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February 5, 2015

Amendment to gun legislation challenges the state's ban on gay marriage

Nebraska may have just accidentally recognized gay marriage despite a state ban on same-sex unions.

The Nebraska Legislature yesterday (4 February) voted 38 to 0 in favor of an amendment to a bill that would waive the 180-day residency period for military spouses who want to apply for gun permits.

Sen Paul Schumacher of Columbus proposed the amendment, which applies to 'anyone receiving the federal benefits of a military spouse.'

July 19, 2014

Same three-judge panel from US Court of Appeals ruled last month that Utah's ban was unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday (18 July) that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 decision came from the same three-judge panel in Denver that last month ruled that a similar ban in Utah violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit placed a stay on its ruling pending expected appeals so same-sex marriages cannot yet begin taking place in the state.

March 27, 2014

Republicans, including one who said 'What this bill does is change nature,' fail in attempts to gut the legislation of protections

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is poised to sign into law a bill that makes it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

The state's House of Delegates passed a bill by a vote of 82-57 on Thursday (27 March). the state Senate had passed the legislation earlier this month by a vote of 32-15.

SB 212 expands to all of Maryland's 23 counties protections that already exist for transgender people in the counties of Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and the city of Baltimore.

January 28, 2014

House of Reps removes most controversial provision which also banned civil unions and domestic partnerships

A proposed constitutional marriage ban bill in Indiana suffered a major setback on Monday (27 January).

The state's House of Representatives voted 52-43 to amend the bill by removing its most controversial provision which also banned civil unions and domestic partnerships.

Representatives from both parties expressed concern about the language that prohibits any legal relationship that is 'identical or substantially similar' to marriage.

January 9, 2014

Gay Senator Rich Madaleno and Delegate Jon Cardin have kicked off Maryland's 2014 Senate agenda by introducing bills to ban transgender discrimination and 'ex-gay' conversion therapies

The US state of Maryland is set to discuss bills banning gay conversion therapies and transgender discrimination this week.

If passed, the anti-'gay cure' bill introduced by state delegate Jon Cardin will follow legislation from New Jersey and California banning gay-to-straight conversion therapies used on minors.

October 30, 2013

Governor Rick Perry reacts by reiterating his opposition to marriage equality

Two couples filed a federal lawsuit this week to challenge the gay marriage ban in the state of Texas and the state's refusal to recognize same-sex unions from other states.

Mark Pharris and Vic Holmes and Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman are the plaintiffs in a suit that claims the right to equal protection under the law in the US constitution prohibits a ban on gay marriage such as the one that exists in Texas.

April 23, 2013

Nevada state Senate repealed a ban on gay marriage and passed a marriage equality resolution during which the impassioned debate Senator Kelvin Atkinson came out as a gay man

The Nevada state Senate passed a same-sex marriage resolution, by a vote of 12-9.

The resolution passed today (23 April) repeals the state text defining marriage as between a man and a woman, replacing it with ‘the state shall recognize marriages and issue marriage licenses, regardless of gender’.

Same-sex marriage was banned in 2002 when voters passed a constitutional amendment, Nevada Question 2.

January 1, 2013

Several gay and lesbian couples celebrated the arrival of the New Year with marriage across the state of Maryland

Seven gay couples were married on the New Year’s first moments, in Maryland, with thousands of same-sex couples to follow, after the state legalized gay marriage.

The couples were pronounced lawfully married at half past midnight during a ceremony on New Year's Day (1 January 2013) in Baltimore's City Hall, the state's largest city.

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiated at the wedding of the first of the couples, 68-year-old James Scales and 60-year-old William Tasker.

The couple have been together for 35 years.

December 24, 2012

A coalition of Christian and Jewish clergy have signed a joint statement in favor of the introduction of marriage equality in the US state of Illinois

Over 250 clergy in the US state of Illinois have signed a joint statement endorsing a same-sex marriage bill that is expected to be voted on by state lawmakers as soon as January.

The statement was released on Sunday by a coalition of pastors and rabbis from Christian and Jewish denominations that are welcoming of LGBT people and will be sent to lawmakers ahead of the vote.

In the statement they wrote that fostering faith, justice and compassion was a key component of their roles.

October 28, 2012

New York Mayor Micheal Bloomberg stumps for marriage in Maryland

As Maryland voters get prepared to decide if their state should allow same sex marriages, equality advocates were boosted by a major supporter from up north: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg joined Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the state's governor, Martin O'Malley, at 26 Oct. press conference showing their support for the mid-Atlantic state's marriage initiative.

September 13, 2012

'If you don’t believe in it, don’t engage in it. But don’t deny other people their basic civil rights'

Rev. Jesse Jackson is campaigning in Maryland in support of a November ballot measure that would make it legal for same-sex couples in the state to get married.

'The culture has had to expand,' Jackson tells SiriusXM OutQ.

Jackson, a longtime civil rights leader and a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988, compared the fight for LGBT equality to past battles for black equality in the US.

August 24, 2012

A Maryland lawmaker who thinks same-sex marriage will lead to the teaching of homosexuality in schools has injured four children in a drunken boating accident

A homophobic Maryland lawmaker has admitted to being drunk when he accidentally crashed his boat into a boat full of children.

Maryland delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr was drinking with another man on his boat on the Magothy River in Pasadena around 7pm when his boat struck a smaller vessel with five children on board.

Four of the children were injured with one, a five year old girl, taken by helicopter to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Two adults on the boat were unharmed.

The smash was so severe that Dwyer’s boat sunk in the river.

February 16, 2012

Joint panel approves draft measure to legalize gay marriage

A joint panel of the Maryland legislature has approved a draft bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Valentine's Day.

The Committee’s approval of the measure in a 25-18 joint vote has moved Maryland closer towards becoming the eighth US state to legalize gay marriage.

The measure is expected to go to the House of Representatives on Wednesday (22 February).

February 15, 2012

Has governor's support not known if there are enough votes for passage

In the same week that a gay marriage bill was signed into law in Washington and passed by the New Jersey State Senate, the Maryland House of Delegates is expected to debate a marriage equality bill of its own on Wednesday (15 February).

The bill passed through two House committees on Tuesday - following 11 hours of debate last Friday - and the proposed legislation has the support of Gov. Martin O'Malley.