Marriage Equality

West Hollywood to host group gay marriage ceremony for Chinese contest winners

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California -- Alibaba, one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies, is flying 10 couples from its native China to be wed in West Hollywood this summer.

The couples were among 400 who submitted videos online in a “We Do” contest sponsored before Valentine’s Day by Alibaba subsidiary Taobao and by Danlan.org, a gay news site in China that also is the creator of Blued, China’s leading gay dating app.

Florida: Man called for jury duty protests Duval County clerk's decision to stop marriage ceremonies

JACKSONVILLE, Florida -- Chuck Chapman responded to a call for jury duty Tuesday, but he said he refused to serve as long as the courthouse won’t hold wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.

After a federal court ruled Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, Duval County Clerk of Court Ronnie Fussell said his office would comply with the law and issue marriage licenses. But he said his staff felt uncomfortable performing weddings for same-sex couples, so the clerk’s office wouldn’t host ceremonies for either straight or gay couples.

New poll shows record support for marriage equality

WASHINGTON, DC -– A new national poll commissioned to gauge voter attitudes ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality shows support for marriage equality continues to expand and that there is virtually no public support for the opponents of marriage equality who have encouraged the public to resist a Supreme Court ruling -- even among voters who oppose marriage equality.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks Americans are ready for gay marriage

WASHINGTON, DC -- Americans are prepared to accept a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, pointing to what she described as a sweeping change in attitudes toward gays.

In an interview Wednesday in the court’s oak-paneled east conference room, Ginsburg also said President Barack Obama’s health-care law, which is under attack in a case before the Supreme Court next month, will be a central part of his legacy.

Roy Moore’s 20-minute bout with a CNN host — aka the death knell of the gay marriage fight

On gay marriage, it is all over but the shouting. But there will be some shouting.

Nothing proved that more this week than when same-sex marriage arrived in Alabama, which ultimately led to an epic and at times rambling 20-minute-plus conversation Thursday between Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and CNN's Chris Cuomo. It was repetitive, in the weeds, and in some ways futile, foreshadowing the type of framing at least some prominent conservatives will maintain as they keep up the fight against same-sex marriage.

Moore dubbed the whole thing a "federal intrusion in state sovereignty."

Human Rights Campaign calls on Americans to sign the People’s Brief

WASHINGTON, DC – The Human Rights Campaign today launched an unprecedented “People’s Brief” to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Roberta Kaplan, the leading civil rights litigator who won a landmark Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, is the author and lead counsel on the brief. The “People’s Brief” campaign allows any American who has read the brief and agrees with its contents to sign on and to show their support for marriage equality directly to the Supreme Court.

Nebraska: Senators for gay marriage, but only if you want a gun and are a military spouse

WASHINGTON - As the perfect example of how trying to rationalize discrimination loses all sense of reason, the Nebraska Senate yesterday voted 38-0 in favor of an amendment that would recognize same-sex spouses, but only if they are applying for a gun permit and if they are married to someone in the military. With a state ban on marriage equality currently in place, the amendment was introduced to a bill that would waive residency requirements for the spouses of service members.

Italy: More support civil unions than gay marriage

ROME, Italy -- Most Italians support same-sex civil unions and quickie divorces, but not gay marriage or adoption, a new survey on a number of social issue by Eurispes pollsters shows.

While 86.6% favored new norms allowing fast-track divorce and 64.4% said de facto couples of any gender should enjoy juridical protection, another 59.2% said they they are opposed to gay marriage (up from 50.7% in 2014).

The percentage of people against gay couples adopting children was stable at 72.2%.

Media urge Supreme Court to allow broadcast coverage of marriage cases

WASHINGTON DC -- A coalition of news media and public interest organizations is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to break from tradition and allow broadcast coverage of the upcoming arguments in the landmark same-sex marriage cases.

SPLC files ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore over pledge to defy federal law and enforce same-sex marriage ban

The SPLC today filed a judicial ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore over his public statements urging the governor and Alabama judges to defy federal law and enforce Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriages.