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    We’re getting caught up on marriage articles. We should be caught up tomorrow. Judge: Anti-Gay Marriage Law is Unconstitutional Associated Press
    Message 1 of 22 , Jun 12, 2012
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      We’re getting caught up on marriage articles.  We should be caught up tomorrow.



      Judge: Anti-Gay Marriage Law is Unconstitutional

      Associated Press

      Friday May 25, 2012

      OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A second federal judge in California has struck down a law denying benefits to partners in a gay marriage.





      Conservatives Lining up to Support Gay Marriage

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Friday May 25, 2012

      One of the most conservative newspapers in the country recently posted an op-ed endorsing marriage equality and encouraging Republicans to support the issue as well, saying, "gay marriage is actually a very conservative value."

      The Washington Times guest editorial column, written by Catherine Poe, includes a memo by Jan R. van Lohuizen - President George W. Bush’s pollster. The letter is intended for Republican leaders and candidates and says, "As people [Republicans] who promote personal responsibility, family values, commitment and stability, and emphasize freedom and limited government we have to recognize that freedom means freedom for everyone. This includes the freedom to decide how you live and to enter into relationships of your choosing, the freedom to live without excessive interference of the regulatory force of government."



      Jeb Bush calls equal marriage ‘a distraction’

      by Edmund Broch
      25 May 2012, 7:57pm

      On a three day visit to Taiwan, the former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, has said that equal marriage was ‘a distraction’ in the current presidential campaign, and it was economy that was the most important.





      Md. Gay Marriage Foes Submit Repeal Effort Signatures

      Associated Press

      Wednesday May 30, 2012

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Opponents of Maryland’s same-sex marriage law have delivered more than twice the number of signatures needed to put a referendum on the law on November’s ballot.




      ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Ill. Gay Marriage Ban

      by Sophia Tareen

      Associated Press

      Thursday May 31, 2012

      CHICAGO (AP) - Building on the momentum of President Barack Obama’s recent support of gay marriage, two major civil rights groups in his home state filed lawsuits Wednesday in hopes of legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois.

      The two lawsuits - brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the New York-based Lambda Legal - represent 25 couples statewide. Both challenge a state law that defines marriage as between a man and woman, arguing that the Illinois Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry under due process and equality clauses.





      May 31, 2012 1:42PM

      Court Agrees: Fed Gov Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

      Post by Peter Montgomery

      A unanimous three-judge panel of the Federal Appeals Court for the First District today ruled that the section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevents the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples, and denies couples access to things like Social Security survivor benefits, is unconstitutional. Lambda Legal called the ruling “another nail in DOMA’s coffin.”

      The court upheld a similar ruling at the district court level; the appeals court also stayed its ruling pending action by the Supreme Court.





      Defense Of Marriage Act Is Unconstitutional, Federal Court Rules

      May 31, 2012

      by Mark Memmott

      "A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples, a ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court," The Associated Press reports from Boston.





      Boston Appeals Court Finds DOMA Unconstitutional

      Associated Press

      Thursday May 31, 2012

      The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, discriminates against married same-sex couples by denying them federal benefits.

      The law was passed in 1996 at a time when it appeared Hawaii would legalize gay marriage. Since then, many states have instituted their own bans on gay marriage, while eight states have approved it, led by Massachusetts in 2004.





      Minnesota United Methodist conference opposes state ‘marriage amendment’

      June 1, 2012

      Victoria Rebeck

      Minnesota United Methodists have expressed opposition to the proposed “marriage amendment” to the Minnesota state constitution.

      The motion prevailed in written ballot, 400 to 169.

      Meeting in annual session in Saint Cloud, Minn., May 30-June 1, session members approved a resolution sent by a group of churches against the proposal that only a union of one man and one woman shall be recognized as marriage in Minnesota. The proposal will appear on the November ballot.





      Defense of Marriage Act Heads to US Supreme Court

      by Denise Lavoie

      Associated Press

      Friday Jun 1, 2012

      BOSTON (AP) - A battle over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Thursday that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional.

      In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples.





      Gay Married Couples Look to High Court on Benefits

      by Denise Lavoie

      Associated Press

      Friday Jun 1, 2012

      BOSTON (AP) - Fresh from a favorable ruling by a federal appeals court, Dorene Bowe-Shulman can’t wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether same-sex married couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

      "I really look forward to the next step," said Bowe-Shulman, one of 17 people from Massachusetts who sued to challenge the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.





      Minnesota United Methodist conference opposes marriage amendment

      Posted by: Rose French Updated: June 1, 2012 - 11:43 AM

      Minnesota United Methodists on Friday went on record against changing the state Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

      A total of 569 members voted on a resolution in opposition to the amendment at the group’s annual assembly in St. Cloud. The amendment — which would effectively ban gay marriage in Minnesota — is on the election ballot Nov. 6.





      May 31, 2012 1:42PM

      Court Agrees: Fed Gov Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

      Post by Peter Montgomery

      A unanimous three-judge panel of the Federal Appeals Court for the First District today ruled that the section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevents the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples, and denies couples access to things like Social Security survivor benefits, is unconstitutional. Lambda Legal called the ruling “another nail in DOMA’s coffin.”

      The court upheld a similar ruling at the district court level; the appeals court also stayed its ruling pending action by the Supreme Court.





      Calif. Church’s N.C. Billboard Apologizes for Recent Anti-Marriage Vote

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Monday Jun 4, 2012

      A church based in California set up a billboard in Charlotte, N.C., in order to apologize to the state’s gay community after voters approved a constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex couples from getting married, the New York Daily News reported.

      "Missiongathering Christian Church is sorry for the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of those who denied rights and equality to so many in the name of God," the sign reads.




      Gay Bishop Backs Same-Sex Marriage in Maine

      by Clarke Canfield

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Jun 5, 2012


      PORTLAND, Maine-Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, married his longtime partner on New Year’s Day 2010 -- the day same-sex marriage became legal in his home state of New Hampshire.

      Robinson hopes Maine voters follow in its neighbor’s footsteps and legalize same-sex marriage in a ballot proposal in November. Robinson is coming to Maine on behalf of the campaign seeking to legalize gay marriage, appearing at three screenings of a film about his life and his struggles to be accepted within the Anglican church.




    • UMAffirmation
      The Called Out editors have been having quite an interesting time of it. We could tell you about it, but it would sound like a badly written soap opera.
      Message 2 of 22 , Aug 22, 2012
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        The Called Out editors have been having quite an interesting time of it.  We could tell you about it, but it would sound like a badly written soap opera.  Meanwhile, over the next few days, we’re going to try to get caught up.  Here are the marriage articles from when we started falling behind, up through the end of June.



        Equality advocates slightly ahead on Minnesota marriage question

        by Stephen Gray
        6 June 2012, 3:16pm

        The opponents of a measure which would introduce a constitutional ban on marriages for gay couples in Minnesota have edged slightly ahead, according to a recent poll.




        5 Reasons Gay Marriage Losing Streak May Be Over

        by Mike Baker

        Associated Press

        Thursday Jun 14, 2012

        OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Opponents of gay marriage have an unblemished track record in U.S. elections, chalking up 32 victories in 32 public votes.

        They’ve won in blue states and red ones, among the most heavily religious areas and among the least-churched. North Carolina punctuated the winning streak just last month by comfortably approving a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex unions.

        Gay marriage supporters are optimistic that they can end their losing ways this year, with four states voting on the issue in November. They’re particularly encouraged by the prospects in Washington and Maine. Meanwhile opponents have taken steps to maintain their unflawed record and believe their side will be motivated to hold the status quo.




        Denmark: Equal marriage laws for gay couples come into effect today

        by Stephen Gray
        15 June 2012, 10:23am

        Denmark’s new laws allowing gay couples to marry in the state church have come into effect today.




        Editorial: Minnesota's United Methodists take a brave stand

        Updated: June 5, 2012 - 10:51 PM

        They buck denomination, oppose gay marriage ban.




        General Mills opposes ban on equal marriage, angers anti-equality groups

        by Edmund Broch
        16 June 2012, 10:43pm

        The international food giant, General Mills, has publicly declared it opposes a proposed constitutional amendment to ban equal marriage in Minnesota, and has consequently angered anti-equality groups in the state.




        Poll: Record 64 percent support for equal marriage in Scotland

        by Edmund Broch
        17 June 2012, 9:00am

        A new survey of Scottish people suggests that almost two in three support equal marriage, with only one in four expressing opposition, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal.




        NY Marriage Act Lawsuit Seeks Health Care Benefits

        Associated Press

        Wednesday Jun 20, 2012





        Ill. Prosecutors Refuse to Defend Gay Marriage Ban

        by Tammy Webber

        Associated Press

        Thursday Jun 21, 2012

        CHICAGO (AP) - Twenty-five Illinois couples were prepared for a long legal fight when they joined lawsuits challenging the state’s ban on gay marriage. Turns out they won’t get one - at least not from the attorneys who would normally be responsible for defending the state’s laws.

        Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez have refused to defend the 16-year-old ban, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, saying it violates the state constitution’s equal protection clause.




        Concerns Voiced on Maine Gay Marriage Wording

        by Clarke Canfield

        Associated Press

        Thursday Jun 21, 2012

        PORTLAND, Maine - The proposed wording of a ballot question asking Maine voters if they want to legalize same-sex marriage is inaccurate and misleading, gay marriage supporters said Wednesday.

        Maine’s secretary of state announced last week that the proposed wording for the November referendum reads, ’’Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry?’’

        The question should also include wording about how clergy, churches, and other religious institutions will not be required to perform or host same-sex marriages if Maine voters approve the measure, said Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage, a coalition in support of the proposal.




        NYC Backs Gay Widow’s Suit Against Marriage Law

        Associated Press

        Thursday Jun 21, 2012




        Australian state government reverses same-sex civil union rights

        Also plans to ban gay couples from having a child through surrogacy

        By Brody Levesque

        BRISBANE, Australia — Conservative lawmakers in the parliament of the Australian state of Queensland have voted to redefine civil partnerships, downgrading them to the lessor class of “registered relationships,” and said they also plan to ban same-sex couples from having children through surrogacy.

        After a sometimes heated debate Thursday, the conservative Liberal National Party majority, which took control of the Parliament from the Labor Party earlier this year, voted to extensively alter the provisions of the Civil Partnerships Act 2011 which took effect in February.




        Queensland ‘downgrades’ civil partnerships and will ban gay surrogacy

        by Stephen Gray
        22 June 2012, 10:38am

        The Australian state of Queensland will remove gay couples’ ability to have children through surrogacy and downgrade civil partnerships to the class of ‘registered relationships’, after a debate in Parliament last night.




        Washington state looks set to back equal marriage in referendum

        by Edmund Broch
        21 June 2012, 10:39pm

        In a sign that Washington may be one of the first states to buck the trend on equal marriage referenda, a new poll suggests that voters in the state might approve the measure during the presidential elections this November.




        Maine: Equal marriage advocates seek to amend ballot question

        by Stephen Gray
        21 June 2012, 6:47pm

        Supporters of marriage equality rights for gay couples in Maine have said they will ask for the ballot question on marriage to be put to voters later this year to be amended before it is finalised.

        A popular vote will take place in




        Southern Baptists opposed to viewing equal marriage as a civil rights issue

        by Stephen Gray
        21 June 2012, 3:47pm

        The US Southern Baptist Convention has adopted a resolution at its annual conference criticising marriage equality advocates who have adopted the ‘rhetoric of the civil rights movement’ and drawn comparisons between discrimination against gay couples and racism.




        Anti-gay marriage group ‘Keep Marriage Special’ says UK Government will legalise incest next

        by James Park
        24 June 2012, 3:12pm

        A new campaign against same-sex couples marrying, Keep Marriage Special, has claimed in glossy leaflets that the next logical step will be legalising incest and polygamy. Out4Marriage has branded the group’s claims “extremist and confused”.




