Marriage Equality

Gay group prepares Ireland for “ARMAGAYDDON" in hilarious video

As Ireland prepares to vote on gay marriage, with a referendum scheduled for next spring, one group cheekily asks residents of the Emerald Isle if they are ready for “ARMAGAYDDON."

Irish activist group LGBT Noise, spoofing the ominous TV ads that helped to scare California voters into approving Proposition 8, has released a hilarious video that shows one heterosexual couple barricaded in their home two years after the passage of marriage equality.

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Pennsylvania baker won't serve lesbian brides due to religious beliefs

The owner of a popular Pennsylvania bakery is feeling the heat after reportedly rejecting a lesbian couple's request for a cake.

Bethany and Jennifer Petrich had hoped to order a cake for a forthcoming ceremony to renew their vows from The Cake Pros, a bakery in Schuylkill Haven, but were turned away by owner Lorraine Fleming, WFMZ is reporting.

FMLA rights could change for same-sex married couples

Same-sex married couples could soon qualify for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) even if they reside in a state that legally prohibits gay marriage.

On June 20, the U.S. Department of Labor published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that looks to redefine the term “spouse” to include same-sex couples – a move that has been catalyzed by a 2013 Supreme Court decision (United States v. Windsor) upholding that portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are unconstitutional.

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Gay widower shares heartbreaking story of why he's suing Alabama

No story breaks the heart quite like one about love.

In a conversation with HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill about whether Alabama is falling behind in the nationwide fight for LGBT equality, the story took a more personal turn.

Paul Hard, an associate professor and department counselor at Auburn University, opened up about how he was denied access to his husband's hospital room after he was killed in a car accident. Hard said he "had to stand and plead to be allowed into his room" but was forbidden because of Alabama's ban on gay marriage.

California: Gay marriages boost number of weddings to near-record high

It was looking like another tough year for the California wedding industry. Through June of 2013, the number of new marriages statewide had fallen by almost 4,000, or 3%, from 2012.

Then the Supreme Court overturned Proposition 8 and allowed gay marriages in California.

After that decision, from July to December, the number of weddings grew by 27,000, or almost 25%, compared to the same period in 2012.

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DOJ plans to fight gay-marriage bans in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Justice Department is set to urge the Supreme Court to uphold a lower-court ruling and block states from banning same-sex marriage, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

The nation's top law enforcement official's remarks come just days after Utah officials announced they will ask the Supreme Court to overrule a lower court that concluded gay couples can legally marry in the state.

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Gay marriages fueling Palm Springs boom

PALM SPRINGS, California -- Ray Hatfield and Don Watkins’ engagement is no different than any other multinational couple who plan to wed in the United States. Hatfield is Australian and Watkins is American. They plan to wed in Palm Springs in September.

Though until a year ago when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed gay marriage to resume in California, Hatfield could not have secured a fiancé visa from the Department of Homeland Security.

Growing number of gay immigrants benefiting from DOMA ruling

For Julio Alegria and his husband Michael Penn, the date of June 26, 2013 will forever be etched in their hearts.

On that day, by a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal Defense of the Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, was unconstitutional.

“(Our lives) changed so much,” Alegria told Fox News Latino. “It’s something so beautiful what you feel when they tell you you are welcome in this country… It’s an amazing feeling.”

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Five (or so) questions put to superlawyer Ted Olson about gay marriage and Prop 8

Superlawyers Ted Olson and David Boies have a new book, Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality, their account of taking on California's Proposition 8, getting it ruled unconstitutional and moving marriage equality forward. And since the publication of Jo Becker's controversial Forcing the Spring, it's fair to say that the Prop 8 legal team, and, more so, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin, who formed the American Foundation for Equal Rights and hired Olson and Boies to take on Prop 8, have been on the defensive.

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Avant-Garde Weddings & Events unveils "dream wedding" contest

SAN DIEGO — This month, Avant-Garde Weddings & Events is kicking off its Wedding Contest to help a same-sex couple plan the wedding of their dreams.

In honor of LGBT Pride Month and the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Proposition 8, the Avant-Garde team will plan a dream wedding for a local, deserving same-sex couple and the opportunity to have their wedding featured in the next issue of San Diego Style Weddings Magazine.

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