Marriage Equality

Senate endorses gay marriage benefits in nonbinding vote

WASHINGTON DC -- The Senate endorsed Social Security and veterans benefits for married gay couples Thursday night in a 57-43 vote, with 11 Republicans joining every Democrat.

The nonbinding amendment to the budget resolution still falls short of the 60 votes needed to beat back filibusters in the chamber.

Among those voting late after a lengthy delay against providing equal benefits to married gay couples were Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, and Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pennsylvania.

Plaintiffs in Texas gay marriage case celebrate birth of second child

AUSTIN, Texas -- An Austin couple who are plaintiffs in a Texas same-sex marriage case are celebrating the birth of their second child.

The baby girl was born Friday night. Her parents are Nicole Dimetman DeLeon and Cleo DeLeon, who have filed a lawsuit against the state to have their marriage declared legal in Texas. Despite a federal judge in San Antonio ruling that the law is unconstitutional, the ruling was overturned on appeal and is awaiting an opinion from the 5th U.S. FifthCircuit Court of Appeals.

Two years after his husband’s death, Cincinnati man still fighting for right to be married

CINCINNATI, Ohio — The plane was only on the ground a matter of minutes. Just enough time for wedding vows and little else.

Jim Obergefell and John Arthur had wanted to marry for a long time. In 2013, after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, they decided this was the time to do it — even though Arthur was very, very ill. He had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2011, a fatal neurological disease that paralyzes the body. He was confined to his bed.

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This gay-rights group wants the Supreme Court to shut it down

WASHINGTON DC -- If everything goes as he hopes, Evan Wolfson will soon be out of a job.

Wolfson, 58, is widely considered a key architect of the marriage equality movement. In 2003, he started Freedom to Marry to campaign for national recognition of same-sex marriage.

The improbable, 200-year-old story of one of America’s first same-sex "marriages"

Charity Bryant only intended to stay a few days in Weybridge, Vermont, a tiny rural town with little to hold her attention. But then she met Sylvia Drake.

Drake was 22 — a talented, literary-minded woman in search of a kindred spirit. Bryant, seven years her senior, was brilliant, charismatic and exactly the kind of partner Drake had been looking for. The two fell swiftly, madly in love. Within months, Bryant rented a one-room apartment and asked Drake to become her roommate and wife.

Madonna responds passionately to Dolce & Gabbana controversy

Madonna is giving Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana a schooling in what family really means.

Arizona: Ethics panel says judges must perform all weddings, including gay nuptials

PHOENIX, Arizona -- The Arizona Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee issued an opinion telling judges they may not refuse to marry same-sex couples if they perform opposite-sex marriages.

The committee wrote a three-page opinion in a question and answer format and a more detailed explanation of the ruling.

The opinion says turning away only same sex couples is a violation of the judicial conduct rule forbidding “bias” or “prejudice” based on sexual orientation.

Religious objections from the judge do not matter if he or she performs opposite-sex marriages.

Support for gay marriage in U.S. hits all-time high, poll finds

Support for gay marriage has risen to an all-time high in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, reinforcing it as one of the fastest-moving changes in social attitudes of this generation.

The new survey found that 59% of Americans support allowing same-sex marriage, nearly double the 30% support reported in 2004.

300-plus GOP urge Supreme Court to recognize gay marriage nationwide

WASHINGTON DC -- More than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday.

Mayors for the Freedom to Marry submits amicus brief to SCOTUS

WASHINGTON DC -- Three years after its launch in 2012, Mayors for the Freedom to Marry today signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to end marriage discrimination nationwide.

The brief includes 226 individually named mayors as well as 40 cities across the country, from towns as small as Thompson, North Dakota, to the five largest cities in the nation, as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was among those who signed the brief.