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November 13, 2013

Island state will become 16th in the US to have marriage equality

The Hawaii State Senate on Tuesday (12 November) passed a revised same-sex marriage bill in a 19-4 vote.

The vote came four days after the legislation was passed by the state's House of Representatives and sets the stage for Governor Neil Abercrombie to sign the bill in to law on Wednesday (13 November).

The Democratic governor, who called a special session to resolve the gay marriage issue, will do the signing at a special invitation-only event.

November 7, 2013

But same-sex couples will not be able to get married in the state until next June

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has put an end to the suspense: he will sign gay marriage into law on 20 November.

'Marriage equality is coming to Illinois,' Quinn said in a statement Thursday (7 November). 'I look forward to signing this landmark legislation ... and celebrating a big step forward with the people of Illinois.'

July 4, 2013

Gay Star News and Stonewall are asking supporters to film Instagram videos of why they are in favor of same-sex marriage in England and Wales

Gay marriage is not legal in England and Wales, so a campaign aiming to give a much-needed final push to legalize the bill has launched today (4 July).

A call is being made to supporters of same-sex marriage to film short videos explaining why they are saying ‘I Do’ to equality in England and Wales.

Launched by UK-based gay rights charity Stonewall and your favorite LGBT global news and lifestyle website Gay Star News, we are asking supporters to use Instagram to film short videos giving their reasons why they support equal marriage.

May 13, 2013

Becomes the 12th state in the US to pass marriage equality

After more than four hours of debate, the Minnesota State Senate passed a bill that will make their state the 12th in the US to make gay marriage legal.

The bill passed by a margin of 37-30.

Minnesota is the first state legislature in the Midwest to pass marriage equality as gay marriages became legal in Iowa through the courts. Governor Mark Dayton will sign the bill into law on the steps of the capitol on Tuesday (14 May).

May 9, 2013

If also passed by the senate,  Minnesota would become first legislature in Midwest to pass marriage equality

The Minnesota House of Representatives on Thursday (9 May) passed a marriage equality bill 75-59 after more than three hours of debate.

The vote was largely split down party lines although four of the House's 61 Republicans voted for the bill while two of its 73 Democrats voted against it.

If also passed by the State Senate then signed into law, Minnesota would become the 12th state in the US to allow gay marriage.

May 2, 2013

Bill has already passed House and Governor Jack Markell has promised to sign into law

Delaware could become the 11th state in the US to legalize gay marriage when its State Senate votes on a marriage equality bill next week.

A committee on Wednesday (1 May) voted to send the bill on to the full Senate for a vote. Senate passage is likely since that legislative body is dominated by Democrats 13-8.

Governor Jack Markell stated last month that he will sign marriage equality into law if it passed both houses of the legislature.

April 24, 2013

Colombian Senate remains sharply divided on marriage equality postponing voting on the bill to later today

Colombia’s Senate has once again postponed its vote on marriage equality after an impassioned all night debate.

The Senate’s vice president, Guillermo Garcia Realpe, said the voting would resume later today (24 April) as yesterday’s session did not manage to accommodate the arguments of 20 senators.

April 18, 2013

After a three-hour debate, where a majority of Colombian senators appeared to oppose marriage equality, Colombia’s senate postponed the debate to next week

The Colombian Senate decides to suspend marriage equality vote until Tuesday (23 April) by a vote of 35-30.

Only 65 senators attended the vote out of the Senate's 102 members.

During an intense discussion that started today (17 April) at 5pm local time, the Senate unexpectedly postponed the vote on the equal marriage bill.

The decision was made following a proposal of the Senator Juan Restrepo of the ruling 'U' party, who pointed out that the debate ‘was very important’ for country’s future and that therefore it should be delayed.

April 8, 2013

Same-sex marriage has become more widely accepted across the US in the last year.

Support for marriage equality has grown across all 50 US states over the past eight years, a new report has found.

Published by the UCLA's Williams Institute, 'Public Support for Marriage for Same-Sex Couples by State', it found with an average increase of 13.6%. 

