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Gay marriage News

U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals mulling gay marriage ban

The U.S. 6th Court of Appeals is deciding gay marriage bans on the books in four states. The three-judge panel has the chance to overturn the bans and likely send the case on to the Supreme court in 2015, and history suggests they will do so.

Santorum claims gay marriage leads to more single mothers

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa) spent much of June spreading his anti-gay marriage message, claiming gay marriage led to fewer marriages and single motherhood. He also claimed anti-gay marriage business owners are being sent to re-education camps.

Op-Ed: Texas logic on gay marriage would also ban marriage of minorities

Austin - Texas attorney general Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor this fall, says that the state's ban on gay marriage should be upheld because gay couples are allegedly not as conducive to "stable" families and child-rearing.

Colorado same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

Denver - Three Colorado counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

Federal judge rules Kentucky gay couples have right to marry

Louisville - A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage was an unconstitutional violation of LGBT people's rights.

NPR confronts Hillary Clinton over former gay marriage opposition

In an interview with NPR's Terry Gross, former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton finds herself confronted with a part of her past she might rather forget, namely her former opposition to gay marriage.

Gay couple has wedding feast comped

Milwaukee - One couple got a pleasant surprise after their newly legal nuptials. They found out that their restaurant had provided their wedding dinner free of charge to them.

Same-sex couples rush to marry in Wisconsin after judge's ruling

Milwaukee - Hundreds of same-sex couples rushed to marry in Wisconsin's largest cities over the weekend after a federal judge ruled the state's voter-approved constitutional amendment banning gay marriage unconstitutional.

Utah ordered to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages

Salt Lake City - A federal judge on Monday ordered Utah officials to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages performed in the staunchly Mormon state late last year and early this year before the U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency stay halting such unions.

Pennsylvania judge reverses ban on gay marriage

In the past few days, Idaho and Oregon have made same-sex marriage legal. Now Pennsylvania has joined them and gay couples are rejoicing.

Idaho judge reverses same-sex marriage ban

Boise - A judge in Boise, Idaho has overturned an ban on gay marriage which has been in effect since 2006. Couples may be able to get married this Friday.

Gay marriage arrives in Bible Belt as Arkansas judge strikes ban

Eureka Springs - At least 15 marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples in Arkansas after a county judge in the Bible Belt state ruled its decade-old voter-approved constitutional amendment banning such unions unconstitutional.

‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin backs gay marriage

Sportsman “Stone Cold” Steve Austin — the world’s most bankable wrestler in the history of the sport — has given his public support for same-sex marriage.

Same-sex couples in England can now register for gay marriage

Same-sex couples in England and Wales can legally become married from March 29, but as from Thursday gay couples can register to be wed.

Scotland legalizes gay marriage

Edinburgh - Scotland has become the world's 17th nation to achieve LGBT marriage equality after its parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

Politician suspended for saying floods caused by gay marriage

Henley On Thames - A Politician in the United Kingdom has been suspended for stating in an interview that the recent flooding in the country was 'divine retribution for legalisation of Gay Marriage.'

Utah won't recognize same-sex marriages it licensed

Salt Lake City - The office of Utah's Republican governor announced on Wednesday that the state will not recognize the unions of more than 1,300 same-sex couples who wed during the brief period the state was forced to lift a ban on gay marriage.

Utah takes fight against same-sex marriage to US Supreme Court

Washington - Utah has taken its fight against LGBT marriage equality to the highest court in the nation, asking Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to suspend a lower court's ruling permitting same-sex couples to legally wed in the staunchly conservative state.

Utah lawyers seek higher court to stop gay marriage

Denver - U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby shook the world by declaring Utah's gay marriage ban unconstitutional last Friday. On Monday, he denied the state of Utah's request to temporarily suspend his ruling as the appeals process plays out.

Croatians vote against LGBT marriage equality

Zagreb - Same-sex marriage will be banned under Croatia's constitution as nearly two-thirds of voters in Sunday's national election approved a referendum defining marriage as "a union between a woman and a man."

Lesbian couple the first same-sex marriage in Illinois history

A lesbian couple, Patricia Ewert and Vernita Gray, have become the first same-sex couple in Illinois to marry. The state isn't set to become the 16th U.S. state to allow gay marriage until June 1 but a judge allowed their case as Gray is dying of cancer.

Illinois legalizes gay marriage

Chicago - Illinois has become the 16th US state to achieve LGBT marriage equality after the state's Democrat governor signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on Wednesday.

