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Edith Windsor, Who Paved Way for Gay Marriage, Dies

She ended Defense of Marriage Act with 2013 Supreme Court case

(Newser) - Edith Windsor, the woman behind the legal case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and paved the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage, died Tuesday at 88, the New York Daily News reports. The longtime New Yorker and gay-rights activist was the plaintiff in United States v.... More »

Justice Dept. Sides With Baker Who Refused Gay Couple

Administration files brief supporting Jack Phillips

(Newser) - The Trump administration has picked a side in a controversial upcoming Supreme Court case —and it isn't the side of gay rights. The Department of Justice filed a brief Thursday supporting Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for gay couple Charlie Craig... More »

'Nashville Statement' on Gays, Transgenders Earns Mayor's Ire

And the ire of many others after evangelicals issue their 'Christian manifesto'

(Newser) - The mayor of Nashville has lashed out after a group of evangelical leaders put out a "Christian manifesto" named after her city to offer church guidance on sexuality issues. Per the Washington Post , the so-called "Nashville Statement," a 14-point cheat sheet from the Council on Biblical Manhood... More »

Kentucky Taxpayers Must Pay $225K in Kim Davis Case

Judge orders the state to pay legal fees for those who sued the clerk

(Newser) - A federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in legal fees because a county clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015, the AP reports. US District Judge David Bunning on Friday ordered the state to pay $222,695 in fees to... More »

Colombia OKs What May Be World's First Legal 'Throuple'

'We wanted to validate our household,' says one of the 3 men in relationship

(Newser) - "We want to make what's intimate, public." So says 23-year-old Victor Hugo Prada, who is gearing up to marry the two loves of his life after Colombia agreed to legalize a three-way union between Prada and his two boyfriends—perhaps the first such legalized "throuples" union... More »

Vote Marks 'Joyous Turning Point' in Germany

Same-sex marriage legalized despite 'no' vote from Merkel

(Newser) - Germany's lower house of Parliament agreed Friday to tweak its civil code to legalize same-sex marriage, with one gay-rights advocate calling the moment a "joyous turning point," the Washington Post reports. The New York Times notes this places Germany, which legalized civil partnerships in 2001, among more... More »

Church Scores Big Victory at Supreme Court

Justices say Missouri was wrong to deny state funds for playground

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's big headline on Monday involved partially instating President Trump's travel ban, but it was far from the only consequential development on the last day of the court's term . In a big church-state ruling, the court sided with the church. Justices ruled 7-2 that the... More »

Catholic Bishop Tells Priests: No Funerals for Gay Couples

The Bishop of Illinois also denies same-sex couples last rites

(Newser) - Two years after the Supreme Court made gay marriage legal, the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., has issued a decree instructing his priests to not only refuse to perform gay marriage services but to deny Holy Communion, last rites, and funeral services to members of same-sex... More »

Ben & Jerry's Makes Unusual Rule to Back Gay Marriage

In Australia, you can't get 'same-flavor' servings until same-sex marriage is legal

(Newser) - "Love comes in all flavours," says socially active ice cream giant Ben & Jerry's, which is putting their scoops where their mouth is in a new protest. In a move supporting gay rights, the company’s 26 stores in Australia have “banned” servings of two scoops... More »

Taiwan's Top Court Just Issued a Milestone Gay Ruling

It recognizes same-sex marriage

(Newser) - In a first for Asia, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a years-long campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent's most liberal democracies, per the AP . In its majority opinion, the court said a provision in the current... More »

Gay Couple's Lawsuit Against Kentucky Clerk Resurrected

David Ermold and David Moore can sue Kim Davis, appeals court rules

(Newser) - A same-sex couple denied a marriage license for months by Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis can sue her for damages, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The damages lawsuit from David Ermold and David Moore was declared moot by a lower court due to the fact that a new state... More »

NC Lawmaker: Lincoln Was 'Same Sort of Tyrant' as Hitler

Rep. Larry Pittman lashed out after failure to restore gay marriage ban

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker in North Carolina is taking a lot of flak for comparing the first Republican president to Adolf Hitler. State Rep. Larry Pittman of Cabarrus likened Abraham Lincoln to Hitler on Wednesday after a commenter on Facebook criticized a bill he'd introduced to ignore federal rulings and... More »

Woman Proposes to Girlfriend, but a 3rd Woman Steals Show

'Look at that older woman's reaction'

(Newser) - Sometimes it's the honest, unedited reaction to a moment that gets the greatest applause. Such is the case in a proposal photo now being widely shared. Carlos Jair took several pictures of his sister Jessica Rodriguez proposing to her long-term girlfriend Chelsea Miller at the Art Institute of Chicago... More »

BuzzFeed's Piece on HGTV's 'Fixer Uppers' Decried

Kate Arthur took a look at the church Chip, Jo Gaines attend

(Newser) - What HGTV superstars Chip and Joanna Gaines think about same-sex marriage is unclear. Whether they'd bring their Fixer Upper skills to a gay couple is also unclear— BuzzFeed tried to get an answer on the question from the couple's reps and couldn't. So Kate Arthur came at... More »

Gay Marriage Stance Gets Alabama Chief Justice Booted

Roy Moore suspended for rest of term after he's seen as defying US Supreme Court

(Newser) - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's defiance of federal court rulings on gay marriage violated judicial ethics, a disciplinary court ruled on Friday before suspending him for the rest of his term. The punishment effectively removes Moore from office without the nine-member Alabama Court of the Judiciary officially ousting him,... More »

2 Nuns Fall in Love, Leave Church, Get Hitched

Franciscan sisters in Italy joined in civil union

(Newser) - Two former nuns were joined in a civil union in Italy on Wednesday in a ceremony coming only four months after the heavily Catholic country approved same-sex partnerships. Identified only as Isabel and Federica, they met three years ago doing charitable work with drug addicts and gradually fell in love,... More »

1st Same-Sex Olympic Couple Wins Gold

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh are members of Great Britain's field hockey team

(Newser) - Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh were already the first same-sex married couple to compete in the Olympics, Advocate reports. On Friday, they added a gold medal to that historic first. "To win a gold medal is a dream come true—to win it standing next to my wife is really... More »

Judge: Mississippi Clerks Can't Use Religion to Refuse Gay Marriage Licenses

Judge says Mississippi law creates inequality

(Newser) - Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, under a ruling a federal judge handed down Monday. The effect of the ruling by US District Judge Carlton Reeves is that the state can't enforce part of a religious objections... More »

Desmond Tutu's Daughter Leaves Church Over Gay Marriage

Reverend Mpho Tutu-Van Furth married a woman in December

(Newser) - The daughter of Africa's most famous archbishop is leaving the priesthood over her marriage to a woman. The Washington Post reports Reverend Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, daughter of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Desmond Tutu, married Marceline Furth in December. Same-sex marriage was legalized in South Africa in 2006, but the... More »

Church of Scotland OKs Gay Marriage for Its Ministers

But they still won't be able to perform gay marriages

(Newser) - The Church of Scotland has voted to let its ministers enter same-sex marriages—though it says it "maintains its traditional view of marriage between a man and woman," the AP reports. The church's general assembly voted Saturday to allow congregations to "opt out" from traditional teaching... More »

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