Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

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Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

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January

January 11th - US: Illinois Senate could ‘fast track’ and approve equal marriage ‘very soon’

After the new General Assembly was sworn in in Illinois this week, the House Sponsor of a bill to legalise marriage equality in the state said the measure could come to a vote “very soon”.

Representative Harris and Senator Heather Steans, both Democrats from Chicago, said in December that they hoped to answer Governor Pat Quinn’s wish that he can sign into law equal marriage as early as this month.

He attributed the speeding up of the movement towards full marriage equality to a rapid growth of the support of measures such as the Illinois bill.

“The people of America are ahead of us,” said Harris. “They are doing the right thing. They believe the right thing. The journey is short, because people want it to be short.


January 24th - Gay Marriage Bill Approved in Rhode Island House Vote

The Rhode Island House of Representatives on Thursday handily passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, paving the way for a showdown in the State Senate in the only New England state where it is not allowed.

The measure, which would allow anyone to marry “any eligible person regardless of gender,” passed 51 to 19 after about an hour and a half of debate. But the cheers that filled the viewing gallery were quickly tempered by the bill’s uncertain future in the senate.


January 24th - Marriage Equality Legislation Introduced in Hawaii

Marriage equality legislation was introduced this morning in both the Hawaii State House and Senate. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Baehr v. Lewin, the Hawaii State Supreme Court opinion that sparked our nation's marriage equality movement.

In the opinion, Justice Steven Levinson said, “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor be denied the enjoyment of the person's civil rights or be discriminated against in the exercise thereof because of race, religion, sex or ancestry.”


January 26th - UK: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Announced

The Coalition Government has formally announced in Parliament the Same-Sex Marriage bill to be introduced in the House of Commons.

This is a great day for LGBT+ Liberal Democrats who set the ball rolling on this campaign in September 2010, where at their Autumn Conference, local party representatives voted overwhelmingly for Equal Marriage policy, becoming the first major party and first party of Government to support marriage equality.

"Equal marriage legislation will enable those religious organisations who wish to opt-in to be able to perform same-sex marriages. Some organisations, like the Church of England and Wales, will require changes in both their own primary and Canon law before being able to opt in and therefore will be legally barred from performing same-sex marriges for the time being. However should those internal laws be changed, amending this legislation will be simple compared to introducing it.


January 29th - French parliament begins gay debate

Debate has begun in France's parliament over a government bill to legalize gay marriages and adoptions after weeks of strident objections from conservatives and the Catholic Church. The vote is due February 12. Proposed gay reforms backed by President Francois Hollande, the Greens and France's Communists are expected to clear parliament despite some 5,000 amendments submitted by opponents to spoil the bill's passage.

Opinion surveys have shown that a majority of French support Hollande' pledge made during his election campaign last year to emulate other European countries and give gay couples and their children rights equal to heterosexuals. Church and civic groups put up stiffer-than-expected opposition. More than 340,000 opponents demonstrated in Paris on January 13. A rally involving bill supporters last weekend drew around 125,000 people.


January 31st - Wyoming fails to pass domestic partnership rights for gay couples.

A bill to extend domestic partnership rights to gay couples in the US state of Wyoming has been defeated.

The Republican-controlled house in Cheyenne voted down a bill on Wednesday night that would have given same-sex couples the same legal rights as heterosexuals. The defeat was a stinging blow to supporters of the legislation.

Jackson Republican Representative Ruth Ann Petroff, a co-sponsor of House Bill 168, said it was unlikely the bill would re-emerge during this legislative session. “I had a feeling that this was going to be the time that we could get this through. Obviously, it wasn’t,” she said.

The vote was 25-34 and came two days after a measure that would have allowed same-sex marriages also failed.


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February

February 2nd - France's parliament approve gay marriage article - 249-97

The French National Assembly has approved the most important article of a bill to legalise same-sex marriage. Deputies voted 249-97 in favour of redefining marriage as being an agreement between two people - not just between a man and a woman.

President Francois Hollande's Socialists and their left-wing supporters backed it, opposed by many opposition UMP and centrist MPs. The proposals have generated protests and counter-protests for months.Opinion polls suggest that around 55-60% of French people support gay marriage, though only about 50% approve of gay adoption.Correspondents say the ease with which the article passed suggests the bill as a whole will pass.


February 5th - MPs vote 400 to 175 to pass same-sex marriage bill

MPs have voted 400 to 175 in supporting the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - a majority of 225 votes - following an afternoon of heated debate in the House of Commons. About 140 Conservative MPs are thought to have voted against the plans.

Former children’s minister and Conservative MP Tim Loughton told the BBC that he believed “140 or so” of his party colleagues had voted against the plans, along with “a small rump of Labour MPs” and “four Lib Dem MPs”.He added: “Apparently there’s 132 Conservative MPs that voted in favour, so I think what we’re going to see is that more Conservative MPs voted against this legislation than for it.”

The bill would enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, where a religious institution had formally consented, in England and Wales.


February 5th - Illinois gay marriage bill clears first of many hurdles

An Illinois Senate committee advanced a same-sex marriage bill 9-5, which means supporters of gay marriage in Illinois cleared the first of many hurdles in the fight for marriage equality.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, next moves to the full Senate, where backers indicated it could come up for a vote on Valentine's Day.


February 8th - Civil union bill gets initial approval by Colorado state Senate

The Colorado State Senate on Friday gave the initial OK to a bill that would establish relationship recognition for same-sex couples after hours of debate and four attempts by Republican lawmakers to amend the bill to either establish or strengthen religious exemptions and halt how quickly the the bill becomes law.


February 11th - Civil Unions Bill Passes Colorado Senate Without Debate, Heads To House Where It Is Also Expected To Pass

Without any further debate, Colorado's civil unions bill that grants same-sex couples similar rights to that of married couples has passed through the Democrat-controlled state Senate. Senate Bill 11 now heads to the House, also controlled by Democrats, where it is expected to pass.

Sen. Pat Steadman tweeted this upon the bill's passing:

The Denver Post reports that the bill passed 21-14 with the sole Republican yes" vote coming from Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango. SB-11 is expected to be signed into law and become effective in May 2013.


February 14th - Illinois Senate approves gay marriage.

The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentine’s Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

The 34-21-2 Senate vote represents a turnaround of sorts after advocates unsuccessfully sought to push a gay marriage bill through last month’s lame-duck legislative session.


February 27th - Nearly three quarters of Germans support same-sex marriage, according to a poll - Angela Merkel's conservatives weigh up extending more rights to homosexual couples ahead of a September election

The survey for RTL television and Stern magazine suggested 74 percent of Germans were in favour of allowing homosexuals to marry and 23 percent against. Support is strongest among people voting for the opposition Greens and centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) but even among those backing Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), almost two-thirds were in favour, the poll showed.

The CDU wants to boost its appeal among urban voters as it gears up for this year's vote. Merkel's government is preparing to amend the law to grant same-sex couples greater adoption rights after Germany's constitutional court ruled last week that gay people should be allowed to adopt a child already adopted by their partner. Heterosexual couples already have the right.


February 27th - Illinois House committee advances gay marriage bill - Passing with 6-5 majority

A bill legalizing gay marriage cleared a Democratic-led committee late Tuesday and now moves to the full House, where the issue is expected to meet its toughest test. The proposal, approved on a 6-5 vote in the House Executive Committee shortly before 10 p.m., is coming under increasingly heavy fire from church organizations who say same-sex marriage violates moral and religious principles. But advocates have ratcheted up calls for swift action.


February 27th - Minnesota legislators unveil a proposal to legalize gay marriage.

Minnesota legislators determined to legalize same-sex marriage opened up the newest battle ground over the issue, unveiling a proposal that would allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

“This is a day that Minnesotans should be very proud of," said Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat who is a chief sponsor of the bill. "Our challenge in coming weeks is that we really have this discussion with renewed energy, about why marriage matters, why family matters."

The new proposal would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, but ensures that religious leaders who are opposed are not forced to wed same-sex couples. Only faiths and religious groups that welcome same-sex unions could perform the ceremonies.


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March

March 1st - Finland: Parliamentary committee narrowly rejects equal marriage bill

The Finnish parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted narrowly to reject a bill to legalise equal marriage. The bill, proposed by the National Coalition Party (NCP) minister Alexander Stubb proposed the bill, which would have made marriage gender-neutral, therefore allowing same-sex couples to marry.

It was rejected 9 votes to 8, and so it will not go before the full legislature for consideration.

Advocates of equal marriage will now turn to gathering signatures from Finnish citizens, in order to for Parliament to consider equal marriage laws. The initiative, organised by the Tahdon 2013 group, will begin gathering signatures on 19 March, and will need to gather 50,000 in order to force Parliament to consider equal marriage.


March 6th - Jewish group backs RI gay marriage bill

A Rhode Island Jewish organization has come out in support of gay marriage in the state.

The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island on Thursday announced its endorsement of a bill pending in the General Assembly that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Director Marty Cooper says the group’s support is grounded in the biblical idea that all humans were created in the image of God and are worthy of respect. The group joins the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, the Episcopal bishop and the Rhode Island State Council of Churches in supporting the legislation.

The Roman Catholic church stands opposed the bill, which has passed the House but has not yet been scheduled for a vote in the Senate.


March 11th - US: Colorado House of Representatives passes initial vote in favour of same-sex civil unions

The Colorado House of Representatives have granted initial approval to legislation to introduce civil unions for same-sex couples.

