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By Gavin Newsom | Our final steps in the long march towards justice.

Why More Americans Accept Gay Marriage Than Ever

Jo Becker offers perspective on surging acceptance—and continued obstacles—in the fight for marriage equality.

Same-sex marriage remains a hot-button issue for fictional politicians. House of Cards, for example, recently inserted a testy exchange between actor Kevin Spacey's President Frank …

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Former Republican Chairman Back With New Supreme Court Brief For Marriage Equality

For the second time, Ken Mehlman is leading a Supreme Court brief in support of marriage equality. The signatories include a number of officials from Romney’s 2012 campaign.

WASHINGTON — For the second time, Ken Mehlman — the one-time head of the Republican National Committee — is gathering notable …


Jeb Bush Reaffirms He Does Not Support Marriage Equality

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) stood by his opposition to same-sex marriage Friday, despite some speculation in recent days that he may be warming to the idea of marriage equality.

If Bush runs for president, some of his closest aides will be individuals who are strong …


Biological Same-Sex Parent Babies Could Be a Reality by 2017

A scientific breakthrough could offer new hope to same-sex couples and anyone suffering from infertility issues.

Babies with two biological same-sex parents could be a reality in just two years.

Pioneering stem cell research undertaken at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. and Weizmann Institute …


The Man Who Defended Sodomy Bans At The Supreme Court Now Believes Everyone Needs Love

Mike Bowers says he is a different man today than he was 30 years ago, when he went to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep Georgia’s sodomy ban alive. Bowers talks with BuzzFeed News about religious liberty bills, marriage equality, and the 1986 sodomy ban case that bears his name.



Texas lawmakers celebrate 10 years of anti-LGBT bigotry with cake

Legislators had a little party at the capitol to honor the anniversary of the state's same-sex marriage ban

Texas officials are already trying their damnedest to un-marry the state’s first-ever legally married same-sex couple, but it seems that for several lawmakers, it’s simply not enough to make …


New Hampshire Republicans Put Married Gay Man In Party Leadership

Dan Innis ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2014.

WASHINGTON — Dan Innis, the married gay man who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in New Hampshire, was confirmed to be a member of the state Republican Party’s leadership on Monday night.

New Hampshire Republican Party Chair Jennifer Horn appointed …

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Texas attorney general argues gay couple's marriage is void

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a newlywed lesbian couple in Texas celebrate defying a statewide ban on gay marriage, the state's Republican attorney general is preparing to tell a court Friday why it should rule their nuptials invalid.

The marriage license given to two Austin women — who succeeded by …


Texas Has Legally Married One Gay Couple

An Austin couple tied the knot Thursday after getting an emergency license—but the state supreme court quickly blocked any more nuptials.

Forget the Lone Star State—as of Thursday, Texas is the lone-marriage state, with a single, legally wed gay couple.

It's a strange turn of events, and it's unclear …


Fresh Challenge to Gay Marriage Increases Confusion in Alabama

Though most county probate judges in Alabama are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the fight over the matter continues to simmer in state and federal courts, fueled by two conservative groups that have asked the state’s Supreme Court to halt the practice.

The groups’ emergency …


Gay Couple Becomes First to Wed in Texas

"We'll be making history"

Two women were legally married in Austin, Texas Thursday morning, becoming the first gay couple to wed in the state.

“It’s very exciting,” Bryant said before her wedding. “My little one was worried about missing her history class. I said we’ll be making history.”



Washington florist who rejected same-sex wedding broke law, judge rules

Barronelle Stutzman to appeal court’s decision after she was sued for refusing to provide flowers for same-sex couple’s wedding

A florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that she broke a state anti-discrimination law.

Alliance …


Texas Supreme Court Stops Gay Marriage After First Wedding

The Texas Supreme Court late Thursday imposed a stay on county court rulings striking down the state's gay marriage ban hours after a lesbian couple became the first to wed in the Lone Star state.

A short statement on the state supreme court website said the justices had issued a special order.

"The …


Texas county issues marriage license to same-sex couple

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas county issued a marriage license to a same-sex couple on Thursday in what may be the first legal certification for a gay couple in the state, which has a constitutional amendment defining marriage as only being between a man and a woman.