        Scotland: New poll shows majority of population support same-sex marriage

        by Dan Littauer
        30 June 2012, 1:01pm

        A major poll by Stonewall Scotland has revealed that the majority of the Scottish population support the introducing of equal same-sex marriage. A majority also believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face prejudice in society.


      • UMAffirmation
        We hope to be caught up on marriage articles tomorrow night. One Washington state anti-equality measure fails by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
        Message 3 of 22 , Aug 26, 2012
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          We hope to be caught up on marriage articles tomorrow night.



          One Washington state anti-equality measure fails

          by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
          4 July 2012, 10:38pm

          One Washington state voter-initiative to ban equal marriage has failed to gain enough support.




          Obama administration asks Supreme Court to hear Defence of Marriage cases

          by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
          4 July 2012, 7:35pm

          The Obama administration’s Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to hear two cases against the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA).




          Gov’t Asks for Quick Review of Gay Marriage Law

          Associated Press

          Thursday Jul 5, 2012




          Illinois Clerks Get OK to Defend Gay Marriage Ban

          Associated Press

          Thursday Jul 5, 2012




          US: Episcopal Church to debate blessing for gay couples

          by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
          5 July 2012, 8:12pm

          The Episcopal Church in the US is to debate a blessing rite for gay couples who wish to marry.




          NW Methodists endorse same-sex marriage

          The United Methodist Church in the Northwest, at odds with its parent denomination, has endorsed Referendum 74 and called on voters to make Washington the nation’s seventh state to enact same-sex marriage.




          U.S. Presbyterians Narrowly Reject Same-Sex Marriage

          by Rachel Zoll

          Associated Press

          Sunday Jul 8, 2012

          The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) narrowly rejected a proposal to revise the traditional definition of marriage on Friday, a year after it struck down a barrier to ordaining gays.

          The Presbyterian General Assembly, meeting in Pittsburgh, voted 338-308 against changing how marriage was defined in the church constitution from a "civil contract between a woman and a man" to a "covenant between two people." The assembly also rejected measures that would have affirmed a traditional definition of marriage or sought more theological study of the issue.




          US: Episcopal Church bishops approve blessing for gay couples

          by Stephen Gray
          10 July 2012, 4:48pm

          Leading bishops of the two million-strong Episcopal Church in the US have approved a blessing for the relationships of gay couples.




          Poll: Third of gay and trans Canadians in a same-sex marriage

          by Stephen Gray
          10 July 2012, 12:30pm

          A Canadian poll has suggested that 5 percent of the 34 million people living in Canada identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and that a third of those are in a gay marriage.




          US: Washington state marriage equality supporters raise $1m in June

          by Stephen Gray
          10 July 2012, 2:57pm

          The Washington United for Marriage raised nearly $1 million last month in its bid to keep Washington’s recently-passed marriage equality laws on the statute books following news that a public ballot will be held on the issue later this year.




          US: Latino groups launch push for marriage equality

          by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
          9 July 2012, 11:45pm

          Leading US Latino groups are backing a campaign to raise awareness of gay rights and marriage equality.




          Episcopalians set to be first big U.S. church to bless gay marriage

          By David Dawson

          INDIANAPOLIS | Mon Jul 9, 2012 9:59pm EDT

          (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church is poised to become the first major religious denomination in the United States to approve a rite for blessing gay marriages after its bishops overwhelmingly approved such a liturgy on Monday.




          Episcopal Church OKs Same-Sex Blessings; Largest U.S. Denomination To Do So




          Episcopal Bishops OK Trial Gay Blessing Prayer

          by Rachel Zoll

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jul 10, 2012

          Episcopal bishops approved an official prayer service for blessing same-sex couples Monday at a national convention that also cleared the way for transgender ordination.

          At the Episcopal General Convention in Indianapolis, the House of Bishops voted 111-41, with three abstentions, to authorize a provisional rite for same-sex unions for the next three years. The liturgy next goes to convention’s deputies for their authorization.




          US: Most Utah voters back legal recognition for gay couples – but not marriage

          by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
          10 July 2012, 11:55pm

          Polling shows that 71 per cent of Utah voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples.


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          Another Major Minn. Company Comes Out Against Marriage Ban by Patrick Condon Associated Press
          Message 4 of 22 , Aug 27, 2012
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            Another Major Minn. Company Comes Out Against Marriage Ban

            by Patrick Condon

            Associated Press

            Sunday Jul 15, 2012

            The legal, business information and media company Thomson Reuters said Friday that an amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota would be bad for business.

            Prominent companies including General Mills and St. Jude Medical spoke out earlier against the proposed amendment, which goes to the voters in November. Minnesota already has a law against gay marriage, but gay marriage opponents say the amendment is necessary to put the ban in the state constitution.




            Advocates Weigh in on Lesbian Marriage Immigration Case

            by Les Spindle

            EDGE Contributor

            Saturday Jul 21, 2012

            A class-action suit filed by three residents of Irvine, California poses the latest of many challenges to Homeland Security’s ongoing discriminatory practices on the rights of green-card applicants who are married to same-sex spouses. Plaintiffs in the case are Jane DeLeon, a Philippines citizen whose employer is sponsoring her application; her 20-year partner, U.S. citizen, Irma Rodriguez, who DeLeon married in California prior to the passage of Proposition 8; and DeLeon’s son, 25-year-old Martin Aranas.




            Liberia: Senate votes to criminalise gay marriages

            by Stephen Gray
            23 July 2012, 10:38am

            The Liberian senate is reported to have approved a bill criminalising gay marriages in the west African state, but it is unclear whether the president would sign it into law.




            Scottish Government to Back Same-Sex Marriage

            Associated Press

            Wednesday Jul 25, 2012




            New Zealand Lawmakers to Debate Gay Marriage Bill

            Associated Press

            Thursday Jul 26, 2012




            Republicans join push for marriage equality in Maine

            by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
            24 July 2012, 10:26pm

            Twenty Republican leaders have joined a Republican group pushing for marriage equality in Maine.




            Petitions Challenging DOMA Piling Up

            by Justin Snow

            Metro Weekly

            Tuesday Jul 31, 2012

            Last week the Supreme Court received its fourth petition in less than a month asking the high court to review the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

            On July 16, lawyers for Edith ’’Edie’’ Windsor filed the petition with the hope that the Supreme Court will consider the 83-year-old window’s case challenging Section 3 of DOMA on the grounds that it violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause by blocking same-sex couples from enjoying federal benefits.




            US: Democrats move to adopt same-sex marriage as official party platform

            by James Park
            30 July 2012, 11:32pm

            The Democrats are expected to back same-sex marriage part of their official party platform. The move comes little more than three months after President Barack Obama confirmed his own personal support for gay couples being granted the right to marry.




            Dems Move to Formally Back Gay Marriage

            by Julie Pace

            Associated Press

            Tuesday Jul 31, 2012

            WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic Party is moving to include support for gay marriage in the official party platform for the first time, a Democratic official said Monday, marking a key milestone for advocates of same-sex unions.

            The party’s platform drafting committee voted to include language backing gay marriage during a weekend meeting in Minneapolis, the official said. Democratic delegates will formally approve the platform during the party convention in Charlotte, N.C., in early September.




            Minn. Sunday School Students Raise Money For Gay Marriage With Lemonade Stand

            by Jason St. Amand

            Web Producer / Staff Writer

            Wednesday Aug 1, 2012

            Last weekend, children from the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis set up a lemonade stand to support marriage equality during the church’s fundraiser, the Golden Valley (Minn.) Patch reported.

            Church officials called the event the "Lemonade Stand-ing on the Side of Love." Young Sunday school students charged thirsty customers a quarter for a glass of lemonade. All of the proceeds went to the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance, an organization that is fighting against a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would ban gay marriage.




            Connecticut federal court finds DOMA unconstitutional

            by Stephen Gray
            1 August 2012, 12:52pm

            A US federal court in Connecticut has become the latest to find the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbids recognition of gay marriages at the national level, unconstitutional.





            Gay Marriage Ban Backers Seek Supreme Court Review

            by Lisa Leff

            Associated Press

            Tuesday Jul 31, 2012

            SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Backers of California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to overrule a federal appeals court that struck down the measure as unconstitutional.

            Lawyers for the coalition of religious conservative groups that sponsored the ban, known as Proposition 8, petitioned the Supreme Court to review the lower court’s finding that the 2008 amendment to the state constitution violated the civil rights of gay and lesbian Californians.




            US: Supreme Court asked to hear Proposition 8 appeal

            by Stephen Gray
            1 August 2012, 11:14am

            Proponents of Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on gay marriages in the US state of California, have asked the Supreme Court to overturn two lower judgements that it was unconstitutional.




            Conn. Judge: US Gay Marriage Law Unconstitutional

            Associated Press

            Wednesday Aug 1, 2012




            Catholic Bishop: Government should make incest legal if it really believes in equality

            by James Park
            5 August 2012, 11:23am

            A senior Catholic Bishop in Scotland has stunned equal rights campaigners by suggesting that if the Scottish Government truly believed in equality it would make incest and polygamy legal.




            US to Weigh Gay Relationships in Deportation Cases

            by Amy Taxin and Lisa Leff

            Associated Press

            Monday Aug 6, 2012

            SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amid pressure from Democratic lawmakers, Homeland Security officials reiterated Friday that a foreigner’s longstanding same-sex relationship with a U.S. citizen could help stave off the threat of deportation.

            Binational gay couples are eligible for consideration under a federal program designed to focus resources away from low-priority deportation cases and let officials spend more time tracking down convicted criminals, said Marsha Catron, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.




            Gay Rights Group Donates $250,000 to Maine’s Gay Marriage Fight

            Associated Press

            Monday Aug 6, 2012




            US: Delaware governor says state could legalise marriage equality in 2013

            by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
            7 August 2012, 10:40pm

            The governor of Delaware is confident that his state will legalise marriage equality in 2013.




            Federal Judge Rules Against Hawaii Gay Marriage

            by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

            Associated Press

            Thursday Aug 9, 2012

            HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge ruled Wednesday against two Hawaii women who want to get married instead of enter into a civil union, handing a victory to opponents of gay marriage in a state that’s been at the forefront of the issue.




            Dems Draft Platform Backs Gay Marriage

            Associated Press

            Friday Aug 10, 2012

            WASHINGTON (AP) - A draft of the Democratic Party’s official party platform includes support for gay marriage for the first time, months after President Barack Obama said he was in favor of same-sex unions.

            The party platform draft includes support for "marriage equality" and efforts to bring "equal treatment under law for same-sex couples," according to a person who has seen the draft language. The person spoke on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of a platform committee meeting in Detroit on Saturday.




            Seattle lawyers issue complaint against anti-marriage equality groups

            by Christopher Brocklebank
            17 August 2012, 12:40pm

            A Seattle law firm has filed a complaint against two anti-marriage equality groups for not declaring the source of their funding.




            Bishop of Buckingham: ‘Church should get its head around gay relationships and be @Out4Marriage’

            [There’s a print article under the video]


            The Bishop of Buckingham has become the most senior member of the Church of England to join the Out4Marriage campaign to introduce equal same-sex marriage in the UK. But a spokesman for the Church says that his message of equality is not the official view of the Church of England.






            Northern Ireland: Retired Church of Ireland cleric backs calls for marriage equality to be legalised

            by Christopher Brocklebank
            23 August 2012, 12:33pm

            A retired senior Church of Ireland cleric has called for marriage equality to be made legal. 




            Scottish Catholic Church: Today we can save marriage from ‘subversion’ by gays

            by James Park
            26 August 2012, 1:37pm

            The Catholic Church in Scotland has declared today ‘National Marriage Sunday’ and has this morning had a letter read out in 500 Catholic parishes condemning the Scottish government’s plans to legislate for equal same-sex marriage




            Catholic Cardinal calls for objective debate over gay marriage and abortion

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            26 August 2012, 9:06pm

            An Irish Catholic Cardinal has called for a calm and reasoned debate over gay marriage and abortion, but said the church was not prepared to move their position on the latter.




