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April 22, 2014

Lead plaintiff Christopher Inniss: 'Marriage is the only way to ensure that we are treated as the family that we are'

A federal lawsuit was filed on Tuesday (22 April) by three same-sex couples and a widow challenging the state of Georgia's ban on gay marriage.

The plaintiffs on the case are: Christopher Inniss and Shelton Stroman of Snellville; Rayshawn Chandler and Avery Chandler of Jonesboro; Michael Bishop and Shane Thomas of Atlanta; and Jennifer Sisson of Decatur.

Inniss, veterinarian and pet resort owner, said in a statement released by Lambda Legal that he and Stroman have been together 13 years, own a home and a business together and are raising a son.

April 14, 2014

Dwayne Morgan, the pastor who officiated the wedding, believes 'God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender'

A couple have married in what is believed to be the UK’s first gay wedding in a church.

Jan Tipper and Barb Burden were married at the Metropolitan Community Church in Bournemouth yesterday (13 April)

On 29 March, same-sex couples in England and Wales were finally allowed to walk down the aisle and marry officially.

Dwayne Morgan, who officiated the wedding, said he decided to officiate the wedding because he believes ‘God blesses the love of two people no matter what their gender.’

April 10, 2014

'We are so thankful that we can move forward and concentrate on being with each other'

A federal court in Indiana has ordered the state to immediately recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple because one of them is terminally ill.

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, together 13 years and raising two daughters under the age of 3, are in a race against time with Quasney having been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.

A lawsuit was filed in behalf of the couple by Lambda Legal.

'They're married, they love each other and they are doing their best to protect their family,' said Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Paul Castillo.

April 9, 2014

Culture Secretary resigns from her post after funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense

Conservative politician Maria Miller, who saw through same-same sex marriage in England and Wales, has resigned as culture secretary.

Following a row over her expenses, Downing Street said they had recieved a resignation letter from the member of parliament (MP) today (9 April).

David Cameron said while he was sorry to get the letter, he accepted her decision.

A huge outrage followed after Miller was cleared of funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense.

April 1, 2014

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler say they and their two children cannot wait any longer for the protections of marriage

An Indiana couple is asking a federal court to order their home state of Indiana to recognize their marriage because one of them is terminally ill.

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, together 13 years and raising two daughters under the age of 3, are in a race against time with Quasney having been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.

March 26, 2014

Rick Snyder believes unions are 'legal and valid' but points to an appeals court stay of judge's ruling that struck down marriage ban

Governor Rick Snyder has announced that the marriages of same-sex couples wed in Michigan last weekend will not be recognized by the state - for now.

Hundreds of couples rushed to get married after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban on Friday (21 March). An appeals court on Saturday (22 March) granted the state's request for a stay of the ruling and put a halt to the marriages.

March 26, 2014

'It was never the intention of the Board to undermine our firm commitment to the authority of the Scripture'

The US branch of international poverty ministry World Vision appears to have quickly changed its mind about allowing the hiring of Christians who are in same-sex marriages.

It was less than two days ago that World Vision America president Richard Stearns (pictured) said in an interview with Christianity Today that such a change in policy would be taking place.

March 24, 2014

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, George Takei, Meredith Baxter and others thrilled with recent court rulings

The Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles took place over the weekend just hours after hundreds of same-sex couples had gotten married in Michigan.

A federal judge had overturned the state's gay marriage ban on Friday (21 March) leading to an immediate rush of marriages.

Even though the marriages were halted mid-day by an appeals court, that did not dampen the enthusiasm of celebrities as they arrived at the gala and chatted with Gay Star News about the latest legal victory.

March 23, 2014

White US evangelical Protestants continue to be the most resistant to same-sex marriage when compared to other Christians

Black US Protestants are becoming more comfortable with marriage equality.

A survey by the Pew Research Center shows that, when compared to last year, more and more mainline Christians approve of gay marriage.

The most significant difference is with black Protestants.

March 19, 2014

Vernita Gray and wife Patricia Ewert were first same-sex couple to marry in the state last November after ruling by a federal judge

Vernita Gray would not have made it to a June wedding.

But on Tuesday (18 March) the longtime LGBTI activist from Chicago died a married woman.

Although same-sex marriages were not due to become legal in Illinois until June, Gray and Patricia Ewert jump-started things when they were allowed to get married in the state on 27 November.

The reason was because the 65-year-old Gray was terminally ill with cancer and a federal judge granted them the right to legally wed six months early.

March 17, 2014

Pro and anti-gay-marriage protestors attended rival rallies in Taipei’s Freedom Square on Sunday as a bill to legalize same-sex marriage is before Taiwan’s legislative chamber

Protestors rallying to support efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan had the support of two Buddhist nuns on Sunday, while a rival family values rally was mainly supported by Christian groups.

Both sides of the debate held protest rallies in Taipei’s Freedom Square with some scuffles occurring between the two groups.

Supporters of marriage equality were decked out in the rainbow gay pride colors while opponents wore cardboard hats depicting a mother and father panda and two panda cubs.

March 5, 2014

But head of Catholic church reiterates ;marriage is between a man and a woman'

Pope Francis has told an Italian newspaper that the Catholic church might find civil unions between same-sex couples acceptable.

The Pope was sure to reiterate to the large Italian daily, Corriere della Sera that 'marriage is between a man and a woman.'

