same-sex marriage

Valley couple to celebrate same-sex marriage in Phoenix

Valley couple to celebrate same-sex marriage in Phoenix

With Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage overturned, a couple that’s been together for 57 years will finally celebrate a marriage ceremony this weekend.

Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey will have a private reception at The Farm for friends and family on Saturday evening, November 22. They will also have a public ceremony at The Orpheum on Sunday, November 23, at 2 p.m.

The couple met 57 years ago in college when Majors was 19 years old and Bailey was 18. They explained that the most difficult part of their relationship was the pressure to keep it a secret.

The couple contributed to efforts to defeat Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage. Now that the couple can get married, they want to celebrate this victory with the community. Read more »

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BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina

BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday morning denied the state of South Carolina's request for a stay on a ruling that struck down the state's ban on marriage equality, meaning same-sex couples should now be free to marry in the state. 

In a two-sentence order without additional explanation, Chief Justice John Roberts denied the request from South Carolina's Republican Attorney General, Alan Wilson, to place on hold aNovember 12 ruling that found the state's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The order did note that Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have granted the stay.  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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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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Arizona same-sex married couples are seeking adoptions

Arizona same-sex married couples are seeking adoptions

About an hour after same-sex couples were granted the right to receive marriage licenses in Arizona last month, Marianne Bayardi said the first thing she was going to do was adopt her daughter.

Well, not her daughter, exactly, but the girl her wife gave birth to in 2005, the girl she has been co-parenting since.

In Arizona, there's no prohibition against gay people adopting; it's always up to the placement agency to determine who would be the best parent to a child. But several laws have made it hard, and often legally risky, for same-sex couples to create families. Read more »

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Missouri Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Missouri Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

A state judge overturned Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately set off a rush among some same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in a written ruling that Missouri's measure recognizing marriage only between a man and woman violates the due process and equal protection rights of the U.S. Constitution. The decision mirrored ones handed down recently in several other states. Read more »

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Donors to Gay Causes Consider Their Next Steps

Donors to Gay Causes Consider Their Next Steps

The Arcus Foundation’s latest effort in support of gay and lesbian issues began with an ominous question: "Is there a future for the LGBTQ movement?"

The tagline speaks to a bubbling uncertainty among the movement’s philanthropic vanguard. After a number of legal victories on same-sex marriage, where should longtime supporters put their money now? And will today’s triumphs make tomorrow’s donors think the struggle for gay equality has already been won? Read more »

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Egypt Jails 8 Men Over Gay Marriage Video

Egypt Jails 8 Men Over Gay Marriage Video

An Egyptian court on Saturday convicted eight men for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each of them to three years in prison.

The Internet video shows two men exchanging rings and embracing among cheering friends. The eight were detained in September when a statement from the office of Egypt's chief prosecutor said the video clip was "shameful to God" and "offensive to public morals." Read more »

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Arizona reviewing records laws now that same-sex marriage is legal

Arizona reviewing records laws now that same-sex marriage is legal

The Arizona Department of Health Services is reviewing the state’s vital records law now that same-sex marriage is legal under a federal court ruling.

Health Services Director Will Humble says a spouse will be able to get a death certificate for a spouse regardless of gender.

Humble says his department doesn’t expect major changes in how it issues birth certificates.

But he says maternity and paternity laws are being reviewed to determine how to register a birth when a birth mother wants her same-sex spouse listed on the birth certificate as the other parent. Read more »

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Phoenix leaders say gay-marriage ruling good for business

Phoenix leaders say gay-marriage ruling good for business

Opponents of gay marriage, including Gov.Jan Brewer and Catholic bishops, criticized the judge's decision. Brewer said that with its decision, the court was eroding the people's power and overstepping its bounds. Brewer noted that Arizona voters in 2008 approved a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

We asked: What impact do you think the ruling legalizing same-sex marriage will have in Phoenix? Please indicate whether you support or oppose the decision. Read more »

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