            Same-sex marriage bill to be introduced in France this October

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            26 August 2012, 5:47pm

            New legislation which will be introduced into the French Parliament as early as October will allow gay couples to marry.




            Republican Mayor of San Diego speaks out in favour of equal marriage

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            26 August 2012, 1:05am

            In a TV advert which is to be broadcast during the Republican National Convention, The Mayor of San Diego, California, has spoken urging voters to support equal marriage for all.




            Supporters of deportee protest immigration office

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            27 August 2012, 8:55pm

            A group of people opposed to the deportation of a Mexican man from Detroit, gathered outside a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office today to protest in favour of his release.



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            Marriage Equality Likely in France Next Year by Jason St. Amand Web Producer / Staff Writer Wednesday Aug 29, 2012 Same-sex couples in France could legally tie
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              Marriage Equality Likely in France Next Year

              by Jason St. Amand

              Web Producer / Staff Writer

              Wednesday Aug 29, 2012

              Same-sex couples in France could legally tie the knot in 2013. France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault confirmed on Saturday that the country’s government officials plan to introduce legislation that would legalize gay marriage, UPI reported.

              "In October, we will send a bill to the National Assembly and the Senate to allow same-sex couples to marry," Ayrault told fellow Socialist Party members last weekend. "It would also allow them to form families and adopt children."





              Maryland Pro-Marriage Forces Begin Fall Campaign Leg

              by John Riley

              Metro Weekly

              Tuesday Aug 28, 2012

              It’s officially in ink, and headed to a voting booth near you come November.

              The Maryland State Board of Elections on Aug. 20 released the wording for the ballot referendum on the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which grants same-sex couples in the Free State the rights to marry, as both supporters and opponents ready themselves for a final push ahead of the Nov. 6 election.





              New Zealand Passes 1st Stage of Gay Marriage Law

              by Nick Perry

              Associated Press

              Wednesday Aug 29, 2012

              WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly cast a first vote in favor of a gay marriage law that was given impetus by President Barack Obama’s public support of the issue.

              The 80 to 40 vote in front of a packed and cheering public gallery was the first of three votes Parliament must take before the bill can become law, a process that typically takes several months and allows the public to weigh in. Only a simple majority was needed to ensure a second vote, and the margin is a strong indication that the law will be passed.





              Maori organisation in New Zealand support marriage equality bill

              by Christopher Brocklebank
              30 August 2012, 3:53pm

              New Zealand’s Maori child advocacy organisation Ririki has said they are in favour of MP Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill.





              Support for marriage equality among African-Americans in Nevada has increased over a quarter

              by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
              30 August 2012, 3:08pm

              According to a poll, support for marriage equality among African-American voters in Nevada has increased just over a quarter since President Obama said in May that he supports such unions.





              Judge suggests Detroit lesbian couple challenge state’s marriage equality ban for full parenting rights

              by Christopher Brocklebank
              30 August 2012, 12:11pm

              A federal judge in Detroit this week suggested a lesbian couple challenge the state of Michigan’s ban on marriage equality – which is preventing them both being registered as their children’s parents.





              Tasmania: equal marriage bill passes in first stage of parliament

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              30 August 2012, 8:35pm

              Tasmanian advocators of equal marriage celebrated today, as a bill to legalise same-sex marriage was passed in the first chamber of parliament.





              New Zealand: Churches vow not to officiate same-sex weddings

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              31 August 2012, 8:48pm

              A majority of New Zealand churches have said that they will not officiate same-sex marriages, following news that an equal marriage bill has jumped the first hurdle towards becoming law.





              Poland moves towards introducing civil partnerships

              by Scott Roberts
              3 September 2012, 1:00pm

              Poland’s ruling centre-right party, Platforma Obywatelska (PO), has announced that it will introduce legislation allowing gay couples to have civil unions.





              Dublin City Council votes to support equal marriage

              by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
              4 September 2012, 10:39am

              Dublin City Council has passed motions in support of opening up civil marriage to all citizens “regardless” of their sexuality.





              Minnesota: Bishop urges Catholics to support equal marriage ban

              by Scott Roberts
              4 September 2012, 12:52pm

              The archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has written an open letter asking Catholics in the US state of Minnesota to vote in favour of a pending constitutional ban on equal marriage.





              Australian Christian lobbyist: Gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry because they are more likely to smoke

              by Scott Roberts
              5 September 2012, 12:48pm

              The head of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) appears to have come up with a whole new reason for why Australia should be against equal marriage.





              UK Catholic Bishop says equal marriage is a ‘gathering storm’ for Christians

              by Scott Roberts
              5 September 2012, 11:06am

              The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Rt Rev Mark Davies, has launched another attack on the government’s plans to introduce equal marriage.





              In Surprise Move, Poland’s Conservative Party to Introduce Civil Unions

              by Jason St. Amand

              Web Producer / Staff Writer

              Friday Sep 7, 2012

              Officials from the country’s center-right part, Platforma Obywatelska, announced that they plan to introduce a legislation that would legalize civil union relationships for same-sex couples, On Top Magazine reported.





              Update: Maryland pro-equality footballer backed by team after delegate requested his silence

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              8 September 2012, 2:18am

              An American Football team who were asked by a Maryland delegate to take action against one of their players who stood up for equal marriage rights, has declined to do so.





              Lesbian couple escalate adoption rights battle, attempt to have equal marriage ban deemed unconstitutional

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              7 September 2012, 7:40pm

              A US couple have escalated their same-sex adoption battle to encompass their state’s ban on same-sex marriages. The couple said they are fighting for equality not for themselves, but for the rights of their children.





              Connecticut, New York and Vermont to challenge anti-equality law

              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
              8 September 2012, 7:59pm

              Vermont is the latest US state to sign a legal bid requesting an appeals court to rule that the legal definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.





              More States Challenge US Anti-Gay Marriage Law

              Associated Press

              Monday Sep 10, 2012






              Oy Vey! Conservative Jewish Women Compare Same-Sex Marriages to Their Own

              by Jason St. Amand

              Web Producer / Staff Writer

              Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

              The New York Post reported that a committee that creates laws for Conservative Jews has recently approved two ceremonies for gay couples that do not mention ownership, makes double-ring ceremonies officially part of the wedding and allows either person in the relationship ask for a divorce. These three items have long been hot-button issues for Jewish brides.





              Game Change :: Outspoken Players Impact NFL Image

              by Jason St. Amand

              Web Producer / Staff Writer

              Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

              The New York Times reports that a Baltimore Ravens linebacker’s support for marriage equality may have impacted not only the LGBT community but the NFL as well.

              The Times article points out that the NFL "has long fought the stigma of having homophobic culture." Currently, there has yet to be a football player that has come out during his career.





              Gay Marriage Proponents, Foes Gear Up For Another Battle in Maine

              by David Sharp

              Associated Press

              Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

              PORTLAND, Maine - After months of mostly one-on-one campaigning, gay marriage supporters are rolling out television advertising, bumper stickers, and yard signs as they seek to make Maine the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through a statewide vote. Opponents also are stepping up their efforts.





              France moves closer towards equal marriage and same-sex adoption rights

              by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
              12 September 2012, 11:09am

              The French government has confirmed plans to introduce equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.





              Pro Athletes Becoming Outspoken Gay-Rights Advocate

              by Patrick Condon

              Associated Press

              Saturday Sep 15, 2012

              NFL punters are only seen on fourth down and heard from less than that. But with Minnesota voters weighing whether to ban gay marriage this fall, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has emerged as a high-profile gay rights champion - and a symbol of changing attitudes toward homosexuality in the sports world.





              US: Support for equal marriage increasing, according to latest polls

              by Scott Roberts
              18 September 2012, 1:40pm

              Two new national polls show that support for marriage equality in the US is steadily increasing.





              Australia votes against legalising equal marriage

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                Former Alabama Chief Justice: Gay marriage will be 'ultimate destruction of our country'

                Staff Reports


                Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is seeking to regain the office of chief justice, denounced same-sex marriage and predicted it would be the downfall of the country.


                Speaking at a Tea Party rally in Fort Payne, Ala., on Saturday, the previously ousted justice said the nation must return to its moral and constitutional roots, reported the Birmingham News.





                Comment: “It was an amazing push for marriage equality”

                by Gary Spedding
                9 October 2012, 1:43pm


                Despite last week’s equal marriage defeat in the Northern Ireland Assembly, in a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding says there are reasons to be optimistic when it comes to securing LGBT equality in Northern Ireland.





                David Cameron determined to press ahead with equal marriage

                by Scott Roberts
                9 October 2012, 11:29am


                Despite Monday’s high-profile anti-equal marriage protest against the backdrop of the Conservative Party Conference, Prime Minister David Cameron remains determined to press ahead with marriage reform.





                NAACP to launch pro marriage equality radio adverts ahead of Maryland referendum

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                9 October 2012, 12:48am


                The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People in Maryland will launch a series of radio adverts on Tuesday, urging voters to support equal marriage for same-sex couples in the state referendum on 6 November.





                Video: Anti-equal marriage advert aired in Maryland

                by Scott Roberts
                8 October 2012, 3:25pm


                Ahead of next month’s referendum on whether to ban same-sex marriage in the US state of Maryland, opponents have produced a new campaign video that has been shown on state television.





                Vote on Iowa Justice Seen as Test for Gay Marriage

                by Ryan J. Foley

                Associated Press

                Tuesday Oct 9, 2012


                IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins isn’t well known outside the legal community of his state, and even inside that group, isn’t particularly popular.

                But the question of whether he should keep his job has become one of the most fiercely contested judicial issues on the Nov. 6 ballot because of what he symbolizes in the debate over gay marriage and the role of courts.





                Getting To Yes On Gay Marriage, One Voter At A Time

                by Michael May

                Listen to the Story

                All Things Considered

                October 9, 2012


                Rion Tucker is covering a lot of ground in his home state of Maine these days. The 20-year-old is a canvasser for Equality Maine, and he's been knocking on lots of doors in an effort to make sure that voters in his state pass a ballot initiative in November legalizing same-sex marriage.





                Yvette Cooper: ‘Get on with legalising same-sex marriage’

                by Scott Roberts
                12 October 2012, 11:41am


                Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Yvette Cooper says

                David Cameron needs to “show a bit of backbone” over the issue of equal marriage.





                Video: Anti-equal marriage advert ‘Not about Equality’ airs in Washington

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                11 October 2012, 11:15pm


                With the vote on equal marriage growing ever closer, anti-equal marriage groups have begun to show TV adverts in the state of Washington.





                Rick Santorum: Equal marriage would destroy churches, families and ‘disintegrate’ marriage

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                11 October 2012, 3:25am


                Ex-US Senator, Rick Santorum, has joined the campaign against equal marriage in the state of Washington, and has said that if it became a reality, churches and families would be destroyed.





                Wash. Group Opposed to Gay Marriage Releases TV Ads

                by Rachel La Corte

                Associated Press

                Friday Oct 12, 2012


                OLYMPIA, Wash. - The group fighting to overturn Washington’s gay marriage law started running its first TV ads in the state on Thursday.





                Former SNP leader says equal marriage is a step towards ‘fascism’

                by Scott Roberts
                15 October 2012, 10:54am


                The former leader of the Scottish National Party Gordon Wilson has once again criticised the leadership of the SNP for supporting equal marriage.





                US: Companies confirm support for equal marriage in Washington, in full page newspaper advert

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                14 October 2012, 11:36pm


                A large number of Washington-based companies have confirmed their support for Referendum 74, the equal marriage bill, which will be voted on next month in the state, by signing up to a newspaper advert.





