Marriage Equality

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wins Webby award for online support of gay marriage

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe scored another (off-the-field) award Tuesday, getting a Webby for his online work supporting same-sex marriage.

The award came a day after a breakthrough in gender issues in sports yesterday, when NBA center Jason Collins announced he was gay, the first active player in a major men’s American sport league to do so.

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Gay couples in red-state America consider bluer pastures

Kelly Wroblewski lives in Austin, Texas, with her partner of 10 years, Kristina Lestik. Both women are high school teachers in their early 30s, have pets and wear promise rings to show their commitment.

Austin has been a comfortable place for them to live. The city council endorsed marriage equality in 2012 and extended benefits to same-sex partners of city employees.

But that’s a far cry from the full federal rights, benefits and recognition that same-sex couples living in other states stand to gain if the Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act later this year.

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.

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