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Supporters of California's voter-approved ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in the state asked the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to allow it go back into effect.

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Gay marriage stance costs pastor a flockupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 19:59:00

A minister's support for same-sex marriage costs him his congregation. CNN's David Mattingly reports.

House GOP to ask justices by month's end to take on same-sex marriage issue updated: Thu Jun 21 2012 18:56:00

House Republicans have signaled they plan to ask the Supreme Court by month's end to get involved in a constitutional fight over same-sex marriage.

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.

Same-sex ceremony on Army post draws fireupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 15:21:00

A same-sex ceremony between an enlisted woman and a civilian woman on a U.S. Army post last month drew protests from lawmakers Thursday.

LGBT donors back President Obama, big timeupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 09:43:00

After President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, a group organizing a fundraiser on his behalf suddenly had to find a bigger venue. The event, featuring the pop singer Pink, is one of two LGBT-organized fundraisers Obama is expected to attend on the West Coast on Wednesday.

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.

'Prop 8 ruling makes us more American'updated: Wed Jun 06 2012 09:42:00

Reaction to a federal appeals court ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

The conservative case to recognize same-sex marriagesupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 09:41:00

I am married to my same-sex spouse (and partner of 15 years) under the laws of the District of Columbia. We enjoy the same status as our straight married neighbors. Well, not exactly.

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.

Powell endorses same-sex marriageupdated: Thu May 31 2012 15:19:00

Gen. Colin Powell says same-sex marriage should be legal, noting religious opposition can choose not to solemnize unions.

Federal court strikes down key part of federal law banning same-sex marriageupdated: Thu May 31 2012 15:19:00

A key part of the law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage was struck down as unconstitutional by a U.S. appeals court Thursday.

Couples challenge Illinois law denying same-sex marriageupdated: Wed May 30 2012 14:10:00

Nine couples filed a lawsuit in Illinois on Wednesday to challenge the constitutionality of a state law that denies same-sex couples the right to marry.

Minnesota's same-sex marriage debateupdated: Fri May 18 2012 16:12:00

As one of the next states to vote on banning gay marriage, Minnesotans react to President Obama's comments.

Minnesota same-sex marriage fight re-energized -- on both sidesupdated: Fri May 18 2012 16:12:00

Minneapolis is a conflicted city. It's home to one of the largest gay pride festivals in the Midwest and was once dubbed the "gayest city in America" by The Advocate magazine. The metropolitan area is also home to the conservative power base of Rep. Michele Bachmann.

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.

Gay and Lesbian Family Day at Capitolupdated: Thu May 17 2012 18:44:00

Zach Wahls, has two moms, meets with lawmakers to discuss marriage equality.

LGBT families lobby Congressupdated: Thu May 17 2012 18:44:00

Tommy Starling and Jeff Littlefield say they've slowly been changing minds of people in their community when it comes to what a family looks like.

Can Obama use Hollywood's soft power?updated: Thu May 17 2012 07:45:00

Barack Obama's appearance on "The View" on Tuesday topped a week spent cozying up to the world of entertainment, including a dinner hosted by George Clooney that raised $15 million and a $5,000-a-plate extravaganza with Ricky Martin.

Will gay marriage support hurt Obama?updated: Wed May 16 2012 08:32:00

Political analysts predict how President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage will play out in the election.

N.C. gay marriage vote spells the end of Obamaupdated: Wed May 16 2012 08:32:00

North Carolina is so important to the re-election chances of Barack Obama that he picked Charlotte as the host city for the Democratic nominating convention.

Civil unions debate rages in Coloradoupdated: Tue May 15 2012 14:06:00

The battle over same-sex civil unions in Colorado did not end when a legislative committee killed a measure to allow them Monday, leaders for both sides said Tuesday.

Obama: Gay marriage 'should be legal'updated: Tue May 15 2012 12:13:00

President Obama declares that gay marriage 'should be legal.'

Obama talks same-sex marriage on 'The View'updated: Tue May 15 2012 12:13:00

Last week, Barack Obama went on record as the first American president to support same-sex marriage, but he doesn't appear ready to take his commitment beyond the endorsement stage.

How the right helped launch same-sex marriage movementupdated: Mon May 14 2012 17:46:00

After President Barack Obama made his tepid endorsement of same-sex marriage last week, the pundits, from Fox News all the way to The New York Times, quickly pivoted from asking why to whether it will hurt him politically.

Colorado legislature meets on civil unionsupdated: Mon May 14 2012 17:23:00

As Colorado's legislators met Monday in extraordinary session to consider bills that were not brought to the floor last week, House Democratic Leader Mark Ferrandino bemoaned the assignment of a civil-unions bill to a "kill committee" as a harbinger of its likely defeat.

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.

