A minister's support for same-sex marriage costs him his congregation. CNN's David Mattingly reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reaction to a federal appeals court ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
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.
The first openly gay U.S. ambassador talks about a Senate panel vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
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.
Gen. Colin Powell says same-sex marriage should be legal, noting religious opposition can choose not to solemnize unions.
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.
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.
As one of the next states to vote on banning gay marriage, Minnesotans react to President Obama's comments.
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.
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.
Zach Wahls, has two moms, meets with lawmakers to discuss marriage equality.
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.
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.
Political analysts predict how President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage will play out in the election.
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.
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.
President Obama declares that gay marriage 'should be legal.'
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.
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.
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.
CNN's Randi Kaye reports on how far the U.S. has come on same-sex marriage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Obama's stance on same-sex marriage inspires plenty of reactions. CNN's Shelby Lin reports.
For the better part of four years, voters have said the number one issue is the economy.
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.
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.
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.
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn tells Piers Morgan what Obama's statement means to her and her upcoming wedding.
President Obama's decision to make his support of same sex marriage known carries risks for the fall campaign.
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.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he supports same-sex marriage, raising the political stakes on an issue over which Americans are evenly split.
CNN's Becky Anderson looks at tweets from celebrities in reaction to President Obama's support of gay marriage.
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 Sean Harris explains what he meant when he told parents to punch children who demonstrate homosexual behavior.
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.
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.
CNN contributor Roland Martin on how President Obama's stance on gay marriage could affect his reelection.
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.
The White House says Vice President Biden's comments on gay marriage aren't a departure from the president's statements.
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'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.
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.
George Takei talks to Showbiz Tonight about how he'll try to change Donald Trump's mind on same-sex marriage.
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.
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 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.
Gov. Martin O'Malley signs into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland.
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.
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's state legislature approves a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frederic Deloizy says his life began the day he met Mark Himes by chance at a birthday party in April 1990.
Four same-sex couples in the Aloha State celebrate the new year with 'I dos' in Hawaii's first civil unions ceremony.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to repeal the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
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."
President Obama condemned GOP presidential candidates for staying silent when a U.S. soldier was booed during a debate.
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'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.
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.
The American Psychological Association is calling on state and federal officials to stop anti-gay legal measures and to legalize same-sex marriage.
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.
New York City hopes to see a big spike in business as same-sex couples begin tying the knot. Maggie Lake reports
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.
Ron Wallen met the person that he says completed his life in 1953.
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. 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 joins five other U.S. states in legalizing same-sex marriage. CNN's Stan Case reports.
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.
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 state senators sound off about a bill that permits civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.
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.
CNN's Don Lemon talks to NY1 political anchor Errol Louis about the impact of New York's same-sex marriage law.
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.
New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks after passage of a same-sex marriage bill in the NY Senate.
The Marriage Equality Act was approved in the New York State Senate Friday night by a vote of 33-29.
CNN.com contributor LZ Granderson says the president is trying to be practical in handling gay rights issues.
I wanted to get mad, but I couldn't. I wanted to be hurt, but I wasn't.
With one more vote needed to pass gay marriage, New York Sen. Greg Ball holds out for stronger religious protections.
A day after state lawmakers were due to head home, a pair of controversial issues seem to stubbornly postpone their summer recess.
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.
LZ Granderson comments on President Obama's 'evolving' stance on same-sex marriage.
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