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Germany's high court expands gay rightsupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 06:45:00

Germany's constitutional court has strengthened the rights of gay and lesbian couples, giving them a same tax benefit as heterosexual married couples.

Denied divorce, some same-sex couples 'wed-locked'updated: Thu Jun 07 2012 15:43:00

On her wedding day, Jessica Port wore a tan and black dress to match the tan button-down shirt and patterned necktie of her spouse-to-be, Virginia Anne Cowan.

Judges open door for Supreme Court showdown over same-sex marriageupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 09:42:00

The divisive issue of same-sex marriage in California may become another landmark case taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court after federal appeals court judges refused Tuesday to revisit an earlier ruling.

Will federal marriage law repeal happen?updated: Thu May 31 2012 15:24:00

The first openly gay U.S. ambassador talks about a Senate panel vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

Fast facts: Same-sex marriageupdated: Thu May 31 2012 15:24:00

Same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia and six states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and New York. Civil unions are legal in New Jersey, Illinois, Delaware, Rhode Island and Hawaii.

Lesbian couple can file for divorce in Maryland, court rulesupdated: Fri May 18 2012 14:07:00

Maryland's highest court has ruled that a lesbian couple married out of state can legally file for divorce, even though Maryland's own same-sex marriage law does not take effect until next year.

History of same-sex marriage in the U.S.updated: Sat May 12 2012 10:31:00

CNN's Randi Kaye reports on how far the U.S. has come on same-sex marriage.

By the numbers: Same-sex marriageupdated: Sat May 12 2012 10:31:00

Same-sex marriage was thrust into the political spotlight earlier this week after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage in the state, and President Barack Obama, who will accept the Democratic Party's nomination in North Carolina later this year, announced Wednesday that he personally supports same-sex marriage. Obama's announcement brought cheers from gay rights activists and Democratic allies and jeers from religious conservatives and some quarters of the GOP.

Maryland high court to hear same-sex divorce caseupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 10:35:00

Maryland's highest court is considering a case involving a lesbian couple married in California but denied a divorce in Maryland because the state does not currently allow same-sex couples to wed.

Washington votes for same-sex marriageupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 12:56:00

Washington's state legislature approves a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

Washington state legislature votes to approve same-sex marriageupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 12:56:00

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington State voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, putting Washington on the path toward becoming the seventh state in the nation to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Census: More same-sex couples in more placesupdated: Thu Aug 25 2011 11:51:00

Researchers from Alfred Kinsey to local nonprofits have tried for decades to count the United States' gay, lesbian and bisexual population, and still, there were no hard numbers.

Colombian court says Congress must decide on gay marriageupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 11:02:00

The issue of marriage for same-sex couples is a legislative matter that must be taken up in Colombia's Congress, the nation's Constitutional Court ruled in a move that activists saw as a victory, though the outcome remains to be seen.

Rhode Island passes civil union billupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 05:54:00

Rhode Island state senators sound off about a bill that permits civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

Rhode Island legislature passes civil union billupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 05:54:00

Less than a week after New York became the nation's sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, Rhode Island state lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that permits civil unions between gay and lesbian couples.

Same-sex unions recognized by Brazil's high courtupdated: Fri May 06 2011 16:37:00

Brazil's Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that the nation should recognize same-sex unions.

Maryland set to expand gay rights, same-sex marriageupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 11:05:00

Maryland is poised to become the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriage as proponents say they believe they have enough support to pass such a measure in the upcoming legislative session.

Shifting attitudes take gay rights fight across globe, experts sayupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 13:54:00

In signing Argentina's same-sex marriage law, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said debate over the issue would be "absolutely anachronistic" -- archaic, out of date -- within a few years.

California same-sex marriages on holdupdated: Fri Aug 20 2010 13:54:00

A federal appeals court sets aside a lower court ruling allowing same-sex marriages to resume in California.

Mexican high court upholds adoptions by same-sex couplesupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 17:59:00

Mexico's Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a law allowing for adoption by gay couples in Mexico City is legal.