Timeline of an 'evolution': How Obama made his same-sex marriage decisionupdated: Fri May 11 2012 09:24:00

Before President Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage this week, White House officials gave mixed signals on just how and when the president had originally planned to roll out his support for the issue.

Biden apologizes to Obama for marriage controversyupdated: Thu May 10 2012 22:20:00

Vice President Joe Biden has apologized to President Barack Obama for putting him in a tough position that led to Obama's announcement that he now supports same-sex marriage, senior administration officials said Thursday.

State laws supersede Pentagon on gay marriages at U.S. basesupdated: Thu May 10 2012 19:10:00

Gay service members who want to marry often can't have the ceremony on military bases in the United States. It's not the Pentagon that has authority, but the states where the bases are located.

Obama's same-sex stance spurs reactionupdated: Thu May 10 2012 11:00:00

President Obama's stance on same-sex marriage inspires plenty of reactions. CNN's Shelby Lin reports.

Will Romney use gay marriage issue against Obama?updated: Thu May 10 2012 11:00:00

For the better part of four years, voters have said the number one issue is the economy.

Campaigners push for marriage equality worldwideupdated: Thu May 10 2012 09:59:00

Cushla wore a white dress for her big day, Tania, braces, a hat and bow-tie. The couple, now wife and wife, tied the knot during a small ceremony led by an unregistered celebrant on a farm west of Sydney, Australia. It had all the hallmarks of a "real" wedding. Except this one wasn't valid, at least under Australian law.

What's next for Obama on gay rights?updated: Thu May 10 2012 09:41:00

After two years of claiming that his views were "evolving," President Obama said on Wednesday that he has finally reached a conclusion and supports same-sex marriage. Obama's public endorsement is an important step in the right direction, but it does not undo the fact that he has a mixed record on gay rights.

Gay marriage support: Obama's most courageous moveupdated: Thu May 10 2012 06:06:00

President Barack Obama's blockbuster announcement that he is in favor of full marriage equality is the most courageous thing he has done since he entered the White House three and a half years ago.

Quinn: This is amazingupdated: Thu May 10 2012 06:06:00

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn tells Piers Morgan what Obama's statement means to her and her upcoming wedding.

The risky politics of same sex marriageupdated: Wed May 09 2012 22:26:00

President Obama's decision to make his support of same sex marriage known carries risks for the fall campaign.

Social issues may not turn election in 2012 but will influence votersupdated: Wed May 09 2012 22:26:00

In an election year that some pundits have predicted will be focused on jobs and the economy, social issues like same-sex marriage have stolen the spotlight a surprising number of times. But experts say don't expect those hot-button topics to be the ultimate markers of the 2012 cycle.

Obama announces he supports same-sex marriageupdated: Wed May 09 2012 21:57:00

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he supports same-sex marriage, raising the political stakes on an issue over which Americans are evenly split.

Celebs react to Obama's same-sex supportupdated: Wed May 09 2012 21:36:00

CNN's Becky Anderson looks at tweets from celebrities in reaction to President Obama's support of gay marriage.

Celebrities, politicians weigh in on Obama's same-sex marriage stanceupdated: Wed May 09 2012 21:36:00

Politicians and celebrities were quick to weigh in, via Twitter and in statements, on news of U.S. President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage. Here are some reactions:

Pastor: 'Shove' gay kids, don't punchupdated: Wed May 09 2012 18:04:00

Pastor Sean Harris explains what he meant when he told parents to punch children who demonstrate homosexual behavior.

Is same-sex marriage too radical for America?updated: Wed May 09 2012 18:04:00

President Barack Obama has endorsed same-sex marriage. Will it make any difference to the battle for marriage equality? The news coming out of North Carolina suggests not. The Tar Heelers on Tuesday voted 61% to 39% to amend their constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage. Actually, they've gone much further. The new amendment prohibits any kind of same-sex unions, including the relatively innocuous option of civil partnership.

North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage sparks cheers, jeers updated: Wed May 09 2012 10:35:00

A day after North Carolina became the latest state to approve a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman, opponents of the referendum are beginning Wednesday to explore their next options.

The politics of same sex marriageupdated: Wed May 09 2012 10:35:00

CNN contributor Roland Martin on how President Obama's stance on gay marriage could affect his reelection.

In GOP, support for same-sex marriage is growingupdated: Wed May 09 2012 10:33:00

Just in case you thought you had time to catch your breath from the culture wars, the issue of marriage for gay couples is back at the ballot box this year. On Tuesday, North Carolinians voted 61% to 39% to ban all forms of relationship recognition for same-sex couples.

Obama's view on same-sex marriageupdated: Tue May 08 2012 09:00:00

The White House says Vice President Biden's comments on gay marriage aren't a departure from the president's statements.