During the debate, Republicans attempted to push forward amendments that would have allowed child adoption agencies and religious people the right to deny services to same-sex couples.

After preparing for what could be the Senate’s final vote on the SB-11, Colorado Civil Union Act, it passed 21 votes to 14 on the 11th of February. The measure will return to the House for a further vote tomorrow. The bill was co-sponsored by Democratic House Speaker Mark Derrandino, the first openly gay lawmaker to hold the title in the state.

“While I have the honor of being the Speaker of the House, my family doesn’t have equality under the law,” he said.

Colorado has a constitutional amendment against marriage.


March 12th - Colorado House gives final approval to civil unions bill and now makes its way to Governor Hickenlooper's desk

In its third reading, the Colorado House of Representatives has approved legislation to introduce civil unions for same-sex couples. The SB-11, Colorado Civil Union Act, passed 39 votes to 26, on Monday with all Democratic House members voting for it, as well as two Republicans.

The bill would allow gay and lesbian couples similar rights to marriage, which includes inheritance and parental rights, as well as the ability to make medical decisions on behalf of their partners.


March 13th - New Zealand: Path of same-sex marriage bill into law looking smooth - gay couples are likely to be able to marry by August this year.

After months of emotional submissions and some bitter protest, a bill to legalise same-sex marriage appears likely to pass another hurdle with barely a dent in its political support.

A dozen MPs indicated their vote in favour was limited to the first stage of the bill and they would reconsider after hearing the debates at select committee. With the second reading of the bill likely to be debated this evening, a straw poll of those MPs found only who said he would no longer vote for it.

All eight political parties' youth branches made a joint pledge of support this week.


March 13th - Minnesota Senate and House committees pass equal marriage bill

The equal marriage bill in Minnesota passed committees in both the House and Senate, and will head to the floor on both sides of the legislature. Minnesota State Senate members on the Judiciary Committee, as well as the Civil Law Committee in the House, on Tuesday passed the equal marriage bill.

After hearing almost three hours of testimony, the Senate committee passed the bill 5 votes to 3, along party lines, and the House committee voted voted 10 to 7 for the bill. Lawmakers heard impassioned testimony from those on both sides of the equal marriage debate, and went on to consider the bill on “marriage of two persons”.


March 13th - New Zealand gay marriage bill passes critical test - Passes easily the second reading, 77-44

New Zealand lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing same-sex marriage Wednesday, all but assuring that it will soon become law.

Lawmakers supported the bill 77 to 44 in the second of three votes needed for a bill to be approved. The second vote is typically the most crucial one. The third and final vote is likely to be little more than a formality and could be taken as early as next month. Wednesday's vote came after a committee of lawmakers considered emails and letters from thousands of New Zealanders.


March 16th - US: Native American tribe in Michigan legalizes gay marriage and hosts first legal Michigan same-sex wedding

The legislative body of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians voted 5-4 on March 3rd to amend its laws to allow equal marriage. Tim LaCroix, 53, a member of the tribe and Gene Barfield, 60, were married on Friday by the tribe’s chairman, Dexter McNamara, who also signed the bill to allow equal marriage.

McNamara said: “I’ve always felt that either you believe in equal rights or you are prejudiced… We don’t have a dividing line in this tribe. Everyone deserves to live the lives of their choice.”


March 22nd - Colorado Governor signs civil unions bill into law

In a historic day for the US state of Colorado, Governor John Hickenlooper signed civil unions into law on Thursday, following several attempts to pass the legislation in recent years.

The law takes effect on 1 May, and will make Colorado the eighth state to legalise same-sex civil unions.


March 24th - Protests in France and Britain.

Gay marriage opponents mass in Paris for final rally & Hundreds of pro and anti gay marriage campaigners protest


Tens of thousands of people have gathered in central Paris for a final mass protest against a bill to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption.

At the same time hundreds of pro and anti equal marriage campaigners have met in a noisy protest at Trafalgar Square in central London

Ironically for the French protestors, Trafalgar Square commemorates the British victory over France in the Battle of Trafalgar.


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April

April 2nd - Uruguay: Equal marriage bill passes Senate and is ‘nearly certain’ to become law

The Uruguayan Senate today passed a bill which would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, and which is expected to be approved and signed into law.

The bill to legalise same-sex marriage passed the Senate 23 votes to 8, and equal rights groups have said that it is “nearly certain” that Uruguay will become the next nation to allow equal marriage.

The legislation as it passed today underwent slight modifications since passing the House in December, and the changes are expected to be passed by the Deputies, as well as President José Mujica, who said he intended to sign it into law.


April 2nd - Working Majority Of United States Senate Now Supports Marriage Equality

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) has endorsed marriage equality, making him the second Republican in the Senate to do so. With Vice President Joe Biden the tie-breaker, this marks the first time that a majority in the U.S. Senate has endorsed same-sex marriage.

Kirk posted on his blog Tuesday: “When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others. Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this Earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back– government has no place in the middle.”

With Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)’s endorsement earlier Tuesday, 48 members of Senate Democratic caucus have announced their support for marriage equality.

[Reveal] Spoiler: The 50 senators who support gay marriage.
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April 4th - Majority! 51 senators now support marriage equality, Bill Nelson, the Florida democrats makes 51.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is the latest Democratic Senator to offer his full support for marriage equality, and with Nelson, there are now 51 Senators who support marriage equality, including Republicans Mark Kirk (IL) and Rob Portman (OH).

There are only six remaining Democrats in the Senate who have not endorsed the freedom to marry, while 43 Republicans remain unwilling to do so.

[Reveal] Spoiler: Sen. Bill Nelson's statement.
It is generally accepted in American law and U.S. society today “… that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” I believe that. The civil rights and responsibilities for one must pertain to all. Thus, to discriminate against one class and not another is wrong for me.

If we are endowed by our Creator with rights, then why shouldn’t those be attainable by Gays and Lesbians?
Simply put, if The Lord made homosexuals as well as heterosexuals, why should I discriminate against their civil marriage? I shouldn’t, and I won’t.

So I will add my name to the petition of senators asking the Supreme Court to declare the law that prohibits gay marriage unconstitutional
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April 9th - Illinois black ministers split on same-sex marriage legislation

Since the Illinois Senate passed its same-sex marriage bill on Valentine’s Day, proponents and opponents of the measure have amped up their arguments in hopes of drumming up more support to sway undecided congressmen.

Two separate groups of prominent African-American Chicago area ministers spoke out —one for and one against— on Senate Bill 10, that would allow same-sex couples to marry legally.

Among a group of black ministers who pledged support for the bill, Rev. Richard Tolliver of St. Edmond’s Episcopal Church, told theGrio, “I feel this is a civil right issue and under the Constitution. Same-sex couples should have the same legal protection and benefits that marriage provides heterosexual couples.”

“It’s not a religious issue at all, it’s a civil rights, human rights issue that we, as black folks in particular, because of our history, should be supportive of,” said Rev. Booker Vance of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Chicago, who is part of the supporting group.


April 10th - Gay Marriage Law Passes Crucial Vote In France

Gays and lesbians in France may soon be able to marry and become parents.

Although the first article of the bill, which removes all gender references from marriage applications, was approved in the National Assembly on Feb. 2, opponents added more than 5,000 amendments in order to slow down the legislation's passage. Final approval of the whole bill occurred on Feb. 12 with a vote of 329 to 229, the CBC reported.

On Tuesday, the first article passed in the French Senate by a vote of 179-157, the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reported. The Senate will now proceed to vote on the rest of the many amendments before sending the entire bill back to the National Assembly for final approval in May.


April 10th - Uruguay to become 3rd country in Americas to legalize gay marriage after Canada and Argentina

Uruguay’s lawmakers were debating Wednesday night whether to legalize gay marriage.

Their vote would make Uruguay the third country in the Americas after Canada and Argentina to eliminate laws making marriage, adoption and other family rights exclusive to heterosexuals. In all, 11 other nations around the world have already taken this step.

The “marriage equality project” was already approved by ample majorities in both houses, but senators made some changes requiring a final vote by the deputies. Among them: gay and lesbian foreigners will now be allowed to come to Uruguay to marry, just as heterosexual couples can, said Michelle Suarez, a member of the Black Sheep Collective, a gay rights group that drafted the proposal.


April 11th - Uruguay Becomes 12th Country To Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

With a vote of 71-21, the Uruguay House of Representatives approved same-sex marriage on Wednesday. With the Senate’s approval last week and the President’s promise to sign it, Uruguay is officially the 12th country to legalize same-sex marriage.

It is only the second in Latin America, along with Argentina, although Mexico City offers same-sex marriage and the Mexican Supreme Court has ruled that those marriages should be recognized throughout the country, so it could follow along soon enough. The other ten countries are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden. France may soon become the 13th.

The new Uruguay law, which won’t take effect for about three months, will eliminate any gender boundaries to marriage, such that any two consenting individuals can become spouses. All couples will now be allowed to adopt children as well.


April 12th - Nevada state Senate committee amends, passes marriage equality bill

A measure to allow gay marriage in Nevada passed a legislative committee Thursday, the first step on a long road to repealing a ban enacted by voters a decade ago.

On a party-line, 3-2 vote, the Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections amended and passed Senate Joint Resolution 13. It not only repeals the state’s heterosexual definition of marriage, but says Nevada recognizes all marriages regardless of gender.