March 1, 2014

State laws currently require transgender people to divorce their spouse before updated birth certificate can be issued

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and NSW Greens spokeswoman Mehreen Faruqi are expected to introduce a private member's bill to the New South Wales Parliament on Tuesday so that transgender people can have their gender changed on their birth certificates without them having to divorce their spouses.

February 27, 2014

Religious Jewish Americans are the biggest supporters of marriage equality, new research finds

Religious Jewish Americans are the biggest supporters of same-sex couples having the civil right to marry, new research shows, in a blow to those who cite religion in opposing the reform.

83% of practicing Jewish Americans surveyed by the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute told researchers they supported same-sex couples being allowed to get married – more even than religiously unaffiliated Americans.

February 25, 2014

A gay Russian couple has reportedley entered in matrimony in Buenos Aires, and plans to apply for refugee status to escape Russia’s anti-gay laws

A gay couple from Sochi has fled to Argentina to marry and escape Russia's homophobic rule.

Alexander (47) and Dimitri (35) were reportedly married today (25 February) at 11:30 am in the Buenos Aires civil registry on the street Uruguay 753.

Upon calling the civil registry, GSN was told details of the marriage could not be confirmed nor denied over the phone, but the desk did confirm media cameras present in the lobby.

February 14, 2014

Paul Hard wants to be listed as surviving spouse on death certificate and proceeds from pending wrongful death lawsuit

A federal lawsuit has been filed by a surviving spouse who is challenging Alabama's laws banning gay marriage.

Paul Hard is fighting for his 2011 Massachusetts marriage to David Fancher to be recognized in Alabama, the state the couple was living in when Fancher was killed in a car crash in 2012.

The lawsuit, filed on Hard's behalf by the Southern Poverty Law Center, seeks to overturn the Alabama's Marriage Protection Act, a 1998 law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriages from other states.

February 14, 2014

Texas Republican introduces bill that would prevent federal government from recognizing gay marriages in states where there is a ban in place

Accusing the Obama administration of 'trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states,' Republican Senator Ted Cruz introduced a bill on Thursday (13 February) that would limit federal recognition of same-sex unions.

Cruz, a Tea Party favorite from Texas, wants to pass the State Defense of Marriage Act which would limit federal programs and benefits to married gay or lesbian couples living in states where same-sex marriage is legal.

February 12, 2014

Suit claims couples are instructed by state to lie on their federal tax returns by stating they are single

Four couples filed a federal lawsuit today challenging Lousiana's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The suit was filed on the same day as a federal judge in Kentucky struck down a similar ban in that state which co-plaintiff Forum for Equality Louisiana looks at as a major plus.

February 3, 2014

Scottish Government will be working with Westminster in an effort to implement the bill as early as possible

Scotland’s first gay weddings could take place as early as July, politicians have said.

The bill legalizing gay marriage in Scotland is expected to be pass overwhelmingly by Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) in a free vote tomorrow (4 January).

While it was expected the first gay weddings would take place in 2015, roughly a year after England and Wales, implementation could take far quicker than expected.

The Scottish Government announced they would work with the UK Government to speed up the process, as long as it passes the final vote.

January 25, 2014

Oklahoma state Representative Mike Turner thinks voters are 'willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all'

A Oklahoma state representative is willing to ban marriage for both straight and LGBTI couples.

Representative Mike Turner, a Republican, introduced a bill that would make civil marriage illegal in the southern US state. The legislation is in response to District Judge Terence Kern overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.

January 25, 2014

Gay couples where one partner is terminally ill or due to leave for military service can apply to marry as soon a law comes into effect on 13 March

England and Wales’ first same-sex marriage could take place more than two weeks earlier than previously reported, according to official guidance.

In exceptional circumstances, same-sex couples wanting to tie the knot may be able to marry on Thursday 13 March instead of Saturday 29 March.

If one partner is terminally ill or is about to be sent away on military service they can apply to have the compulsory 15-day notice period waived, and will be able to marry from 13 March onward - the day The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 comes into effect.

January 22, 2014

Four of the plaintiffs are raising children together and want legal protections

Florida's ban on gay marriage is being challenged in court by six same-sex couples who want to tie the not.

The couples and the Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in state court in Miami on Tuesday (21 January) in Miami seeking the freedom to marry.

Theor lawsuit argues that Florida’s laws barring same-sex couples from marriage violate the US Constitution by denying them the legal protections and equal dignity that having the freedom to marry provides.

January 21, 2014

Governor has declared more than 1,300 marriages to be 'on hold' as judge's ruling throwing out gay marriage ban is being appealed

Utah is being sued by four recently married same-sex couples who are demanding state recognition of their unions.

The marriages took place between late December 2013 and early January 2014 after a federal judge declared that Utah's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional and before the US Supreme Court halted the marriages pending an appeal of that ruling.

In the meantime, Utah Governor Gary Herbert declared that the 1,300-plus marriages that took place during the legal window are 'on hold' and not eligible for state benefits.

January 15, 2014

Conservative politician Sir Edward Leigh claims the Churches, BBC, press, Governments are all complicit in stopping people speaking out against same-sex marriage and divorce

A British member of parliament has suggested there is a mass conspiracy to stop people speaking out against gay marriage and divorce.

Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough, said the breakdown of marriage is a ‘modern plague’ causing ‘not just expense but misery’.

He claims the Church, Government, schools, the BBC and the press are all ‘complicit’ in the view over the past 50 years people are happiest when they can do what they want and are completely liberated.