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TODAY: Celebrating 10th anniversary of historic marriages in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – Couples will gather today at San Francisco City Hall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the same-gender marriages performed there 10 years ago.

Newly elected Mayor Gavin Newsom shocked the nation a decade ago with his daring decision to let gay and lesbian couples marry, and almost 4,000 couples flocked to the city by the bay to wed. But four months later, the U.S. Supreme Court annulled those marriages, but the decision triggered a national movement in support of marriage equality.

Legally LGBT: The next wave of challenges

2013 was a great year for marriage equality. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor brought federal recognition of same-sex married couples.

When Windsor was decided, it was unclear what effect it would have on the bigger fight, the fight to strike down all remaining same-sex marriage bans. Recent decisions in two of the most conservative states in the country indicate that federal judges are no longer swayed by the typical arguments in favor of retaining the bans.

COMMENTARY: Until all of us are equal …

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

As we just passed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I wish that we could all reflect back on the 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 45 years since the Stonewall Riots and see the connective threads and shared experiences of our movements.

Supreme Court halts gay marriages in Utah

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court decided today to issue a stay requested by the State of Utah to halt same-gender marriages in that state, pending an appeal.

The brief written order did not give an explanation for why the nation's high court issued the stay.

HRC blasts Utah for wasting taxpayer millions

WASHINGTON -- After the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that they would be continuing their appeal of a federal judge’s decision allowing marriage for lesbian and gay couples, the Human Rights Campaign condemned the move as an enormous waste of taxpayer dollars.

Providing no other details, the AG's Office said they will bring in outside counsel at the expense of taxpayers.

Australia: High court voids ACT law granting marriage equality

The Australia High Court on Thursday morning [it's already tomorrow Down Under] struck down a new law that permitted marriage for gay and lesbian couples who wed in the Australian Capital Territory, aka ACT.

Marriages began on Saturday in ACT, and more than two dozen couples took advantage of the law ahead of the high court ruling. Thursday's decision nullifies those marriages and sets up potential lawsuits against the government.

Nike continues its leadership for marriage equality

In addition to the contributions made to the LGBT Sports Coalition, Nike is also making more groundbreaking moves in the sports world to end discrimation towards the LGBT community.

How did judge rule today on Hawaii's same-gender marriages?

HONOLULU -- A circuit court judge in Honolulu today refused to halt same-gender marriages, which are scheduled to begin Dec. 2 in Hawaii.

Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto rejected a request by a rabidly anti-gay state Rep. Bob McDermott and a group of Christians who argued that Hawaii's new marriage-equality law is unconstitutional.

The judge ruled that the group had legal standing -- something the State argued against -- but disregarded their claim. Sakamoto said the legislature has the power to govern marriage laws.

Watch LIVE! Hawaii governor to sign marriage-equality bill into law

HONOLULU -- Gov. Neil Abercromie, the popular Democratic leader who championed marriage equality for Hawaii, will be signing the newly passed SB 1 into law today in front of 200 specially invited guests.

The historic ceremony will be televised live on TV in Hawaii and online. [Editor's note: The bill was signed at 10:53 am Hawaii time today!]

Did Hawaii Senate advance marriage bill today?

SDGLN media partner GLBTN has the breaking news out of Hawaii.

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

Will the Hawaii House take a vote?

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

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