marriage equality

Hawaii marriage effort moves forward as governor gives lawmakers draft legislation

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) attempted to nudge state lawmakers into action on Wednesday, releasing a draft of a bill that would make his state the 14th to legalize gay marriage.

The legislation, based off a bill that stalled earlier this year in the state Senate, "was drafted in collaboration with legislators, staff and stakeholders," Abercrombie said.

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COMMENTARY: The pledge of hate

Did you know that in Mobile, Ala., nine Republicans are running in a special election for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District?

You probably wonder why you should care if you don’t live in Alabama?

You should care because one of these candidates – Dean Young - challenged the other eight to sign a pledge saying that, if they get elected, they will take any and all active steps to oppose same-gender marriage.

Here is that pledge – in all its Alabama glory:

Pledge to Oppose Gay Marriage

Marriage equality expands to New Mexico's two most-populous counties | VIDEO

(Editor's note: Also today, San Miguel County and Valencia County clerks began issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples.)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Another day, another step forward for same-gender marriage in New Mexico.

This morning, dozens of gay and lesbian couples began lining up in the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office in Albuquerque to get marriage licenses, a day after a second state district court judge ruled that New Mexico’s Constitution forbids discrimination for sexual orientation.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis win VMA for "Same Love" VIDEO

NEW YORK – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won the award for Best Video With A Social Message on Sunday night at MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMA) for their runaway hit video, “Same Love.”

The video, which supports same-gender marriage, has been embraced by the LGBT community and the song has become an anthem for gay weddings.

In New Mexico, Santa Fe hosts mass gay wedding today

SANTA FE, N.M. – Marriage equality may have finally come to New Mexico after a state district court judge late Thursday issued the state’s first formal legal opinion clarifying a right to marriage for all couples and ordered the Santa Fe County Clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

At least a dozen recipients of the county’s first licenses held an impromptu mass gay wedding in the chambers of the county commission just minutes after receiving their licenses. The couples were pronounced legally married at 3:51 pm local time.

UPDATED: Judge orders New Mexico county to issue same-gender marriage licenses

SANTA FE, N.M. -- A judge has ordered Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples in response to a lawsuit filed by two gay men.

District Judge Sarah Singleton issued the order late Thursday, just days after another County Clerk had begin issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples. Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins began issuing the licenses to same-gender couples on Wednesday morning.

Foes launch bid to kill Indiana amendment to ban same-gender marriage

INDIANAPOLIS -- A coalition of businesses and gay-marriage supporters has kicked off a promised push to block a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

The amendment is set for a required second vote in the House and Senate next year to send it to voters for a final decision in November. 56 current House members and 38 senators voted for the ban when it passed for the first time in 2011, including all but one Republican, New Albany Representative Ed Clere. The GOP expanded its House majority in last year's election, theoretically improving the amendment's odds.

Woman with life-threatening brain cancer asks N.M. court to let her marry partner of 21 years

SANTA FE, N.M. — A Pojoaque same-gender couple have asked a New Mexico court to legally marry immediately because one of the women suffers from a severe medical condition that may prove fatal in the near future.

Jen Roper was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of brain cancer, and her health has deteriorated severely in the past few months. She wants to marry her partner, Angelique Neuman.

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In New Mexico, a County Clerk begins issuing same-gender marriage licenses

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Same-gender couples in Doña Ana County, New Mexico began receiving marriage licenses this morning from the County Clerk, who announced he was issuing them based on a widely discussed legal opinion, endorsed by the state’s Attorney General last month, that the state’s equal protection laws required the state to provide the same benefits of marriage extended to other couples.

Marriage-equality talks heat up in Hawaii

HONOLULU – Same-gender marriage is back on the agenda in Hawaii, where the entire congressional delegation and faith leaders have come out in favor of the freedom to marry.

U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz and U.S. Representatives Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard issued statements supporting marriage equality, all urging Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat who also wants same-gender marriage, and the state legislature to pass a law to approve same-gender marriage.