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Majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage — up from 32 percent in 2003

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Support for gay marriage has surged in the United States in the decade since it first became legal in Massachusetts, with just over half of Americans now supporting the idea, according to a survey released on Wednesday. The survey on attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender…

State lawyers don’t have to defend same-sex marriage bans: Holder

The United States’ top law enforcement official has launched into the divisive gay marriage debate by telling a newspaper his state counterparts do not have to defend laws and bans in court that they think are discriminatory. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments to the New York Times came after…

Indiana moves closer to constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

The Indiana Senate on Monday approved a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would prohibit same-sex marriage but more steps are required before it goes to voters in 2016. The Indiana Senate approved the proposed ban by a vote of 32-17, following approval in the House of Representatives last…

Mitt Romney pines for marriage of biblical times, conveniently ignores polygamy’s rich past

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday said that the notion of marriage should not evolve from what it was 2,000 or 3,000 years ago because only a mother and a father could provide an ideal environment for children. During an interview with NBC host David Gregory about the…

Muslims join Paris protest against gender equality drive in schools

Tens of thousands of supporters of the conservative “Manif pour Tous” movement gathered in Paris on Sunday to protest against gender equality teaching in schools and fertility treatment for same-sex couples. Sunday’s march included a prominent Muslim contribution in a protest movement, originally opposed to gay marriage legislation that was…

‘The Gaymmys’: Conservatives go nuts after Grammy Awards feature same-sex weddings

Conservative groups were incensed by the massive marriage ceremony performed at the Grammy’s last night. The headline at The Drudge Report this morning spoke of “THE GAYMMYS,” and Twitter was overrun with people discussing the ceremony officiated by Queen Latifah during Macklemore’s performance of the same-sex marriage anthem “Same Love.”…

About 7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot in France last year

About 7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot in France last year after gay marriage was legalised in May, the national statistics agency said Tuesday. France legalised same-sex marriage after months of intense and sometimes violent protests, in keeping with an election pledge by Socialist President Francois Hollande, who faced a…

Australia’s top court bans marriage equality in nation’s capital

Australia’s High Court on Thursday struck down gay marriage in the nation’s capital where dozens have wed under a landmark law, ruling that parliament must decide whether to approve same-sex unions. Had the nation’s top court upheld the Australian Capital Territory’s gay marriage legislation it would have opened the door…

Did Gay Marriage Provoke A Conversation About No Marriage At All?

I’ve followed with some interest in the past couple of decades the debate within gay rights circles over whether or not marriage equality should be a priority or even an issue at all. There’s a lot of points in the debate, but one argument from the opponents of prioritizing marriage…

New Mexico Supreme Court seeks to clarify same-sex marriage legality

Gay marriage in New Mexico? Top state court seeks clarity for county clerks. (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefonics (l.) holds hands with her wife Linda Siegle after they were married in Santa Fe, N.M., Aug. 23. In August, the Santa Fe County clerk…

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