Gay Marriage

Judge: Colorado Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A judge in Colorado has struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree on Wednesday ruled the 2006 voter-approved ban violates the state and federal constitutions. He immediately put his ruling on hold pending an appeal.

Crabtree is the 16th judge to void a state's gay marriage ban since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the federal government has to recognize gay marriages in the states.

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Same-Sex Marriage Good for Wedding Business

Same-Sex Marriage Good for Wedding Business

June is Gay Pride Month and an opportunity to reflect on how same-sex equality and marriage has been good for business in the United States. The U.S., as of 2014, is one of 15 countries to have ruled in favor of gay marriage. Since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004, same-sex marriages have been legalized in 19 states total. Since that time, many of the states that have elected to legalize marriage for homosexual couples have found the fiscal rewards to be substantial. Read more »

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Legalizing same-sex marriage could pump $62M into Arizona economy via wedding rush

Legalizing same-sex marriage could pump $62M into Arizona economy via wedding rush

Legalizing same-sex marriages would immediately pump nearly $40 million into Arizona’s economy, according to a UCLA research group friendly toward LGBT rights.

A study by the University of California at Los Angeles’ Williams Institute estimates more than 7,900 same-sex couples would wed in the first three years if they were allowed to in Arizona. That would translate into as much as $61.9 million in total same-sex wedding spending over three years.

The first year alone could see $39.6 million worth of LGBT spending on weddings. Read more »

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Judge throws out Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage

Judge throws out Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage

A federal judge declared Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Tuesday.

The ruling by Judge John E. Jones III ruling would make Pennsylvania the last Northeast state to allow same-sex marriages, although the state could challenge the decision before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Several couples sued the state in July for the right to marry in Pennsylvania or to have their out-of-state same-sex marriages recognized. A 1996 state law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Read more »

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‘Are You the Husband or the Wife?’ 6 Things NOT to Say to LGBT People

‘Are You the Husband or the Wife?’ 6 Things NOT to Say to LGBT People

The growing acceptance of same-gender marriage and diversity in sexual orientation in recent years has shifted mindsets and removed a lot of blatant discrimination toward LGBTs from workplaces, says Jean-Marie Navetta, Director of Equality & Diversity Partnerships at PFLAG National, a nonprofit grassroots organization that promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and offers support for parents, families, friends and allies. But Navetta notes that LGBT employees still face comments and questions that subtly allow stereotypes to persist. Read more »

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Anti-Gay Stance Still Enshrined In Majority Of State GOP Platforms

 As support for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals grows in the GOP, the official stance of the Republican Party remains rooted in opposition to those rights. The party's national platform, written in 2012, comes out strongly against LGBT equality and even calls for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

For the most part, the same remains true at the state level. According to a count by The Huffington Post, only seven states plus the District of Columbia have no mention of opposition to same-sex marriage or other rights for LGBT individuals in their party platforms. Fourteen states appear to go by the national platform, leaving 29 other states with their own platforms that oppose gay rights. Read more »

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Dolly Parton Speaks Out On Gay Marriage

Dolly Parton Speaks Out On Gay Marriage

Same-sex marriage might not be recognized in Dolly Parton's native Tennessee, but the blond bombshell supports equality for all.

"I didn’t know any gay people in my childhood. I do have a lot of gays in my family now, but some will never come out," the singer, who was one of 12 children in a Pentecostal family living in Locust Ridge, Tenn., told Britain's Event magazine, per an article featured on the Daily Mail's website. Read more »

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HuffPost Live Discusses Why Same-Sex Couples Have Happier Marriages

HuffPost Live Discusses Why Same-Sex Couples Have Happier Marriages

A National Institutes of Health study suggests that married same-sex couples are, in fact, happier than their non-same sex counterparts.

In order to better understand this, HuffPost Live hosted a segment that explored the differing dynamics of same-sex and non-same sex married couples. Additionally, HuffPost Live brought on a woman in a same-sex marriage, Kathryn Hamm, to hear her personal experience surrounding her partnership. Read more »

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Majority of Americans now support gay marriage, survey finds

Majority of Americans now support gay marriage, survey finds

Support for gay marriage has surged in the United States in the decade since it first became legal in Massachusetts, with just over half of Americans now supporting the idea, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

The survey on attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people comes as U.S. lawmakers and courts are increasingly allowing same-sex couples to wed.

Some 53 percent of the 4,509 Americans surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute said they supported gay marriage, up from 32 percent in 2003, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it.

PRRI Chief Executive Robert Jones said the poll joined a raft of other surveys showing that a majority of Americans back gay marriage. Read more »

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