                At 0-32, Gay-Marriage Forces Seek 1st Win at Polls

                by David Crary

                Associated Press

                Monday Oct 15, 2012


                BOWIE, Md. - Irene Huskens has the wedding venue picked out: a charming bed-and-breakfast in southern Maryland. But the wedding is no sure thing.





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                Will Catholic Voters Support LGBT Rights in Washington State?

                Post by Joanna Brooks


                This fall, voters in the state of Washington may be among the first in the nation to support marriage equality for LGBT people by popular referendum. Polls suggest that Referendum 74 has an edge among Washington voters. Then again, four years ago in California, polls predicted Proposition 8 was headed for defeat. I spoke today with Kathy Morefield, one of the founders of Washington Catholics for Marriage Equality, to get a sense for the role of faith in the campaign.





                Out Female Minn. Basketball Player Speaks Against State’s Marriage Amendment

                by Jon Krawczynski

                Associated Press

                Tuesday Oct 16, 2012


                MINNEAPOLIS - Seimone Augustus has always preferred to stay out of the public eye even as her basketball career has taken her to the heights of an Olympic gold medal and a WNBA championship.





                NY appeals court nixes Defense of Marriage Act

                by Larry Neumeister

                Associated Press

                Thursday Oct 18, 2012


                NEW YORK - A divided federal appeals court in Manhattan struck down the Defense of Marriage Act Thursday as unconstitutional, joining an appeals court in Boston in rejecting the law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court is expected to take up the case in the next year.





                Most U.S. Catholics Back Marriage Equality, But Knights of Columbus Pour Millions into Opposition

                By Peter Montgomery


                Quick, what organization was founded to support justice for immigrants, boasts nearly two million (all-male) members, and loves a good parade? The Knights of Columbus still support immigrants’ rights, but those sober-faced men marching down Main Street in full parade regalia are also part of an organization that was the single largest donor in support of California’s Proposition 8. 


                This venerable fraternal order has taken up the anti-equality baton in a big, flamboyant way.





                Marriage Law Likely Headed To Supreme Court

                by Nina Totenberg

                Listen to the Story

                All Things Considered

                [4 min 3 sec]

                October 19, 2012


                A federal appeals court ruling on Thursday has catapulted a New York case to the head of the line, as the Supreme Court considers which of many cases it should use to decide whether the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is constitutional.


                For more than a year, the lower courts have been issuing decisions striking down DOMA, declaring the law's provisions to be unconstitutional discrimination. The statute defines marriage as being only between a man and a woman, meaning that the federal government is barred from recognizing same-sex marriages even when they are legal and recognized by state law.





                US: Same-sex marriage scam angers former couple who thought they were married

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                20 October 2012, 11:56pm


                A Florida man has spoken out about his anger at being issued an invalid marriage license by an Iowa courthouse, and says his case represents wider problems faced by gay couples who cannot marry in their home states.





                France Delays Debate on Gay Marriage

                Associated Press

                Monday Oct 22, 2012


                PARIS - France is delaying debate on a draft law authorizing gay marriage, as the government grapples with increasingly vocal opposition to the idea.





                US: Top New York court rejects appeal against equal marriage law

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                23 October 2012, 11:57pm


                Governor Cuomo said Tuesday's decision secured equal marriage "for generations to come"

                On Tuesday, the New York Court of Appeals refused to hear a challenge against the 2011 law which legalised equal marriage in the state.





                NYC’s Bloomberg: $500K to Gay Marriage Campaigns

                by Jennifer Peltz

                Associated Press

                Tuesday Oct 23, 2012


                NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is poised to spend $500,000 of his personal fortune on gay marriage campaigns in Maine, Minnesota and Washington state, he said Monday, following up on a major political spending push the billionaire businessman-turned-politician announced last week.





                US: Equal marriage opponent leader downplays ‘deserving of death’ comment by pastor

                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                25 October 2012, 12:07am


                The leader of the group in opposition to equal marriage becoming legal in the state of Maryland, downplayed a pastor’s reading from a scripture which said gay people were “deserving of death”.





                Video: Google promotes equal marriage video ahead of ballots

                by Scott Roberts
                26 October 2012, 7:44pm


                Google is raising awareness of the equal marriage public ballots that are due to take place in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington next month with a new campaign video featuring its staff.






                DOJ asks Supreme Court to prioritize Windsor’s DOMA challenge

                By Chris Johnson
                Washington Blade


                The Obama administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to make the case of an 83-year-old New York lesbian who had to pay $363,000 in estate taxes its highest priority among the pending lawsuits challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.


                In an 11-page supplemental brief filed on Friday, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli writes that the case of Windsor v. United States — which recently led the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals to conclude DOMA is unconstitutional — should take precedence among other pending lawsuits challenging the anti-gay law.



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                  by Steve Weinstein

                  EDGE Editor-In-Chief

                  Wednesday Nov 7, 2012

                  If tonight proves anything, it’s that American voters have definitely, decidedly and determinedly rejected the religious right on the subject of same-sex marriage.

                  Adding to the big victory in Maine, where voters reversed themselves and approved same-sex marriage was the vote in Maryland.




                  Preaching to the ‘Moveable Middle’: Bishop Gene Robinson on Marriage Equality and the Election

                  An interview with Bishop Gene Robinson

                  By Candace Chellew-Hodge

                  When Gene Robinson became the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, he wore a bulletproof vest under his vestments during his ordination service. Robinson was the first openly gay person to be elected as a bishop within the Episcopal Church, and his ordination became a touchstone in the battle for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people within both the Church and larger society.




                  France unveils same-sex marriage bill

                  by Scott Roberts
                  7 November 2012, 4:16pm

                  French President Francois Hollande’s government has approved a bill to legalise equal marriage and allow gay couples to adopt.




                  Spanish court protects equal marriage law

                  by Scott Roberts
                  6 November 2012, 7:52pm

                  Spain’s Constitutional Court has upheld the country’s seven-year-long equal marriage law.




                  Civil partnership defeat for Slovakia

                  by Scott Roberts
                  6 November 2012, 4:59pm

                  Lawmakers in Slovakia, an EU member state, have rejected plans by the country’s opposition party to legalise civil partnerships for gay couples.




                  Gay-Marriage Backers End Losing Streak, Look Ahead

                  by David Crary

                  Associated Press

                  Thursday Nov 8, 2012

                  NEW YORK - For years, foes of same-sex marriage had a potent talking point: They’d won every time the issue went to a popular vote. That winning streak has now been shattered in a multi-state electoral sweep by gay marriage supporters - a historic tipping point likely to influence other states and possibly even the Supreme Court.




                  Vatican Digs In After Gay Marriage Advances

                  by Nicole Winfield

                  Associated Press

                  Saturday Nov 10, 2012

                  VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is digging in after gay marriage initiatives scored big wins this week in the U.S. and Europe, vowing to never stop insisting that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.




                  Liberia: Christians and Muslims unite to campaign against equal marriage

                  by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                  11 November 2012, 1:49am

                  Several hundred people from the Christian and Muslim faiths, and from civil society organisations, gathered in Monrovia, Liberia to mark the start of a campaign to press the government into banning equal marriage.




                  [Called Out Editors’ Note – We pass on some articles just to show the violence of the language being used against us.  This is one such article.]

                  Video: Tony Perkins: Same-sex marriage is tearing America apart

                  by Scott Roberts
                  9 November 2012, 10:59pm

                  The firebrand media opponents of gay rights have been taking to the airwaves to denounce Tuesday’s historic equal marriage victories in several US states.




                  Analysis: A new dawn for LGBT America

                  by Scott Roberts
                  8 November 2012, 9:40pm

                  After an extraordinary US election result with voters in three states passing equal marriage rights for gay couples, Scott Roberts sums up the highlights of an incredible week for America.




                  Study: Same-sex weddings in three US states could increase spending by $166 million

                  by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                  12 November 2012, 7:56pm

                  A US think-tank has predicted that, as a result of the three new states which legalised equal marriage last week, large amounts of new spending will be generated.




                  Same-sex unions gain support in U.S. elections

                  A UMNS Report
                  By Kathy L. Gilbert*

                  3:00 P.M. ET Nov. 16, 2012


                  Maine, Maryland and Washington approved same sex marriage at the ballot box. Minnesota reject an amendment that would have defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. UMNS photo illustrations by Kathleen Barry. View in Photo Gallery

                  United Methodists have been grappling with acceptance of same-sex marriage for decades and many United Methodists were on both sides of the issue in the voting booth Nov. 6 as the vote in four states indicated support for same-sex unions.




                  Some Minn. Lawmakers Face Gay Marriage Conflict

                  Associated Press

                  Wednesday Nov 14, 2012

                  ST. PAUL, Minn. - More valuable than any poll, Minnesota lawmakers got a strong pulse of their constituents this week on gay marriage through district-by-district, town-by-town results of a vote that rejected a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

                  It will give some legislators cover and others concern should new legislative fronts open in the gay rights debate, including an all-out push for legalization of gay marriage.




                  Uruguay Congress Considers Same-Sex Marriage Law

                  by Pablo Fernandez

                  Associated Press

                  Thursday Nov 15, 2012

                  MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Uruguay’s congress is considering a gay marriage law that would give same-sex couples all the same rights and responsibilities of heterosexual married couples.

                  The country already has a civil unions law and has stood out in Latin America lately for legalizing abortion and planning to sell government-grown marijuana to any citizen who wants it.




                  Attorney Boies Discusses Prop 8 options

                  by Chris Carson

                  Bay Area Reporter

                  Saturday Nov 17, 2012

                  The excitement of the presidential election is passed; it is time for Washington, D.C. to get back to work. At the top of the schedule is a conference of the Supreme Court justices on November 30, where they will discuss whether to take cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act and the federal challenge to Proposition 8.

                  The justices had indicated they would consider the marriage cases next week, but on Tuesday said that they would be on the conference schedule at the end of the month.




                  Anti-Gay Marriage Marchers Take to French Streets

                  Associated Press

                  Monday Nov 19, 2012

                  PARIS - Groups opposed to President Francois Hollande’s plans to legalize gay marriage and gay adoptions took to the streets Saturday across France.

                  Hollande said he would enact his "marriage for everyone" plan within a year of coming to power in May, but vocal opposition from religious leaders, some politicians and parts of rural France has divided the country.




                  No Father, The Gay Sky Isn’t Falling

                  By Jay Michaelson


                  If we’re going to legalize alcohol, why not legalize crack cocaine?

                  If boxing is a legal sport, why not fights to the death with chainsaws?

                  And if same-sex marriage is recognized by law, why not polygamy and polyandry?

                  This is the desperate reasoning one hears from Catholic Church spokesmen [sic] these days, affirming the Vatican’s staunch opposition to civil same-sex marriage. Quoth Fr. Federico Lombardi, Director of the Vatican Television Centre (if we watch television, why not also visit strip clubs?):

                  It is a question of admitting that a husband and a wife are publicly recognized as such; and that children w

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                    David Cameron: We haven’t made it clear enough that churches won’t be forced to marry gay couples

                    by PinkNews.co.uk Staff Writer
                    7 January 2013, 11:28am

                    David Cameron has reaffirmed his commitment to same-sex marriage but said that the Government hasn’t communicated the changes very well to those who fear changes being imposed on churches.




                    Primate of Kenya warns Church of England against ordaining gay bishops

                    by Scott Roberts
                    7 January 2013, 11:11am

                    The leader of a global group of traditional Anglicans in Kenya has condemned the Church of England for dropping its prohibition on gay clergy becoming bishops, providing they are in celibate or in celibate civil partne




                    Mario Monti: Decision on Italian marriage equality should be made by parliament

                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                    6 January 2013, 4:38pm

                    The Italian Premier, Mario Monti, who is backed by the Vatican for his re-election bid, has said that gay rights issues, including marriage equality, should be decided by parliament, not his governement, if he is successful.