Obama keeps his conscience in the closetupdated: Tue May 08 2012 09:00:00

Let's be clear about one thing: Vice President Joe Biden's recent comment about being OK with marriage equality did not place the president in a difficult situation.

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.

Group sought wedge between blacks, gays to fight same-sex marriageupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 05:27:00

A national group opposed to same-sex marriage aimed to fight it by driving "a wedge between gays and blacks" and identifying "glamorous" Latino artists and athletes to advocate traditional marriage, according to newly released confidential memos.

Changing Trump's mind on gay marriageupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 05:27:00

George Takei talks to Showbiz Tonight about how he'll try to change Donald Trump's mind on same-sex marriage.

Gay married immigrant fights deportation in Californiaupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 14:59:00

A federal immigration court judge in San Francisco put a deportation proceeding on hold Friday for a gay California man who is an undocumented immigrant and married to a U.S. citizen, the couple's attorney said.

Maryland governor to sign same-sex marriage billupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 15:59:00

Gov. Martin O'Malley will sign into law Thursday a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland, making it the seventh state to do so.

Maryland governor signs same-sex marriage billupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 15:58:00

Maryland became the eighth U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage Thursday as Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation he said secures the "human dignity" of all residents, including gay and lesbian couples.

Md. gov. signs same-sex marriage billupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 15:58:00

Gov. Martin O'Malley signs into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland.

Brad Pitt joins star-studded Prop 8 playupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 17:18:00

Brad Pitt is set to join the cast of the West Coast premiere reading of 8, the play penned by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) that follows the legal fight to overturn Proposition 8, the California law that outlawed gay marriage.

Washington, New Jersey move toward same-sex marriageupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 12:37:00

Proponents of same-sex marriage got a boost on two fronts Monday, when the governor of Washington signed a bill legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples and the New Jersey state Senate voted 24-16 in favor of a similar bill.

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.

Appeals court rejects California's Proposition 8updated: Tue Feb 07 2012 17:52:00

A federal appeals court ruled against California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, arguing the ban unconstitutionally singles out gays and lesbians for discrimination.

Court strikes down Prop 8, celebs head to Twitter to celebrateupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 16:36:00

A federal appeals court has ruled California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional in a decision announced earlier today, likely sending the case to the Supreme Court.

CNNMoney: Goldman's Blankfein endorses same-sex marriageupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 10:04:00

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein has recorded a commercial endorsing the right to same-sex marriage, becoming one of the highest profile corporate executives to weigh in on the controversial campaign.

Same-sex marriage debate flares up in New Jerseyupdated: Sat Jan 28 2012 22:21:00

A political battle is shaping up in the Garden State about whether to give gay and lesbian couples the right to wed -- a move that, if approved, would make New Jersey the seventh state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

CNNMoney: Starbucks supports gay marriageupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 14:50:00

Starbucks has come out in support of a bill that would make Washington the seventh state to legalize gay marriage. The company joins fellow Pacific Northwest-based firms including Microsoft and Nike in backing the bill, which also has support from Gov. Christine Gregoire and is close to passage in the state's House and Senate. Gregoire has previously called corporate support for the bill "courageous and appreciated." Starbucks said in a statement Tuesday that it was "proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington state legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples." "This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks' business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners," the statement read.

Man faces deportation despite marriage to U.S. citizenupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 13:34:00

Frederic Deloizy says his life began the day he met Mark Himes by chance at a birthday party in April 1990.

Civil unions now permitted in Hawaiiupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 05:25:00

Four same-sex couples in the Aloha State celebrate the new year with 'I dos' in Hawaii's first civil unions ceremony.

Two more states allow same-sex civil unionsupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 05:25:00

Several same-sex couples came together in the first minutes of New Year's Day in Honolulu to become the first in the state's history to enter into civil unions.

CNNMoney: Same-sex spouses lose big on taxesupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 07:54:00

Same-sex spouses are paying as much as $6,000 a year in extra taxes because the federal government doesn't recognize gay marriage, according to an analysis conducted for CNNMoney by tax specialists.

Appeals court to hear motions on Proposition 8updated: Thu Dec 08 2011 07:19:00

A three-judge panel will hear motions Thursday on whether a federal court decision to invalidate a ban on same-sex marriages in California should be overturned because the judge was gay and in a long-term relationship.

California fight over gay marriage gets back on track after state high court rulingupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 14:12:00

A complex legal fight over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage is back on track after California's highest court on Thursday allowed an appeal over a controversial ballot initiative to move ahead in federal court.

Senate panel passes repeal of Defense of Marriage Actupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 18:23:00

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to repeal the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

Sudden pressure to get "gay married" updated: Tue Oct 25 2011 11:40:00

I am reminded each day I park my car that the pressure will never subside. A billboard from a storage company cries out to couples tying the knot: "IF YOU DON'T LIKE GAY MARRIAGE, DON'T GET GAY MARRIED."

