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Lesbian legislator appointed as Chicago alderman | VIDEO

CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel has tapped state Rep. Deborah Mell as alderman for the city's 33rd ward.

Mell was one of three finalists chosen from a dozen applicants by a five-member selection committee. She was considered a shoo-in because the seat had been held for many years by her father, Richard "Dick" Mell, who retired this month. She will finish out her father's term, which ends in 2015.

Why Nepal is Asia's most gay-friendly country

When Nepal’s Supreme Court in June directed the government to introduce a third category on passports for people who identify themselves neither as male nor female, it handed yet another unopposed victory to the LGBT rights movement.

The country best known for Mount Everest and Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is fast gaining a reputation as the most gay-friendly nation in Asia as it continues its transition from a Hindu monarchy to a democracy.

Longtime partners wed in Colombia's first same-gender civil union

BOGATA, Colombia – Gonzalo Ruiz and Carlos Hernando Rivera became the first same-gender couple to be married in a civil union in Colombia.

Ruiz, 44, and Hernando Rivera, 57, have been a couple for more than 20 years. Wednesday’s ceremony was sanctioned by Municipal Court Judge Carmen Lucia Rodriguez.

Lesbian couple marry in Pennsylvania despite ban on same-gender unions

NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- A lesbian couple married this morning in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, as they and the county official who issues the marriage license defied the state law banning same-gender marriage.

Alicia Terrizzi, 45, a schoolteacher, and Loreen Bloodgood, a consultant, live in Pottstown, Pa., and are raising two boys. They have been a couple for 17 years.

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Will Pennsylvania county defy same-gender marriage ban?

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Even though same-gender marriage is banned in Pennsylvania, Montgomery County in suburban Philadelphia plans to begin issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Bruce Hanes, the Recorder of Wills for Montgomery County, said Tuesday that he will defy state law.

“I decided to come down on the right side of history and the law,” Hanes told the media. He cited the equal-protections rights guaranteed by the state and U.S. constitutions.

Democrat vying to for Senate seat from Georgia supports marriage equality

ATLANTA -- Michelle Nunn, a Democrat vying to become the next Senator from Georgia, says she is for marriage equality.

Nunn is CEO of the nonprofit group, Points of Light, and the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn.

She is competing for the seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, and will face a rabidly anti-gay opponent in Karen Handel, a Republican.

Nunn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she favors same-gender marriage and agrees with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision that essentially leaves marriage issues up to the states.

New Jersey United for Marriage launches bid to override governor's veto and win marriage

ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- New Jersey United for Marriage unveiled a campaign today to win the freedom to marry in the state, where a bill passed by the Legislature in February 2012 but was vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Richard Carlbom, director of state campaigns at Freedom to Marry, said it was time to override the veto.

California Supreme Court rejects San Diego County Clerk's petition to halt same-gender marriages

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court for the second time in two weeks has rejected a bid to halt same-gender marriages in the Golden State.

The state's high court late today rejected the petition for a stay by San Diego County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg, who incidentally today came under fire from local members of the LGBT and faith communities.

The court rejected a similar petition last week, but that didn't stop anti-gay activists from filing a second time.

Ohio judge rules for same-gender couple, one of whom is dying

James Obergefell has lived with the love of his life for 20 years before they married two weeks ago.

They also hoped to be buried next to each other, to spend eternity together, but the state of Ohio and his spouse’s relatives won’t let him – because he married another man, John Arthur, who is dying of ALS.