Marriage Equality

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.

Vietnam sexual minorities have fingers crossed over gay marriage

Thao Nguyen does not hesitate to publicly admit she is a lesbian despite the discrimination and stigma homosexuals face in Vietnam, a traditional society ruled by Confucian social mores and Buddhist beliefs.

“We have loved each other for a long time,” the 30-year-old from Tien Giang Province says, tightly holding the hands of her lover.

“We also have the same wish like other couples to have a wedding, be recognized as spouses, and become a member of the other’s family.”

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Poll: Marriage for gay couples can co-exist with religious liberty

WASHINGTON -- Third Way and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), two Washington D.C.-based organizations who were heavily involved in crafting the strategy and messaging behind the recent surge in support for allowing gay couples to marry, have joined forces to tackle the movement’s next debate: overly broad religious exemptions to marriage and non-discrimination laws.

Sante Fe County Commission approves gay-marriage resolution

SANTE FE, N.M. -- The Santa Fe County Commission, with near unanimous support, approved a resolution Tuesday that supports both marriage equality in New Mexico and a recent decision by the Santa Fe county clerk to deny two men a marriage license – an action that’s made her the subject of a lawsuit.

Commissioner Liz Stefanics said the resolution puts the County Commission “on the record as supporting same-sex marriage” and sends a message “that we wish the state Supreme Court to rule and make this matter clear for all the people here in our state.”

Betty Crocker toasts marriage equality with wedding cake tasting

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

Nebraska panel to look into whether to recognize gay marriages from other states

OMAHA, Neb. -- An Omaha state senator who is in favor of same-gender marriage says he will conduct a public hearing this fall on whether Nebraska should recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

“We need to forge ahead in my view and join the rest of the country in recognizing marriage equality,” Sen. Brad Ashford told the Omaha World-Herald. “How we get there will be very difficult.”

Nebraskans voted in November 2000 to ban same-gender marriages. Consensual same-gender sexual activity has been legal in Nebraska since 1977, but other LGBT protections are non-existent.

Couple challenges Kentucky law against gay marriage

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville couple married in Ontario, Canada in 2004 filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging the constitutionality of Kentucky laws that don't recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon filed the suit in federal court against Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Attorney General Jack Conway and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw. It asks the court to issue a permanent injunction that would require the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other locations.

DHS to reconsider immigration petitions for gay couples

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is beginning a system-wide review of cases where U.S. citizens were denied green cards for their same-sex couples.

Shortly after the Supreme Court struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last month, the Department of Homeland Security announced that gay and lesbian couples would for the first time be able to secure green cards for their foreign spouses as other couples can.