Because it is a constitutional amendment, the measure must be approved by the Legislature this year and in 2015 before it would go to voters in 2016 for ratification. Supporters said they’ll keep up their campaign for passage.


April 12th - Delaware becomes latest state to take up gay marriage

Delaware became the latest U.S. state to take action to extend marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples, as Governor Jack Markell announced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

Markell, a Democrat, said in a telephone interview that while he was confident the bill would pass, given that his party controls both the upper and lower chambers of the legislature, "nothing is sure until it's done."

"What we know is same-sex couples want to get married for the same reason that other couples want to get married," Markell said in a telephone interview. In 2011, Markell signed into law a bill authorizing civil unions for same-sex couples.


April 12th - Republican Party votes to reaffirm opposition to equal marriage and support for Prop 8

Social conservatives have staged a counter-offensive within the Republican party, orchestrating a unanimous vote within the party's national committee that reaffirms its opposition to gay marriage.

The counter-coup was organised at the RNC's spring meeting in Los Angeles. A resolution, passed without neither debate nor dissent from the 168 members of the party's governing committee, affirms "its support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman as the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America".

A separate resolution that was also carried calls on the US supreme court in its pending rulings to uphold California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, and to back the Defense of Marriage Act, Doma, that withholds certain federal benefits from married same-sex couples.


April 14th - Ireland's Constitutional Convention recommends referendum on same-sex marriage - ‘an historic step’

The Constitutional Convention has recommended that the Constitution should be changed to allow for civil marriage for same-sex couples.The vote was 79 in favour and 18 against, with the rest expressing no opinion.

The decision was taken by 29 members of the Oireachtas, three members of the Stormont Assembly and 65 citizens selected by a polling company to represent a cross-section of the Republic's electorate broken down by age, gender and region.The Government has promised to decide on whether to accept the recommendation after an Oireachtas debate on the Convention's reports later this year.


April 16th - New Zealand expected to give final approval to equal marriage bill

New Zealand’s Parliament is on Wednesday expected to give final approval to a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the country.

In its third reading on Wednesday evening, the equal marriage bill, introduced by MP Louisa Wall, is expected to pass, which could see same-sex weddings taking place from mid-August onwards.


April 16th - Lawmakers in Vietnam considering legalizing same-sex marriage - health ministry backs plan

Vietnam's largest news newspaper Tuoi Tre reported in its English-version website today that the country's health ministry has declared its support of same-sex marriage. The government is considering amendments to the Law on Marriage and Family which currently prohibits same-sex marriage.

The issue will be discussed at the national conference on reviewing the implementation of the Law on Marriage and Family in Hanoi on April 16 while amendments to the law will be submitted to the government in June and the National Assembly in October for consideration and approval.


April 17th - New Zealand: Same-sex marriage legalized

Marriage between same-sex couples has been legalised tonight after Labour MP Louisa Wall's bill passed its final hurdle at Parliament. MPs voted 77-44 in favour of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, introduced last year from the private member's ballot.

It makes New Zealand the 13th country in the world – and the first in the Asia-Pacific region – to legalise same-sex marriage.

Ms Wall told Parliament that tonight's vote sends New Zealand down a path of healing.
"It now includes all citizens in our state institution of marriage regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity," she says.

Hundreds lined up outside Parliament before the debate to get a seat in the public gallery and another room was also packed out with supporters watching on a big screen.


April 17th - Delaware House panel approves gay marriage

Delaware’s House Administration Committee approved the gay marriage bill with a 4-1 vote sending it to a House floor vote. The bill - HB75 – was debated today (17 April) for 90 minutes in which speakers were given two minutes to testify, reported On Top Magazine.

Opponents of marriage equality in Delaware warned that religious groups would be forced to marry gay couples.

But the House Democrats countered the claim in a tweet saying: ‘HB75 states no clergy of any denomination required to perform any marriage, including same-sex, that doesn't conform w/religious beliefs’.

The full House is expected to debate the issue this Thursday (18 April).


April 19th - Rhode Island: Senate Judiciary Committee Vote Scheduled for Tuesday, April 23

It's official: on Tuesday, April 23, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on whether to send the marriage bill to the Senate floor. This vote comes weeks after countless marriage supporters offered powerful testimony in favor of the bill in a hearing on March 21.

In the weeks since the hearing, support for the freedom to marry has been growing. A group of mayors from across the state formed Mayors for Marriage Equality; Catholic Rhode Islanders united to call for passage of the bill; and City Councils in East Providence and Warwick unanimously approved resolutions urging our Senators to stand on the right side of history.

In recent weeks, key Senators have pledged to vote in favor of marriage equality, including Sen. Paul V. Jabour, Sen. James Doyle, Sen. Dawson Hodgson, and Sen. Chris Ottiano. These Senators are standing with the overwhelming majority of Rhode Islanders -- 60% -- who believe in allowing all committed couples to share in the freedom to marry.


April 19th - Rio de Janeiro has become the 11th state in Brazil to make same-sex marriage legal.

An order to allow the civil unions of same-sex couples within the state to be considered as marriages was made by the Magistrate General of Justice of Rio, Judge Valmir de Oliveira Silva and published in the Official Gazette of the State today reports Jornal do Brasil.

In 2011, the federal Supreme Court ruled that all gay couples in Brazil should have the right to enter into civil unions but stopped short of a same-sex marriages. The ruling gave “stable” couples the right to benefits enjoyed by straight married people, relating to benefits, inheritance and tax.

The decision to allow gay couples to marry is one taken by each of the 26 of the states that make up the country.

In some states, same-sex couples have to apply to a court to have their civil unions converted to a marriage.

Today’s decision means that 15 days after the publication of a union of a gay couple in Rio de Janeiro, they will be legally considered as married, without having to apply to a court.


April 23rd - France: Gay Marriage Legalized!

Despite some violent and loud opposition, Tuesday French parliament approved the so-called “marriage for all bill” 331-225. France is the 14th country to allow gay marriage. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said the first weddings could be as soon as June.

France has allowed civil unions since 1999, but the law doesn’t allow for adoptions. The newly-approved gay marriage law will. Much of the opposition to this bill was on the country allowing gay couples to adopt.

A huge crowd gathered outside France’s National Assembly Tuesday, both opposed to and in favor of the bill. Around 4,000 police officers and water cannon were on hand throughout the day to keep the crowd in check.

When President François Hollande first promised to legalize gay marriage, it was seen as relatively uncontroversial. However, the country’s conservative movement rallied against the bill, despite a recent poll showing 63% of the French people support gay marriage.


April 23rd - Nevada Senate passes gay marriage bill.

Nevada state Senate repealed a ban on gay marriage and passed a marriage equality bill during which the impassioned debate Senator Kelvin Atkinson came out as a gay man

The Nevada state Senate passed a same-sex marriage bill, by a vote of 12-9.

The bill passed today (23 April) repeals the state text defining marriage as between a man and a woman, replacing it with ‘the state shall recognize marriages and issue marriage licenses, regardless of gender’.


April 23rd - Delaware House approves bill legalizing same-sex marriage, measure now goes to Senate

The state House on Tuesday narrowly approved a bill legalizing gay marriage in Delaware, barely a year after the state began recognizing same-sex civil unions.

The measure cleared the House on a 23-to-18 vote and now goes to the Senate, where supporters and opponents expect another close vote.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill if it passes the Democrat-led legislature.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Markell, who met with supporters of the bill in his Legislative Hall office immediately after Tuesday’s vote, which saw five Democrats break ranks with their party and oppose the measure.


April 24th - Rhode Island Senate passes equal marriage bill

The Senate in the US state of Rhode Island today voted to pass a bill to legalise equal marriage, putting the state in a position to become the tenth to legalise same-sex marriage.

The Rhode Island Senate on Wednesday passed bill S38, 26 votes to 12.

Because of an amendment in the Senate, the House will need to vote again to approve the bill. If it is passed again by the House, it will go to Governor Lincoln Chafee for his signature.

The five Republicans in the Rhode Island Senate said prior to the vote that they were backing equal marriage.


April 28th - Australia: MP calls for election day referendum on equal marriage

An independent Australian MP has proposed that the issue of equal marriage be put to voters in a referendum, as soon as this September, in a move supported by the Green Party.

Tony Windsor is set to call on Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, to take the issue of marriage equality “out of the hands of politicians”, and to let the public decide on election day on September 14th.

Reports by Fairfax Media revealed that the government is set to announce that a referendum on recognising local government in the country’s constitution will take place on election day, at a cost of AUD$80 million (£53 million).


April 28th - Rhode Island: Final vote on gay marriage bill Thursday

Legislation to allow gay couples to marry in Rhode Island will probably be signed into law by the end of the week. The House will take a final, procedural vote on the bill Thursday.

It's necessary because the Senate made small changes to the legislation before passing it on an overwhelming vote last week.

House Speaker Gordon Fox says he expects the final vote to go smoothly and Gov. Lincoln Chafee is expected to quickly sign the bill once it reaches his desk. Gay marriage supporters erupted into cheers at the Statehouse following last week's landmark vote.

Rhode Island will become the 10th state to approve gay marriage when the law takes effect Aug. 1.


