Marriage Equality

California: Gay marriages boost number of weddings to near-record high

It was looking like another tough year for the California wedding industry. Through June of 2013, the number of new marriages statewide had fallen by almost 4,000, or 3%, from 2012.

Then the Supreme Court overturned Proposition 8 and allowed gay marriages in California.

After that decision, from July to December, the number of weddings grew by 27,000, or almost 25%, compared to the same period in 2012.

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DOJ plans to fight gay-marriage bans in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Justice Department is set to urge the Supreme Court to uphold a lower-court ruling and block states from banning same-sex marriage, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

The nation's top law enforcement official's remarks come just days after Utah officials announced they will ask the Supreme Court to overrule a lower court that concluded gay couples can legally marry in the state.

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Gay marriages fueling Palm Springs boom

PALM SPRINGS, California -- Ray Hatfield and Don Watkins’ engagement is no different than any other multinational couple who plan to wed in the United States. Hatfield is Australian and Watkins is American. They plan to wed in Palm Springs in September.

Though until a year ago when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed gay marriage to resume in California, Hatfield could not have secured a fiancé visa from the Department of Homeland Security.

Growing number of gay immigrants benefiting from DOMA ruling

For Julio Alegria and his husband Michael Penn, the date of June 26, 2013 will forever be etched in their hearts.

On that day, by a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal Defense of the Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, was unconstitutional.

“(Our lives) changed so much,” Alegria told Fox News Latino. “It’s something so beautiful what you feel when they tell you you are welcome in this country… It’s an amazing feeling.”

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Five (or so) questions put to superlawyer Ted Olson about gay marriage and Prop 8

Superlawyers Ted Olson and David Boies have a new book, Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality, their account of taking on California's Proposition 8, getting it ruled unconstitutional and moving marriage equality forward. And since the publication of Jo Becker's controversial Forcing the Spring, it's fair to say that the Prop 8 legal team, and, more so, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin, who formed the American Foundation for Equal Rights and hired Olson and Boies to take on Prop 8, have been on the defensive.

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Avant-Garde Weddings & Events unveils "dream wedding" contest

SAN DIEGO — This month, Avant-Garde Weddings & Events is kicking off its Wedding Contest to help a same-sex couple plan the wedding of their dreams.

In honor of LGBT Pride Month and the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Proposition 8, the Avant-Garde team will plan a dream wedding for a local, deserving same-sex couple and the opportunity to have their wedding featured in the next issue of San Diego Style Weddings Magazine.

Support for gay marriage hits record level in U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans' support for the law recognizing same-sex marriages as legally valid has increased yet again, now at 55%. Marriage equality advocates have had a string of legal successes over the past year, most recently this week in Pennsylvania and Oregon where federal judges struck down bans on gay marriage.

HRC: Maine findings suggest NOM violated laws in other states

PORTLAND, Maine -- A Maine enforcement action made public today indicates that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) may have intentionally violated a variety of state laws in 2009, including not only Maine but also Iowa and New Hampshire campaign finance laws.

U.S. marks decade of same-sex couples marrying

Ten years ago Massachusetts became the first state in America where same-sex couples could share in the freedom to marry. Since then, 16 other states and Washington, DC have followed, resulting in 40% of Americans who now live in a state with the freedom to marry, up from zero a decade ago.

Dolly Parton speaks out on gay marriage

Same-sex marriage might not be recognized in Dolly Parton's native Tennessee, but the blond bombshell supports equality for all.

"I didn’t know any gay people in my childhood. I do have a lot of gays in my family now, but some will never come out," the singer, who was one of 12 children in a Pentecostal family living in Locust Ridge, Tenn., told Britain's Event magazine, per an article featured on the Daily Mail's website.

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