Virginia to fight same-sex marriage ban

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring will announce Thursday that he believes the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that Virginia will join two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike it down, according to an official close to the attorney general with knowledge about the decision. The action will mark…

Gay marriage movement advancing slowly in Colorado

Many think courts are the most likely institution to change state’s law By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press DENVER – More than two years ago, Colorado was at the leading edge of the societal shift on same-sex marriage, when its moderate, conflict-adverse Democratic governor called a special legislative session that shamed Republicans for holding up a…

Federal judge strikes down Oklahoma ban on same-sex marriage

Judge says ban approved by Oklahoma voters in 2004 is unconstitutional, but he puts a hold on his ruling while the issue is appealed. WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Tulsa struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional on Tuesday but prevented his ruling from going into effect while the issue makes its…

BREAKING: Utah Gov. Strips Marriage Rights from Lawfully Wed Same-Sex Couples

Today Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s office directed state agencies not to recognize as valid the legal marriages of same-sex couples performed after a federal court ruled in favor of marriage equality in December.  Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin issued the following statement: “Today’s decision harms hundreds of Utah families and denies them the…

Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage

A federal judge in Utah Friday struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. “The state’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for…

New Mexico becomes the 17th state (plus DC) to legalize same-sex marriage

New Mexico’s Supreme Court on Thursday ruled a ban on gay marriages unconstitutional, making the state the 17th to allow same-sex unions. Ten others recognize unions and partnerships while 33 limit marriages to opposite-sex couples. Most of the state bans on same-sex marriage are embedded in state constitutions. Counties in New Mexico had already been…

As Gays Wed in New Jersey, Christie Ends Court Fight

As Gays Wed in New Jersey, Christie Ends Court Fight By KATE ZERNIKE and MARC SANTORA As couples across New Jersey began marrying on Monday after the stroke of midnight, Gov. Chris Christie abandoned his long fight against same-sex marriage, concluding that signals from the court and the march of history were against him. His…

Australian Capital Territory legalises same-sex marriage

Australian Capital Territory legalises same-sex marriage The first same-sex marriages could go ahead by Christmas The Australian Capital Territory has become the first part of Australia to legalise same-sex marriage. The ACT parliament passed a bill that will allow gay couples to marry, after a short debate on Tuesday. Celebrants will now be allowed to…

Married Gay Veterans to Receive Benefits

Reprinted from The Advocate BY Sunnivie Brydum September 04 2013 4:25 PM ET   Married Gay Veterans to Receive Benefits   Just a week after doubling down on a section of U.S. law that kept the military and Department of Defense from offering spousal benefits to veterans in same-sex marriages, the Department of Justice announced…