                    Chile: Marriage equality becomes a key issue in presidential debates

                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                    6 January 2013, 1:11am

                    The issue of marriage equality became majorly divisive during the first televised debate between two potential presidential nominees for the Chilean Christian Democrat party.




                    France: A majority of French people would like a referendum on equal marriage

                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                    5 January 2013, 1:17am

                    A new survey has revealed that more than two thirds of French people would like a referendum on marriage equality and adoption rights for same-sex couples.




                    Italy’s Prime Minister: Gay Marriage Up to Parliament

                    Associated Press

                    Monday Jan 7, 2013

                    Italian Premier Mario Monti, who is being backed by the Vatican in his bid for re-election, says gay rights issues - including gay marriage -should be decided by Parliament, not his government if he wins.




                    Court to Hear 2 Days of Arguments on Gay Marriage

                    Associated Press

                    Monday Jan 7, 2013

                    The Supreme Court says it will hear two days’ worth of arguments over laws affecting gay marriage during the last week of March.



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                      National Cathedral to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

                      by Brett Zongker

                      Associated Press

                      Wednesday Jan 9, 2013


                      The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages.





                      US: Florida Senate to consider gay ‘domestic partnership’ bill

                      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                      10 January 2013, 12:40am


                      A bill which would allow gay couples to enter into “domestic partnerships,” with a view to extending some marital rights to same-sex couples, was filed in the Florida Senate on Wednesday.





                      Bishop supports Illinois same-sex bill

                      by Heather Hahn

                      A UMNS Report

                      By Heather Hahn*


                      United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck speaks about the importance of “holy conversation” about contentious issues facing The United Methodist Church during its pre-General Conference news briefing in January 2012 at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.


                      “I believe in the institution of marriage as the source of emotional and legal stability and security for families and communities,” wrote Dyck, whose area encompasses the Northern Illinois Annual (regional) Conference.





                      More House Republicans Support DOMA Repeal

                      by Sergio N. Candido

                      South Florida Gay News

                      Friday Jan 11, 2013


                      Another Republican joins the ranks of those supporting a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

                      Rep. Charles Bass of New Hampshire has just become the second House Republican within the last week to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that will be reintroduced in the House next year, according to the Advocate.





                      Ill. GOP Chair Reiterates Support for Same-Sex Marriage

                      by Jason St. Amand

                      Web Producer / Staff Writer

                      Friday Jan 11, 2013


                      The chairman of Illinois’ Republican Party has been under fire from fellow GOPers after he announced he supports marriage equality and urged the state’s conservative lawmakers to do the same. The surprising revelation has some calling for his resignation, Illinois radio station WBEZ 91.5 reports.





                      Poll: Strong support across Europe for equal marriage and adoption – but France divided

                      by Scott Roberts
                      11 January 2013, 12:52pm


                      A majority of people in several European countries believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to get married and adopt children, but in France the public is divided, according to YouGov.





                      Vatican Steps Up Anti Same-Sex Marriage Rhetoric

                      by Nicole Winfield

                      Associated Press

                      Sunday Jan 13, 2013


                      The Vatican is pressing its opposition to gay marriage, insisting Saturday that children should grow up with a father and a mother after Italy’s high court upheld a lower court ruling and granted custody of a child to his gay mother.

                      In its decision Friday, the Court of Cassation said there was no "scientific certainty or experience-based data" to support the father’s claims that the child’s development was being damaged by living with his mother and her female partner. Such an argument was "mere prejudice," the court said.





                      Church of England considering in-church blessings for ‘celibate’ gay couples

                      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                      14 January 2013, 1:40pm


                      Reports have suggested that the Church of England plans to consider allowing gay couples to have their civil partnerships blessed in churches.





                      Monday, January 14, 2013 Social Issues

                      Wendell Berry expounds on gay marriage


                      A Kentucky farmer, essayist, writer and activist, sometimes described as a modern-day Thoreau, criticizes theological strategies used to marginalize gays.


                      By Bob Allen


                      Christian opponents to same-sex marriage want the government to treat homosexuals as a special category of persons subject to discrimination, similar to the way that African-Americans and women were categorized in the past, cultural and economic critic Wendell Berry told Baptist ministers in Kentucky Jan. 11.




                      New Coalition to Push for Gay Marriage in RI

                      Associated Press

                      Monday Jan 14, 2013





                      Survey: Three in five people in Wales support equal marriage

                      by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
                      14 January 2013, 7:18pm


                      A major poll conducted by YouGov for Stonewall Cymru has revealed that three in five people in Wales support government plans to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples.





                      Leading UK evangelist: The bible is inclusive and gay relationships are not sinful

                      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                      15 January 2013, 1:49pm


                      Steve Chalke said he had reevaluated his biblical interpretation of homosexuality (Image: Twitter)

                      A leading evangelical has softened his views on homosexuality, questioning whether Christians could create a “nurturing” and “supportive” environment for gay people.





                      US: Activists apply for unattainable marriage licenses in Southern states to push for equality

                      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                      15 January 2013, 5:58am


                      Gay couples in two North Carolina cities lined up at government counters to ask for marriage licenses they knew would be denied, in an effort to push the US South towards marriage equality, despite opposition being strong.





                      Smallest State is Big Battleground on Gay Marriage

                      by David Klepper

                      Associated Press

                      Tuesday Jan 15, 2013


                      Supporters of same-sex marriage rights plan to assemble at the Rhode Island Statehouse to urge lawmakers to make the smallest state the 10th to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed - and the last to do so in New England.


                      House Speaker Gordon Fox has called a vote on gay marriage legislation in his chamber by month’s end, making Rhode Island the latest state to address an issue whose supporters see things swinging their way after last November’s election.





                      Rhode Island State House prepares for equal marraige vote

                      by Corinne Pinfold
                      15 January 2013, 7:16pm


                      The diminutive American state of Rhode Island is set to stage a debate on whether to legalise equal marriage for same-sex couples, with a vote to be held by the House of Representatives later this month.





                      Video: Hundreds protest against Rhode Island hearings on equal marriage

                      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                      16 January 2013, 3:56pm


                      As Rhode Island held hearings on whether to legalise equal marriage for same-sex couples, hundreds of demonstrators turned out to protest against the potential change at hearings.



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                        By Juan Castillo

                        American-Statesman Staff


                        St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin will bless a same-sex couple next month, possibly becoming the first Episcopal church in Texas to perform the groundbreaking liturgical rite.


                        Located downtown on East Eighth Street, St. David’s is the largest Episcopal church in Austin, and gays and lesbians make up what its rector, the Rev. David Boyd, called a significant number of the church’s roughly 2,500 parishioners.





                        Same-Sex Military Couples Struggle for Recognition

                        by Michael Biesecker

                        Associated Press

                        Sunday Jan 20, 2013


                        Sgt. Karen Alexander fought for her country in Iraq, but back home she often feels the U.S. Army is fighting against her.

                        Married to another female soldier with a 4-year-old son, Alexander is denied the same housing allowance and other family-friendly benefits she would be entitled to if married to a man. As far as Uncle Sam is concerned, she’s still single.





                        Same-sex couples seek Va. marriage licenses

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                        More than a dozen same-sex couples from across the South gathered outside the Arlington County Courthouse on Thursday to apply for marriage licenses.


                        Gays and lesbians from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and North and South Carolina submitted applications to Arlington Circuit Court Clerk Paul Ferguson in the complex’s plaza. A constitutional amendment that Virginia voters approved in 2006 defines marriage as between a man and a woman in the commonwealth, but those who participated in the action described their decision to take part as symbolic.





                        Taiwan: Gay couple withdraw lawsuit against the state for ban on equal marriage

                        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                        23 January 2013, 2:13am


                        A gay couple in Taiwan who filed a lawsuit last year after being rejected in their application for marriage, have said they will withdraw their case tomorrow. 





                        US: Gay civil unions bill passes first vote in Colorado

                        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                        24 January 2013, 1:57am


                        On Wednesday, a bill to legalise civil unions in the US state of Colorado passed its first vote, bring the state one step closer to allowing same-sex unions.





                        Same-sex marriage bill introduced in House of Commons

                        by Scott Roberts
                        24 January 2013, 11:37am


                        The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been introduced in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.





                        Poland Rejects Draft Laws for Unmarried Couples

                        Associated Press

                        Friday Jan 25, 2013


                        Poland’s lawmakers have rejected three separate draft laws that were intended to give legal rights to unmarried couples, including same-sex ones.





                        Britain Introduces Same-Sex Marriage Bill

                        Associated Press

                        Friday Jan 25, 2013


                        The British government published a bill to legalize same-sex marriage Friday, and said lawmakers will get their first vote on it in Parliament next month.


                        The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill extends marriage to gay couples but excludes clergy in the Church of England - the country’s official faith - from having to carry out the ceremonies.





                        New Mexico Legislature to Vote on Gay Marriage Bill

                        by Sergio N. Candido

                        South Florida Gay News

                        Saturday Jan 26, 2013


                        The New Mexico state legislature is set to hear a bill that could make it legal for gay couples to marry in the state.





                        Peter Tatchell: The equal marriage bill is commendable, but flawed

                        by Peter Tatchell
                        26 January 2013, 11:42am


                        While legalising marriage equality is welcome and commendable, the government’s refusal to end discrimination against straight couples in civil partnership law is flawed and wrong. Opposite-sex couples are legally prohibited from having a civil partnership and for no rational reason David Cameron intends to keep it that way.




                        Passage of Marriage Bill in Rhode Island Hinges on Religious Exemptions

                        by Michelle Smith

                        Associated Press

                        Saturday Jan 26, 2013


                        The fate of gay marriage legislation in Rhode Island could hinge on the exemptions it affords religious groups that oppose it, the State Senate president said Friday, a day after the House overwhelmingly passed the bill.


                        Teresa Paiva Weed said she remains opposed to the bill and has heard that the sticking point for many senators is on how broad of a religious exemption is included in the only New England state that doesn’t allow same-sex marriage.





                        French Gay Marriage Bill Presented to Parliament

                        Associated Press

                        Tuesday Jan 29, 2013


                        The French government has presented a divisive plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption to Parliament for debate.





                        HRC-Led Business Coalition Supports DOMA Repeal

                        by Sergio N. Candido

                        South Florida Gay News

                        Tuesday Jan 29, 2013


                        The Human Rights Campaign now counts with a new group of allies: a business coalition made up of companies like Marriott, eBay, and Armani Exchange.


                        The group, comprised of Fortune 500 and brand name companies, has vowed to stand behind the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill which repeals the Defense of Marriage Act and recognizes all marriages for legal purposes, according to the HRC.





                        Sweden: Married Ugandan men victims of ‘lottery’ asylum system

                        by Corinne Pinfold
                        29 January 2013, 6:05pm


                        Two Ugandan men living in Sweden, who claim they are the first gay couple from their country to get married, may be separated once again after a lucky reunion following a decision by the Swedish Migration Board.





                        Zimbabwe: New draft constitution includes equal marriage ban

                        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                        29 January 2013, 5:12pm


                        A new Zimbabwean draft constitution includes a clause banning equal marriage for gay couples, reports suggest.





                        British Catholics Send One Million Anti-Gay Marriage Postcards to Parliament

                        by Sergio N. Candido

                        South Florida Gay News

                        Wednesday Jan 30, 2013


                        British Archbishop Peter Smith said he has distributed one million anti-gay postcards for churchgoers to mail to parliament as part of last resource effort to gain momentum against the bill.





                        Young gay New Zealanders say equal marriage would reduce youth suicides

                        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                        30 January 2013, 4:30pm


                        Young gay men have made submissions to the New Zealand select committee dealing with the equal marriage bill, to say that legalising equal marriage would reduce the number of youth suicides.





                        French Gay Marriage Plans Stir Parenthood Debate

                        by Lori Hinnant

                        Associated Press

                        Thursday Jan 31, 2013


                        The French are all for sex and all for family - so long as you’re having sex to create one. Anything dealing with assisted reproduction makes a sizable portion of them uncomfortable, as the president’s plans to legalize gay marriage have unexpectedly exposed.

