Marriage Equality: January 2014


Scheduled Virginia Marriage Hearing Going Forward

Filed by John M. Becker | January 28, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

A scheduled hearing Thursday in Bostic v. Rainey, a challenge to Virginia's constitutional marriage discrimination amendment, will go forward.Read More


IN House Sends Anti-Marriage Amendment to Senate

Filed by John M. Becker | January 28, 2014 | 3:23 PM | comments

Just moments ago, the GOP-controlled Indiana House voted 57-40 to send HJR-3, a constitutional marriage discrimination amendment ballot measure, to the state Senate.Read More

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Compelling New Video Demands Equality for LGBT Families

Filed by John M. Becker | January 28, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

"Our families have existed forever. We don't ask for your permission to live our lives. We demand a law protecting our families with the respect and dignity they deserve."Read More

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Two More States Introduce 'Right to Discriminate' Bills

Filed by John M. Becker | January 27, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Lawmakers in two GOP-controlled states are following Arizona's lead and attempting to create a special right to discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of religion.Read More

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WATCH: 33 Couples Wed at Grammys to 'Same Love'

Filed by John M. Becker | January 27, 2014 | 7:30 AM | comments

Last night at the Grammys, Queen Latifah married 33 couples, including same-sex couples, in a moving ceremony during a performance of marriage equality anthem "Same Love."Read More


Why I Left the Indiana GOP Over Marriage Equality

Filed by Andrew Markle | January 26, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

I want Indiana Republicans to realize that they're alienating their own people. I want them to realize that LGBT people are humans too.Read More

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Four-Year-Old Girl to Aussie PM: 'Let Boys Marry Boys'

Filed by John M. Becker | January 26, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

When Sabrina Franco learned that her mom's gay friends had to travel to the U.S. to marry, she picked up her colored pencils and Disney Princess paper and wrote a letter to the Prime Minister.Read More

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Oklahoma Lawmaker: Ban All Marriages So Gays Can't Marry

Filed by John M. Becker | January 26, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Oklahoma GOP State Rep. Mike Turner is apparently so desperate to keep same-sex couples from marrying that he wants to end civil marriage altogether.Read More

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Tonight: Gay Couples Marrying Onstage at Grammy Awards

Filed by John M. Becker | January 26, 2014 | 12:15 PM | comments

At tonight's Grammy Awards, Queen Latifah will marry 34 couples, including same-sex couples, onstage during a performance of "Same Love."Read More

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Ruling Imminent in Virginia Marriage Equality Case?

Filed by John M. Becker | January 26, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

A notice given by U.S. District Judge Arenda Allen indicates that she may be prepared to rule on the constitutionality of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban without oral arguments.Read More

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Virginia AG Causes Flurry of Activity in Marriage Case

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 24, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's decision to stop defending marriage discrimination and join an equality lawsuit has triggered a flurry of filings in the case.Read More

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Gay German Pol to Merkel: Time to Decide on Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | January 24, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

Guido Westerwelle, the openly gay former foreign minister of Germany, is calling on Chancellor Angela Merkel to stop sitting on the fence on the issue of marriage equality.Read More

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Majority in Non-Marriage States Support Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | January 24, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

A new poll shows that even in states without legal marriage for same-sex couples, a majority of voters support the freedom to marry.Read More

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Two More Methodist Pastors Stand Up for Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | January 24, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Two more pastors in the United Methodist Church are defying church teaching and speaking out for marriage equality, even though it may cost them their credentials and pensions.Read More


Virginia AG Seeks to Put State on Right Side of History

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 23, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Having reviewed the relevant marriage equality rulings, AG Herring is correct on the analysis and the case law. Read More

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As Right Whines, Virginia AG Asserts Authority

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Predictably, the right exploded today when Virginia AG Mark Herring announced that he wouldn't defend the state's marriage discrimination law. But Herring is asserting his constitutional authority to do just that.Read More

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Virginia AG Won't Defend Unconstitutional Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

Mark Herring, Virginia's new Democratic Attorney General, announced that he has concluded that the state's marriage discrimination amendment is unconstitutional and he will not defend it in court.Read More

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Mayor Parker to Critics of Her Marriage: 'Get Over It'

Filed by John M. Becker | January 22, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Houston mayor Annise Parker took time off work last week to marry her now-wife, Kathy Hubbard, and local GOP leaders despicably attacked her for it. Now Parker is hitting back.Read More