Obama: Booing American soldier not OKupdated: Sun Oct 02 2011 11:25:00

President Obama condemned GOP presidential candidates for staying silent when a U.S. soldier was booed during a debate.

Obama tells gay activists he is committed to equalityupdated: Sun Oct 02 2011 11:25:00

President Barack Obama, speaking to a gathering of gay and lesbian activists, said Saturday that he is committed to equality, citing the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy as an example.

California high court hears key legal dispute over same-sex marriageupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 19:08:00

California's highest court on Tuesday appeared to support the right of official opponents of gay marriage to defend Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

Debate brews after teacher reassigned over anti-gay marriage postsupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 15:59:00

A conservative advocacy group accused a central Florida school system Friday of violating the constitutional rights of a former "teacher of the year" by reassigning him after he posted comments on Facebook critical of same-sex marriage.

Psychological association calls for legalization of same-sex marriageupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 22:36:00

The American Psychological Association is calling on state and federal officials to stop anti-gay legal measures and to legalize same-sex marriage.

New York attorney general challenges Defense of Marriage Actupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 16:07:00

In court documents filed Tuesday, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman challenged the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Gay marriage business boon?updated: Mon Jul 25 2011 13:20:00

New York City hopes to see a big spike in business as same-sex couples begin tying the knot. Maggie Lake reports

NY marriage equality is good for businessupdated: Sun Jul 24 2011 15:29:00

Many New Yorkers and thousands of visitors this weekend may make last month's Gay Pride celebrations seem tepid. Beginning Sunday, New York's same-sex couples will become eligible for marriage licenses. Tens of thousands of those couples are expected to marry over the next few years, and their vows will resonate across America.

Man tells senators: Defense of Marriage Act cost me my homeupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 16:20:00

Ron Wallen met the person that he says completed his life in 1953.

Obama backs measure repealing Defense of Marriage Actupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 12:25:00

President Barack Obama is now backing legislation that would allow federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed under state law -- a move long sought by proponents of equal rights for same-sex couples and part of the president's self-described "evolution" on the hotly contested issue.

Sen. Feinstein announces plan to repeal federal marriage statuteupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 12:42:00

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, announced Tuesday a bill to repeal the federal law that defines marriage as a "legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife" and that allows states to reject legal same sex marriages from other states.

New York legalizes same-sex marriageupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 05:43:00

New York joins five other U.S. states in legalizing same-sex marriage. CNN's Stan Case reports.

NYC readies for July 24 start of same-sex marriage lawupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 05:43:00

A new state law allowing same-sex marriage will go into effect July 24, and New York City is making special arrangements for those wanting to get married on the historic date.

Rhode Island governor signs civil union bill into lawupdated: Sat Jul 02 2011 13:13:00

In a move largely seen as a compromise over the rights that can be afforded to gay and lesbian couples, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Saturday signed into law a bill that legalizes civil unions, making his state the fifth in the nation to allow them.

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.

The political impact of gay marriageupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 13:35:00

CNN's Don Lemon talks to NY1 political anchor Errol Louis about the impact of New York's same-sex marriage law.

Number of Americans in same-sex marriage states more than doublesupdated: Sat Jun 25 2011 16:50:00

The number of Americans living in states covered by same-sex marriage laws has more than doubled after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that gave gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

Cuomo: NY a beacon for social justiceupdated: Sat Jun 25 2011 16:50:00

New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks after passage of a same-sex marriage bill in the NY Senate.

NY Senate passes same-sex marriage billupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 23:56:00

The Marriage Equality Act was approved in the New York State Senate Friday night by a vote of 33-29.

Obama's gay marriage dilemmaupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 10:21:00

CNN.com contributor LZ Granderson says the president is trying to be practical in handling gay rights issues.

Obama's dodge on gay marriage: I get itupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 10:21:00

I wanted to get mad, but I couldn't. I wanted to be hurt, but I wasn't.

Senator could decide gay marriage in NYupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 06:31:00

With one more vote needed to pass gay marriage, New York Sen. Greg Ball holds out for stronger religious protections.

Gay marriage battle rages as N.Y. senators debate taxes and rentupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 06:31:00

A day after state lawmakers were due to head home, a pair of controversial issues seem to stubbornly postpone their summer recess.

Is Obama ready to support gay marriage?updated: Tue Jun 21 2011 16:28:00

After last week's GOP debate it would be safe to assume that President Obama pretty much has the 2012 gay vote all sewn up.

Obama: 'Evolving' on same-sex marriageupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 16:28:00

LZ Granderson comments on President Obama's 'evolving' stance on same-sex marriage.

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