Marriage Equality

In Illinois, downstate county clerks file to intervene in marriage lawsuit

A judge has allowed two downstate Illinois county clerks intervene on behalf of the state’s marriage statute prohibiting same-sex marriage after high-ranking Cook County officials said they would not defend the law in a legal challenge headed by the ACLU of Illinois and Lambda Legal.

The Thomas More Society, a conservative legal action group, filed an emergency request to intervene late Friday afternoon on behalf of Clerks Kerry Hirtzel, a downstate Effingham County Republican and Christie Webb, a Democrat from Tazewell County in central Illinois, according to a news release.

LULAC passes resolution supporting marriage equality

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) passed a resolution on Saturday at its 83rd annual convention in favor of same-sex unions.

The resolution supports marriage equality for all Americans, including those in the LGBT community. Furthermore, the resolution opposes the denial of basic civil rights or acts of discrimination against any American, as is consistent with LULAC's continuing advocacy for civil rights and protections guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

France to say "oui" to marriage equality

(Editor's note: Reuters reported today that a high-level French official said that the new government would pass a law legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013.)

It will soon be legal for same-sex couples to marry and adopt children in France, after the new Socialist government announced plans to legalize gay marriage.

French President Francois Hollande is to use the majority he won in parliamentary elections two weeks ago to make good on his campaign promise to legalize gay marriage and adoption.

California Gov. Jerry Brown urges Scotland politicians to lead over marriage equality

The governor of a U.S. state embroiled in a legal row over gay marriage has urged Scotland's politicians to press ahead with equality legislation.

The advice from California's Jerry Brown comes as the Scottish government prepares to release details of its consultation into same-sex marriage.

Brown said it was important for politicians to lead on the issue.

First Minister Alex Salmond said he personally supported reform but he did not want opponents to "feel ignored."

In June 2008, the State of California allowed homosexual couples to get married.

Progress: Historic military commitment ceremony in New Jersey

(Editor's note: Fred Sainz, a former press secretary to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, is vice president of communications and marketing at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C.)

Mormons say equal marriage would have "negative implications" for UK

LONDON -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed a response to the government’s public consultation on how to introduce marriage equality, saying gay couples should be excluded for the “good of society” and warning that the move will have “negative implications for the nation, both legal and social.”

Washington state: Poll shows majority support for marriage equality

SEATTLE, Wash. — A new statewide survey by Public Policy Polling finds that, for the first time in its Washington polling, a majority of the state’s voters support marriage equality for same-sex couples.

According to the poll, 51 percent responded that they think same-sex marriage should be legal, compared to 42 percent opposed.

Latest Maine poll suggests voters likely to approve same-sex marriage

A November ballot referendum aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine appears likely to pass, according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted last week by WBUR Radio, follows the indicators of recent national polls, which show increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage. The WBUR poll shows that 55 percent of voters polled favor the referendum, while only 36 percent oppose it.

By party, Democrats and independents favored the measure, while Republicans oppose it.

Cook County State’s Attorney: Illinois same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

(Editor's note: San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and Chicago Phoenix have agreed to become media partners to share content with our readers. Today's story is by Tony Merevick, Editor in chief and co-founder of Chicago Phoenix. He is an award-winning journalist, and is the former Online Editor at Chicago Free Press. He was also a columnist at Gay Chicago and worked at O, the Oprah Magazine through an internship. Find him on Twitter at @tonymerevick)

Report: 71% of Britons support marriage equality

In a report released by Stonewall today, a YouGov poll has found 71% of people approve of the government’s plans to allow gay couples to marry, and the same number want faiths to be able to perform gay weddings ceremonies if they choose.

The poll also showed that three in five people of faith support the government’s plans to extend civil marriage to gay couples, despite opposition by many faith leaders.

Stonewall’s five-yearly polling of public attitudes, for its 2012 Living Together report, said more than 80% of British adults under 50 supported the proposal.

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