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County of San Diego to offer Valentine's Day weddings

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego County Clerk’s office will be open on Feb. 14, a Saturday, specifically to service those wishing to “tie the knot” or renew their wedding vows on Valentine’s Day.

Weddings will be performed at the new Waterfront Park, located next to the County Administration Building along Pacific Highway and overlooking San Diego Bay.

“We recognize the significance that this date has to many couples and are pleased to be able to offer marriage services on a Saturday,” said County Clerk Ernie Dronenburg Jr., in a press release.

Seventh Circuit mandates gay marriage for Indiana

CHICAGO, Illinois -- The day after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the gay-marriage ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the appellate court today issued the Baskin mandate ordering Indiana to legalize same-sex marriage. This is a mere formality, but a necessary legal move to ensure that the red state follows the law.

The mandate can be viewed below, courtesy of Lambda Legal, a litigant for plaintiffs in the Baskin case.

Did the Hawaii Senate approve marriage-equality bill today?

HONOLULU -- The Democratic-controlled Hawaii Senate voted 19-4 today to pass an amended version of SB 1, the marriage bill the upper chamber had recently approved. Three Senators were not present.

The Hawaii House voted 30-19 on Friday night to pass SB 1, after another marathon session marked by parliamentary rules challenges, abrupt recesses, and the introductions of a series of amendments by several anti-gay lawmakers that had no chance of passage. The House tweaked SB 1, which is why the bill was sent back to the Senate for a re-vote.

Did Hawaii Senate advance marriage bill today?

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Did the Hawaii Senate pass SB1, the bill that would approve same-gender marriage in the Aloha State?

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Find out here in "This Just In: A live blog featuring LGBT news," which is updated constantly as the news warrants.














Two same-gender couples sue Texas for right to marry

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A gay couple and a lesbian couple filed a federal lawsuit on Monday for the right to marry in Texas, which bans marriage equality.

Mark Pharris and Vic Holmes, and Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, are the plaintiffs in the case filed in San Antonio by the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. According to mysanantonio.com:

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Hawaii resumes marriage debate in special session today

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HONOLULU -- Hawaii returns to the marriage-equality debate today when lawmakers return to the state Capitol for a special session called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat who wants gay and lesbian couples to have the right to marry.

Mass gay wedding planned in Australia ahead of court fight

CANBERRA, Australia -- Gay and lesbian couples are planning to join in on a mass same-gender marriage ceremony on Dec. 7 as the Australian government plans a court fight to stop the nuptials.

ACT, the territory encompassing the nation's capital of Canberra, legalized marriage equality this week and the new law was immediately challenged to the High Court of Australia.

Today, the High Court resisted government efforts to expedite the case and adjourned the matter until Nov. 4. Australian media are reporting that hearing now are most likely to be set in early December.

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New Mexico Supreme Court to hear marriage case on Wednesday

SANTA FE, N.M. -- With New Jersey now in the fold as the 14th state to embrace marriage equality, the nation’s attention is swiftly shifting to New Mexico where the state Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear oral arguments on same-gender marriage.

New Mexico is the only U.S. state that has not taken a legal stance on marriage equality. The state Constitution doesn’t address the issue, and Legislature has failed in several attempts since 2008 to pass legislation involving civil unions, domestic partnerships and marriage equality.

Australian Capital Territory OKs marriage equality

CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian Capital Territory -- Australia's version of the District of Columbia in the U.S. -- on Tuesday made history as the first place in Australia to embrace marriage equality.

The ACT comprises Australia's capital of Canberra and 910 square miles of surrounding land with a population of about 360,000. The Australian state of New South Wales surrounds ACT.

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Gov. Christie drops appeal of marriage ruling; New Jersey the 14th state to OK marriage equality

TRENTON, N.J. -- Just hours after gay and lesbian couples in New Jersey began marrying one minute after midnight today, Gov. Chris Christie said that the State would drop its appeal of the federal court ruling mandating marriage equality.