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May

May 2nd - Rhode Island legalizes same-sex marriage

Rhode Island on Thursday became the nation's 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, as a 16-year effort to extend marriage rights in this heavily Roman Catholic state ended with the triumphant cheers of hundreds of gays, lesbians, their families and friends.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law on the Statehouse steps Thursday evening following a final 56-15 vote in the House. The first weddings will take place Aug. 1, when the law takes effect.

"I've been waiting 32 years for this day, and I never thought it would come in my lifetime," said Raymond Beausejour, a 66-year-old gay North Providence man who has been with his partner for 32 years. "For the first time in my life, I feel welcome in my own state."


May 6th - Gay marriage bill clears Minnesota House committee

The second-to-last week of Minnesota's legislative session started Monday with attention growing around the definition of marriage, as the bill to open it up to same-sex couples headed into what could be a pivotal week at the Capitol.

The House Ways and Means Committee gave its stamp to the bill after a brief hearing that focused only on its minor impact to the state general fund. Earlier, dozens of gay marriage opponents demonstrated outside the House chamber, while another House Democrat whose vote was seen as important to the bill's success or failure said that he would vote for it.

Rep. Tim Faust, DFL-Hinckley, joined a growing list of Democrats from rural areas committed to vote for the bill. "We're going to pass the bill," said its sponsor, Minneapolis Rep. Karen Clark. But Clark, House Democratic leaders and gay marriage lobbyists all declined to publicly reveal if they've secured 68 votes needed for passage.


May 7th - Delaware legalizes same-sex marriage

Delaware has become the 11th state to endorse gay marriage, after a bill legalizing same-sex unions passed the state Senate on a 12 to 9 vote. The bill has passed the state House and Gov. Jack Markell (D) signed it immediately after it passed.

The legislation takes effect on July 1. Civil unions, legalized by Delaware in 2011, will cease to exist once gay marriage is legal. Existing civil unions will be converted to marriages by July, 2014.


May 8th - Minnesota Legislature poised for gay marriage votes

Gay marriage supporters feel victory in the air.

Their confidence is high as Minnesota state representatives plan to vote on overturning an existing same-sex marriage ban on Thursday, with senators following in a few days.

When Democratic House leaders scheduled their vote for Thursday, it signaled they think they have the votes to pass the measure. House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, has said for months that he will not bring the measure up for a full House vote unless he knows the votes are there.

The Senate could take up the bill as early as Saturday.


May 8th - Northern Ireland: District Council passes motion supporting gay civil marriage

The District Council in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, has passed a Sinn Fein motion in favour of “supporting the same rights and entitlements to civil marriages for all citizens of Fermanagh regardless of race, religion or sexuality.”

The motion passed, despite strong DUP opposition, with one councillor stating his religious objections to allowing all citizens to marry.

The motion passed this time, having been rejected before. In September, the same motion was rejected with nine unionist votes against Sinn Fein’s eight. Yesterday’s vote saw 12 votes for, 10 against and 1 abstention.


May 9th - Minnesota House Approves Gay Marriage, 75-59

A historic vote Thursday in the Minnesota House positioned that state to become the 12th in the country to allow gay marriages and the first in the Midwest to pass such a law out of its Legislature.

Lawmakers approved it 75-59, a critical step for the measure that would allow same-sex weddings beginning this summer. It’s a startling shift in the state, where just six months earlier voters turned back an effort to ban gay marriage in the Minnesota Constitution.

The state Senate plans to consider the bill Monday and leaders expect it to pass there, too. Gov. Mark Dayton has pledged to sign it into law.


May 13th - Minnesota Becomes 12th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The Minnesota State Senate voted on Monday to allow gay couples to marry, clearing the way for Minnesota to become the 12th state in the nation to permit same-sex marriage and the first in the Midwest to do so without a court ruling.

The vote was 37 to 30. The State House approved the measure on Thursday, and Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, said through his office that he would sign it into law on Tuesday.


May 14th - Brazil: Judges rule in favour of nationwide same-sex marriage

The Brazilian National Council of Justice has cleared the way for same-sex marriage across the country by ruling that gay couples can not be denied the right to marry.

The council, headed by the chief justice of the Brazilian Supreme Court said that the civil authorities have no right to reject same-sex couples from applying for marriage licenses.

But Supreme Court Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa said there was no reason to wait for Brazil’s Congress to pass a new law on same-sex marriage.

“This is the equivalent of authorising homosexual marriage in Brazil,” Raquel Pereira de Castro Araujo, head of the human rights committee of the Brazilian bar association told the AFP news agency.


May 17th - French Gay Marriage Law Ruled Constitutional

France's constitutional council has rejected a challenge by conservative lawmakers to the country's new gay marriage law, saying the law was constitutional. That means France could see its first gay marriages by the end of May.

The gay marriage law must now be published in the official journal. President Francois Hollande, who made legalizing gay marriage one of his campaign pledges last year, has promised to see the law published as soon as possible.


May 18th - France president Hollande signs marriage equality bill into law

France's president has signed into law a controversial bill making the country the ninth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalise gay marriage.

On Friday, the Constitutional Council rejected a challenge by the right-wing opposition, clearing the way for Francois Hollande to sign the bill. He said: "I have taken [the decision]; now it is time to respect the law of the Republic."

The first gay wedding could be held 10 days after the bill's signing, but Parliamentary Relations Minister Alain Vidalies told French TV he expected the first ceremonies to take place "before 1 July".


May 21st - Britain: MPs pass same-sex marriage bill in final third reading - Vote: 366 for, 161 against

MPs have voted 366 – 161 overwhelmingly in favour of passing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) – in its third reading in the House of Commons – giving it a majority of 205.

Under the bill, the Church of England and the Church in Wales would be banned from offering same-sex marriages because of their strongly stated opposition, unless they changed canon law.

Other religious organisations would be able to “opt in” to holding ceremonies. There are currently no plans for similar legislation in Northern Ireland, but there are already plans for a bill to allow same-sex marriage in Scotland.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will now travel to the House of Lords for further scrutiny, debate and voting.

[Reveal] Spoiler: David Cameron: Gay teenagers will stand that bit taller following equal marriage vote
David Cameron: Gay teenagers will stand that bit taller following equal marriage vote

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has passionately defended his controversial bill to make same-sex marriage legal arguing that it could transform the lives of young LGBT people.

Mr Cameron was speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme following last night’s vote in the House of Commons. 366 MPs backed his Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, while 161 MPs, primarily Conservatives opposed his plans for LGBT equality.

Mr Cameron told the BBC: “The fact is this is a free vote issue that parliaments have to determine. Our House of Commons has just determined that.

“I think we should think about it like this – that there will be young boys in schools today who are gay, who are worried about being bullied, who are worried about what society thinks of them, who can see that the highest Parliament in the land has said that their love is worth the same as anybody else’s love and that we believe in equality.

“I think they will stand that bit taller today and I’m proud of the fact that that has happened.”



May 21st - Illinois legislature pressed on gay marriage vote

With less than two weeks to go before their springtime adjournment, Illinois lawmakers are being pressured on whether they will make their state the 13th to approve gay marriage.

On Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton urged members of the Illinois House to vote for gay marriage as a way to strengthen the nation, - “Our nation’s permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union,’” Mr. Clinton said in a statement released by Equality Illinois and numerous other gay-rights websites.

Extending rights to people who have been denied them strengthens the nation, Mr. Clinton said. “Now we should do it again, in Illinois, with marriage equality.” - The vote on gay marriage in the Illinois House has been held up all spring after black pastors around the state and especially in Chicago said they would not accept a “yes” vote by their lawmakers.


May 25th - Illinois Gay Marriage Extension: House Extends Deadline To Consider And Clear Bill Next Week

The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would bring equal marriage to Illinois, has been granted a one-week extension for consideration, in a procedural move that will allow it to be heard through the end of session.

May 24 marked the deadline for consideration on Senate bills sent to the House, but the deadline on the marriage bill has been extended, as anticipated, to allow for a vote within the week. The House now has until May 31 to vote on the bill.

Chief Sponsor Rep. Greg Harris told Windy City Times he will "absolutely" call the bill to a vote before session ends at the end of the month and that it will pass.


May 28th - Italy: Culture committee chairman proposes bill on gay civil unions

A centre-right Italian politician proposes to introduce a bill this week that would recognise the civil rights of gay couples in same-sex relationships. Giancarlo Galan is confident that he will receive support from colleagues within ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party.

“In the PdL, there are many who think like me…Then there are others who do not want to expose themselves, but I have confidence”, Mr Galan, chairman of the House Committee on Culture, said in a television interview on Monday.

Mr Galan said that he supports the rights of same-sex parents to adopt, but added that he won’t include the measure in his proposed bill.


May 28th - Scotland's gay marriage bill to be introduced within a month

The Scottish government has confirmed it will introduce a bill within the month to allow same-sex marriage. A consultation on the proposed Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill closed in March, but the responses have yet to be published.

Ministers promised to change the law, but also to protect the rights of religious groups who do not want to carry out such ceremonies.

The Church of Scotland and Roman Catholic Church are against the plans.


May 30th - Michigan senate introduces bill that would repeal state ban on equal marriage

Senators in Michigan are to attempt to repeal the state’s constitutional amendment which bans same-sex marriage. The 2004 constitutional amendment passed by voters in the state of Michigan, defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Minority Democrats in the Senate, have introduced a measure which would amend the Michigan Constitution, and would remove the previous amendment, to allow equal marriage.The measure would require support of two-thirds in the Republican majority House and Senate, in order for a ballot to be held.

