Marriage Equality

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.

Rahm Emanuel: Gay marriage my third priority for Illinois Legislature

CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel ranked gay marriage No. 3 on his list of priorities for the State Legislature Tuesday, placing it behind pension reform and approving a Chicago casino, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition, Emanuel said he would get “very involved” with leaders in Springfield in passing a gay marriage bill.

"This Week" looks at marriage equality, social issues and marijuana

The “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” Powerhouse Roundtable on Sunday included Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot, and The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel.

The following is a partial transcript from the show that discussed marriage equality, social issues and marijuana laws:

VIDEO: “Big Brother” winner in Australia proposes to his boyfriend

“Big Brother” winner Benjamin Norris - after claiming the major prize of $250,000 and a new car - got down on bended knee, pulled out a diamond passed down from his great-grandfather and asked for his partner Ben Williams' hand in marriage.

It was a touching moment, one that brought the issue of gay marriage into the lounge rooms of the 1.5 million Australian viewers who tuned in to watch the “Big Brother” finale on Channel Nine.

But this was a proposal for a wedding that will never happen.