March 28, 2013

Ruben Diaz Jr: says decision 'comes after years of thought and reflection on the issue'

His father has been one of the most outspoken critics of gay marriage in New York politics but Ruben Diaz Jr. on Wednesday (27 March) showed that he is his own man in the issue.

The younger Diaz, who is president of the Bronx borough in New York City, said in a blog post that he came to the decision after 'considerable deliberation and introspection.'

March 13, 2013

Senate and House Committees approve bill, it will now proceed to full Senate vote

Both houses of the state of Minnesota's legislature voted on Tuesday (12 March) to proceed with a bill to legalize gay marriage.

The House Civil Law Committee voted 10-7 along party lines to pass the bill and the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-3 earlier on in the evening.

The bill is now headed for a full Senate vote, but that is not expected until much later in the session. 

The House hearing was filled with memorable moments including when State Rep. Glenn Gruenhage introduced an 'ex-gay' friend of his named Kevin Petersen.

February 1, 2013

US state has passed a same-sex marriage bill in the first committee, which its supporters call a 'great first step' on a long road to equality

New Mexico would be one of the next US states to pass marriage equality as a law proposing it has just passed the first hurdle.

The bill will allow voters to decide the issue of gay marriage, but also states churches would not be required to recognize and perform same-sex ceremonies.

After hearing diverse opinions, lawmakers voted 3-2 to pass the bill, ABC reports. The Republicans voted against the measure.

January 3, 2013

A bid to legalize gay marriage in Illinois suffered a defeat in the state’s Senate

A bid to introduce the Illinois marriage equality bill was defeated on Wednesday night when supporters of the bill fell two votes shy of getting the legislative hearing of the bill.

This meaning there will be no Senate vote on the measure until Thursday (4 January) at the earliest.

The vote was on waiving a six-day waiting period set out in Senate rules to get the measure heard in committee Wednesday night (2 January).

However key absences among Democratic supporters and unified Republican opposition defeated the effort, by 28 votes to 24.

December 27, 2012

New Jersey Democrats are now divided over whether to put the issue of marriage equality to the people whereas at the beginning of the year the party was united in objecting to having civil rights decided by popular vote

Some New Jersey Democrats are coming around to the idea of putting the issue of same-sex marriage to a popular vote in the state despite opposition from the party leadership.

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage passed the state Legislature in February but was vetoed by New Jersey’s popular Republican Governor Chris Christie, who urged supporters to instead put the issue to the voters.

December 5, 2012

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage passed the first of four votes in order to become law in Colombia

A bill legalizing gay marriage past the first of four votes amid criticism from conservative groups.

The bill was was approved on Tuesday (4 November) by 10 votes against five senators of the first committee of the Senate responsible for constitutional matters, reported the portal Univision.

The bill will now face a vote in the Colombian Senate however no date was yet set for a debate and vote.

November 25, 2012

Thousands took to the streets this weekend in support of marriage equality, while the Australian Green party pledged to move legislation in every parliament in the land

Nearly a thousand people marched for marriage equality in central Sydney on Sunday, with thousands more marching in other cities over the weekend.

Speakers at the rally included New South Wales (NSW) state Upper House Greens MP Cate Faehrmann, Australian Marriage Equality (AME) national convener Rodney Croome and Vietnam veteran and father to a gay son Jeff Thomas who has previously challenged the Australian Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to explain their opposition on live TV.

October 23, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo: 'Freedom to marry in this state is secure for generations to come'

Gay marriage opponents lost a legal battle in New York Tuesday (23 October) when an appellate court declined to hear an appeal to the state's marriage equality law.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, an evangelical group, had asked the Court of Appeals for permission to continue its appeal of a case in which it claimed that the state's senate did not follow proper procedures when it passed a gay marriage bill last year.

The court denied the request without comment.

September 15, 2012

Will Republicans lose Republican support if  they vote for gay marraige?

If you're a Republican who wants to vote for gay marriage legislation, it might be a good idea to reconsider.

This week,  Republican state senators from New York who gave their vote for gay marriage faced difficult primary races. The Daily Beast wonders if this is a sign GOP politicians, even of they want, should steer away from supporting gay marriage.