A Travis County clerk said …


Texas issues first-ever same-sex marriage license

The Lone Star state could be next up to embrace marriage equality

History has been made in the Lone Star state: A Texas county clerk issued the state’s first same-sex marriage license on Thursday, following a Travis County court ruling earlier in the week that declared the state’s ban on same-sex …


Texas Same-Sex Couple Marries Despite State Ban On Gay Marriage

A same-sex couple has wed in Texas, despite the state's ban on gay marriage.

According to the American-Statesman, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant were granted a court order for medical reasons: Goodfriend has been diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer. Judge David Wahlberg ordered Travis …


Gay Rights Group Excluded From CPAC Yet Again

WASHINGTON -- The wave of progress on LGBT rights has yet to reach the halls of the unsuitably named Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

For yet another year, the Conservative Political Action Conference will exclude from its list of sponsors the Log Cabin …

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Using 'Pseudoscience' to Undermine Same-Sex Parents

A new study claims that the children of gay couples are more likely to have emotional and developmental problems, but reveals more about the researcher than his subjects.

The paper has a straightforward title: "Emotional Problems Among Children With Same-Sex Parents: Difference by Definition." It's …


My Church Told Me to Pray Away the Gay

Growing up in an evangelical church, I was told gays most certainly went to hell. I prayed for God to change me.

Last week, a judge in New Jersey ruled against therapists who claim to be able to cure homosexuality. As part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by four men against a group calling itself Jews …


Kansas Guv Endangers Thousands of Gays

Suddenly, the Kansas governor has rescinded an order that protects LGBT workers from discrimination. What’s the matter with Kansas indeed.

If you had told me two years ago that we would have nationwide marriage equality before we would have job protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender …


After one gay marriage, Texas Supreme Court issues order blocking more

Hours after the first same-sex marriage was performed in Austin on Thursday, the Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency order blocking other gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses.

The high court ruling did not specifically address the marriage license granted to the two women who were …


Alabama chief justice to defy Supreme Court if it supports gay marriage

Roy Moore, the conservative chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, said on Sunday if the U.S. Supreme Court decides that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry he would defy the ruling because it would alter God’s “organic law.”

Under Justice Moore’s urging, many Alabama counties …


Judge Challenging Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore On Gay Marriage: 'We're On The Right Side Of History'

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) doubled down Sunday on his decision to ignore a federal ruling allowing same-sex marriage in the state, while one of the probate judges defying him expressed confidence that he was "on the right side of history."

Despite Moore's orders to the …


KKK issues “call to arms” over Alabama same-sex marriage ruling

The hate group melts down after a federal court rules an amendment banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional

In a latest attempt to capitalize on political and racial controversy, a Ku Klux Klan faction from Mississippi has initiated a “Call to arms in Alabama” in response to federal courts ruling …


The GOP's gay marriage dodge

The latest dispute in Alabama? That’s a topic they’d rather avoid.

Republicans eyeing the presidency nearly all insist that states should make their own decisions on whether to allow same-sex marriage.

But the latest dispute in Alabama? That’s a topic they’d rather avoid.

When pressed on the fight in …


More Alabama counties start granting gay marriage licenses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More Alabama counties are issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after a federal judge's latest order.

Probate courts in at least two counties — Tuscaloosa and Lee — reversed course and began issuing gay marriage licenses Friday.

In January, U.S. District Judge Callie …


Gay couples wed in once-reluctant Alabama county

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The federal judge who overturned Alabama's gay-marriage ban ordered a reluctant county to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, signaling to probate judges across the state that they should do the same.

About an hour after U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's …


Alabama used the states' right argument to ban marriages before — for interracial couples

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is making the media circuit rounds this week defending his decision to keep the state's same-sex marriage ban after a …


Federal Judge Orders Mobile County Official To Stop Denying Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Mobile County is the largest county in Alabama that is not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [Update: Mobile County is complying with the order.]

WASHINGTON — The federal judge who earlier struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages on Thursday extended her order to Mobile …