Stay lifted on same-sex marriageupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 06:52:00

Same-sex couples can resume getting married in California beginning August 18th. CNN's Dan Simon reports

Same-sex bridal magazine born of frustrationupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 16:49:00

Kirsten Ott walked down the aisle in a white strapless gown with an embroidered bodice and cascading ruffles. Maria Palladino, dressed in a white suit, waited for her at the end of the aisle with a minister. Surrounded by their family and close friends, the women committed to each other for the rest of their lives.

1st gay couple weds in Argentinaupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 14:58:00

Today marks the first nationally-recognized Argintine homosexual marriage.

Gay couples as parents?updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 13:45:00

The concept of family can mean one thing to you and another to someone else. In CNN's documentary "Gary and Tony Have a Baby," Soledad O'Brien follows a same-sex couple in their struggle against the legal and personal obstacles to become parents.

Reader response: Same-sex couples as parentsupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 11:53:00

From personal stories of growing up with gay parents to challenges of what defines a family, the public's comments on same-sex couples having families was supportive and critical, calm and heated -- sometimes all in one conversation thread.

Serious legal hurdles for gay divorceupdated: Fri May 14 2010 16:29:00

It's only been two months since the District of Columbia legalized same-sex marriage, but local attorney Lawrence Jacobs is already cautioning his clients: Marriage may be allowed, but divorce will be much harder to do.

Aging issues can be tougher on gaysupdated: Fri May 14 2010 16:28:00

Last Christmas, Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Dennis Engelhard was putting flares near a minor accident on a snowy road in Eureka when he was hit by a car and killed.

Same-sex couples in D.C. say 'I do'updated: Tue Mar 09 2010 14:31:00

A lesbian couple together for more than a decade smiled through tears Tuesday as they became the first same-sex couple to marry in the District of Columbia, on the first day such unions are legal in the nation's capital.

Witness: Civil unions like allowing just one bite of Twinkieupdated: Mon Jan 11 2010 18:02:00

A gay couple challenging Proposition 8 in federal court Monday said civil unions and domestic partnerships aren't the same as marriages, something they view as a stepping stone toward starting a family.

Census will report same-sex couples, gay groups see opportunityupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 22:21:00

Peter Dziedzic and his husband, Jay Judas, aren't quite sure yet which of them will be designated the head of household when they fill out the 2010 census form in April.

'Gayby boom': Children of gay couples speak outupdated: Mon Jun 29 2009 15:33:00

Jesse Levey is a Republican activist who says he believes in family values, small government and his lesbian mothers' right to marry.

New Hampshire House opposes governor on same-sex marriageupdated: Wed May 20 2009 19:31:00

New Hampshire's move to become the most recent state to legalize same-sex marriage hit a bump Wednesday, after the state House of Representatives failed to agree to changes made by the governor.

CNN poll: Generations disagree on same-sex marriageupdated: Mon May 04 2009 17:45:00

A new national poll suggests a majority of Americans oppose legalizing same-sex marriages, but the survey indicates a vast generational divide on the issue.

Same-sex destination weddings boomingupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 11:42:00

Boston-based wedding planner Bernadette Smith has helped arrange the same-sex nuptials of nearly 75 Massachusetts couples during her five-year career. But she's never seen quite the surge in business as she has during the past few months.

Commentary: Miss California, thanks for being honestupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 10:11:00

A lot of folks are always saying they like to keep it real, that they want authenticity and straight talk. Yet when someone actually does it, there is hell to pay.

McCain campaign manager: GOP should back same-sex marriageupdated: Sat Apr 18 2009 13:20:00

A key architect of Republican Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign has urged conservatives to drop their opposition to same-sex marriage.

A place in the GOP for gays?updated: Sat Apr 18 2009 13:20:00

Gay Republicans are working for the right to marry and more clout within the GOP. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

New York governor to propose legalizing same-sex marriageupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 17:19:00

Gov. David Paterson will announce plans Thursday to introduce same-sex marriage legislation in the state Assembly, according to an assemblyman who was asked to be present for the announcement.

