Marriage Equality

Mormon Church offshoot votes to begin performing marriages for lesbian and gay couples

The Community of Christ — an offshoot of the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — voted this week by more than the requisite majority to begin performing marriage ceremonies for lesbian and gay couples in states where it is legal. In states that have yet to establish marriage equality, the Community of Christ will offer commitment ceremonies to recognize the validity and importance of LGBT love.

Brazil: Judge rules same-sex couples in Rio de Janeiro state can marry

RIO DE JANEIRO — A judge in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro on Friday published a legal ruling authorizing marriage equality for same-sex couples.

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Patti Davis, daughter of Nancy Reagan, says her mother supports marriage equality

Patti Davis, the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, made headlines two weeks ago when she said her father would have backed same-sex marriage. Now, in a new interview, she says that her mother, who rarely speaks on public policy issues, supports marriage equality.

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Gay Marine captain, fiancé featured in marriage-equality ad | VIDEO

NEW YORK – Openly gay Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Phelps and his soon-to-be husband Ben Schock are featured in the newest video in the “Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry” campaign by Freedom to Marry and OutServe-SLDN.

Capt. Phelps and Schock previously made news when they became the first-ever same-sex couple to get engaged through a marriage proposal at the White House.

Lawmaker’s gay son doesn’t understand why people think his dad is a "bigot" | VIDEO

PHOENIX — Matt R. Salmon, the gay son of U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), says it’s hard for him to understand why people “jump to the conclusion” that his father is anti-gay.

“Yeah, he doesn’t support gay marriage, but that doesn’t make him a bigot at all,” the younger Salmon told KPNX-TV in Phoenix.

My two moms: A 17-year-old's take on Prop 8 and DOMA

(Editor's note: Abby Bergman is a junior at Vistamar High School in California and an activist. She blogs at the Huffington Post.)

Georgia GOP chair: Gay marriage will lead to fraud by straight people marrying each other

The head of the Georgia Republican Party says that legalizing same-sex marriage will lead to fraud by straight people who will claim they are gay so they can marry their straight friends and “get all the benefits” of marriage.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Gays are "entitled to friendship," but not "sexual love"

America’s most high-profile Catholic official, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, says that gays and lesbians are “entitled to friendship” with each other, but that “sexual love” is intended only between a man and a woman.

Marie Osmond speaks out in support of marriage equality | VIDEO

In a new interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, singer and actress Marie Osmond — the only daughter of nine children in the famed Mormon show business family — says she supports marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

Osmond, whose oldest daughter Jessica is lesbian, says, “My daughter deserves everything that she desires,” including marriage.

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TIME magazine declares: 'Gay marriage already won'

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers arguments on pivotal same-sex marriage cases this week, TIME magazine will release two separate covers declaring, “Gay Marriage Already Won” — each featuring an intimate portrait of a committed gay couple: one male, one female.

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