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Federal judge rules gay marriage ban unconstitutional

BOSTON – The federal law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define the institution and therefore denies married gay couples some …


Judge: Federal gay marriage ban unconstitutional

The federal law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define the institution and therefore denies married gay couples some federal benefits, …


Idaho GOP move to define marriage to exclude transgenders

Idaho doesn’t recognize gay or lesbian marriage, but some Republicans want the state to go a step further.


Federal gay marriage trial gets under way

SAN FRANCISCO – A widely anticipated federal trial over the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage opened Monday, with lawyers and witnesses debating the meaning of marriage and sexual …


Trial will challenge ban on same-sex marriages

Scholars, gay and lesbian partners and opponents of same-sex marriage are expected to testify about the nature of marriage and homosexuality itself during an unprecedented federal trial today to determine …


Jonathan Rauch: Growth year for gay rights

For the gay marriage debate, 2009 was transitional instead of transformative, but the year was historic nonetheless. To mangle Churchill, it was not the end, nor even the beginning of …


Nation in brief: Gay marriage bill loses in Senate

Albany, N.Y. – New York lawmakers Wednesday rejected a bill that would have made the state the sixth to allow gay marriage, stunning advocates who suffered a similar decision by …


Gay marriage approved in D.C.

WASHINGTON – The Washington, D.C., Council voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage, a key step in a process that could enable gay couples to marry in the nation’s capital …


Group waiting on California gay marriage push

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Bowing to the advice of political consultants and pollsters, officials from a major gay rights advocacy group announced Wednesday that they will wait until 2012 to return …


Washington state officials’ exercise maps out discrimination

Sometimes you have to abuse an intern to make a point. The Washington secretary of state’s office wondered how long it would take to read the Referendum 71 petition. The …


Group appeals Prop 8 ruling in federal court

Spurned by the California Supreme Court, gay couples wanting to marry appealed to the federal courts Wednesday to strike down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional state interference in a citizen’s fundamental …


Court upholds marriage ban

SAN FRANCISCO – California’s Supreme Court upheld the state’s gay-marriage ban Tuesday but said the estimated 18,000 same-sex weddings that took place before the prohibition passed are still valid – …


Calif. high court upholds gay-marriage ban

The California Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, but it also decided that the estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took …


Marriage question strains churches

The nation’s mainline Protestant denominations have quarreled for years over the role of gays and lesbians in church life, but those debates promise to grow even more intense this summer. …


Same-sex couples begin exchanging vows in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – Same-sex couples in Iowa began holding hastily planned weddings Monday as the state became the third to allow gay marriage, a leap that even some supporters …


California’s Proposition 8 likely to stand

SAN FRANCISCO – As dueling demonstrators chanted and carried banners outside, the California Supreme Court strongly indicated Thursday it would rule that Proposition 8 validly abolished the right for gays …


Others’ happiness won’t ruin matrimony

On this Wednesday morning, please take a moment to notice and appreciate that the world is still turning. If you are married, do me another favor and kick the tires …