Marriage Equality

Gay Republicans on Supreme Court marriage rulings: 'We're not done yet'

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday's “ruling is a victory of conservative principles and admonishment of government overreach,” says Gregory T. Angelo, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest Republican organization for gay conservatives and their allies, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s concurrent rulings on the Federal Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.

SCOTUS rulings create "two Americas," HRC leader says

WASHINGTON – The day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and returned marriage equality to California, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, to highlight an urgent call to bring full equality – including marriage equality – to all 50 states.

For nationwide same-gender marriage, the road to victory runs through the GOP

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, one thing is clear: Republicans will determine whether same-sex marriage becomes universal in the United States.

In case there was any doubt about this, consider this: The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a multimillion-dollar campaign spearheaded by GOP strategist Steve Schmidt to enlist the support of Republicans nationwide in legalizing gay marriage on the state level.

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It got better: 10 things that happened immediately after the Supreme Court gay rights rulings

The Supreme Court handed down two landmark gay rights rulings on Wednesday, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act -- a federal law that forbade the government from recognizing same-sex marriages -- and dismissing a suit from supporters of California's Proposition 8 gay marriage ban.

The day DOMA dies, Respect for Marriage Act is reintroduced in Congress

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York and Senator Dianne Feinstein of California today reintroduced the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would repeal the entirety of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and assure all married couples equal treatment for all federal programs and purposes.

The move swiftly followed today’s powerful ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, striking down a central part of DOMA and calling into question marriage discrimination.

Post-DOMA for the military: Gay couples to get base housing, medical care

SAN DIEGO -- The reversal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act means same-sex couples may likely move into San Diego County military housing in the near future.

And spouses of gay service members will start appearing at San Diego Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park and other military clinics for their health care.

Wednesday's Supreme Court decision will have a big impact on the finances of gay military couples, said Gary Barthel, a retired Marine Corps lawyer who now specializes in military law at the San Diego firm Higgs, Fletcher and Mack.

With DOMA victory, HRC calls on Obama Administration to broadly implement decision | UPDATED

WASHINGTON – In the wake of today’s ruling finding section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the Human Rights Campaign is urging the administration to broadly implement the decision, provide guidance to federal agencies and married couples about access to federal rights and benefits, and take whatever further action is necessary to ensure that the largest number of lesbian and gay married couples are able to access the widest array of benefits and protections under federal law.

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Lawmakers introduce marriage-equality bills in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. -- State Reps. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing), Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek) today announced the introduction of a legislative package to legalize marriage equality in Michigan.

Their announcement comes before the U.S. Supreme Court is due to release their ruling early this week on Proposal 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), two cases dealing with marriage equality.

Equal Marriage Arizona wants vote on same-gender nuptials in 2014

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Equal Marriage Arizona (EMA) is hoping to get a marriage-equality initiative on the state ballot in 2014.

The proposed measure would overturn Arizona's ban on same-gender marriage and legalize weddings for gay and lesbian couples.

EMA filed the paperwork Monday, June 17, with the Arizona Secretary of State. The initiative would need to gather 259,200 valid voter signatures to qualify for the 2014 election.

The proposed referendum asks:

Lisa Murkowski becomes third Republican Senator to support marriage equality

WASHINGTON –Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said today that she supports marriage equality. Murkowski joins two of her Republican colleagues – Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Mark Kirk of Illinois – in endorsing the right of committed and loving gay and lesbian couples to marry.

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