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Brands that love LGBT the most

The latest ad from Tiffany & Co. isn't your grandfathers' ad: It shows a gay couple, a first for the jeweler.

As same-sex relationships are increasingly mainstream -- and as same-sex marriage is legalized in more states -- more and more companies are joining the LGBT-friendly bandwagon.

Some do it …

Gay Rights

Nevada, Idaho want to put hold on gay-marriage

Officials in Idaho and Nevada have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriage in those states, at least temporarily, by barring implementation of a federal appeals court ruling issued Tuesday.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals struck down current bans on same-sex marriage in the two …


Lawmaker proposes as gay marriage ban falls

He expected him to say yes. The unmarried couple had been together for about 6 ½ years, but it wasn't until Tuesday that a state senator from Nevada was able to ask his partner to legally marry him.

After a ruling from an appeals court overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, state Sen. …


Surprise marks the high court's new term

The Supreme Court kicked off its new term with some drama on the same-sex marriage front, and a bit of confusion mixed into the proceedings.

By tradition, Chief Justice John Roberts -- joined by his eight colleagues -- took to the bench at 10 a.m. and announced the end of the old term and the start …

High Court

What's next in same-sex marriage fight?

Never has the Supreme Court said so much when saying so little.

When the justices refused to rule on gay marriage cases Monday, it directly cleared the way for the unions to become legal in five states -- Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

A sixth state, Colorado, began allowing …


Toobin: Non-decision helps gay marriage

Same-sex marriage will be the law of the land -- inevitably but not immediately.

That's the message of the Supreme Court's decision today to let stand five federal appellate court rulings that recognized a constitutional right for gay people to marry. The practical effects of today's non-decision …

Jeffrey Toobin

Will same-sex marriage become a 2014 issue?

The Supreme Court's decision Monday on same-sex marriage brought the issue back into the political mix less than a month before the midterm elections.

Deciding not to weigh in on the debate, the high court refused to hear cases in five states that are trying to maintain their same-sex marriage bans. …


Gay marriage gets boost from high court

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for legal same-sex marriages in five more states.

The court refused to hear cases from the states -- Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin -- seeking to keep their same-sex marriage bans in place.

Couples in some of those states began applying …


Big businesses still fighting for same-sex marriage

For many of the nation's largest businesses, the fight for same-sex marriage didn't end when the Supreme Court decided to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act last year.

While the federal government now recognizes same-sex marriage, individual states still get to make their own rules. And since many …


Transgender workers' legal rights to be formalized

Legal protections for transgender workers will be formalized under new federal rules.

The Labor Department will "issue guidance to make clear that discrimination on the basis of transgender status is discrimination based on sex," Secretary Tom Perez said Monday in an online posting.

It's unclear when …

Gay Rights

Why are business leaders not openly gay?

CNN's Erin Burnett and Richard Quest discuss why some business leaders remain silent about being gay.

Erin Burnett

A year after DOMA, these couples choose both love and country

Will American exiles return post-DOMA?

(CNN) -- A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA, a 1996 law that recognized legal marriage as being between a man and a woman. The June 26, 2013, ruling in Windsor v. United States afforded equal …


White House nears completion of effort to implement DOMA ruling

Washington (CNN) – Following last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the ban on federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples, the White House is announcing Friday that more benefits will be extended to those couples, no matter where they live.

Included in those benefits will …

White House

Kaplan: Gay marriage's great love story

Shortly after we filed our case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, my client Edie Windsor was asked what it felt like to be a plaintiff suing the federal government. Edie, who grew up in a middle-class household after the Great Depression, said it was one thing to be "out" as a lesbian but …


One year later: Same-sex marriage ruling's impact

It's been one year since the Supreme Court's monumental ruling on same-sex marriage, and many couples have already seen their lives change dramatically.

When the Defense of Marriage Act -- which limited the definition of marriage to a man and a woman -- was overturned last June, married same-sex …


Love wins in gay couple's 40-year immigration fight

Editor's note: This story contains language that some people might find offensive.

(CNN) -- Anthony Sullivan was a young Australian with Robert Redford looks. Richard Adams emigrated from the Philippines as a child and became an American citizen. The two met in Los Angeles, fell in love and got …


U.S. appeals court strikes down same-sex marriage ban in major ruling

Court strikes down same-sex marriage ban

(CNN) -- In a significant first, a U.S. appeals court has struck down a state ban on same-sex marriage, creating greater political and legal momentum for the Supreme Court to decide whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to wed.

It happened on …


How Scalia's prophecy became a moral crisis

(CNN) - One year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, this much is clear: Justice Antonin Scalia is a prophet.

Back in 2003, when the court handed down the decision in Lawrence v. Texas, striking down all criminal statutes against homosexual acts, Scalia declared …


Clinton on gay marriage at CNN Townhall


We saved on taxes since DOMA's repeal - Video - Personal Finance

One year after the Supreme Court overturned The Defense of Marriage Act, we revisit a married couple, Brian Esser and Kevin O'Leary, who say doing their taxes was easier and cheaper.

Personal Finance

Life experiences shaped marriage votes

After their son was killed in battle in Afghanistan, Lori and Jeff Wilfahrt crisscrossed their home state of Minnesota. They spoke at churches, schools, book clubs. They spoke of Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt's love of country and the Constitution.

They spoke, too, of grief. They are a mother and father who …


Taxes = 'no stress' - Same-sex marriage ruling: 'Our financial lives one year later' - CNNMoney

Sean Liphard and Auntré Hamp
Washington, D.C.

Liphard and Hamp have a lot to celebrate. Not only did they hit their one-year wedding anniversary last month, but filing their taxes this year was the easiest it's been in a long time.

"I actually did our taxes myself this year just using TurboTax [for …


Opinion: DOMA fight hinged on a great love story -

Gay marriage battle hinged on a great love story

(CNN) -- Shortly after we filed our case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, my client Edie Windsor was asked what it felt like to be a plaintiff suing the federal government. Edie, who grew up in a middle-class household after the Great …

Love Stories

A same-sex couple's remarkable journey

The idea for getting married was partly Kevin's idea.

The 11-year-old also thought it would be neat if daddy and papa tied the knot on the same day the couple met 15-years earlier on a softball field.

So Peter Mercurio -- papa -- and Daniel Stewart -- daddy -- started planning.

"I was walking Kevin to …

New York City Subway

More than half of gay, lesbian employees still closeted at work

Even as support for same-sex marriage and gay rights continues to grow, many workers still don't feel comfortable enough to come out of the closet on the job.

The majority, or 53%, of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees are closeted at work, according to a random poll of 806 LGBT and …

Gay Rights

Obamacare will cover same-sex spouses

More big news for same-sex couples: Starting next year, health insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to same-sex spouses.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the clarification to current rules Friday, saying that insurance plans that offer coverage to …

Department of Health and Human Services

Same-sex marriage ruling: Financial impact

The Supreme Court's decision Wednesday to strike down the federal law that limited marriage to a man and a woman is not just a civil rights victory for same-sex couples -- it's a financial win for many of them.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court ruled that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is …


Victory for lesbian, years after her partner's death -

Story highlights

Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer met in New York and were together more than 40 years
• They couldn't legally marry in the U.S., but they did tie the knot in 2007 in Toronto
• When Spyer died, Windsor paid a large inheritance tax -- then fought it in court
• A court rules their union was valid; …


Edith Windsor: Thea's spirit was with us

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in my case challenging the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, widely known as DOMA. I was honored and humbled by the opportunity to have my case considered by our nation's highest court. I have also been overwhelmed by the love and …