Bishop plans to perform exorcism in response to gay marriage

Springfield - A Roman Catholic bishop says he plans to conduct an exorcism ritual when a same-sex marriage bill is expected to be signed next week in Illinois by Governor Pat Quinn.

Hawaii legalizes gay marriage

Honolulu - Hawaii became the 15th US state to achieve LGBT marriage equality as Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on Wednesday.

Same-sex marriages begin in NJ after Christie drops challenge

Newark - New Jersey's Republican governor dropped the state's legal challenge against gay marriage as same-sex couples began marrying in the Garden State just after midnight on Monday.

New Jersey judge orders state to begin marrying gay couples

On Friday, Judge Mary Jacobson in Mercer County Superior Court of Trenton, N.J. ordered the state to begin performing same-sex marriages. New Jersey must start marrying same-sex couples by Oct. 21.

Touching Home Depot marriage proposal goes viral

Salt Lake City - One of the most romantic trips to Home Depot ever witnessed! Dustin thinks he's going out to pick out light fixtures and gets the surprise of a lifetime.

Ben Whishaw, Mark Bradshaw celebrate their wedding anniversary

James Bond star Ben Whishaw and his husband Mark Bradshaw have celebrated their first wedding anniversary. The couple married in Sydney in 2012.

Alabama gov't agency opens meeting with anti-gay marriage prayer

Montgomery - A state government agency in Alabama opened a meeting last week with a Christian prayer against abortion and gay marriage.

Satanic Temple performs 'gay ritual' at Westboro Baptist grave

The Satanic Temple, a NY-based group seeking to foster "benevolence and empathy among all people" through Satan, performed a "Pink Mass" at the Mississippi grave of Catherine Idalette Johnston, mother of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Jr.
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A couple getting married in San Francisco
A couple getting married in San Francisco
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Nevada Assemblyman Kelvin Atkinson  D-North Las Vegas
Nevada Assemblyman Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas
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Two people hold signs that show support of same-sex marriage.
Two people hold signs that show support of same-sex marriage.
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Six of the eight couples who will file their application this week
Six of the eight couples who will file their application this week
Brett Lock (with permission)
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Marchers at Gay Pride Paris 2012
Marchers at Gay Pride Paris 2012
Gwenaël Piaser
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A group supporting marriage as defined between a man and a woman demonstrates in front of the media ...
A group supporting marriage as defined between a man and a woman demonstrates in front of the media at the Supreme Court.
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Marina Gomberg (L) kisses her partner Elenor Heyborne as they get married in front of the Salt Lake ...
Marina Gomberg (L) kisses her partner Elenor Heyborne as they get married in front of the Salt Lake County Clerks office in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 20, 2013. A federal judge struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional
With permission by Reuters / Jim Urquhart
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Supporters of same-sex marriage hold signs as the hearing was going on inside the Supreme Court
Supporters of same-sex marriage hold signs as the hearing was going on inside the Supreme Court
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New Yorkers showed their support of the recent gay marriage law
New Yorkers showed their support of the recent gay marriage law
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A rally called  March for Marriage  had occurred earlier in the day down on the National Mall. The g...
A rally called "March for Marriage" had occurred earlier in the day down on the National Mall. The group then marched up Capitol Hill to the Supreme Court. This group wants to see Prop 8 and DOMA upheld.
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Gay marriage supporters celebrating the SCOTUS decision on DOMA  Prop 8 in Washington
Gay marriage supporters celebrating the SCOTUS decision on DOMA, Prop 8 in Washington
Ted Eytan
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Gay marriage protester outside the Minnesota Senate chamber.
Gay marriage protester outside the Minnesota Senate chamber.
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People gather in front of the Supreme Court as arguments on the issue of same-sex marriage were hear...
People gather in front of the Supreme Court as arguments on the issue of same-sex marriage were heard for the first time.
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Pro- same-sex marriage demonstrators in Denver.
Pro- same-sex marriage demonstrators in Denver.
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Wedding Cake for Same-sex male couple
Wedding Cake for Same-sex male couple
flickr
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Matthew Lannon before the Rhode Island Senate judiciary committee
Matthew Lannon before the Rhode Island Senate judiciary committee
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Natalie Dicou (L) and her partner Nicole Christensen  and James Goodman (2nd R) and his partner Jeff...
Natalie Dicou (L) and her partner Nicole Christensen, and James Goodman (2nd R) and his partner Jeffrey Gomez (R), wait to get married at the Salt Lake County Clerks office in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 20, 2013
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