sex marriage have changed dramatically across the country and within the Mormon church. “I think it’s the best thing that happened to the LGBT community since Stonewall.”
“Marriage equality is coming to Illinois,” Gov. Pat Quinn says.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a major proponent of the state’s marriage equality legislation, will sign the bill into law by the end of the month. The law will go into effect June 1, 2014.
The Illinois House finally passed marriage equality legislation in a close vote. The Illinois Senate easily passed a concurrence vote on the amended bill. It will now go to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.
“Today is the day,” an LGBT rights advocate told BuzzFeed. Watch the debate live.
The state House Judiciary and Finance committees began a marathon hearing on a marriage equality bill Thursday morning, which is expected to continue for several days. The bill would allow same-sex couples to marry starting Nov. 18.
Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the head of the National Guard Bureau to “take immediate action” to ensure that married same-sex couples are treated equally by the states’ National Guard operations.
The state Senate overwhelmingly approved a marriage equality bill Wednesday by a 20-4 vote.
Even as public perception shifts and marriage equality gains headway, LGBT parents, who are raising an estimated 6 million children in the U.S., face discriminatory parental and adoption rights. Many trans parents especially have to choose between retaining custody of their children and coming out.
“It was everything you’d expect it to be: elegant, charming, very moving,” one of the newlyweds, Jeff Trammell, tells BuzzFeed. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, he says, is “a remarkable individual.”
In a special session called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, the state Senate’s Committee on Labor and Judiciary listened to testimony Monday and recommended passage of the bill. If the bill passes the legislature, Abercrombie will sign it, and Hawaii would become the 15th state to legalize marriage equality.
“Sometimes we just come across as too damned self-righteous, and I’m sorry, that’s just not the 21st century political party GOP that I think we need to govern America,” Ridge says. He plans to make the case for a more broad approach in addressing the LGBT group, Log Cabin Republicans, Wednesday night.
Over 2,000 people rallied and marched outside the Illinois Capitol for marriage equality, but the House of Representatives likely won’t vote on the state’s marriage bill until next month.
The business group has not taken a position on efforts related to same-sex couples’ marriage rights in the past. The Indy Chamber “will work in tandem with the Freedom Indiana coalition to stridently oppose HJR-6.”
The Republican governor gives up the fight to appeal marriage equality less than 12 hours after same-sex couples wed for the first time in the state. The decision left “no ambiguity about the unanimous court’s view,” Christie’s office says.
At midnight couples began exchanging vows in New Jersey as the state became the 14th to recognize marriage equality. Later Monday, Gov. Chris Christie asked the attorney general to withdraw the state’s appeal of the ruling in favor of marriage equality.
State Supreme Court turns away Gov. Chris Christie’s request to put marriages on hold while it pursues an appeal of a trial-court ruling requiring that the state allow same-sex couples to marry.
The senator-elect is slated to marry the couples in the wake of a trial-court ruling requiring marriage equality in the Garden State. The only question is whether the New Jersey Supreme Court will put same-sex couples’ weddings on hold while it considers an appeal of the case.
Virginia has become a battleground for lawyers from multiple legal organizations and major law firms aiming to take a marriage equality case back to the Supreme Court.