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U.S. Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

The largest body of Presbyterians in the United States has voted to change the definition of marriage in the church's constitution to allow same-sex marriage.

Estate management for same-sex couples: What do you need to know?

As same-sex marriage legality spreads through the country, couples are facing new opportunities for managing their estates and wills. But what rules are unique to them, and which do they share with opposite-sex couples?

Gays marry in Alabama despite state chief justice's order

Montgomery - Committed same-sex couples began marrying Monday in the deeply Christian and conservative Southern state of Alabama, despite an attempt by the state Supreme Court chief justice to thwart such unions.

Federal judge rules Alabama gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Mobile - A federal judge on Friday struck down Alabama's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, declaring it a violation of LGBT individuals' constitutional rights.

South Dakota same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled on Monday that South Dakota's voter-approved prohibition of same-sex marriage violates the US Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law.

Same-sex couples wed in South Carolina, Montana after bans fall

Billings - South Carolina and Montana have become the 34th and 35th US states to achieve same-sex marriage equality after separate judicial decisions cleared the way for weddings to begin.

Wyoming becomes 32nd state to legalize same-sex marriage

Cheyenne - LGBT marriage equality has arrived in the 'Equality State.' Wyoming on Tuesday became the 32nd US state to legalize same-sex marriage, joining six other mostly conservative states which have done so this month.

Connecticut Supreme Court rules gay marriage rights retroactive

Hartford - In what LGBT rights advocates are hailing as the first decision of its kind, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's 2005 approval of civil unions and 2008 legalization of gay marriage.

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.

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.

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.

Mass. lesbian 'throuple' expecting first child

An extra-legally wedded trio of Massachusetts lesbians is set to become what they believe is the world's first same-sex parental "throuple."

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.

Conservatives call for 'uprising' to 'take back Utah' from gays

Salt Lake City - At a Saturday rally in Utah organized by a conservative law enforcement group, opponents of marriage equality called for a police-backed "uprising" to "take back freedom" by barring LGBT Americans from marrying.

U.S. Supreme Court halts Utah same-sex marriages

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to marriage equality in Utah on Monday, granting the staunchly conservative state's request for a temporary halt on same-sex weddings while it appeals a federal judge's ruling that legalized such unions.

Utah man on hunger strike against gay marriage

A Utah man is starving himself in protest against same-sex marriage, which was recently legalized in the staunchly conservative state following a federal judge's ruling.

US grants visa to Filipino lesbian couple to get married in US

The US Embassy in Manila has granted its first same-sex fiance visa to a Filipino lesbian couple to travel to the US to get married.

Op-Ed: Reading the signs of the GOP's fall

The signs of the fall of the Republican party, as demonstrated in Tuesday’s voting, may be underestimated because of the Obamacare fallout problems.

Supreme Court strikes down key portion of DOMA, passes on Prop 8

Washington - In a pair of historic decisions, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, and dismissed a challenge to a lower court's ruling against Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban.

Australia: Rudd backs same-sex marriage as public opinion shifts

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd announced he's reversed his hardline opposition to same-sex marriage and will now support it.

Minnesota legalizes gay marriage

Saint Paul - Minnesota has become the 12th US state to achieve marriage equality for LGBT residents after the governor signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on Tuesday.

Delaware legalizes gay marriage

Dover - Delaware became the 11th US state to legalize gay marriage on Tuesday after the state Senate approved and the governor signed a marriage equality bill.

Threat of legal challenge over gay marriage in Northern Ireland

There could be a legal challenge in Northern Ireland if it becomes the only part of the United Kingdom without same-sex marriage.

'Homofascists' will label opponents as in Nazi Germany

The Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, Bryan Fischer, has claimed that 'homofascists' will label their opponents with emblems, just as Nazi Germany did with the Jews.

Protesters gather as Supreme Court hears gay marriage arguments Special

Washington - Thousands of people gathered in front of the Supreme Court today as arguments commenced in the nation's highest court over same-sex marriage for the first time. Demonstrators from both sides of the issue arrived throughout the day.

Video: Tokyo Disney holds first LGBT wedding

This month, Tokyo Disney made history in holding its first LGBT wedding ceremony at Cinderella's Castle despite the fact that such marriages aren't yet legal in Japan.

Obama to SCOTUS — Overturn California same-sex marriage ban

Washington - President Obama asked the Supreme Court of the US to overturn California's ban on same sex marriage. In a legal brief the Justice Department said that gay couples in California have equal protection right to wed, which voters were not empowered to ban.

France: Sandwich bar's ‘Homophobic’ Valentine’s menu sparks row

Angers - A Subway sandwich restaurant in the city of Angers, Pays de la Loire was forced to close after its posters advertising Valentine’s day ‘specials’ were slammed as being homophobic and caused outrage on social media.
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Same-Sex Marriages Performed In Australia.  Among those getting married was a state legislator from ...
Same-Sex Marriages Performed In Australia. Among those getting married was a state legislator from Western Australia state, Stephen Dawson, who married his long-time partner Dennis Liddelow.
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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.
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
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.
Celebration broke out in the Delaware State House as Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill legalizing gay ...
Celebration broke out in the Delaware State House as Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill legalizing gay marriage.
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Kameron Slade, a fifth grade student in Queens
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Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand were elated by Friday s ruling.
Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand were elated by Friday's ruling.
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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.
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.