Arkansas judge strikes down state’s ban on gay marriage

  An Arkansas judge Friday invalidated the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violates the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. “Although marriage is not expressly identified as a fundamental right in the Constitution, the United States Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized it as such,” Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled in…

Gay Rights Push Shifts Its Focus South and West

The country’s leading gay rights groups and donors, after a decade focused on legalizing same-sex marriage, are embarking on a major drive to win more basic civil rights and workplace protections in Southern and Western states where the rapid progress of the movement has largely eluded millions of gay men and lesbians. The effort will…

Colorado governor says he supports gay marriage

DENVER—Gov. John Hickenlooper has come out as a supporter of gay marriage. The Colorado Democrat has been a vocal backer of gay rights but generally stopped short of formally endorsing same-sex marriage. However, on Monday he provided a statement in support of a gay rights group that kicked off a campaign to bring gay marriage…

Santa Fe Selects Its First Gay Mayor, Javier Gonzales

Santa Fe overwhelmingly elected its first openly gay mayor on Tuesday. Javier Gonzales easily won election with 43 percent of the vote versus two other opponents. Gonzales gave his acceptance speech to chants of “Javier” on Tuesday night after the results came in, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Gonzales, 47, is the vice president of…

Republicans From the West Give Support for Gay Marriage

Evoking Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, a group of Western-state Republicans plans to enter the battle in favor of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, urging a federal appeals court to declare gay marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma unconstitutional. The most prominent of the approximately 20 signers of the brief are former Senator Alan K. Simpson…

Announcing “Why Marriage Matters Colorado”

By Dave Montez, Executive Director of One Colorado It’s a big day for Colorado. Today, One Colorado will proudly stand on the steps of the Capitol alongside our coalition partners to launch Why Marriage Matters Colorado, the campaign that will move marriage forward here in Colorado. Our position is simple: No loving couple in our…

Historic Injunction for Marriage Equality in Texas

Today, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that Texas’ ban on marriage for lesbian and gay couples is unconstitutional in the lawsuit brought by Cleopatra DeLeon, Nicole Dimetman, Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss who were represented by the law firm Akin Gump. The ruling is stayed pending appeal, meaning marriages will not occur immediately in…

One Colorado’s V-Day Marriage Equality Video!

VIDEO: This Valentine’s Day, we are helping to spread the love by talking about why marriage matters to our families! Personal stories like the ones in our video below — highlighting loving, committed couples here in Colorado — are part of an important conversation that we need to be having with Coloradans in every corner…