                        The debate over whether society and science are overreaching when it comes to parenthood has sent thousands into the streets, turned the bridges over the Seine into billboards and prompted charges that women’s bodies will soon be for rent in a society that still has surprisingly deep conservative roots.





                        Reuters: Major Anti-Gay Marriage Group in Financial Straits

                        by Jason St. Amand

                        Web Producer / Staff Writer

                        Friday Feb 1, 2013


                        A recent Reuters article exposes the financial cracks in ProtectMarriage.com, an anti-marriage equality group that is defending Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court. According to the news agency, the organization is in deep debt and is struggling to raise money to fight that case and to pay off other debts it has accumulated.

                        ProtectMarriage.com "showed a $2 million deficit in its legal fund at the end of 2011, the third year in a row that expenses exceeded donations, federal tax records show," the article says. ProjectMarriage.com has been spearheading the court fight to overturn a federal appeals court judge who ruled that the referendum, passed by California voters in 2008 to ban same-sex marriages in California, was not valid.





                        Polish MP opposes equal marriage because ‘gays are no use whatsoever to society’

                        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                        1 February 2013, 1:40pm


                        An Member of Parliament for the right-wing Polish opposition party has made homophobic remarks in a speech at a recent debate around the legalisation of equal marriage in the country.





                        Wyoming fails to pass domestic partnership rights for gay couples

                        by Scott Roberts
                        31 January 2013, 3:59pm


                        A bill to extend domestic partnership rights to gay couples in the US state of Wyoming has been defeated.

                        The Republican-controlled house in Cheyenne voted down a bill on Wednesday night that would have given same-sex couples the same legal rights as heterosexuals.





                        LGBT people in French Polynesia follow French equal marriage and adoption debates

                        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                        30 January 2013, 11:30pm


                        Now that the debate on France’s equal marriage and adoption law has gone before parliament, French Polynesia has begun watching the early stages closely.





                        French General Assembly votes to make same-sex marriage legal

                        by PinkNews.co.uk Staff Writer
                        2 February 2013, 12:14pm


                        The French National Assembly, the lower house of France’s Parliament has voted in favour of making same-sex marriage legal.





                        US: Mayor holds ‘wedding’ for 13 gay couples to protest against proposed equal marriage ban

                        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                        1 February 2013, 2:23pm


                        The mayor of a city in the US state of Indiana has conducted a symbolic wedding for over a dozen gay and lesbian couples in protest to a proposed ban on civil unions and equal marriage.





                        Illinois: Gay Marriage Vote Very Likely

                        Associated Press

                        Tuesday Feb 5, 2013


                        Legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois is expected to come up in a Senate committee meeting Tuesday and could see a floor vote on Valentine’s Day.





                        British Lawmakers Vote in Favor of Gay Marriage

                        by Sylvia Hui

                        Associated Press

                        Tuesday Feb 5, 2013


                        British lawmakers on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage championed by Prime Minister David Cameron, despite stronger-than-expected opposition from within his Conservative Party.


                        In a first House of Commons vote, lawmakers voted 400 to 175 in support of the legislation. There was strong support from the left-leaning Labour Party and Liberal Democrats party, but many Conservatives rejected the proposals.





                        Families First to Grant Domestic Partnerships to Florida Citizens

                        by Steffany Skelley Gilmer

                        EDGE Contributor

                        Wednesday Feb 6, 2013


                        LGBT citizens may soon find Florida to be a friendlier state, thanks to State Senator Eleanor Sobel (D). On January 9, Sobel filed a statewide bill appropriately nicknamed the "Families First" bill that would allow Florida citizens to enter into domestic partnerships.





                        British House of Commons Approves Gay Marriage

                        Luke Macgregor/Reuters

                        By JOHN F. BURNS and ALAN COWELL
                        Published: February 5, 2013


                        LONDON — The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Britain, indicating that the bill is assured of passage as it moves through further legislative stages.





                        Alice Arnold: I will marry Clare Balding rather than ‘marrying’ her only in inverted commas

                        by Corinne Pinfold
                        6 February 2013, 11:21pm


                        Former Radio 4 presenter Alice Arnold has spoken of her plans to marry her civil partner, TV presenter and journalist Clare Balding, in the wake of the House of Commons vote on equal marriage.


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                          MN Gov Dayton Endorses Gay Marriage in State of State Address 2-6-2013


                          While most of Dayton’s speech focused on the budget, his brief mention of support for same-sex marriage marked a step forward for that issue’s prospects at the Capitol. Dayton has previously supported same-sex marriage but had been reluctant to endorse a planned legislative push on the issue in 2013.


                          Dayton stopped short of definitively demanding a gay marriage bill on his desk this year. But after the speech, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk — who also had been tentative about a gay marriage push in the Legislature this year — said a bill could start moving at the Capitol in April, after lawmakers finish the budget. Bakk also said he would vote to legalize gay marriage if it gets to the Senate floor.





                          Freedom to Marry pledges $2 million for state marriage campaigns

                          February 7, 2013

                          By Michael K. Lavers on February 7, 2013


                          Freedom to Marry on Thursday announced it hopes to raise $2 million for various state same-sex marriage campaigns around the country this year.

                          The group said it will invest an initial $800,000 through the “Win More States Fund” to groups in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey and Rhode Island fighting to allow gays and lesbians to tie knot.





                          Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury warns that equal marriage supporters are ‘on wrong side of eternity’

                          by Corinne Pinfold
                          11 February 2013, 12:42pm


                          The Right Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, has once again preached an attack on the government’s equal marriage bill, less than a week after it was supported by MPs in the House of Commons.





                          House of Lords may stage an anti-equal marriage rebellion

                          by Corinne Pinfold
                          11 February 2013, 12:33pm


                          More than half the Conservatives in the House of Lords are planning to vote against the same-sex marriage bill alongside “dozens” of Labour and Liberal Democrat peers, according to the Telegraph.





                          [Called Out Editors’ note – Really?  What age specifically?  We’re past our teens by more than a little bit and we haven’t grown out of it yet.]

                          Tory MP: Same-sex marriage will damage youth who will grow out of a ‘normal gay phase’

                          by PinkNews.co.uk Staff Writer
                          10 February 2013, 2:56pm


                          Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling, Sir John Stanley, has claimed that homosexuality is a ‘normal phase’ for youngsters before become heterosexual in later life.





                          Anti-gay group targets National Cathedral over gay marriage

                          February 11, 2013

                          By Lou Chibbaro Jr. on February 11, 2013


                          An organization started by religious right figure Ralph Reed is circulating an online petition demanding that the federal government halt all “current or future” funds for the Washington National Cathedral because of its recent decision to perform same-sex weddings.


                          In a statement released on Friday, the Faith and Freedom Coalition noted that in recent years the National Cathedral has received a $700,000 grant from the National Park Service’s “Save America’s Treasure’s” program, which funds efforts to preserve and maintain historic buildings.


                          “With this policy change, taxpayers are being asked to subsidize gay marriage ceremonies for a church that can readily access millions of their own,” the group said in its statement.





                          Marriage equality supporters seek to repeal Oregon’s ban on gay marriage

                          By JONATHAN J. COOPER
                          Associated Press


                          SALEM, Ore. — Supporters of same-sex marriage said Monday they’re aiming at a vote next year to reverse Oregon’s ban on gay marriage, which was approved in 2004.


                          The state’s leading gay-rights group, Basic Rights Oregon, said it’s formed a campaign organization to get a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot. The group will need to collect at least 116,000 valid signatures.





                          French Assembly Passes Gay Marriage, Adoption Bill

                          Associated Press

                          Tuesday Feb 12, 2013


                          France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday approved a sweeping bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children, handing a major legislative victory to President Francois Hollande’s Socialists on a divisive social issue.





                          Gay Marriage Backers Plan Oregon Vote in ’14 to Reverse Ban

                          by Jonathan J. Cooper

                          Associated Press

                          Tuesday Feb 12, 2013


                          Supporters of same-sex marriage said Monday they’re aiming at a vote next year to reverse Oregon’s ban on gay marriage, which was approved in 2004.

                          The state’s leading gay-rights group, Basic Rights Oregon, said it has formed a campaign organization to get a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot. The group will need to collect at least 116,000 valid signatures.





                          French National Assembly approves equal marriage bill

                          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                          12 February 2013, 4:20pm


                          The French National Assembly approved the country's equal marriage bill (Image: James Cridland)

                          France took a step closer to legalising equal marriage and adoptions for same sex couples, as its National Assembly approved a bill to do so, during its second reading today.





                          Update: Cincinnati teacher sacked for refusing to recant statement supporting equal marriage

                          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                          11 February 2013, 5:06pm


                          The Assistant Principal at a Catholic school in Cincinnati has been sacked, for refusing to recant statements he made in support of equal marriage for gay people.





                          US: Mayor of Atlanta admits that he was ‘wrong’ to oppose equal marriage in the past

                          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                          13 February 2013, 4:29pm


                          The Mayor of Atlanta, who recently announced he had changed his stance to support equal marriage, has said he feels he “was wrong” to have opposed equal marriage in the past, in favour of civil unions.





                          Illinois Senate Passes Marriage Bill

                          by Sara Burnett

                          Associated Press

                          Thursday Feb 14, 2013


                          Illinois moved closer Thursday to becoming the 10th state in the nation where same-sex couples can legally wed, after the Senate voted to lift a ban on gay marriage.





                          Associated Press reaffirms that gay married couples are ‘partners’ rather than ‘husbands’ and ‘wives’ in face of criticism

                          by Corinne Pinfold
                          15 February 2013, 5:44pm


                          A spokesman for the Associated Press (AP), the foremost authority on journalistic style and standards, has reaffirmed that it will be sticking to guidelines published on 11 February that state reporters should “generally” not refer to same-sex married couples as “husbands” or “wives”.





                          US: Illinois Senate passes equal marriage in Valentine’s Day vote

                          by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                          14 February 2013, 9:23pm


                          Updated 10:44pm - The Illinois Senate has approved a bill to legalise same-sex marriage – although it still has to pass the House before it becomes law.





                          Thailand: Public hearings on civil unions begin

                          by Corinne Pinfold
                          13 February 2013, 7:01pm


                          A series of public hearings held by a joint team of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department and the House committee on Legal Affairs, Justice and Human Rights - began in Thailand last week.





                          Same-Sex Marriage/Civil Union Bills Filed In Legislature

                          By Joey Palacios


                          As some states across the U.S. approve same-sex marriage by voters or legislatures, many are asking when conservative Texas will move forward on the issue. Several lawmakers filed bills this week that can be seen at least symbolic victories of progress.


                          In 2005, Texas voters approved a ban on same-sex partnerships, marriages and civil unions with 76 percent approving the ban. The resolution was known was Proposition II.  A couple years before that, in 2003, a bill by former state Sen. Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio passed the legislature altering the Texas Family Code limiting the union to one man and one woman; what was known as the Texas Defense of Marriage Act.



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                            Poll: 92% of Nigerians support proposed bill to criminalise same-sex marriage

                            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                            20 June 2013, 7:05pm


                            The poll found that 92% of respondents agreed with the bill to ban equal marriage

                            A new poll has found that 92% of Nigerians are in support of a proposed bill to make same-sex marriages punishable with 14 year prison sentences.





                            US Supreme Court Justice says the court should not rule on ‘moral’ issues like equal marriage

                            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                            22 June 2013, 5:37pm


                            Less than a week until the US Supreme Court is expected to make rulings in two key equal marriage cases, one of its justices has spoken out to say the court should not be ruling on such an issue.






                            U.S. High Court Rulings Impact Same-Sex United Methodist Couples

                            by Heather Hahn

                            June 26, 2013


                            A UMNS Report


                            The full ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings Wednesday, June 26, on same-sex marriage still are being hashed out.

