Marriage Equality

Former French president blasted for vowing to undo gay marriage

PARIS, France -- Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been roundly criticized by his supporters for saying he will revoke gay marriage laws if re-elected in 2017.

Friends and foes alike have turned on Sarkozy, who will bid next week for the leadership of his conservative UMP party.

San Diego pastor at Vatican: Gay marriage is "clearly demonic"

THE VATICAN -- One of California's most vulgar anti-gay activists has been at the Vatican this week during a summit on marriage called by Pope Francis.

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Colin Farrell: My gay brother deserves right to marry in Ireland

Colin Farrell spoke out in defense of same-sex marriage in his native Ireland, penning an open letter which stressed his close relationship with openly gay brother, Eamon.

The 38-year-old actor's letter appears in the Nov. 17 edition of Ireland's Sunday World magazine. In it, he writes:

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Gay Chicago widower sues Social Security for spousal benefits

CHICAGO, Illinois -- A married gay widower today sued for spousal benefits denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Today in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit against the SSA on behalf of Dave Williams, a widower, formerly of Arkansas, now a Chicagoan, who was denied spousal benefits after the death of his husband, Carl Allen.

Meet the Kansans who bravely fought for gay rights against a formidable conservative movement

(Editor's note: This post was originally published on AlterNet.)

After death, first gay marriage recognized by Florida

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that brought marriage equality, Florida also made marriage history. Arlene Goldberg and her late wife, Carol Goldwasser, officially became the first same-sex couple whose marriage is respected by the state.

US District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled on Aug. 21, 2014 that Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples was unconstitutional and – despite a stay on his ruling –ordered the State of Florida to issue a new death certificate for Carol Goldwasser, naming Arlene Goldberg, her partner of 47 years, as her wife.

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Keep a sharp eye on Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals gay-marriage cases

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- The always controversial, deeply conservative Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will soon take up gay-marriage cases out of Texas and Louisiana, where two district judges came up with diabolically opposite rulings.

Gay group prepares Ireland for “ARMAGAYDDON" in hilarious video

As Ireland prepares to vote on gay marriage, with a referendum scheduled for next spring, one group cheekily asks residents of the Emerald Isle if they are ready for “ARMAGAYDDON."

Irish activist group LGBT Noise, spoofing the ominous TV ads that helped to scare California voters into approving Proposition 8, has released a hilarious video that shows one heterosexual couple barricaded in their home two years after the passage of marriage equality.

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Pennsylvania baker won't serve lesbian brides due to religious beliefs

The owner of a popular Pennsylvania bakery is feeling the heat after reportedly rejecting a lesbian couple's request for a cake.

Bethany and Jennifer Petrich had hoped to order a cake for a forthcoming ceremony to renew their vows from The Cake Pros, a bakery in Schuylkill Haven, but were turned away by owner Lorraine Fleming, WFMZ is reporting.

FMLA rights could change for same-sex married couples

Same-sex married couples could soon qualify for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) even if they reside in a state that legally prohibits gay marriage.

On June 20, the U.S. Department of Labor published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that looks to redefine the term “spouse” to include same-sex couples – a move that has been catalyzed by a 2013 Supreme Court decision (United States v. Windsor) upholding that portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are unconstitutional.

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