marriage equality

Pennsylvania court sets date to hear same-gender marriage case

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The state's Commonwealth Court will hear oral arguments next month on the governor's request to end same-gender marriages in the Keystone State, where voters in 1996 approved a referendum to ban gay weddings.

However, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), at least two mayors and a county official have begin marrying gay and lesbian couples in open defiance of the state law.

The hearing was set for Sept. 4 in Harrisburg.

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A gay wedding at 30,000 feet with guest Jesse Tyler Ferguson | VIDEO

AUKLAND, New Zealand – Lots of amazing wedding stories have come out of New Zealand since same-gender marriage went into effect on Monday, but none may be more unusual than the first-ever gay nuptials onboard an Air New Zealand jet with a celebrity assist from “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

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Gay adoption marks theme of next episode of "I'm Having Their Baby" | VIDEO

The next episode of “I’m Having Their Baby” features a dramatic story about an Iowa mother who has decided to place her baby boy up for adoption by her half-sister and the sister’s wife. But will she change her mind at the last minute as she is about to give birth to Simon?

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In New Zealand, same-gender couples begin celebrating wedded bliss

PONSONBY, New Zealand -- The big day is here - it is now legal for same-sex couples to get married.

And there are many lining up to finally tie the knot, with almost 1,000 marriage forms downloaded, four couples racing to be the very first and 31 ceremonies around the country.

One of the first same-sex couples to be married in New Zealand arrived to a huge welcome at the Unitarian Church in Ponsonby this morning.

Natasha Vitali, 37, and Melissa Ray, 29, arrived at the church about 8:15 am where a large, colorful crowd had gathered.

The quiet gay-rights revolution in America's churches

For most gay Americans in the 20th century, the church was a place of pain. It cast them out and called them evil. It cleaved them from their families. It condemned their love and denied their souls. In 2004, a president was elected when religious voters surged from their pews to vote against the legal recognition of gay relationships. When it came to gay rights, religion was the enemy.

New Jersey court hears argument in major post-DOMA case

TRENTON, N.J. — Today, in one of the first major courtroom tests since the demise of Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Lambda Legal presented oral argument on a motion for summary judgment before the New Jersey Superior Court in a case seeking marriage equality on behalf of Garden State Equality, New Jersey's statewide LGBT advocacy organization, and six same-sex couples who seek the freedom to marry, as well as their children.

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Professional boxer Orlando Cruz proposes to longtime boyfriend

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz has proposed to his longtime boyfriend, José Manuel, via a video he posted on Facebook on Wednesday.

Manuel said yes, also via a Facebook video. No wedding date was announced, though.

Both videos were viewed by various media outlets, but not long afterward, both videos were either removed or made private.

Cruz came out publicly in October 2012, making history as the first known professional boxer to be competing as an openly gay man.

California Supreme Court lets Prop 8 ruling stand

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court today decided not to take up the Proposition 8 case, a "Hail Mary" bid by anti-gay forces to stop same-gender marriage in the Golden State.

The state's high court decision likely ends all legal challenges to Prop 8.

The decision elated Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

"Prop 8 is dead and never coming back," Griffin said.

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Heart & Soul: Choosing to navigate a two-way street

It’s pretty exciting to see marriage equality in so many U.S. states.

It wasn’t very long ago that the possibly of walking down the aisle with our same-gender partner seemed like a dream that might or might not come true in the distant future, or even in our lifetime.

We remember what it felt like for people to refuse to consider our side of the conversation, to treat us with disrespect and completely ignore our opinions and desires.

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Submariner celebrates homecoming by proposing to his boyfriend

GROTON, Conn. -- After six months aboard the USS New Mexico (SSN 779), MM2 Jerrel Revels stepped onto Pier 31 at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton Monday afternoon, took to one knee, and proposed to his partner, Dylan Kirchner.

The proposal comes two years after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" — the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members passed in 1993.

Revels, originally from Texas, met Kirchner, of Plainfield, through mutual friends last September.