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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
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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
      Message 2 of 22 , Jan 16, 2013
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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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        Austin church will offer Episcopal same-sex blessing By Juan Castillo American-Statesman Staff St. David’s
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          Austin church will offer Episcopal same-sex blessing

          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

          January 17, 2013 | icon-comment5 Comments


          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
          Message 4 of 22 , Feb 18, 2013
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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
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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."




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                    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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