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Minneapolis Celebrates Minnesota Marriage Equality With A Beautiful Rainbow Bridge

Woot!!!

The state of Minnesota became the 12th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Mark Dayton signed the state’s bill into law yesterday evening. In celebration of this wonderful advancement of equal rights in that part of the country, the city of Minneapolis turned the I-35 Bridge into a beautifully vibrant rainbow bridge of colors and shared the celebration on Facebook. Click below to see how cool this Minneapolis bridge looked last night :D More »

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Marriage Equality Comes To Minnesota

A Dozen US States Have Now Legalized Same-Sex Marriage!!!

Just last week we learned the JOYOUS news that Delaware became the 11th US state to legalize same-sex marriage, just days after Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Today we learn the AMAZING news that Minnesota has followed suit and yesterday became the 12th US state to legalize same-sex marriage. After the Minnesota House of Representatives passed their marriage equality bill last week, the Minnesota Senate passed the bill … and Governor Mark Dayton intends to wast no time signing that bill into law (in a special ceremony later today). Starting this August, same-sex couples in Minnesota will be allowed to marry! Woot!!! More »

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Marriage Equality Comes To Delaware

DE Becomes the 11th State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage!

Just last Friday we learned that the state of Rhode Island became the 10th state in the United States of America to legalize same-sex marriage and today we learn that just last night, Delaware became the 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Just days after the RI legislature passed their bill and Governor Lincoln Chafee signed it into law, the DE legislature followed suit last night. Delaware Governor Jack Markell wasted NO TIME signing that state’s bill into law, bringing the total states to enjoy marriage equality to 11! Happy, Happy Day!! More »

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Marriage Equality Comes To Rhode Island

RI becomes the 10th State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage!

Last week we learned the happy news that the Senate of the great state of Rhode Island voted to legalize same-sex marriage and all that was required to pass the bill into law was another vote by the state House of Representatives and the signature of the governor. Earlier in the week, the House also passed the bill and last night Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law … making Rhode Island the 10th state in the United States of America to legalize same-sex marriage. Folks, it’s time to celebrate again :D More »

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New Zealand Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Becomes the 13th Country to Do So

Great news coming out of New Zealand today … the country has become the 13th in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. As you may know, there has been a flurry of positive progress in the fight for marriage equality all around the world (Uruguay just last week became the 12th country to legalize same-sex marriage, France is expected to become the next country to legalize the practice this Summer) and today’s news out of New Zealand is just the most recent. While we, here in the US, await the ruling on same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court (due out in June), I think we can take some comfort in the fact that the fight for equal treatment has been a major success for the Kiwis in New Zealand. More »

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The US Supreme Court Takes Up The Defense Of Marriage Act

Day 2 of Oral Arguments for Same-Sex Marriage in the US

Yesterday we learned that the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments for/against California’s Proposition 8 statute that makes same-sex marriage illegal in California but was eventually overturned as unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (as you may know, the Supreme Court is now deciding whether or not to issue a ruling that may make same-sex marriage legal in California … or possibly issue a ruling that could make same-sex marriage legal in the entire United States of America). Today the high court is hearing oral arguments for/against the Defense of Marriage Act which is a federal statute that was enacted back in 1996 that federally defines a marriage as between a man and a woman. In the case of United States v. Windsor, a challenge has been brought against DOMA in the State of New York that seeks to have that definition of marriage changed so that same-sex married couples can enjoy the same rights and privileges as married straight couples. Today is a historic Day 2 of arguments for/against the legality of same-sex marriage here in the US. More »

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The US Supreme Court Takes Up Marriage Equality, Oral Arguments Begin Today [UPDATE: Audio Of Today's Arguments Has Been Released]

The Case Against Prop 8 Today, The Case Against DOMA Tomorrow

The fight for marriage equality has, thus far, been fought in individual States here in the US but today the push for equal treatment for all advances to the US Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. Arguments begin today in the case against Proposition 8 here in California, the ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in the State of California after the California Supreme Court ruled the practice constitutional. Opponents of Prop 8 appealed the passage of the initiative and the US Court of Appeals ruled it unconstitutional but the State has yet to allow same-sex marriage to take place within its borders until the US Supreme Court issues a ruling. Today, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments on both sides and will eventually rule whether or not it is legal to prohibit same-sex marriage in the State of California. BUT, the court could rule more broadly … tomorrow the Court will hear arguments against the Defense of Marriage Act (a federal act that legally defines marriage between a man and woman) and could determine whether or not the practice of same-sex marriage is legal in the entire country. This is a very big day in the course of US History … the arguments that go before the Supreme Court today will affect California and, possibly, the entire United States of America where same-sex marriage is concerned. More »

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Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal In New Mexico, Says Santa Fe City Leaders

Same-Sex Marriage is Legal Because It Was Never Made Illegal

Santa Fe mayor David Coss is urging the city council to begin issuing marriage licenses for any same-sex couple who wants to marry in the State of New Mexico because he maintains that same-sex marriage is NOT illegal in the state. Apparently, New Mexico never got around to making same-sex marriage illegal and does not legally define marriage between a man and a woman … therefore, there is NO REASON that same-sex couples cannot get married in the state. Um, hello, is this not the best thing you’ve heard all day?! More »

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Republican Senator Rob Portman Changes His Stance On Gay Marriage After His Son Comes Out As Gay

'I’ve changed my mind on the question of marriage...'

Today many folks are rejoicing because the first Republican Senator currently serving in the Senate has just come out in support of same-sex marriage. Interestingly enough, just as many people seem to be disappointed by the reasoning behind Senator Rob Portman‘s change of heart and political position. He wrote an open letter in The Columbus Dispatch in which he credits his son, who came out as gay two years ago, as the reason he now advocates for came-sex marriage. Click inside to read the Senator’s letter in full.
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The Illinois Senate Passes A Marriage Equality Bill

IL Hopes to Become the 10th US State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The State of Illinois took a huge step forward today in becoming the next US State to legalize same-sex marriage. By a vote of 34-21, the Illinois Senate approved a bill that would make their State the 10th in the US to enjoy marriage equality. There is still a big hurdle to overcome before the marriage equality bill can become law. Even tho IL governor Pat Quinn has promised to sign the bill into law, it must next be ratified by the Illinois House of Representatives … where its passage is not assured. BUT, the GOOD NEWS today on this Valentine’s Day is that the Illinois Senate has voted in favor of marriage equality … which is a BIG win for love! More »

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