A second bill would make out-of-state same-sex marriages legally recognised in Michigan.


May 31st - llinois House Will Not Vote On Marriage Equality Bill, Next Possible Vote This Fall

Marriage equality will not be coming to Illinois this week, as a bill to do so failed to be brought to a vote Friday evening, the last day of the House session.

Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris, the lead sponsor of the marriage equality bill, announced on the floor at a little past 7 p.m. Central Time that he would not be bringing the bill to the floor for a vote at the request of colleagues who “have asked for time to go back to their districts” and discuss the issue with their constituents.

Harris, who is gay, said he “will be back” for a vote in the “veto session” of the Democratic-led legislature this fall. “Until that day, I apologize to the families who were hoping to wake up tomorrow as full and equal citizens of this state.”

After Harris concluded, out lesbian Rep. Deb Mell spoke, saying of her and her wife, “At the end of the day, Christin and I want what you want.”
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June 1st - Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Bill Gets Second Chance At Life, May Pass This Summer

The same-sex marriage bill that was believed dead after the Illinois House decided to not bring it to a vote last night but news comes now that the bill’s deadline has been extended from yesterday into August, and the legislation may be brought to the House floor in a special summer session. The move would allow lawmakers enough time to “to talk to their constituents and reach out to their minds and hearts.”

Acknowledging that a “deadline extension by itself resolves none of the political problems associated with the bill’s opponents,” the Illinois Observer reports:

"House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) acted quietly on Friday night before the House adjourned to extend the bill’s deadline for approval until August 31."

The Observer theorizes, “were Governor Pat Quinn to call lawmakers back to Springfield in the summer for a special session to address pension reform, which also was left without resolution, he could include Senate Bill 10 in a special session proclamation.”


June 4th - House of Lords votes in favour of same-sex marriage bill with 390 votes to 148

Peers in the House of Lords have voted in favour of the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, with a large majority, following two days of heated debate around the issue.

The former Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Lord Dear, had tabled a “fatal” amendment to deny the bill its second reading.

In voting against the amendment, with 390 votes to 148, a majority of 242, the House of Lords allowed the passage of the bill to committee stage.

It will now go on to committee in the Lords, where it will be scrutinised line-by-line on the floor of the Upper House.


June 8th - Gay marriage vote may come to Mich. in 2016

With more than half of voters supporting a repeal of Michigan's gay marriage ban, advocates say it's not a matter of if — but when — same-sex marriage is legal in the state.

How soon?

Gay rights activists plan a 2016 ballot drive to overturn the 2004 constitutional ban approved by voters. Democratic senators last week introduced legislation to put the gay marriage question to voters in 2014, but odds of it passing a Republican-controlled Legislature are slim.

"We want to go to the ballot, win and make it a sustainable win that is an indication of a climate change in Michigan," said Emily Dievendorf, managing director of Equality Michigan, a statewide gay rights organization.

She estimated needing to raise $12 million for a ballot initiative in 2016, a presidential election year when the cause could be helped by higher Democratic voter turnout, particularly among young voters.


[Reveal] Spoiler: Poll: Californians, waiting for Supreme Court ruling, now support gay marriage by 58%
June 11th - Californians, waiting for Supreme Court ruling, now support gay marriage by 58%

If the US Supreme Court this month clears the way for gay marriages to resume in California, same-sex couples will find they have a lot more support now for their nuptials.

It was in November 2008 that 52% of voters in the state voted to ban gay marriage in the state by passing Propsition 8 which is currently being challenged in the nation's high court.

A USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released this week shows that now 58% of the state's registered voters believe gay marriage should be legal compared with 36% against.

In 2009, the same poll showed 51% of Californians in favor of marriage equality and 43% against.


June 12th - The Australian gay marriage movement backs Kevin Rudd for Prime Minister

The national gay marriage campaign is backing Kevin Rudd to take over the prime ministership, arguing that having a leader in favour of gay marriage is the missing element necessary for change to occur.

On the day that Julia Gillard launched Labor's Women for Gillard campaign, arguing that women would "once again (be) banished from the centre of Australia's political life" under a government led by Tony Abbott, gay activists declared she was not the right leader for the times.


June 18th - US: Advocates hope to get equal marriage question on 2014 Arizona ballot

Supporters of equal marriage are hoping to get the question of legalising equal marriage on a ballot in the state of Arizona, as soon as 2014, in order to undo a voter-approved constitutional ban on the practice.

Scottsdale-based equal marriage group, Equal Marriage Arizona, hopes to get the initiative on the ballot for 2014, which would legalise equal marriage in the state, and undo the 2008, voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Equal Marriage Arizona, filed the proposed ballot measure with the Arizona Secretary on Monday, reports BizJournals. The measure would need to get 259,200 valid voter signatures, in order to qualify for the 2014 ballot.


June 19th - Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski endorses same-sex marriage

Lisa Murkowski endorsed the right of gay couples to marry on Tuesday, joining Rob Portman and Mark Kirk as the third Republican senator to do so.

The Alaskan senator announced the news in comments to Anchorage TV station KTUU on Wednesday morning and in a long commentary posted on her website. Murkowski told POLITICO that it was no overnight epiphany.

“I didn’t just wake up and say: ‘Oh my gosh I’m going to do this. No, it’s something that I’ve been giving a lot of thought to over a long period of time,” Murkowski said. The senior Alaska senator said she was not trying to persuade any of her colleagues to change their position and said she had not yet talked to Kirk or Portman.


June 19th - Gay marriage motion passed in South Australia. - Marriage equality bill to be introduced

Parliament's upper house on Wednesday passed a motion introduced by Labor MP Gerry Kandelaars, congratulating New Zealand on its marriage equality laws. It passed by just one vote, with the support of two members of the Liberal opposition.

The vote came ahead of Thursday's introduction of a bill in parliament's lower house to introduce same-sex marriage laws in SA. Labor MP Susan Close will bring the bill to parliament with government MPs to be given a conscience vote.

Premier Jay Weatherill has already indicated he will vote in favour.

Australian Marriage Equality South Australian convener Harley Schumann said the bill would allow the SA parliament to achieve what it had just congratulated New Zealand on achieving. "We look to South Australia leading the way on this important reform should similar legislation continue to fail in the federal parliament," he said.


June 20th - Bill recognizing same-sex couples who wed overseas again defeated in Australia

A Liberal senator who crossed the floor to vote in favour of recognising same-sex couples who wed overseas has been praised for acting 'with her heart and her mind', even though the bill was overwhelmingly defeated.

The bill was shot down in the Senate on Thursday by 44 votes to 28. DLP senator John Madigan again called for a federal referendum on same sex marriage after the vote.

'We're often told that a majority wants same-sex marriage, well I'm saying put it to the people,' Senator Madigan said. He vowed to push for a referendum to define the definition of marriage as just between a man and a woman. Senator Boyce said such a referendum would fail because it was a 'disgusting and immoral idea'.

She said she didn't favour the 'backdoor' approach the Greens were taking to build groundswell support for same-sex marriage, but that she supported gay marriage, and as this bill would bring that closer to reality, she defied the party line to support it.

'There is no reason not to allow same-sex mariage in Australia,' she said.


June 24th - Ireland to hold referendum on equal marriage in 2014

The Irish Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore, has announced that the country will hold a referendum on equal marriage next year.

The announcement comes after a report by the Constitutional Convention back in April, which voted overwhelmingly in favour of holding a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage. Mr Gilmore announced that the referendum will take place next year, reports GCN.

The National Lesbian and Gay Federation, welcomed the announcement, and issued a statement were Olivia McEvoy, Chair of the NLGF, stated: “The NLGF has always asserted that the issue of marriage equality should not require a public vote as marriage is a fundamental human and civil right that should be open to all citizens of this country. However, as the government has affirmed the need for a referendum on this issue, we will firmly give our support to the campaign to secure a Yes vote on the day of the poll.”

The public polls on this issue have shown consistent and ever growing support for full marriage equality for same-sex couples.


June 26th - Supreme Court: DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

The Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday by a 5-4 vote.

"The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

Justice Kennedy delivered the court’s opinion, and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito all filed dissenting opinions.


June 26th - Prop 8 Dismissed, Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in California

The Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for same-sex marriages to resume in California as the justices, in a procedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8.

Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking for the 5-4 majority, said the private sponsors of Prop. 8 did not have legal standing to appeal after the ballot measure was struck down by a federal judge in San Francisco.

"We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to," he said. "We decline to do so for the first time here."

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan joined to form the majority.

The court’s action, while not a sweeping ruling, sends the case back to California, where state and federal judges and the state’s top officials have said same-sex marriage is a matter of equal rights.


June 26th - Gay marriage supporter Kevin Rudd becomes Australia’s prime minister

Kevin Rudd has defeated Julia Gillard in a snap election of the Labor caucus to become new party leader and Australia’s prime minister. It comes just weeks after he announced his personal support for gay marriage equality in the country – saying he had previously been a ‘dinosaur’ on the issue.

And he is now facing calls from LGBT campaigners in the country to take action to deliver same-sex marriage equality in the country. Rudd was previously prime minister from December 2007 to June 2010 but was defeated by Gillard.

Within the last few minutes Rudd won the new election by 57 votes to Gillard’s 45.