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ACLU Sues Utah for Not Recognizing its Own Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | January 21, 2014 | 2:15 PM | comments

The ACLU filed suit in Utah today, seeking to compel the state to recognize LGBT Utahns' valid marriage licenses.Read More

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Six Couples Sue to Overturn Florida Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | January 21, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

This morning, six Florida couples filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn state laws banning same-sex marriage.Read More

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UK Politician: Marriage Equality Causes Flooding

Filed by John M. Becker | January 20, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

A local elected official in the U.K. is causing quite a stir after he blamed the country's recent flooding on its legalization of same-sex marriage.Read More


Gay Grandfathers: Together 46 Years, Married at Last

Filed by John M. Becker | January 17, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

When Lewis Duckett and Billy Jones met more than 46 years ago, they never dreamed they'd be able to marry one day. But last October, that day came.Read More

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Houston Mayor Marries Longtime Partner

Filed by John M. Becker | January 17, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Congratulations are in order for Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the first openly LGBT mayor of a major U.S. city, who married her longtime partner yesterday in Palm Springs.Read More

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Notorious Bigot Sally Kern Slams OK Marriage Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | January 16, 2014 | 10:15 AM | comments

Kern, one of America's most notorious homophobes: "Homosexuality is not a civil right, it's a human wrong."Read More

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NOM's Brian Brown Joins International Anti-Gay Group

Filed by John M. Becker | January 15, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

From the looks of things, Brian Brown wants to keep hurting LGBT families around the planet for a long, long time. Read More

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BREAKING: US Judge Rules OK Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Filed by John M. Becker | January 14, 2014 | 5:25 PM | comments

A federal district court judge in the blood-red state of Oklahoma has just ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.Read More

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Gay Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney Announces Engagement

Filed by John M. Becker | January 14, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Wedding bells will soon be ringing for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and his fiancé, Randy Florke. The couple announced their engagement this week.Read More


Support for Marriage Equality Rises Dramatically in Utah

Filed by John M. Becker | January 14, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Utahns' views on marriage equality and same-sex relationship recognition have shifted dramatically since 2004, when voters overwhelmingly approved a marriage discrimination amendment.Read More

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Utah Op-Ed: 'Marriage' Amendments Motivated by Animus

Filed by John M. Becker | January 13, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Utah's marriage discrimination amendment "has always been about demeaning the lives and denying legal status to the families of LGBT citizens."Read More

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12-Year-Old Boy Speaks Out for Marriage in Utah

Filed by John M. Becker | January 12, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

At a marriage equality rally on Friday in the Utah State Capitol, 12-year-old Riley Hackford-Peer spoke out for his moms and his family.Read More

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Hollywood Actress Writes Marriage Equality Anthem

Filed by John M. Becker | January 10, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Marsha Hunt, a 96-year-old Hollywood actress, is so passionate about marriage equality that she wrote a song about it.Read More

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BREAKING: U.S. Will Recognize Utah Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | January 10, 2014 | 12:05 PM | comments

The U.S. government has just announced that it will recognize all legal same-sex marriages performed in Utah, despite the state's refusal to do so.Read More

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Luxembourg Poised To Pass Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | January 10, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The tiny nation of Luxembourg is poised to become the eleventh European country to pass marriage equality, officials announced this week.Read More


WA Catholic School to Gay Admin: Get A Divorce & We'll Re-Hire You

Filed by John M. Becker | January 06, 2014 | 4:45 PM | comments

The president of a Washington Catholic school offered former vice principal Mark Zmuda a sickening choice: he could divorce his husband or lose his job.Read More

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Halts Marriages In Utah

Filed by John M. Becker | January 06, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The U.S. Supreme Court granted Utah's request for an emergency stay on District Judge Robert Shelby's ruling, temporarily halting same-sex marriages in the state.Read More

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Desperate Utahns Want 'Uprising' Against Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | January 05, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

At least 200 Utahns packed a meeting yesterday calling for an "uprising" against same-sex marriage in the Beehive State.Read More

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Desperate Utahn Vows To Starve Self Until Gays Can No Longer Marry

Filed by John M. Becker | January 03, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

A 35-year-old Utah man says he's not eating until Utah illegally nullifies a federal judge's ruling and returns marriage discrimination to the state.Read More

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Priefer, Dibble, Ayanbadejo Respond To Kluwe's Claims

Filed by John M. Becker | January 03, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Forget winter storm Hercules -- Minnesota and the NFL are being buffeted by a storm of controversy around allegations by former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.Read More