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Hundreds of same sex couples to marry in New York

NEW YORK — Wedding ceremonies for hundreds of gay and lesbian couples were being held across New York State Sunday, with advocates hailing the day as a milestone toward the eventual legalization of gay marriage nationwide. Sunday marked the first day when a law allowing same sex marriage goes into…

NY gears up for same-sex marriages

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Gay and lesbian couples across New York are gearing up to become bride and bride or groom and groom starting at a minute after midnight on Sunday, when a law making New York the sixth U.S. state to allow such marriages comes into effect. The expected…

Poll: Majority support legalizing same sex marriage

A majority of Americans support legalizing same sex marriage, according to a new CNN poll released Tuesday — the latest example of an ongoing paradigm shift on the divisive issue. Fifty-one percent of American adults surveyed said the law ought to recognize “marriages between gay and lesbian couples” as valid.…

Exclusive: Rep. Nadler to propose immigration equality for bi-national same sex couples

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is fighting for the rights of bi-national gay and lesbian couples who could otherwise be torn apart by deportation proceedings. Nadler Communication Director Ilan Kayatsky told Raw Story Wednesday that the congressman was planning on re-introducing the Uniting American Families Act — legislation that aims to…

Exclusive: Ohio anti-union bill may curtail benefits for unmarried live-in couples

Buried in a newly-passed Ohio bill stripping the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions is language that could curtail benefits for unmarried domestic couples who work for the state, regardless of sexual orientation. The provision appears just below language forcefully restating the same-sex marriage ban in the state, an…

Gay rights law group poised to take on Justice Department over DOMA

The gay rights group that argued on the winning side of Thursday’s court ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional said Friday that it expects the Department of Justice to appeal the decision, and it’s confident the cause of gay rights will prevail. “We fully expect that the Obama…

Hawaii governor vetoes same-sex civil unions, calling it ‘marriage by another name’

Hawaii’s governor on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have permitted same-sex civil unions, ending months of speculation on how she would weigh in on the contentious, emotional debate. Republican Gov. Linda Lingle’s action came on the final day she had to either sign or veto the bill, which the Hawaii…

GLAAD/Harris post-election survey: Americans favor adoption and partner rights for same-sex couples

And they support inclusive hate crimes laws and the ability of gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military. The voters in California, Florida and Arkansas clearly aren’t on the same page as most Americans when it comes to extending rights to gay couples. A national survey conducted in…

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