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…

Victory in Virginia: Federal court rules on marriage equality

The Federal District Court ruled that Virginia’s marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution. It said that loving couples like our plaintiffs, Tim Bostic & Tony London and Carol Schall & Mary Townley are entitled to the same basic rights and protections as every other American. This is a monumental victory—for Virginia and our country—and the…

Kansas House passes bill allowing refusal of service to same-sex couples

(CNN) — Denying services to same-sex couples may soon become legal in Kansas. House Bill 2453 explicitly protects religious individuals, groups and businesses that refuse services to same-sex couples, particularly those looking to tie the knot. It passed the state’s Republican-dominated House on Wednesday with a vote of 72-49, and has gone to the Senate…

Kentucky ban on gay marriages from other states struck down by federal judge

In a ruling that could open the door to gay marriage in Kentucky, a federal judge on Wednesday struck down Kentucky’s ban on recognizing valid same-sex marriages performed in other states, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II joined nine other federal…