Same-sex marriage rights a step closer in District of Columbiaupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 12:40:00

On the same day that Vermont's House and Senate voted to override GOP Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, the Washington City Council voted 12-0 Tuesday in favor of allowing same-sex marriages performed in other states to be recognized in the nation's capital.

With veto overrides, Vermont legalizes same-sex marriageupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 12:59:00

Vermont's House and Senate voted Tuesday to override the governor's veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

Iowa court backs gay marriageupdated: Fri Apr 03 2009 14:11:00

The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously rejected a state law Friday that banned same-sex marriage, and opponents wasted little time in pushing for a state constitutional amendment that could send the issue to voters.

New Hampshire House OKs same-sex marriageupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 17:25:00

The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted narrowly Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage, putting the state's Legislature on a potential collision course with a governor who has publicly stated his opposition to such unions.

Vermont governor says he'd veto same-sex marriage billupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 01:27:00

Vermont Gov. James Douglas announced Wednesday that he plans to veto a bill that would grant same-sex couples equal rights in marriage, if the bill reaches his desk.

Vermont on cusp of legalizing same-sex marriageupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 10:36:00

Vermont is weighing a bill that could make it the first state to legalize same-sex marriage without being prompted by the courts.

Vermont Senate votes to legalize same-sex marriageupdated: Mon Mar 23 2009 22:10:00

The Vermont Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to legalize same-sex marriage, potentially setting the stage for a high-profile legislative showdown and breaking a new political barrier in the state that made history in 2000 by becoming the first to approve civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

Lawmaker describes hate mailupdated: Fri Mar 06 2009 18:10:00

A gay Minnesota state senator describes the hate mail he has received for not endorsing same-sex marriage equality.

Economy enters same-sex marriage debateupdated: Fri Mar 06 2009 18:10:00

The nation's economic crisis is now playing a role in the debate over same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage rallyupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 14:33:00

Advocates of same-sex marriage rally in San Diego the day before the California Supreme Court takes up the issue.

California court hears arguments on same-sex marriage banupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 14:33:00

The California Supreme Court began hearing arguments Thursday in a case that could determine the fate of same-sex marriage in the state, as well as the validity of about 18,000 same-sex marriages.

U.S. sued for benefits for same-sex marriagesupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 10:03:00

A legal advocacy group sued the federal government Tuesday, seeking benefits for 15 gay and lesbian Massachusetts residents who wed after the state legalized same-sex marriage.

Soap features daytime TV's first lesbian weddingupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 14:02:00

Lavish weddings on soap operas are commonplace -- beautiful, wealthy characters united amid copious tears, heaps of flowers and exquisite attire.

Soap's first lesbian weddingupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 14:02:00

CNN's Lola Ogunnaike reports on the first lesbian wedding on a soap opera.

Bill would allow same-sex marriage in Maineupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 04:11:00

A Maine lawmaker introduced a bill on Tuesday that would allow same-sex marriages in the state.

Commentary: Why there's a 'day without gays'updated: Wed Dec 10 2008 09:34:00

My battle for marriage equality began in 1990, after my partner, Brian Binder, and I had a commitment ceremony. The ceremony was held at the end of a conference for Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays and was attended by more than 300 friends and members of both our families.

D.L. Hughley: Prop 8 battleupdated: Tue Nov 18 2008 12:09:00

D.L. Hughley talks with columnist Dan Savage about the battle to legalize same-sex marriages in California.

Prop. 8 opponent: We want full civil marriage rightsupdated: Tue Nov 18 2008 12:09:00

More than a week after voters in California, Arizona and Florida passed ballot initiatives outlawing same-sex marriage, thousands of people across the country protested the bans in simultaneous rallies Saturday. In California, Proposition 8 overturned a May ruling by the California Supreme Court that struck down a 2000 ban on same-sex unions. It passed 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent. CNN's D.L. Hughley spoke to sex columnist Dan Savage about the ongoing battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California. Savage is the author of the popular syndicated sex advice column "Savage Love."

Debating gay marriageupdated: Sun Nov 16 2008 06:40:00

CNN's Don Lemon discusses the hot button topic of same-sex marriage with defenders from earch side of the argument.

