Marriage Equality

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.

Danish parliament approves equal marriage

The Danish parliament has approved equal marriage laws 85 to 24 today, reports say.

Members of the sole house of the Folketing approved the gender-neutral marriage legislation today after an opposition amendment creating a separate system of marriage for gay couples under different terminology was rejected yesterday.

The new law is due to come into effect on June 15 this year, reported.

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In Washington, anti-marriage foes submit signatures to put law on ballot

SEATTLE – Anti-marriage opponents in Washington state today submitted signatures to bring the freedom to marry to a vote on the November ballot following the passage of a marriage bill earlier this year, which was signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire and scheduled to go into effect later this week.

The signatures must be certified before the issue can be placed on the ballot.

The rabidly anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has pledged at least $1 million to the anti-marriage forces in Washington, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Poll: New Zealanders favors marriage equality

AUKLAND, New Zealand -- The Government should legislate to allow same-sex couples to get married, in light of a TVNZ poll that shows New Zealanders now overwhelming support marriage equality, says the Green Party.

TVNZ's poll on same-sex marriage found that 63% of New Zealanders think same-sex couples should be able to get married. 31% were opposed, while 6% did not know or preferred not to say.

"It is time for New Zealand to amend our laws to reflect the change in society's views on same-sex marriage," said Green Party Rainbow Issues spokesperson Kevin Hague.

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