                            But on one thing many United Methodists agree: The decisions will add fuel to a longtime denominational debate on how the church ministers to gays and lesbians.


                            In the case Windsor v. United States, a 5-4 majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy ruled Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, arguing that it is a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons as protected by the Fifth Amendment.





                            DOMA, SCOTUS and You

                            by Joey Reed

                            June 26, 2013


                            Today (June 26), the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declared unconstitutional sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).


                            You likely have an opinion.


                            I do, too. I’d like our opinions to meet, have coffee, and learn from each other.


                            Here’s mine. The ruling of the Supreme Court makes perfect sense if you understand that the Constitution is the operative document.

                            The ruling of the Supreme Court makes no sense if you think that the Constitution is based on Scripture as the operative document.





                            Same-Sex-Marriage Fight Shifts Back To States

                            June 26, 2013 7:11 PM


                            The dual victories the Supreme Court to gay-marriage supporters Wednesday seemed to temporarily shift the focus of the fight from Washington to the states.


                            For instance, one of the more notable reactions to the Supreme Court decisions overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and upholding a lower court ruling that blocked California's Proposition 8 from taking effect came from the American Civil Liberties Union.





                            After DOMA: What's Next For Gay Married Couples

                            June 26, 201311:52 AM


                            The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Wednesday to is a monumental victory for advocates of same-sex marriage.


                            But what happens now that the 1996 federal law that confines marriage to a man and a woman has been declared unconstitutional?


                            Will federal benefits flow only to same-sex married couples living in states that recognize their unions?


                            What about same-sex spouses who are legally married but living in states that ban such unions?





                            How The End Of DOMA Will Affect Obamacare, Federal Employees

                            by Joe Neel

                            June 26, 2013 5:19 PM


                            The Supreme Court's that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional will not only make a big difference in health benefits for some federal employees, it could also affect people who will be newly eligible for Obamacare beginning next year.


                            For lower-income people seeking coverage under Obamacare, marriage may not provide a financial advantage, tax experts say.


                            Once the dust settles and new policies can be drawn up, federal employees in same-sex marriages will be able to enroll their partners in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan. The Obama administration has extended several benefits to gay employees in recent years, but was prohibited by DOMA from providing FEHBP coverage.





                            Justice Kennedy At Center Of Gay Rights Decisions For A Decade

                            June 26, 2013 2:33 PM


                            Ten years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas "" law that criminalized some sexual acts.


                            Today, on the anniversary of that decision, the high court that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.


                            At the center of those landmark decisions has been Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the court's majority opinions in both.





                            Supreme Court Strikes Down the Defense of Marriage Act

                            by Mark Sherman

                            Associated Press

                            Wednesday Jun 26, 2013


                            In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

                            The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits.



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                              Federal Marriage Benefits? Not for Everyone

                              by Stephen Ohlemacher

                              Associated Press

                              Sunday Jun 30, 2013


                              Like other married couples, same-sex couples are about to learn that federal benefits for being married might not be all they’re cracked up to be.

                              Social Security benefits for spouses can be generous, but only for couples with big disparities in their incomes. Taxes are a decidedly mixed bag, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions for the Internal Revenue Service.

                              Many middle-income couples should get welcome tax breaks now that they can change their filing status from "single" to "married filing jointly." The biggest benefits will go to couples in which one spouse makes more money than the other.





                              Tax Benefits and Penalties of Marriage

                              Associated Press

                              Sunday Jun 30, 2013


                              The Supreme Court has struck down part of a law that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples who were married in states that recognize their unions. The tax benefits of being married, however, are a mixed bag.





                              Prop 8 supporters accuse court of ‘lawlessness’ for allowing resume of same-sex weddings

                              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                              29 June 2013, 5:26pm


                              Supporters of the now defunct Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in the US state of California, have claimed that the courts have acted in a “lawless” way, following the resume of same-sex weddings in the state.





                              US: Court gives green light to allow same-sex weddings to resume immediately in California

                              by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                              29 June 2013, 1:15am


                              Same-sex couples wishing to marry in the US state of California have been pleasantly surprised, as a crucial stay has been lifted, meaning the state can immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.





                              Supreme Court rules on same-sex cases

                              Rulings do not change UMC definition of marriage

                              by Heather Hahn on July 01, 2013


                              (UMNS) — The full ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings June 26 on same-sex marriage are being hashed out. But the rulings already are winning praise from some United Methodists even as they trouble others.


                              Decisions will likely add fuel to a long-time denominational debate.


                              On one thing many United Methodists agree: The decisions will likely add fuel to a long-time denominational debate on how the church ministers to gays and lesbians.





                              Judge: Trial Possible on Mich. Gay Marriage Ban

                              by Ed White

                              Associated Press

                              Tuesday Jul 2, 2013


                              DETROIT -- A judge signaled Monday that a trial is possible to determine whether Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is constitutional, nearly nine years after voters approved it by a wide margin.


                              U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by nurses Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, who are challenging a law that bars them from adopting each other’s children as well as a 2004 constitutional amendment that defines marriage only as between a man and a woman.





                              New Poll: Marriage Equality Support at Record High in Wake of SCOTUS Ruling

                              by Jason St. Amand

                              National News Editor

                              Tuesday Jul 2, 2013


                              According to a new USA Today poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage - a record high, which comes after the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.


                              "By an unprecedented 55 percent to 40 percent, Americans say marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights of traditional marriage," USA Today writes. "That’s the highest level of support since Gallup began asking the question in 1996. Then, fewer than half that number, 27 percent, backed the idea."



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                                Same-Sex Ruling has Employers Tweaking Benefits

                                by Sam Hananel

                                Associated Press

                                Friday Jul 5, 2013


                                The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage has private employers around the country scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law.


                                The impact of the decision striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is clear in the 13 states and the District of Columbia where gay marriage is currently legal, or soon will be: Same-sex married couples must be treated the same as other spouses under federal laws governing tax, health care, pensions and other federal benefits.




                                ACLU Sues State of Montana Over Benefits for Gay Couples

                                Associated Press

                                Tuesday Jul 16, 2013


                                A civil rights organization filed a new lawsuit against the state Monday on behalf of seven gay couples in an attempt to win for them the same benefits that married couples receive in Montana.

                                The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed its amended complaint after the state Supreme Court rejected its first lawsuit in December for being too broad and not identifying specific laws that are discriminatory.




                                Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn Ark. Gay Marriage Ban

                                by Chuck Bartels

                                Associated Press

                                Tuesday Jul 16, 2013


                                Three gay couples filed a federal lawsuit Monday that seeks to overturn a 2004 Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage.


                                Two of the couples applied to get married in Pulaski County and were turned down. One couple was legally married in New York but "are treated as legal strangers in their home state of Arkansas," according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Jack Wagoner III of Little Rock.




                                Equal marriage bill passes final House of Commons stage and will receive Royal Assent

                                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                16 July 2013, 9:21pm


                                The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has once again been passed in the House of Commons, and will soon will be given Royal Assent to become law.




                                Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage

                                Associated Press

                                Wednesday Jul 17, 2013


                                Britain on Wednesday legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.

                                Lawmakers cheered as House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said royal assent had been given - one day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.

                                The queen’s approval was a formality and is the last step necessary for a bill to become law.




                                Gay Marriage Supporters Launch $2 Million Illinois Campaign

                                Associated Press

                                Wednesday Jul 17, 2013


                                Gay-marriage supporters are launching a $2 million statewide campaign to approve same-sex marriage in Illinois.

                                Illinois Unites for Marriage is a coalition representing gay rights, civil rights and political groups.




                                Tory MP Mike Freer: If gay people pay the same contributions, their pension rights must be the same

                                by Scott Roberts
                                17 July 2013, 7:23pm


                                Conservative MP Mike Freer raised the issue of pensions inequality during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage Commons debate and said it was right to settle the discrepancy “whatever the cost”.




                                Gay Marriage: Britain, France in Surprise Contrast

                                by Angela Charlton and Gregory Katz

                                Associated Press

                                Wednesday Jul 17, 2013


                                The French like to make fun of the British, joking about their repressed ways in matters of the heart. But when it came time to debate same-sex marriage, it was France that betrayed a deep conservative streak in sometimes violent protests - while the British showed themselves to be modern and tolerant.

                                With little fanfare or controversy, Britain announced Wednesday that Queen Elizabeth II - hardly a social radical - had signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in England and Wales. France has also legalized gay marriages, but only after a series of gigantic protests attracting families from the traditional heartland that revealed a deeply split society.




                                Equality Network calls on Scotland to legalise equal marriage following England & Wales Royal Assent

                                by Scott Roberts
                                17 July 2013, 3:13pm


                                Scottish campaigners have welcomed Wednesday’s Royal Assent of the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, and are using it to redouble their efforts to achieve marriage equality in Scotland.




                                Equal marriage bill for England and Wales given Royal Assent and is now law

                                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                17 July 2013, 2:18pm


                                The equal marriage bill for England and Wales was today given Royal Assent, and is now officially law.




                                N.Y. official pushes feds to recognize same-sex marriages

                                MICHAEL GORMLEY | Associated Press

                                Friday, July 19, 2013


                                ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is using the power of the state’s $160 billion pension system to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies and programs around the country to recognize gay marriages performed in New York.


                                DiNapoli’s idea is to adopt a “place of celebration” standard in federal government, meaning gay marriages that take place in New York would be recognized even in states that do not permit them. It could be a big push in DiNapoli’s effort to get major companies that do business with the state pension fund to adopt anti-discrimination measures when providing benefits for gay couples.




                                For some Minnesota Methodists, a same-sex marriage conundrum on Aug. 1

                                by Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio

                                July 22, 2013


                                MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's new marriage law goes into effect Aug. 1, creating new urgency for many faith communities about whether they will perform such weddings, particularly those that have been wrestling with how to address sexual orientation for decades.


                                Among those torn over the issue are Methodists, who have a unique history on the matter in Minnesota -- as retired pastor Roger Lynn would surely testify.




                                Same-sex marriage in Minnesota: A cross-section of faith communities' approaches

                                by Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio,
                                Mike Cronin, Minnesota Public Radio

                                July 22, 2013


                                ST. PAUL, Minn. — Same-sex couples can legally wed in Minnesota on Aug. 1. Marriage in the eyes of the state's many faith communities, however, is a different matter.


                                Reactions from Minnesota religious organizations -- and sometimes from within those organizations -- vary widely.




                                NY Official Pushes Feds to Recognize Gay Marriages

                                by Michael Gormley

                                Associated Press

                                Friday Jul 19, 2013


                                New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is using the power of the state’s $160 billion pension system to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies and programs around the country to recognize gay marriages performed in New York.


                                DiNapoli’s idea is to adopt a "place of celebration" standard in federal government, meaning that gay marriages that take place in New York would be recognized even in states that do not permit them. It could be a big push in DiNapoli’s effort to get major companies that do business with the state pension fund to adopt anti-discrimination measures when providing benefits for gay couples.




                                Minnesota Gay Couples Await Guidance on Income Taxes

                                Associated Press

                                Friday Jul 19, 2013


                                Minnesota gay couples preparing to get married after it becomes legal next month will have to wait a bit longer for guidance on their income taxes.




                                San Diego County Clerk Seeks End to Gay Marriages

                                by Paul Elias

                                Associated Press

                                Saturday Jul 20, 2013


                                SAN FRANCISCO - The San Diego County clerk has asked the state Supreme Court to stop gay marriages.

                                Ernest Dronenburg Jr. urged the state high court to immediately halt same-sex weddings while it considers his legal arguments that gay marriages remain illegal in California despite a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision widely regarded as authorizing gay weddings.




