Gay Marriage

North Carolina Legislature Overrides Veto to Make Anti-Marriage Equality Bill Law

The North Carolina Legislature has overrode a Governor Veto on a bill that would allow government employees to 'opt-out' of performing marriages for same-sex couples. The employees that opt out are protected from lawsuits claiming discrimination, though other arraignments must be made for the couples wanting to get married. Read more from Metro Weekly here.

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Join the Human Rights Campaign for Special Events Featuring Jim Obergfell

Join the Human Rights Campaign for Special Events Featuring Jim Obergfell

Join the Human Rights Campaign and Competitive Arizona for these special events with Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in historic US Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges. Learn about the impact of the Court decision and hear about next steps for LGBT equality in Arizona.

Press Conference
June 8, 2015 10am
​Phoenix City Hall
200 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Presented by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton
Q&A for youth with Jim Obergefell immediately following the press conference

Special Reception
June 8, 2015 7:00-8:30pm
​Hosted by Competitive Arizona 
Shadow Rock United Church of Christ
Fellowship Hall, 12861 N 8th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85029

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The Unromantic Reason Couples May Soon Be Tying the Knot

The Unromantic Reason Couples May Soon Be Tying the Knot

As the country awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, some companies are dismantling programs that extend benefits to employees in domestic partnerships. These companies are effectively telling employees in domestic partnerships: Get married or lose your benefits.

The development is taking shape at companies such as Verizon and Delta, which have told employees in the 37 states that have legalized same-sex unions that benefits for same-sex domestic partners will no longer be available unless they marry. Verizon announced the policy change last July and is giving couples six months to marry or lose their domestic partner benefits. Read more »

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Supreme Court Refuses To Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama

Supreme Court Refuses To Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt same-sex marriages in Alabama, paving the way for the first gay couples to marry in the state on Monday.

In January, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked a judge to put a stay on the ruling that overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, sent an order to state probate judges Sunday night telling them not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, according to the AP.

The Supreme Court justices ruled 7-2 Monday morning that same-sex weddings could start in Alabama, making it the 37th state where gay marriage is allowed. Read more »

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BREAKING: 11th Circuit Denies Stay in Alabama Marriage Equality Case

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied the Alabama Attorney General’s motion for a stay in Searcy v. Strange and Strawser v. Strange. Last month, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade struck down Alabama’s discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. With today’s ruling, loving, committed same-sex couples can begin to marry beginning February, 9, 2015, unless the Supreme Court of the United States issues a stay. Read more »

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Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge

Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban on Tuesday, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, arguing that the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation.

But Baker put her ruling on hold, and the state is expected to appeal it to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis. Read more »

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Federal judge: Montana's anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional

 Federal judge: Montana's anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — In a victory for equality across Montana, the U.S. District Court of Montana ruled today in favor of four same-sex couples suing for marriage.

"Calling Tonya my partner, my significant other, my girlfriend, my perpetual fiancée has never done justice to our relationship. Now I can look forward to the day when I can introduce Tonya as my wife," says Angie Rolando, one of the plaintiffs in the case. "Love won today." Read more »

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Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga

Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga

Nearly 10 years ago, on the heels of the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage in the state, gay-rights advocates faced a strategic decision. With the Legislature about to consider a constitutional amendment reining in the court’s decision, they could either push legislators to back civil unions as a compromise or face the full wrath of the opposition.

Marc Solomon, national campaign director for LGBT-rights group Freedom to Marry, called Los Angeles City Councilman (now mayor) Eric Garcetti to ask for advice. “Fight for love,” Garcetti said. Civil unions were about legal status, about “rights”; marriage was about love. Read more »

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John Smid, Former 'Ex-Gay' Leader, Marries A Man In Oklahoma

John Smid, Former 'Ex-Gay' Leader, Marries A Man In Oklahoma

Smid praised his new husband as "a mirror I see in every day" in a Facebook posting cited by Gay Star News.

"For most of my life, the mirror I saw reflected my mistakes, shortcomings and failures," he reportedly wrote. "The reflection I see today with Larry shows me the positive things in my life, my strengths, gifts and talents. I see how I can succeed at a mutual intimate and loving relationship."

In a 2011 appearance on Chris Matthews' "Hardball" program, Smid expressed sentiments about sexual orientation that, by all accounts, were a far cry from his earlier beliefs. Read more »

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Judge Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Montana

Judge Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Montana

A federal judge lifted Montana's constitutional ban on same-sex on Wednesday, making the state the 34th in the nation to recognize gay marriage, KULR Newsreported.

“These families, like all of us, want their children to adventure into the world without fear of violence; to achieve all that their talent and perseverance allows without fear of discrimination; and to love themselves so that they can love others. No family wants to deprive its precious children of the chance to marry the loves of their lives. Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves," Judge Morris wrote in the decision.

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