Marriage Equality

Here come the grooms: Three gay couples in Ireland talk marriage

DUBLIN, Ireland -- When the Civil Partnership Act came into effect at the beginning of 2011, it offered gay and lesbian couples in Ireland the chance to make their commitment official, giving them many of the same statutory rights as heterosexual married couples in the process.

Now, with the marriage equality referendum scheduled for 2015 and polls showing overwhelming support, the legalization of same-sex marriage is finally on the cards.

If passed, it will offer gay couples in this country the opportunity to publicly and legally profess their love without judgement or restriction.

Prof banned for criticizing assistant for not discussing gay marriage in ethics class

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin -- John McAdams, a Marquette University associate professor, says he is being "treated like a potential terrorist" after being suspended with pay and banned from campus while the university investigates his conduct, presumably because he publicly criticized a teaching assistant for not allowing discussion of gay marriage in an ethics class.

Butch Otter: Idaho's gay-marriage case should be picked by Supreme Court

BOISE, Idaho – Gov. Butch Otter believes the state’s arguments against gay marriage are so complete that the U.S. Supreme Court should wait until it gets Idaho’s case before deciding on the issue.

In arguments filed with the nation’s highest court, lawyers for Otter said waiting for Idaho’s case would help Supreme Court justices resolve “the marriage-litigation wave in all respects.”

Taiwan: Pop star Jolin Tsai's new music video features lesbian theme

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Pop diva Jolin Tsai's newest music video features her first ever on-screen kiss — with a woman.

The just released video for her song "We're All Different, Yet The Same," shows the 34-year-old Tsai and 38-year-old actress Ruby Lin as a couple who not only kiss but go on to get married and spend 30 happy years together.

Law firm tells clerks gay marriage order affects just one Florida county

The fight to prevent gay marriage from becoming legal in Florida received a boost Tuesday from one of the state's most prominent law firms, which advised court clerks they could face misdemeanor charges if they issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

U.S. consul to marry his Turkish boyfriend

ISTANBUL, Turkey -- U.S. Consul General to Istanbul Charles F. Hunter is preparing to marry his Turkish boyfriend soon in the United States, several Turkish media claimed.

Hunter and his boyfriend, Ramadan Çaysever, have been together since they met at a ceremony in the Crimea Memorial Church in Istanbul.

One conversation can change minds on gay marriage, study finds

For David Fleischer, it was a gut-punch when Proposition 8, the ballot initiative banning gay marriage, passed in California in 2008. He wondered: What could we do to change people’s minds on this subject?

Kansas: Gender-neutral marriage forms being issued

OPEKA, Kansas — Kansas has started issuing gender-neutral marriage forms amid ongoing litigation over its same-sex marriage ban.

Copies of the new forms were included in a motion that seeks to have former Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Robert Moser dismissed from the litigation.

Cost to fight gay marriage? South Carolina may have to pay $153K

COLUMBIA, South Carolina -- The private lawyers who won the historic Charleston gay marriage lawsuit against Attorney General Alan Wilson have filed a petition in federal court seeking $152,709 in attorneys’ fees.

Their fees, if approved by the courts, would presumably be paid by S.C. taxpayers out of the state’s general fund..

Gays or lesbians: Who are more likely to marry?

LOS ANGELES, California -- A series of analyses based on data gathered from state administrative agencies in early 2014 show patterns of relationship recognition for same-sex couples across the U.S.

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