Marriage Equality

Marriage-equality talks heat up in Hawaii

HONOLULU – Same-gender marriage is back on the agenda in Hawaii, where the entire congressional delegation and faith leaders have come out in favor of the freedom to marry.

U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz and U.S. Representatives Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard issued statements supporting marriage equality, all urging Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat who also wants same-gender marriage, and the state legislature to pass a law to approve same-gender marriage.

Pennsylvania court sets date to hear same-gender marriage case

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The state's Commonwealth Court will hear oral arguments next month on the governor's request to end same-gender marriages in the Keystone State, where voters in 1996 approved a referendum to ban gay weddings.

However, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), at least two mayors and a county official have begin marrying gay and lesbian couples in open defiance of the state law.

The hearing was set for Sept. 4 in Harrisburg.

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A gay wedding at 30,000 feet with guest Jesse Tyler Ferguson | VIDEO

AUKLAND, New Zealand – Lots of amazing wedding stories have come out of New Zealand since same-gender marriage went into effect on Monday, but none may be more unusual than the first-ever gay nuptials onboard an Air New Zealand jet with a celebrity assist from “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

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The new world of same-gender divorce

The recent rulings by the United States Supreme Court on same-sex marriage have generated a fair amount of comment, by lawyers, gay activists, and social commentators. Ironic as it may seem, some of the greatest impact of these decisions will emerge in the parallel universe of marriage, i.e. divorce. The ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will ease the divorce process for many same-sex couples, and make divorce more equitable for them. The Proposition 8 case will lead to far more marriages in California, and thus, inevitably, more divorces.

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Submariner celebrates homecoming by proposing to his boyfriend

GROTON, Conn. -- After six months aboard the USS New Mexico (SSN 779), MM2 Jerrel Revels stepped onto Pier 31 at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton Monday afternoon, took to one knee, and proposed to his partner, Dylan Kirchner.

The proposal comes two years after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" — the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members passed in 1993.

Revels, originally from Texas, met Kirchner, of Plainfield, through mutual friends last September.

Congresswoman Susan Davis to host marriage equality town hall

SAN DIEGO – Congresswoman Susan Davis and the San Diego LGBT Community Center are hosting a Marriage Equality Town Hall to address the issue of federal benefits and taxes for same-sex marriages on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 6-8 pm.

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Pink proposes on behalf of lesbian fan | VIDEO

SYDNEY, Australia – Pink played Cupid during her concert Wednesday night at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, stopping her show and inviting a woman in the audience named Shirley to join her on stage.

The fan had persuaded Pink to play a role in her proposal plans.

“Where is she?” Pink asked Shirley. “Hey Courtney, will you marry Shirley?”

Courtney said yes.

Pink is an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights, and recently said she is flattered when people falsely call her a lesbian.

In Tennessee, gay couples turned down for marriage licenses | VIDEO

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Across Tennessee, same-sex couples are taking a stance for their right to marry in the volunteer state. They all attempted to file for a marriage license, but Wednesday was not just a failure in their eyes.

Standing at the bottom of the stairs inside the Shelby County Clerk's Office, Chris Snow and Aaron Thompson were ready to apply for a marriage license.
"We matter. We're the same as just everybody else," said Snow.

They two have been together for 13 years.

Gay marriage issue entangles Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett

Defending a divisive gay marriage ban is probably not the fight Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett would have chosen 15 months ahead of an election he’s widely expected to lose. A majority of Pennsylvanians now support same-sex marriage, a dramatic shift from just a few years ago.

But the issue has been thrust in the first-term Republican’s lap — and the politics may not be all bad for him.

Corbett’s decision to stand by the state’s 1996 ban will help shore up his shaky support among Republicans and all but eliminates the possibility of a primary challenge from the right, strategists said.

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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to attend MEUSA Awards reception Saturday

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti will be one of the special guests attending the inaugural Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) Los Angeles Awards Reception taking place Saturday, Aug. 10.

Mayor Garcetti has a solid record of working for human rights, and a strong relationship with L.A.'s LGBT community. He will be joining West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land, GLAAD national spokesperson Wilson Cruz, "The Real L Word" actor Raquel Castaneda and others to honor City Controller Ron Galperin, the Latino Equality Alliance and the Robert John Russo Gallery.