Marriage Equality

Government publishes same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales

LONDON -- The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been published.

A full debate (second reading of the bill) by MPs and a vote on the proposals will take place on Feb. 5.

Its official remit is to “Make provision for the marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales, about gender change by married persons and civil partners, about consular functions in relation to marriage, for the marriage of armed forces personnel overseas, and for connected purposes.”

House GOP leadership quietly increases cap on DOMA defense to $3 million

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives’ continuing effort to defend the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) will soon reach $3 million.

Meet the hero of the marriage equality movement

Edith Windsor walks through the lobby of the large Fifth Avenue apartment building just north of Washington Square Park where she has lived for nearly 40 years. "Construction," she says, motioning upstairs. "It's so loud."

Wearing a mauve shirt and a dangling string of pearls, Edie, as she is known, is a proper Manhattan host, even in the morning. And, though her 83-year-old body shows her age and she shakes slightly at times as she speaks, her smile and laughter over the course of the December morning signal a youthful spirit.

R.I. governor warns he will veto efforts to put same-sex marriage to a public vote

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Thursday that he would likely veto any attempt to put same-sex marriage to a public vote, and said state lawmakers owe it to voters to decide the issue in the legislature.

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Maryland gay couples ring in the New Year with first same-sex unions

After 35 years together, Jim Scales, 68, and William Tasker, 60, married shortly after midnight on Tuesday, becoming one of the first same-sex couples in Maryland to wed under the state’s new marriage equality law.

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Brazil: Court ruling effectively legalizes same-sex marriage in Sao Paulo

A judge in the Brazilian state of São Paulo has ruled that gay and lesbian couples in civil unions will no longer have to apply to the courts to have their relationships "upgraded" to marriage, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in the country's most populous state.

Sao Paulo state Judge Fernando Henrique Pinto ruled last week that state notaries will be required to register same-sex marriages without first getting court approval.

Catholic Bishop compares same-sex marriage to Nazi ideology, communism

A senior Roman Catholic Bishop in the United Kingdom used his Christmas sermon to compare the legalization of same-sex marriage to the way the Nazis and Communists tried to undermine religion.

Early marriage equality advocate Richard Adams dies

Richard Adams, an early pioneer in the fight for marriage equality for gays and lesbians, died Dec. 17 in the Hollywood home he shared with Anthony Sullivan, his partner of 43 years, his attorney said Sunday. Adams was 65.

Adams and Sullivan made history nearly four decades ago when they became one of the first gay couples in the country to be granted a marriage license.

Newt Gingrich evolves on marriage equality

WASHINGTON – In an interview with the Huffington Post, former Republican presidential candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich made remarks indicating he and other GOP leaders should embrace civil marriage equality – the latest sign of powerful momentum for LGBT equality this year.

Gingrich served as Speaker of the House in 1996, when the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed into law.

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Anti-gay religious groups launch coalition opposing Illinois marriage equality

As lawmakers prepare to bring same-sex marriage legislation up for vote in the Illinois General Assembly early next month, a group of conservative religious organizations have formed a coalition against the bill.

At least nine organizations have joined what has been dubbed the Coalition to Protect Children and Marriage, including the Illinois Family Institute, the Thomas More Society and Catholic Citizens of Illinois, the groups announced Tuesday.