June 27th - Scotland: Bill to allow same sex couples to marry published, Gay marriage could be legal in early 2014/15

A Bill allowing same sex couples to marry in Scotland has been published today.

The proposals offer protections for religious bodies, individual celebrants and the Bill also makes it clear that freedom of speech is unaffected.

Under the plans, religious bodies who wish to perform same sex marriage will have to opt in. If a body does decide to perform same sex marriages, protection will also be in place for individual celebrants who consider such ceremonies to be contrary to their faith.

It was also confirmed that a review will be undertaken on the Civil Partnership Act 2004 in Scotland, driven by the need to consider the position on opposite sex civil partnership.


June 28th - U.S. 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals: Gay Marriages May Resume In California.

The court lifted its stay on an injunction which ordered state officials to stop enforcing Proposition 8. With the court's action, counties can now begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

A spokesman for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had originally said it would takes the court at least 25 days to act after a Supreme Court ruling. Immediately afterward, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered his public health agency to advise the state's counties to "begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the 9th Circuit confirms the stay is lifted."

Opponents of same-sex marriage have argued that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 decision overturning Proposition 8 applied only to the two same-sex couples who challenged the ballot measure. But their enthusiasm for going to court to try to narrow the effect of the decision appeared to wane in the hours after the decision.



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July

July 1st - Scotland: Bid to prevent gay marriage doomed as 89 MSPs out of 129 back bill

There are now 89 MSPs who have stated their support for the bill to make the change published at Holyrood last week, including all Cabinet ministers, the leaders of each of the four parties and every Liberal Democrat MSP.

Only 11 MSPs have publicly stated their opposition, so even if all of the 29 MSPs who are so far publicly undeclared voted against it, the bill would still be backed by a majority of more than two to one.

Those who have declared their opposition to same-sex marriage tend to have personal faith-based reasons for holding socially conservative views, or represent constituencies where such views are widely held.


July 11th - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane declines to defend her state's gay marriage ban in the face of a lawsuit challenging it.

Facing a lawsuit from the ACLU, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is going to refuse to defend the state government's ban on gay marriage and said “I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s version of [the Defense of Marriage Act] as I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional,”. Pennsylvania, the only state in the northeast without provisions for same-sex civil unions or marriages, was one of the first states with gay marriage bans targeted by a suit in the wake of the Supreme Court's partial striking of the Defense of Marriage Act.

If it's true, the news, reported by the Philadelphia Daily News, based on multiple anonymous sources, isn't entirely surprising. Earlier today, the AP noted that Kane, a Democrat, supports gay marriage, and that Pennsylvania law includes a provision allowing the governor's legal team to defend state law in her place, should it be more "efficient," or in the state's interest to play it that way. Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett opposes gay marriage, so it's unlikely that he'd decline to defend the law as well.


July 15th - House Of Lords Pass Marriage Bill, Gay Marriage To Become Law By The End Of The Week & First Same-Sex Marriages Expected Next Spring

The government's gay marriage Bill is expected to become law by the end of this week, after the legislation cleared the House of Lords on Monday afternoon.

Peers gave the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill its third reading without a formal vote after approving an amendment that would see ministers examine the pension arrangements for gay couples.

The legislation will now return to the Commons on Tuesday evening where it is expected to be rubber stamped by MPs and sent to the Queen for Royal Assent by Thursday at the latest.

The government expects the first gay weddings to be able to take place in Summer 2014 following the completion of implementation work.


July 17th - Equal marriage bill for England and Wales given Royal Assent and is now law

The Queen’s Royal Assent was granted to the bill on Wednesday at 15:06, turning it into the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, after clearing the final stage in Parliament yesterday, following two hours of debate, and the introduction of government amendments.

The bill officially became law once its Royal Assent was announced in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales will take place in summer 2014.


July 27th - Australia: New South Wales gets legal go-ahead for equal marriage bill

An Australian parliamentary committee has ruled that the country’s federal government does not have sole responsibility for marriage equality laws, paving the way for the state of New South Wales (NSW) to introduce its own same-sex marriage bill.

Barry O’Farrell, the NSW premier, has previously said that he would prefer to have the issue decided on a national level.

However, he said he was prepared for NSW to introduce its own bill if the committee found that it was possible to do so. He has promised his ministers a conscience vote. If NSW legalises equal marriage it would be the first Australian state to do so.


July 29th - Nebraska lawmakers set to discuss equal marriage

State Senator Brad Ashford said the legislature should look at the issue of equal rights for gay and lesbian couples in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision in two key equal marriage cases.

In one decision the Supreme Court struck down a key element of the Defense of Marriage Act, in turn allowing same-sex couples to qualify for federal marriage benefits.

The decision has no direct impact on Nebraska state law, but Senator Ashford has said that lawmakers should be looking for a middle ground.


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August


August 5th - Same-sex marriage advocates aim to make marriage equality a key election issue

Same-sex marriage campaigners plan to use social media and direct mail to make marriage equality a key issue in the September 7 poll.

Lobby group Australian Marriage Equality says it will survey election candidates for their views on same-sex marriage and decide whom to back accordingly. The group's national director, Rodney Croome, says a website is being created that will display the views of every election candidate on gay marriage.

"And that information will be promoted through social media, conventional media and direct mail, particularly in inner-city electorates where this is a hot-button issue," he said. "So I expect that our campaign will reach millions of voters and will inform them about how they can vote on marriage equality."


August 11th - Australia's Kevin Rudd Promises Gay Marriage Bill In First 100 Days

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has promised to prioritize gay marriage if re-elected.

Rudd made his pledge during a televised debate Saturday against Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition in the Australian House of Representatives and federal leader of the Liberal Party.

Rudd said that he supported marriage equality “as a mark of decency to same-sex couples across the country who wish the same loving, caring relationship that, for example, I have had with Therese, my wife now for the last 32 years, and for that to be formalized.”

“My commitment to you is that within the first 100 days of a re-elected government a bill would come forth to legalize marriage equality.”

The Labor leader promised a conscience vote on the issue for MPs in his party and he “appealed to Abbott to do the same because folk out there want this to happen.”


August 16th - New Mexico’s high court defers on gay marriage

New Mexico’s highest court isn’t going to immediately decide whether gay marriage is legal in the state and instead will allow lower courts to first consider the issue.

The state Supreme Court has denied requests by same-sex couples from Santa Fe, Albuquerque and other communities who had asked the justices to declare gay marriage legal.

Two lawsuits were filed directly with the court to try to get a speedy decision, but the justices rejected them on Thursday in brief orders without a detailed explanation. However, the justices said the gay marriage issue could be pursued in a lower court “with a right to request expedited review.”

Rep. Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe lawyer handling one of the cases, said his clients – two Santa Fe men who were denied a marriage license – will file a lawsuit in state district court soon. He said it was highly unusual for the Supreme Court to explicitly indicate there’s a right to get a quick ruling in a case.


August 26th - New Mexico's Largest County Will Begin Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

On Monday, a New Mexico district judge ordered the clerks in two of New Mexico's largest counties to issue same-sex marriage licences to any otherwise qualified couple that requests them.

The decision, which seemed to pleasantly surprise the same-sex marriage activists awaiting Judge Alan Malot's decision, is just the latest heartening news for gay marriage supporters in the state. Bernalillo County, the state's most populous, will begin issuing the licences on Tuesday.


August 29th - Hawaii Gay Marriage Effort Moves Forward As Governor Gives Lawmakers Draft Legislation

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) attempted to nudge state lawmakers into action on Wednesday, releasing a draft of a bill that would make his state the 14th to legalize gay marriage.

The legislation, based off a bill that stalled earlier this year in the state Senate, "was drafted in collaboration with legislators, staff and stakeholders," Abercrombie said.

Abercrombie has expressed hopes that state lawmakers will meet for a special session in order to vote on the measure. Speaking after a rally outside the capitol that was timed with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Wednesday, Abercrombie said he would let leaders in the state legislature review the bill before urging them to convene again to debate it.


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September


September 7th - Australia votes to reject Kevin Rudd and his promise of overturning gay marriage ban

Australia’s Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has lost the general election and with it dash the hopes of Australia introducing same-sex marriage.

Election officials said with about 65 per cent of the popular vote counted, opposition leader Tony Abbott’s Liberal-National Party coalition had won around 54 percent of the national vote and is projected to win at least 77 seats in the 150-seat lower house. Party officials claim that it might actually secure a 40 seat majority over all other parties.

Mr Rudd vowed to take the first steps towards legalising same-sex marriage in Austrialia if he won another term.

He said his decision to back marriage equality was made after “years of reflection in good Christian conscience.”


September 10th - Governor Abercrombie calls a special session on same-sex marriage

Months of speculation are over, Governor Abercrombie called a special session on same-sex marriage Monday afternoon.

The Governor says it's the right thing to do and he believes he has the support needed in both the House and Senate to pass a bill that would make Hawai'i the 14th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. Abercrombie says his decision is the natural progression in a discussion that began in this state 20 years ago.

"It's time for marriage equity to take place, and it's also time to recognize that it can take place without violating the religious principals of anybody in this state," Abercrombie said during his announcement at the State Capitol.

The special session will begin October 28, 2013 – just two months shy of the regular session which begins next January. If it passes, same-sex marriage licenses and ceremonies will be effective November 18, 2013.