Prop. 8 protestupdated: Mon Nov 10 2008 08:48:00

iReporter Matt Hartman's camera rolls as people protest against Proposition 8 in the streets of Los Angeles, California.

Gay marriage supporters take to California streetsupdated: Sat Nov 08 2008 05:11:00

Protests continued Friday in several California cities, including San Francisco, Palm Springs and Long Beach, over the passage of Proposition 8, which outlaws same-sex marriage.

Today on iReport.comupdated: Fri Nov 07 2008 17:35:00's Lila King discusses the latest features and solicitations for

Same-sex marriage bans paradoxical in historic electionupdated: Fri Nov 07 2008 17:35:00

Solomon Brown of San Jose, California, is one of the millions of voters who helped elect Barack Obama to be the future president. He's also one of the voters in California, Arizona and Florida who cast ballots in support of same-sex marriage bans that got considerable support in each state.

Catholics, Mormons defend backing same-sex marriage banupdated: Fri Nov 07 2008 13:57:00

The Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints insisted Thursday that their support for a proposition to ban same-sex marriage in California did not target any group.

How ballot initiatives faredupdated: Fri Nov 07 2008 13:57:00

CNN's Carol Costello reports on ballot measures involving gay adoption, prostitution and assisted suicide. Ellen DeGeneres Reacts to Gay Marriage Banupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 14:36:00

"I will continue to speak out for equality for all of us," she promises

Los Angeles: No more licenses for same-sex marriagesupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 12:02:00

The Los Angeles County Registrar's Office stopped issuing same-sex marriage licenses after the passage of a ballot measure to eliminate the right of gay couples to marry, the agency said Wednesday. Voters Scrap Same-Sex Marriage in Californiaupdated: Wed Nov 05 2008 17:01:00

Despite opposition from Ellen DeGeneres and more, Proposition 8 passes by a slim margin California and Beyond: The Battle over Gay Marriageupdated: Tue Oct 21 2008 23:00:00

The electoral battle over gay marriage extends beyond the Golden State. Florida, Arizona and Connecticut are in it too Calif. Gay Couples Rush Pre-Vote Nuptialsupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 18:05:00

Gay couples from around California and the nation are feverishly tying the knot ahead of Election Day to avoid missing out if voters approve a ballot initiative aimed at banning same-sex marriage

Connecticut Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriageupdated: Fri Oct 10 2008 17:20:00

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay and lesbian couples have the right to get married. Viewpoint: For Gay Marriage, Time to Go Beyond the Courtsupdated: Fri Oct 10 2008 16:00:00

Connecticut's Supreme Court is the latest to tear down constitutional barriers to same-sex marriage. But the real test will be getting legislatures to act Conn. High Court: Same-sex Couples Can Marryupdated: Fri Oct 10 2008 12:00:00

Connecticut's Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry, making that state the third behind Massachusetts and California to legalize such unions Cynthia Nixon Praises Brad Pitt for Supporting Gay Marriageupdated: Fri Sep 19 2008 19:40:00

The Sex and the City star says his stance on the controversial issue is "great" Brad Pitt Supporting Gay Marriageupdated: Thu Sep 18 2008 09:00:00

Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to fight California's November ballot initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage

Gay Republicans: GOP on 'wrong side of history'updated: Thu Sep 04 2008 10:59:00

A group of gay and lesbian Republicans has traveled to the site of the GOP convention this week to help convince its party that it is time to stop being on the "wrong side" of the same-sex marriage issue. Poll: Hesitance on Gay-Marriage Voteupdated: Thu Aug 28 2008 09:00:00

A majority of California voters oppose a ballot initiative to ban gay marriage, though they are evenly split on the practice itself, according to a poll released Wednesday Lesbian Activist Del Martin Dies at 87updated: Wed Aug 27 2008 17:00:00

Pioneering lesbian rights activist Del Martin, who married her lifelong partner in June on the first day that same-sex couples here gained that right, has died Hallmark Adds Gay Marriage Cardsupdated: Thu Aug 21 2008 09:05:00

Most states don't recognize gay marriage -- but now Hallmark does

Argentina grants gay couples partner pensionsupdated: Tue Aug 19 2008 01:09:00

In a nationwide measure, Argentina has granted gay couples the right to collect the pensions of their dead partners.

