Marriage Equality

TODAY: Tenth Circuit to hear argument in Utah marriage case

Today, barely a year after being filed in federal court and just months after a ruling by that court, a challenge to Utah’s ban on marriage equality, Kitchen v. Herbert,will be heard by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Next week, on Thursday, April 17, the same panel will preside over a similar case out of Oklahoma, Bishop v. United States. Read more »

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New Poll Shows Support For LGBT Equality Growing

New Poll Shows Support For LGBT Equality Growing

Americans For Equality, a new bipartisan coalition has formed with the support of the Human Rights Campaign and on March 27 released a new and in depth poll on marriage equality. The poll's release marked the one year anniversary of oral arguments in United States v. Windsor that resulted in the defeat of DOMA and Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Supreme Court case which ended CaliforniaÕs Prop 8 ban and took place March 26, 2013.

With more than 50 cases filed in 27 states, it remains illegal for gay couples to marry in 33 states, 29 of which still have state constitutional bans on marriage in effect. The coalition's press release described the work ahead as "the next phase in the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide." Read more »

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OutServe-SLDN & AMPA Joint Press Release Regarding Amicus Brief filed with U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON, DC – The OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (OutServe-SLDN) and the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) today jointly filed a friend of the court brief [Amicus Brief] with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in the cases of Kitchen v. Herbert, decided by a federal district court in Utah, and Bishop v. Smith, decided by a federal district court in Oklahoma, arguing that the uneven patchwork of states providing marriage equality harms military families, undermines national security, complicates the payment of earned veterans benefits, and harms veterans. Read more »

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Indiana House Erupts In Laughter After Lawmaker Calls LGBT Community 'Intolerant'

As Indiana continues to debate legislation that would ban same-sex marriage in the Hoosier state, one lawmaker made a claim on Monday that caused the House chamber to erupt into laughter.

Jim Bopp, a notoriously conservative Indiana lawmaker, told attendees of the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing that those in favor of marriage equality who find the nature of the debate damaging are "intolerant." After several minutes of cringe-worthy, anti-gay rhetoric, Boop stated: Read more »

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As Wedding Bells Ring, So Do Cash Registers

As Wedding Bells Ring, So Do Cash Registers

While couples, and courts, in Utah await a decision on the issue of gay marriage there, businesses and state treasurers across the nation are taking note of the wedding windfall that same-sex unions have brought to the state of Washington, which recently marked its one-year anniversary of gay matrimony.

During Washington's initial year of marriage equality, same-sex unions took place at a rate of 25 a day, according to the state's Department of Health, which recorded more than 7,000 gay-marriage licenses issued between December 2012 and the end of September last year. The ceremonies represented nearly a fifth of all weddings performed in the state, and included more than 1,600 couples who came from outside Washington to marry. Read more »

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Four couples file federal lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Arizona

Four couples file federal lawsuit seeking marriage equality in Arizona

Four couples have filed a federal class-action lawsuit seeking to make same-sex marriage legal in Arizona.

The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, claims a voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. It seeks to allow same-sex couples to be married and recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

“I think most people expect that this issue will eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court,” attorney Shawn Aiken, who filed the suit, told Phoenix radio station KTAR.

The suit names Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne among the defendants. There was no immediate response Monday night from either Brewer’s of Horne’s offices. Read more »

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What’s Next for Gay Rights in 2014?

What’s Next for Gay Rights in 2014?

The year 2013 was a banner one for gay marriage—but some LGBT activists are asking whether the movement is headed down the path to true equality and liberation.

“On one level, our movement has been a staggering, if controversial, success; yet on another level, gay and lesbian people remain profoundly stigmatized, struggling against the same crises—in health, violence, discrimination and social services—that have plagued us for decades.” Read more »

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13 Classic Companies Top HRC's New Corporate Equality Index

13 Classic Companies Top HRC's New Corporate Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign just released its annual Corporate Equality Index, highlighting the best places for LGBT people to work in the United States. A record 304 major corporations earned a perfect score of 100 on this year's CEI, meaning that those companies offer full benefits to same-sex domestic partners, have nondiscrimination policies that are inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, offer trans-inclusive healthcare plans, host regular LGBT-inclusive diversity trainings, and have a public commitment to the LGBT community.  Read more »

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Gay Marriage Battle Nears End in Hawaii, the First Front Line

Gay Marriage Battle Nears End in Hawaii, the First Front Line

HONOLULU — When, as most everyone expects, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signs into law same-sex marriage here in the coming days, it may almost seem like a routine event. Hawaii is poised to be among 16 states to approve gay marriage, along with Illinois and shortly after Minnesota, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Opponents of a measure to legalize gay marriage gathered Thursday at the Capitol in Honolulu. Read more »

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