September 28th - New Jersey Judge legalizes gay marriage, Governor to appeal against judge’s ruling

The Governor of the US state of New Jersey has said he plans to appeal against a judge’s ruling on Friday that the state-wide ban on equal marriage is unconstitutional.

Judge Mary Jacobson on Friday ruled that because the US federal government now recognises same-sex marriage, the state government in New Jersey would violate its constitution by not doing so.

“Every day that the state does not allow same-sex couples to marry, plaintiffs are being harmed,” Jacobson wrote, saying as of 21 October, same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in the state.


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October


October 4th - Pennsylvania: Same-sex marriage legislation introduced

As the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act was introduced in the state House of Representatives Thursday, local congressmen had varying views on same-sex marriage.

The bill would redefine marriage as a "civil contract between two people who enter into matrimony," replacing the existing language, "a civil contract by which one man and one woman take each other for husband and wife."

Additionally, same-sex marriages performed legally outside the state would be recognized in Pennsylvania and under this bill, religious institutions do not have to perform same-sex marriages.


October 18th - NJ Supreme Court rules state must begin allowing gay marriages on Monday

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that the state must begin granting same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, a rebuff to Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie, a Republican, favors civil unions, which New Jersey has offered since 2007, but opposes gay marriage. The state had tried to delay the granting of gay marriage licenses pending an appeal.

New Jersey will become the fourteenth state to recognize same-sex marriage, in addition to the District of Columbia.

"The long wait in New Jersey is finally over — the door is open for love, commitment and equality under the law! This is a huge victory for New Jersey's same-sex couples and their families," said Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director of Lambda Legal, which filed a brief on behalf of six same-sex couples who sought the right to marry.


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November 13th - Hawaii Governor signs bill to legalize gay marriage in Hawaii

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill Wednesday legalizing gay marriage in the state that kicked off a national discussion of the issue more than two decades ago.

Now, the island chain is positioning itself for a bump in tourism as people take advantage of the new law and the state provides another example of how differently marriage is viewed in the nation.

"In Hawaii, we believe in fairness, justice and human equality," Abercrombie said Tuesday after the state Senate passed the gay marriage bill. "Today, we celebrate our diversity defining us rather than dividing us."


November 20th -Illinois governor signs law legalizing same-sex marriage

Illinois became the 16th state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage Wednesday.

A massive audience crowded into the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum to see Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn sign marriage equality legislation — on the same desk President Abraham Lincoln used to pen his first inaugural address.

"Love never fails," Quinn said amid thunderous applause, immediately before sitting down to put his signature on the historic law.

"It's time to stop planning rallies and start planning weddings," said Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon to loud cheers. State Rep. Greg Harris, a primary sponsor of the bill who is openly gay, applauded activists and advocates who lobbied for the legislation.


November 27th - Bills to Remove Same-sex Marriage Ban in VA Introduced in House and Senate

Two identical bills have been introduced in the VA House and Senate aiming to remove the 2006 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Virginia.

Repealing a constitutional amendment in Virginia is no easy task – a bill must past the house and senate over two sessions (two years) and then go before a popular vote before the change is made.

The future of these bills will be decided once the GA enters session in early January 2014.


November 27th - Couples Challenge Texas Gay Marriage Ban

Two same-sex couples are challenging Texas’ constitutional ban on gay marriage in a San Antonio federal court.

A federal judge could hear arguments as early as January as the case makes headway.

Attorneys for the couples said Wednesday that the Texas ban violates the rights of the couples to get married and enjoy all the legal benefits. They argue a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision suggestions bans on same-sex marriage violate the federal constitution.


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December 1st - Croatia rejects gay marriage in referendum

A strong majority in staunchly Catholic Croatia voted Sunday to outlaw same-sex marriage in a referendum sought by a Church-backed group but strongly opposed by rights groups, nearly complete official results showed.

A total of 65.76 percent of voters said they wanted to amend the constitution to include a definition of marriage as a "union between a woman and a man", according to results from almost 99 percent of polling stations released by the electoral commission.

Croatia's current constitution does not define marriage.

The turnout was a rather low 26.75 percent, the electoral commission said.

Under Croatian law, a referendum does not require a majority voter turnout to be valid.


December 9th - Marriage equality qualifies for Oregon 2014 ballot

Oregon United for Marriage announced that it had gotten enough signatures to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. The news came in an email announcement.

Oregon has the chance to make history by becoming the first state to repeal a marriage ban. In 2004, the state's voters approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.


December 19th - New Mexico Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage legal

The Supreme Court in New Mexico has legalised equal marriage, declaring it is unconstitutional to deny marriage rights for same-sex couples.

On Thursday, the New Mexico State Supreme Court issued its ruling. Eight of the state’s 33 counties started issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples in August, when a county clerk in southern New Mexico independently decided to allow the ceremonies.

The court declared:

“Prohibiting same-gender marriages is not substantially related to the governmental interests advanced by the parties opposing same-gender marriage or to the purposes we have identified. Therefore, barring individuals from marrying and depriving them of the rights, protections, and responsibilities of civil marriage solely because of their sexual orientation violates the Equal Protection Clause under Article II, Section 18 of the New Mexico Constitution. We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law.”


December 20th - Judge strikes down Utah's same-sex marriage ban

A federal judge has struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling Friday saying Utah's law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.

Shelby says the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way, and the state's unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify deny allowing same-sex marriages.

Attorneys for the state argued that Utah's law promotes the state's interest in "responsible procreation" and the "optimal mode of child-rearing."

The lawsuit was brought by three gay and lesbian couples in Utah.


Rhode Island, Delaware, Illinois, Hawaii and Minnesota legalized gay marriage in 2013, California resumed marrying gay couples after Prop 8 was deemed unconstitutional and The New Mexico Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in New Mexico.

Outside of the US, Uruguay, France, New Zealand, England & Wales have legalized gay marriage. Scotland and Ireland are also discussing legalizing gay marriage.

[Reveal] Spoiler: Marriage Equality Progress in 2013
April 11th - Uruguay Becomes 12th Country To Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

With a vote of 71-21, the Uruguay House of Representatives approved same-sex marriage on Wednesday. With the Senate’s approval last week and the President’s promise to sign it, Uruguay is officially the 12th country to legalize same-sex marriage.

It is only the second in Latin America, along with Argentina, although Mexico City offers same-sex marriage and the Mexican Supreme Court has ruled that those marriages should be recognized throughout the country, so it could follow along soon enough. The other ten countries are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden. France may soon become the 13th.

The new Uruguay law, which won’t take effect for about three months, will eliminate any gender boundaries to marriage, such that any two consenting individuals can become spouses. All couples will now be allowed to adopt children as well.


April 17th - New Zealand: Same-sex marriage legalized

Marriage between same-sex couples has been legalised tonight after Labour MP Louisa Wall's bill passed its final hurdle at Parliament. MPs voted 77-44 in favour of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, introduced last year from the private member's ballot.

It makes New Zealand the 13th country in the world – and the first in the Asia-Pacific region – to legalise same-sex marriage.

Ms Wall told Parliament that tonight's vote sends New Zealand down a path of healing.
"It now includes all citizens in our state institution of marriage regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity," she says.

Hundreds lined up outside Parliament before the debate to get a seat in the public gallery and another room was also packed out with supporters watching on a big screen.


April 23rd - France: Gay Marriage Legalized!

Despite some violent and loud opposition, Tuesday French parliament approved the so-called “marriage for all bill” 331-225. France is the 14th country to allow gay marriage. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said the first weddings could be as soon as June.

France has allowed civil unions since 1999, but the law doesn’t allow for adoptions. The newly-approved gay marriage law will. Much of the opposition to this bill was on the country allowing gay couples to adopt.

A huge crowd gathered outside France’s National Assembly Tuesday, both opposed to and in favor of the bill. Around 4,000 police officers and water cannon were on hand throughout the day to keep the crowd in check.

When President François Hollande first promised to legalize gay marriage, it was seen as relatively uncontroversial. However, the country’s conservative movement rallied against the bill, despite a recent poll showing 63% of the French people support gay marriage.


May 2nd - Rhode Island legalizes same-sex marriage

Rhode Island on Thursday became the nation's 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, as a 16-year effort to extend marriage rights in this heavily Roman Catholic state ended with the triumphant cheers of hundreds of gays, lesbians, their families and friends.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law on the Statehouse steps Thursday evening following a final 56-15 vote in the House. The first weddings will take place Aug. 1, when the law takes effect.

"I've been waiting 32 years for this day, and I never thought it would come in my lifetime," said Raymond Beausejour, a 66-year-old gay North Providence man who has been with his partner for 32 years. "For the first time in my life, I feel welcome in my own state."


May 7th - Delaware legalizes same-sex marriage

Delaware has become the 11th state to endorse gay marriage, after a bill legalizing same-sex unions passed the state Senate on a 12 to 9 vote. The bill has passed the state House and Gov. Jack Markell (D) signed it immediately after it passed.

The legislation takes effect on July 1. Civil unions, legalized by Delaware in 2011, will cease to exist once gay marriage is legal. Existing civil unions will be converted to marriages by July, 2014.


May 13th - Minnesota Becomes 12th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The Minnesota State Senate voted on Monday to allow gay couples to marry, clearing the way for Minnesota to become the 12th state in the nation to permit same-sex marriage and the first in the Midwest to do so without a court ruling.

