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.

Group plans push for same-gender marriage in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Equality Florida, the state gay rights organization, said Wednesday it’s launching new effort to enact gay marriage in the Sunshine State.

It’s called “Get Engaged,” described as a “statewide call to action with the goal of securing the freedom to marry in Florida.”

The strategy, outlined by the organization’s executive director, Nadine Smith, was somewhat vague. She announced the goal in a conference call with reporters, but didn’t say just what that strategy would entail.

Married gay dads star in VIDEO as Father’s Day approaches

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – With Father’s Day quickly approaching, the Campaign for Southern Equality and Freedom to Marry today released “A Tale of Two Dads,” a video featuring Mark Maxwell and Timothy Young of Winston-Salem, N.C., and their family.

Maxwell and Young got married this year after 20 years together, and have four boys – Torin (13), Justin (16), Derrick (17) and Brandon (24). Because North Carolina refuses to respect their lawful marriage, the parents have not been able to jointly adopt their children and fully protect their family under state law.

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President Obama under pressure on gay rights | VIDEO

WASHINGTON -- With the Supreme Court only days away from major rulings on same-sex marriage, President Obama faces the prospect of having to make his own difficult decisions about the definition of wedlock.

Gay rights advocates are already pressing Obama to immediately broaden the federal government’s recognition of legally married same-sex couples if the court strikes down a ban on providing federal benefits to them.

The question for Obama turns on whether the federal government should extend full benefits to gay couples living in states that don’t recognize their marriages.

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Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry expands, invests in ads | VIDEOS

NEW YORK -- Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry announced today the addition of dozens of new leaders and a video campaign targeting conservative leaders in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

San Diego LGBT community to gather when Supreme Court marriage decisions handed down

SAN DIEGO -- A coalition of community groups is planning a local response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions on two marriage equality cases which are expected to be handed down sometime this month.

While the exact date(s) that the court will issue its rulings is unknown, a response is being planned - whichever way the court rules. The next possible date to hear from the high court is Monday, June 10.

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Muslim lesbian couple defy death threats to tie the knot in civil ceremony

BIRMINGHAM, England -- Two former Birmingham students have defied death threats to make legal history by becoming the first Muslim lesbian couple to get married in a civil ceremony in the UK.

Rehana Kausar, 34, and Sobia Kamar, 29, from Pakistan, tied the knot at a registration office in front of their solicitors and two Pakistani friends earlier this month.

The couple then immediately applied for political asylum in the UK claiming that their lives would be in danger if they were to return to their native Pakistan.

Thai same-sex marriage bill not without controversy

BANGKOK, THAILAND — As the debate on same-sex marriage continues in Western nations, including the United States, Thailand could become the first country in Asia to legalize gay marriage. Thailand is known for its liberal acceptance of sexuality, but the draft same-sex marriage law is not without controversy.

This is a traditional Thai wedding, except there is no groom. There are two brides.

This ceremony is only symbolic because Thailand, like all of Asia, does not recognize same sex marriage.

Don't expect many more states to legalize same-sex marriage

A new Gallup poll shows that Americans have become far more tolerant of gay and lesbian relations. The poll, which measures tolerance of a series of moral behaviors, shows a 19% increase in the acceptance of gay and lesbian relations since 2001, to the current level of 59%. While this change correlates with the huge increase in the number of states across the country allowing gay marriage, the data shows high regional differences, suggesting that more socially conservative states are unlikely to see changes any time soon.

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