Marriage Equality

Minnesota governor: I would sign marriage-equality bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton said this week that he would sign a marriage-equality bill into law should one ever hit his desk.

Minnesotans last month rejected Proposition 32, which would have added a state constitutional ban against same-sex marriage.

Dayton told Minnesota Public Radio that is was not sure whether the state Legislature would take up the issue.

Lambda Legal blog: What happened — or didn’t happen—at the Supreme Court today

Contrary to many people’s expectations, the U.S. Supreme Court did not issue any orders last Friday or today in any of the four challenges to a provision of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in the Hollingsworth v.

Maryland: Same-sex weddings can begin New Year's Day

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Marriage officials in Maryland can begin processing marriage applications for same-sex couples, allowing them to wed on New Year's Day, according to an opinion by the state's Attorney General.

Maryland AG Douglas Gansler released a lengthy opinion Thursday that makes it possible for gay and lesbian couples to apply for and process marriage licenses to facilitate January 1st ceremonies, and still comply with the mandatory waiting period in Maryland law.

Maine: Same-sex wedding can begin on Dec. 29

PORTLAND, Maine -- Maine's new freedom to marry law, which allows same-sex couples to receive a marriage license, will take effect on Saturday, Dec. 29.

According to the Office of the Secretary of State, the certified election results for the state were signed off on by Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday, Nov. 29. The new law becomes effective 30 days from that date.

"The long wait for marriage for same-sex couples in Maine is almost over," said Betsy Smith, the executive director of EqualityMaine. "Before the end

In the face of Prop 8, San Diego couple fly to Massachusetts to tie the knot

About a year ago, Corrie Sharp picked Jennifer Tom up from work with a big surprise: Corrie had a dinner reservation at a beautiful restaurant on the bay in San Diego, and she wanted to enjoy a romantic dinner and watch the sunset with Jennifer.

Couples in Illinois gay marriage lawsuit urge state legislators to pass marriage equality bill

Several gay and lesbian couples who are plaintiffs in a legal challenge to a state law prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages met with state legislators in Springfield Wednesday and urged them to vote for a bill that would legalize gay marriage in Illinois.

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HRC launches national TV ad: "Dawn of a new day for marriage equality" | VIDEO

(This post originally appeared in SDGLN media partner LGBTQ Nation HERE.)

WASHINGTON -- Following recent victories for same-sex marriage in Maine, Maryland and Washington state this election cycle, the Human Rights Campaign on Sunday announced the launch of a national TV ad campaign aimed at growing public support for marriage equality.

David Cameron facing "biggest rebellion ever" over gay marriage

LONDON -- UK Prime Minister David Cameron is facing the biggest Conservative rebellion if he plans to introduce gay marriage.

Nearly 40%, 118 Tory members of parliament out of 303, have said they will vote or are uneasy about the government plans to bring in marriage equality by 2015, according to The Daily Mail.

The report comes after there were claims the government would fast-track the bill and have a vote by January. It was alleged Cameron wanted to "get it done and get it done quickly."

Catholic teen denied Confirmation over pro-gay marriage Facebook post

BARNESVILLE, Minn. -- A Catholic priest in Minnesota has denied Confirmation to a 17-year-old student after seeing a picture on his Facebook page last month which the teen in which he expressed opposition to the state's failed anti-gay marriage amendment.

Lennon Cihak was pictured in front an altered campaign sign which original read “Vote Yes” on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment -- which would have changed the state’s constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Lennon had scribbled out the “yes” and replaced it with “NO!”

In Washington, same-sex weddings to begin Dec. 9

SEATTLE – Same-sex couples who want to be among the first to get married in Washington state can start the process at 12:01 am Thursday, Dec. 6, in Seattle.

A waiting line to obtain marriage licenses will open at 10 pm Wednesday, Dec. 5, outside the James Street entrance on the north place of the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave. in Seattle.

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