                                Ohio Men Challenge State Law Denying Gay Marriage

                                Associated Press

                                Saturday Jul 20, 2013


                                CINCINNATI - Two Ohio men have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Ohio violates the U.S Constitution by denying legal recognition to same-sex couples married in states where gay marriage is legal.

                                James Obergefell and John Arthur of Cincinnati filed the lawsuit Friday in Cincinnati against Ohio’s governor, attorney general and the Cincinnati health department registrar who files death certificates.




                                Minn. Churches Prepare for Gay Wedding Decisions

                                Associated Press

                                Monday Jul 22, 2013


                                Minnesota’s new law allowing gay marriage takes effect Aug. 1, but one former United Methodist minister with a long history of support for the issue won’t be able to publicly preside over any same-sex weddings.


                                Roger Lynn, a retired United Methodist pastor, performed a wedding ceremony in 1971 for two Minneapolis men, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, whose legal fight to be allowed to marry was among the nation’s first. Lynn’s role in the ceremony caused ruffles in the larger United Methodist community, and a year later its General Conference passed a resolution defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.




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                                US: Democratic West Virginia Representative backs anti-equal marriage federal ban

                                by Scott Roberts
                                19 July 2013, 7:08pm


                                A Democratic lawmaker is joining dozens of Republicans who want to ban same-sex marriages in the US Constitution – even though there efforts are unlikely to succeed.




                                US: City measure introduced to allow same-sex married couples full marriage benefits

                                by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                19 July 2013, 4:39pm


                                A measure has been introduced in the city of Richmond, Virginia which would allow employees of the city in same-sex marriages to receive the same benefits as straight married couples.



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                                  Judge Rules for Ohio Men’s Same-Sex Marriage

                                  Associated Press

                                  Tuesday Jul 23, 2013


                                  A federal judge has ruled in favor of two Ohio men who want their out-of-state marriage recognized as one of them nears death, a case that’s seen as encouraging for same-sex marriage supporters in the state.




                                  NM Attorney General Not Defending Gay Marriage Ban

                                  by Barry Massey

                                  Associated Press

                                  Tuesday Jul 23, 2013


                                  New Mexico Attorney General Gary King told the state’s highest court on Monday that a prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.


                                  In written arguments filed with the court, King said the justices should invalidate the state’s ban on gay marriage if they agree to resolve the issue in a lawsuit filed by two Santa Fe men who were denied a marriage license.




                                  Mo. Court Seeks More Input on Gay Death Benefits

                                  Associated Press

                                  Tuesday Jul 23, 2013


                                  A U.S. Supreme Court decision about federal benefits for gay couples has prompted the Missouri Supreme Court to take a second look at a pending case.




                                  NY to Refund Gay Couples Forced to Pay Estate Tax

                                  by Michael Gormley

                                  Associated Press

                                  Tuesday Jul 23, 2013


                                  Same-sex spouses forced to pay high New York estate taxes upon the death of their partner will get refunds from the state.

                                  Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the refunds are being issued as a result of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA.




                                  Archbishop of Kenya warns Justin Welby against supporting civil partnerships

                                  by Scott Roberts
                                  23 July 2013, 1:28pm


                                  The Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabukala, has criticised the Archbishops of Canterbury and York because he feels they are softening their position on same-sex civil partnerships.




                                  Ky. Couple Challenges Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

                                  by Brett Barrouquere

                                  Associated Press

                                  Friday Jul 26, 2013


                                  A Louisville couple challenged Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriages, saying Friday that the state isn’t treating them and other same-sex couples on equal footing with other married couples.


                                  Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon, both 55, are asking a federal judge in Louisville to require the state to recognize valid unions from other states and countries.




                                  Federal Judge Orders Ohio Officials to Recognize Same-Sex Couple’s Marriage

                                  by Justin Snow

                                  Metro Weekly

                                  Saturday Jul 27, 2013


                                  A federal judge Monday ordered Ohio officials to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple wed in Maryland on the death certificate of one of the two men currently in hospice care.


                                  Timothy Black.jpgU.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black wrote in Monday’s order that despite Ohio’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, "Ohio law has historically and unambiguously provided that the validity of a marriage is determined by whether it complies with the law of the jurisdiction where it was celebrated."




                                  July 27, 2013 9:05AM

                                  New Challenges to Gay Marriage Bans From Within States & Denominations

                                  Post by Candace Chellew-Hodge


                                  Don't look now but the marriage equality snowball is gaining momentum. Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act allowing legally wed gay and lesbian couples access to the federal rights and responsibilities of marriage, LGBT rights groups have wasted no time using the momentum to push for more changes.


                                  Couples in states like Kentucky, Virginia, Arkansas and Pennsylvania have filed lawsuits challenging those states' laws against marriage equality.




                                  Gay Marriage Court Win In Ohio May Spawn New Suits

                                  by Amanda Lee Myers

                                  Associated Press

                                  Saturday Jul 27, 2013


                                  Two gay men who successfully sued to get their out-of-state marriage recognized in Ohio despite a state ban are at the forefront of what supporters and experts believe will be a rush of similar lawsuits aiming to take advantage of an apparent legal loophole.

                                  John Arthur of Cincinnati, who is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, won the right to be listed as married on his death certificate and to have his partner of more than 20 years listed as his surviving spouse.




                                  Lawmakers to Revive Gay Marriage Debate in Neb.

                                  by Grant Schulte

                                  Associated Press

                                  Monday Jul 29, 2013


                                  Nebraska lawmakers will revive a gay marriage debate later this year, with a hearing that could lead to a proposed ballot measure on the issue.


                                  The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will convene on Oct. 4 to review Nebraska’s constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.




                                  Nigeria Denies Will Allow Gay Married Diplomats

                                  Associated Press

                                  Monday Jul 29, 2013


                                  Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is denying reports the minister said he would allow gay married diplomats to be accredited.




                                  Mexico: State of Colima legalises civil unions for same-sex couples


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                                    Uruguay’s Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect

                                    Monday Aug 5, 2013


                                    As reported in BBC News, today Rodrigo Borda and Sergio Miranda became the first same-sex couple to register to marry in Uruguay, just hours after the law legalizing gay took effect in the country. The couple plans to marry in September.


                                    The marriage equality bill, which passed by overwhelming majorities in both houses of the legislature last April and was signed into law by President José Mujica in May, makes Uruguay the second country in Latin America to offer full marriage rights to all of its citizens.




                                    Ill. Governor Says Wis. Should Legalize Gay Marriage

                                    Associated Press

                                    Monday Aug 5, 2013


                                    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Wisconsin should follow the lead of other Midwest states and legalize gay marriage.

                                    Quinn said Saturday during a break at the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee that gay people should not have more rights in some states in the region and less in others.




                                    Marriage Equality Not Coming to Wisconsin Anytime Soon

                                    by Jason St. Amand

                                    National News Editor

                                    Monday Aug 5, 2013


                                    Same-sex couples hoping to tie the knot in Wisconsin may have to put any wedding plans on hold for awhile, after Gov. Scott Walker (R) made some discouraging comments at a weekend conference in Milwaukee, the Huffington Post reports.




                                    Lawsuit Challenges Illinois Gay Marriage Ban

                                    Associated Press

                                    Tuesday Aug 6, 2013


                                    CHICAGO - A Cook County judge is scheduled to hear arguments on whether to dismiss a case challenging Illinois’ ban on same-sex marriage.

                                    Circuit Judge Sophia Hall will hear arguments Tuesday.




                                    West PA Mayor Marries Gay Men with E. PA License

                                    Associated Press

                                    Tuesday Aug 6, 2013


                                    BRADDOCK, Pa.-A Pittsburgh-area mayor has married two men who obtained a license from an eastern Pennsylvania county official who has issued more than 60 licenses to same-sex couples despite a state law that defines marriage as a contract between one man and one woman.




                                    Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Next Month

                                    Associated Press

                                    Wednesday Aug 7, 2013


                                    CHICAGO After hearing nearly two hours of arguments, a Cook County judge said Tuesday she’ll decide whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Illinois’ gay marriage ban late next month.




                                    Demand For Gay-Marriage Licenses in Pa. is Rising

                                    Associated Press

                                    Wednesday Aug 7, 2013


                                    Demand among same-sex couples for marriage licenses from an eastern Pennsylvania county official flouting state law shows no sign of slacking.




                                    Pentagon May Revise Same-Sex Benefits

                                    Associated Press

                                    Wednesday Aug 7, 2013


                                    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married.




                                    Taiwan: Authorities uphold first same-sex transgender marriage

                                    by Aaron Day
                                    8 August 2013, 3:21pm


                                    Authorities in Taiwan have agreed not to revoke the marriage status of a local transgender couple, in a move activists have called a “benchmark” ruling.




                                    Exclusive: Alex Salmond says ‘It’s Time’ for equal marriage in Scotland because it’s the ‘right thing to do’

                                    by Scott Roberts
                                    8 August 2013, 10:59am


                                    Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has spoken out about why he supports equal marriage in a video recorded as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.




                                    US: Pentagon to extend some benefits to same-sex military spouses by end of August

                                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                    8 August 2013, 1:32am


                                    Reports suggest that the Pentagon is to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of this month.




                                    Brazil Army Must Recognize Same-Sex Civil Union

                                    Associated Press

                                    Friday Aug 9, 2013


                                    A court has ordered Brazil’s Army for the first time to recognize a same-sex civil union between a sergeant and his companion.




                                    Pa. County Grants 100th Same-Sex Marriage License

                                    by Maryclaire Dale

                                    Associated Press

                                    Friday Aug 9, 2013


                                    A suburban Philadelphia county defying Pennsylvania’s marriage law issued its 100th same-sex license Friday, just weeks after opening the courthouse door to gay men and women.




                                    Brazil: Court orders army to recognise same-sex civil union

                                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                    9 August 2013, 6:10pm


                                    The judge ruled that the army must recognise the civil union of the same-sex couple

                                    For the first time in Brazil, a court has ordered the Brazilian Army to reconise a same-sex civil union.




                                    Gay Rights Group: Don’t Delay Marriage in N.J.

                                    Associated Press

                                    Sunday Aug 11, 2013


                                    TRENTON - Lawyers for a group of gay couples said in a court filing Friday that New Jersey’s key argument against allowing same-sex marriage immediately is "contrary to established law."




                                    US: Pennsylvania Health Department says issue of same-sex marriage licences ‘risks causing serious harm’

                                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                    12 August 2013, 11:49pm


                                    The decision by a Pennsylvania county clerk to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples could result in a separation of powers violation which ”risks causing serious and limitless harm”, a filing by lawyers for the state Health Department said on Monday.




                                    Nigerian bishops: We’re against equal marriage but empathise with people who live with ‘homosexual tendencies’

                                    by Scott Roberts
                                    12 August 2013, 5:26pm


                                    A group of bishops in Nigeria have warned against equal marriage but say they “empathise with people who live with homosexual and gay tendencies”.




                                    Source: Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard considered reversing equal marriage opposition

                                    by Daniel Carter
                                    12 August 2013, 12:25pm


                                    It’s being reported by an Australian broadcaster that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was tempted to drop her opposition to equal marriage during her time in office.




                                    US: New Jersey judge to hear potentially groundbreaking case on implications of DOMA strike-down

                                    by Joseph Patrick McCormick
                                    11 August 2013, 4:15pm


                                    A New Jersey court case will this week hear oral arguments in a test of the implications of the Supreme Court ruling which struck down key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to find out what it means for that states.




                                    Same-Sex Couples Seeking Insurance Wait For IRS Rules

                                    by Michelle Andrews

                                    August 13, 201310:49 AM


                                    Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, federal agencies have to figure out the regulations that govern everything from to income taxes.




                                    Gay Ohio Couple Win Extension Recognizing Marriage

                                    Associated Press

                                    Tuesday Aug 13, 2013


                                    CINCINNATI: A federal judge on Tuesday extended a temporary restraining order preventing state authorities from enforcing their ban on gay marriage against two men who got married in another state as one of them nears death.



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