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2 Marriage Equality Bills at Odds in Australia

Critics say one would roll back protections for LGBT

(Newser) - Some 62% of registered voters supported gay marriage in an Australian postal survey that ensures Parliament will consider legalizing same-sex weddings this year, although the form any law would take and its allowances for religious objections sparked immediate debate, reports the AP . The conservative government promised to allow a bill... More »

Marriage Equality: Adding to the Class Divide?

It hinges on a notion called 'assortative mating'

(Newser) - Marriage equality is on the rise at the same time class segregation is growing—but are the two connected? Yep, rising equality in the American marriage (where women make more money than before) appears oddly linked to greater inequality throughout the economy, the New York Times reports. "It’s... More »

JK Rowling Shuts Down Homophobes (Again) on Twitter

This time it was Westboro Baptist Church protesting Gandalf/Dumbledore wedding

(Newser) - The Westboro Baptist Church protests against pretty much everyone and everything, so any shock value they may have had wore off long ago. But one person they shouldn't have set their sights on is JK Rowling, who effectively owned the anti-gay group after members started sparring with her on... More »

The Courts Have Spoken: Gay Marriage Is a Done Deal

Equality is 18-0 since the DOMA decision, David Cohen and Dahlia Lithwick observe

(Newser) - A federal court struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban yesterday, and with that blow, David Cohen and Dahlia Lithwick at Slate are ready to call the fight. "It's Over: Gay Marriage Can't Lose in the Courts," their headline declares. When the Supreme Court overturned the... More »

2 Steps Forward for Gay Marriage

A judge rules for gay couples in Ohio, and gay inmates can marry in Calif.

(Newser) - A federal judge in Ohio sided with a gay couple yesterday, ordering that David Michener be listed as the surviving spouse on the death certificate of William Herbert Ives—even though Ohio does not recognize gay marriage. The men, who have three children and had been together 18 years, wed... More »

Minn., RI Ring in Gay Marriage

Dozens tie the knot just after midnight

(Newser) - At midnight, Minnesota and Rhode Island became the 12th and 13th states to legalize gay marriage and there were dozens of couples waiting at Minneapolis City Hall and courthouses across the state, the AP reports. Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak pronounced the first couple married before a cheering crowd of nearly... More »

As DOMA Dies, Hopes Rise for Gay Divorce

State laws have left many stuck in marriages they can't end

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act has raised hopes for couples trapped in marriages that they cannot end because the state they live in doesn't accept they exist, the New York Times finds. "I didn’t realize this could potentially be... More »

Gay Marriage Fight Isn't Over

Pundits applaud decision, point out its limitations

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's gay marriage rulings have pretty much everyone talking and typing. Many liberals are overjoyed, but others urge caution, while conservatives look for silver linings. Here's what people are saying:
  • "This may be remembered as the day when the nation stopped regarding gay people as
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GOP Senator No. 3 Endorses Gay Marriage

But Lisa Murkowski says religious freedom must 'remain inviolate'

(Newser) - Lisa Murkowski today became the third Republican senator to endorse gay marriage, following the lead of Rob Portman and Mark Kirk . In a statement on her website , the Alaska senator recalls nominating a military family as "Angels in Adoption" for opening their doors to four siblings in need of... More »

Judge: Lesbian Couple Can't Live Together

'Morality clause' forces them apart

(Newser) - A lesbian couple in Texas is claiming discrimination after a judge told the pair they legally could not live together. Carolyn Compton and Page Price have been sharing a household with Compton's two daughters, ages 10 and 13. But the judge said Price would have to move out, because... More »

Real Marriage Equality Means Legalizing Polygamy

Jillian Keenan argues that polygamist marriage isn't such a bad idea

(Newser) - The right-wing has been saying for years that gay marriage is a slippery slope—what's next, legalized polygamy? "We can only hope," writes Jillian Keenan at Slate . "No. I am not kidding." She argues that polygamy gets a bad rap in this country because of... More »

NC Church Refuses to Perform Straight Weddings

Until same-sex marriage is legal

(Newser) - If gay people aren't allowed to get married, then no one's getting married. That's the position the Green Street United Methodist Church is taking. The church in Winston-Salem, NC, will refuse to conduct any weddings or sign any marriage licenses, straight or otherwise, until same-sex marriage is... More »

Obama Approach 'Exactly' Right on Gay Marriage

Andrew Sullivan thinks Justice Department is wise to make 'modest' arguments

(Newser) - Andrew Sullivan may be a big believer in marriage equality, but he also thinks it is a policy best pursued through legislative means, not the courts. Which is why he thinks the Obama administration is taking "exactly the right approach" in joining the Supreme Court cases over Prop 8... More »

Huntsman: Why the Right Should Back Gay Marriage

Jon Huntsman: Civil equality is a conservative value

(Newser) - Conservatives have fallen out of step with the present moment on a range of issues, Jon Huntsman writes in the American Conservative : "The marketplace of ideas will render us irrelevant, and soon, if we are not honest about our time and place in history." And that means more... More »

Gay Marriage in Works in RI

It will be last state in New England to allow it

(Newser) - Rhode Island, perhaps sensing that all the cool kids in the region were doing it, is moving forward on a bill allowing anyone to marry "any eligible person regardless of gender." Rhode Island is currently the only state in New England not to allow same-sex marriage, but that... More »

Illinois' GOP Chair Backs Same-Sex Marriage

Says it 'honors the best conservative principles'

(Newser) - Are Republicans changing their tune on gay marriage? Illinois Party Chairman Pat Brady is. He issued a statement yesterday saying that he's throwing his "full support" behind the state's pending marriage equality legislation, saying that it "honors the best conservative principles," the Chicago Sun-Times reports. More »

Tomorrow: Gay Rights Backers Flock to Starbucks

Gay marriage magazine reacts to 'Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day'

(Newser) - After gay marriage opponents went to Chick-Fil-A last week, supporters are fighting back—by heading to Starbucks tomorrow. Same-sex wedding magazine Equally Wed thought up the idea, which has 28,000 people committed on Facebook so far. The event's original name was National Starbucks Day, but other holidays have... More »

Democrats' Platform to Include Gay Marriage

It was unanimously included, Barney Frank says

(Newser) - The committee drafting the Democratic Party's official platform has, for the first time, included support for same-sex marriage on it. All 15 members of the committee voted unanimously to include the section, Rep. Barney Frank tells the Washington Blade . "Everybody was for it," he said, tracing support... More »

Crusader Against Gay Marriage Swaps Sides

David Blankenhorn's op-ed sparks renewed debate

(Newser) - One of the most respected opponents of gay marriage has changed his mind, arguing that too many of his political comrades are simply prejudiced against gays and lesbians, the New York Times reports. David Blankenhorn, who wrote The Future of Marriage and argued for California's Proposition 8 as an... More »

Thousands Demand Dems Yank DNC From N. Carolina

Gay marriage vote prompts outrage

(Newser) - Thousands of angry progressives are demanding the DNC pull the Democratic National Convention out of Charlotte in protest of North Carolina's vote to amend its constitution to ban same-sex marriage. A petition advocating the move has already drawn more than 27,000 signatures, and the same sentiment... More »

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