Marriage Equality

ACTION ALERT: Stop National Guard discrimination against same-gender military spouses

WASHINGTON – In response to resistance on the part of several state National Guards to extend benefits to same-gender spouses of military members, the ACLU and the American Military Partner Association have launched a petition to the Defense Department that calls on it to reaffirm that all married military personnel must be treated equally, and that state National Guards cannot simply choose to ignore this order by denying same-gender military couples equal access to the benefits to which they are entitled.

Same-gender marriage won't be on Arizona's 2014 ballot

PHOENIX -- Arizona voters won’t be asked next year whether the state should allow same-sex couples to marry, after a campaign to place an initiative on the November 2014 ballot imploded over disagreements among supporters of the measure and challenges raising money and gathering signatures.

But advocates of gay rights said they may try again in 2016.

Equal Marriage Arizona, which filed paperwork in June to gather signatures for the ballot measure, announced Monday that it will shut down its campaign.

Hawaii governor calls special session on marriage equality

HONOLULU -- Hawaii lawmakers have been called into special session to discuss legalizing same-gender marriage.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat who supports marriage equality, called the special session to open on Oct. 28. He said Monday that it was time for the Rainbow State to provide equality to all its citizens who wish to marry.

DOMA heroine Edith Winsor to headline Constitution Day luncheon

WASHINGTON – Edith Windsor, the winning plaintiff in the landmark case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, will be one of the guests at a Constitution Day event on Sept. 17.

Windsor and her legal team, including co-counsel Pamela Karlan, will speak about their remarkable legal journey to advance equality for LGBT Americans. Roberta Kaplan, Supreme Court Counsel of Record in the United States v. Winsor lawsuit, will also be part of the panel.

Anti-gay bakers close shop, blame "militant, mafia-style tactics" by protesters

The Oregon bakers who shuttered their business after their decision to turn away two lesbian brides-to-be created a national controversy are speaking out.

In Minnesota, gay couples comprise one-third of marriage licenses

One in three marriage licenses issued in August were for gay couples, according to Brian Bakst and Patrick Condon of the Associated Press. They write:

“Since Minnesota became the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, at least 1,640 same-sex couples applied to be married. Counties aren't required to report such data to the state, so the AP built a database through calls to all 87 counties.

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Mary Cheney says sister is "dead wrong" on same-gender marriage | VIDEO

Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and sister of Wyoming GOP Senate candidate Liz Cheney, said her sister was "dead wrong" in her statements about same-sex marriage last week.

"For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage," Mary Cheney wrote in a private Facebook post Friday night, according to The New York Times.

Mary Cheney married her longtime partner, Heather Poe, last year in Washington, D.C., which legalized same-sex marriage in 2009. The couple have two children together - a son, Samuel, and a daughter, Sarah.

Ginsburg becomes first Supreme Court justice to marry same-gender couple

WASHINGTON -- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided at a same-sex wedding Saturday evening at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The wedding was between Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser, who is a longtime friend of hers, and John Roberts, a government economist.

Kaiser told The Associated Press he asked Ginsburg to officiate.

ACTION ALERT: Read this touching wedding story and share your own!

(This post was originally published by SDGLN content partner GLAAD.)

Do you remember that time before marriage equality was ever a remote possibility? A time when it was a given fact that LGBT people would be alone, or create relationships that had no support from broader society? It's not that long ago, but we've come a long way since then.

Straight couple shows support for marriage equality

(This post originally appeared HERE on the HRC Blog.)