The vote was 37 to 30. The State House approved the measure on Thursday, and Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, said through his office that he would sign it into law on Tuesday.


June 28th - U.S. 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals: Gay Marriages May Resume In California.

The court lifted its stay on an injunction which ordered state officials to stop enforcing Proposition 8. With the court's action, counties can now begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

A spokesman for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had originally said it would takes the court at least 25 days to act after a Supreme Court ruling. Immediately afterward, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered his public health agency to advise the state's counties to "begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California as soon as the 9th Circuit confirms the stay is lifted."

Opponents of same-sex marriage have argued that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 decision overturning Proposition 8 applied only to the two same-sex couples who challenged the ballot measure. But their enthusiasm for going to court to try to narrow the effect of the decision appeared to wane in the hours after the decision.


July 17th - Equal marriage bill for England and Wales given Royal Assent and is now law

The Queen’s Royal Assent was granted to the bill on Wednesday at 15:06, turning it into the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, after clearing the final stage in Parliament yesterday, following two hours of debate, and the introduction of government amendments.

The bill officially became law once its Royal Assent was announced in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales will take place in summer 2014.


October 18th - NJ Supreme Court rules state must begin allowing gay marriages on Monday

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that the state must begin granting same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, a rebuff to Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie, a Republican, favors civil unions, which New Jersey has offered since 2007, but opposes gay marriage. The state had tried to delay the granting of gay marriage licenses pending an appeal.

New Jersey will become the fourteenth state to recognize same-sex marriage, in addition to the District of Columbia.

"The long wait in New Jersey is finally over — the door is open for love, commitment and equality under the law! This is a huge victory for New Jersey's same-sex couples and their families," said Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director of Lambda Legal, which filed a brief on behalf of six same-sex couples who sought the right to marry.


November 13th - Hawaii Governor signs bill to legalize gay marriage in Hawaii

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill Wednesday legalizing gay marriage in the state that kicked off a national discussion of the issue more than two decades ago.

Now, the island chain is positioning itself for a bump in tourism as people take advantage of the new law and the state provides another example of how differently marriage is viewed in the nation.

"In Hawaii, we believe in fairness, justice and human equality," Abercrombie said Tuesday after the state Senate passed the gay marriage bill. "Today, we celebrate our diversity defining us rather than dividing us."


November 20th -Illinois governor signs law legalizing same-sex marriage

Illinois became the 16th state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage Wednesday.

A massive audience crowded into the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum to see Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn sign marriage equality legislation — on the same desk President Abraham Lincoln used to pen his first inaugural address.

"Love never fails," Quinn said amid thunderous applause, immediately before sitting down to put his signature on the historic law.

"It's time to stop planning rallies and start planning weddings," said Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon to loud cheers. State Rep. Greg Harris, a primary sponsor of the bill who is openly gay, applauded activists and advocates who lobbied for the legislation.


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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby xyz72 » 25 January 2013, 19:27

I doubt Germany will be promoting Civil partnerships to marriage anytime soon, especially with how close to marriage it already is - many people just don't see the need to update it further right now.
The biggest supporter of gay marriage(our vize chancellor and minister of outer affairs - who is gay and in a civil partnership) is having a really tough time just staying in his position with his party being down to 3% - and there's elections this year. The earliest I expect anyone to attempt any change is 2015.
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Unread postby Ericb91 » 26 January 2013, 14:00

Is Civil partnership recognized as marriage in other countries?
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby rxxli » 26 January 2013, 18:06

Here is a list of LGBT rights across countries:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_right ... _territory

xyz72 wrote:I doubt Germany will be promoting Civil partnerships to marriage anytime soon, especially with how close to marriage it already is - many people just don't see the need to update it further right now.

I sadly think the same about Slovenia. We had a vote last year that would refresh our family policy a bit (included was a proposal to make gay marriages equal to any other marriage) and it failed miserably. Our laws are very gay friendly, but they don't really reflect the mentality of the people that much. Some of them aren't that supportive of same sex marriage and would probably love to get rid of the current same-sex registration. It is even worse when it comes to adoption - I don't see that happening any time soon because even most straight couples can't adopt children let alone gay couples.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Brenden » 26 January 2013, 18:44

Ericb91 wrote:Is Civil partnership recognized as marriage in other countries?

Depends on the country and whether they also have civil partnerships/unions themselves or just marriage (or neither). For instance, the Netherlands has both registered partnerships (equivalent to civil partnerships/unions) and marriages, so if you have a civil partnership/union from another country they'll recognise it as such. Connecticut, on the other hand, now only has marriages (and they retroactively bumped all civil unions up to marriages), so they'd recognise a civil partnership/union from another state or country as a marriage.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby baileyscheesecake » 28 January 2013, 04:42

UK civil partnerships are already pretty good, I'd say full marriage will go through. The Conservatives are a lot more moderate on social issues these days and since it's only suggested for England and Wales (I think) which are (overall) more liberal socially, the ultra-conservative religious types in NI or Scotland won't create much of a fuss.
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Unread postby René » 28 January 2013, 10:45

baileyscheesecake wrote:UK civil partnerships are already pretty good, I'd say full marriage will go through. The Conservatives are a lot more moderate on social issues these days and since it's only suggested for England and Wales (I think) which are (overall) more liberal socially, the ultra-conservative religious types in NI or Scotland won't create much of a fuss.

Scotland is by far the most liberal part of the UK. Check out the results of the 2010 election — note how Scotland is full of Liberal Democrats (yellow) and Labour (red) voters, while England is mostly Conservative (blue).

Polls consistently show that support for same-sex marriage is significantly higher in Scotland than in England and Wales.

(Scotland also has free prescription medications and gives its students free university education, whereas people in England generally have to pay for all these things. If Scotland were to secede, it would probably be one of the most progressive states in the EU.)
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Unread postby xyz72 » 28 January 2013, 13:27

I would actually consider moving to Scotland. Especially since my boyfriend has been there for a couple months now and really likes it. I used to wanna move to England, but the university costs and the amount of conservatives kept me from that.
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Unread postby Brenden » 28 January 2013, 18:56

Scotland also has almost twice the proportion of non-religious as England and Wales. Twenty-eight percent as opposed to fifteen percent.
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Unread postby acpro » 29 January 2013, 03:12

I'm so excited to see what will happen in the United States this year; the world at that matter. The Supreme Court has so many options with DOMA and Prop. 8. I really hope that they make landmark decisions on the right (our side) of history.

I am also so proud of my home state, Maryland, and the other three states that passed legislation in support of same-sex marriage in 2012, that I can not not post the picture after the jump.

Also, does anyone know of any good articles that outline the different options the Justices have with their rulings in those cases. I understand that it isn't black and white; they have a lot of options (I have read up to seven) with their decisions in these cases, but I haven't found a good article that outlines them well.

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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Ericb91 » 30 January 2013, 10:31

Minnesota still has a law on the books saying that marriage is between a man and a women, so there is a long way to go until marriage equality arrives there.
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Unread postby Brenden » 30 January 2013, 10:46

But it's only a statute. Not a part of the state constitution as it is in, e.g., Michigan and many other states.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby baileyscheesecake » 31 January 2013, 04:53

René wrote:
baileyscheesecake wrote:UK civil partnerships are already pretty good, I'd say full marriage will go through. The Conservatives are a lot more moderate on social issues these days and since it's only suggested for England and Wales (I think) which are (overall) more liberal socially, the ultra-conservative religious types in NI or Scotland won't create much of a fuss.

Scotland is by far the most liberal part of the UK. Check out the results of the 2010 election — note how Scotland is full of Liberal Democrats (yellow) and Labour (red) voters, while England is mostly Conservative (blue).

Polls consistently show that support for same-sex marriage is significantly higher in Scotland than in England and Wales.

(Scotland also has free prescription medications and gives its students free university education, whereas people in England generally have to pay for all these things. If Scotland were to secede, it would probably be one of the most progressive states in the EU.)

I don't know Scotland at all, to be honest, but I assumed (possibly incorrectly) that it would be very like Northern Ireland; liberal on economic issues, but rather conservative on social issues because of strong religious backgrounds. In any case, the Welsh and... most of England is pretty liberal. Now, if the UK went federal that would be great. Gay marriage everywhere other than the South East and NI, pretty much.
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Unread postby Ericb91 » 31 January 2013, 22:22

75% of Ireland supports same sex marriage, I was not expecting that.

Here's the breakdown..

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Unread postby baileyscheesecake » 2 February 2013, 07:31

I'm actually surprised Connacht/Ulster is so low! I've lived in Connacht for twelve years; Mayo first, then Galway, it's very accepting here. I blame Ulster, to be honest. The counties bordering NI always were more conservative (and weirdly republican, you'd think that availing of cheap UK prices with their constant cross-border shopping they'd be less into their 'Rah).
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Unread postby Ericb91 » 2 February 2013, 20:15

House of Commons will vote on 5th of February, England and Wales.

Let's hope for a big majority.

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Unread postby Ericb91 » 5 February 2013, 20:10

The house of commons have voted 400 to 175 in support of marriage equality. I was disappointed with the conservatives, a majority of them voted against it. Third reading to come and then the house of lords, God help us all.
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Huh? They could have a civil ceremony or find a more accommodating church.
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Unread postby Blaz » 14 February 2013, 23:11

Illinois passed gay marriage today. Cornfields will burn this summer.
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