Californians cleared to vote on same-sex marriage banupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 19:19:00

The California Supreme Court has cleared the way for Californians to vote in November on whether to ban same-sex marriages in the state. Mass. Senate Votes Pro Out-of-State Gay Marriageupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 16:00:00

Gay couples from across the country are one step closer to a Massachusetts wedding

Same-sex marriages create 'shame,' new life, iReporters sayupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 18:20:00

Same-sex marriages will put "a shame" upon the United States, one person wrote Tuesday; but for another, the legalization of the unions in California made it seem as though "life is opening up."

Landmark same-sex rulingupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 13:12:00

CNN's Kelli Arena looks at the ramifications of the California ruling to strike down the state ban on same-sex marriage.

California ban on same-sex marriage struck downupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 13:12:00

The California Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, saying sexual orientation, like race or gender, "does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights."

New York to recognize gay marriagesupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 13:10:00

Gov. David Paterson of New York has told state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states and countries where they are legal, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Gay at the ranchupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 13:10:00

Ellen will be married at the Bush ranch and given away by Sen. John McCain. Wait, what?! CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

Wedding bells chime for California same-sex couplesupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 13:06:00

California officials began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday evening after a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing the ceremonies took effect.

Lesbian pioneers wed at San Francisco City Hallupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 13:00:00

Breaking ground is nothing new in the nearly six-decade relationship of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. From Gay Marriage's Ground Zeroupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 10:00:00

San Francisco's mayor spurred the issue with a huge round of weddings in 2004. Now same sex marriages are legal in California, but he worries about the next step

4 years of same-sex marriageupdated: Mon Jun 16 2008 19:54:00

Five years after it became legal in their state, a gay Massachusetts couple talks about what's changed and what hasn't.

Same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, 4 years laterupdated: Mon Jun 16 2008 19:54:00

Four years ago Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry. Since then, more than 10,000 gay and lesbian couples have exchanged vows in the state. Gay Marriage Makes Calif. Ballotupdated: Tue Jun 03 2008 09:30:00

An initiative that would again outlaw gay marriage in California has qualified for the November ballot, the Secretary of State announced Monday NY Alters Policy on Gay Marriageupdated: Thu May 29 2008 00:00:00

California same-sex marriage licenses possible in Juneupdated: Wed May 28 2008 17:11:00

Same-sex couples in California may be able to obtain marriage licenses on June 17, state officials said Wednesday. Roadblocks Ahead for Gay Marriageupdated: Sat May 24 2008 16:40:00

A potential proposition may make same-sex unions short-lived in California. But the power of the ruling will give the issue longevity for years to come

Court on same-sex marriageupdated: Fri May 16 2008 09:38:00

CNN's Ted Rowlands reports on the California Supreme Court's decision to strike down a state ban on same-sex marriage. Viewpoint: What the California Gay Ruling Won't Doupdated: Fri May 16 2008 02:00:00

The court demolished the key arguments against gay marriage. But the presidential candidates still need convincing Calif. Overturns Gay Marriage Banupdated: Thu May 15 2008 10:00:00

The California Supreme Court has overturned a ban on gay marriage, paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry No Benefits for Gay Partners in Mich.updated: Wed May 07 2008 18:00:00

Local governments and state universities in Michigan can't offer health insurance to the partners of gay workers, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday

Why do unmarried couples opt out of wedlock?updated: Wed Sep 19 2007 14:53:00

First comes love, then comes marriage -- or at least that's how the saying used to go. An increasing number of heterosexual couples have been shacking up without plans for a trip down the aisle. Iowa Gay Marriage Ban Struck Downupdated: Fri Aug 31 2007 10:00:00

Less than two hours after a judge struck down Iowa's decade-old gay marriage ban, two Des Moines men applied for a marriage license

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