WATCH: 5 Couples Protest in Mississippi for Marriage Equality
January 03 2013 3:35 PM ET

WATCH: 5 Couples Protest in Mississippi for Marriage Equality

Lucas Grindley

Five lesbian couples applied for marriage licenses in Missippi this week and, as expected, were denied. But they hope the protest will make a difference.

Republicans Pledge More Money to Continue Defending DOMA
January 03 2013 2:39 PM ET

Republicans Pledge to Continue Defending DOMA

Michelle Garcia

As Congress begins its 113th session, House Republicans have pledged to continue funding a legal effort to defend the federal law that prevents the government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

PHOTOS: Portland Couples Have One Word for Their Marriages
January 03 2013 12:55 PM ET

PHOTOS: Mainers Have One Word for Their Marriages

Advocate.com Editors

The first same-sex couples to get married in Portland, Maine were asked to capture their partners in one word.

Illinois GOP Chair Urges Party Members to Support Marriage Equality
January 02 2013 7:10 PM ET January 02 2013 8:57 PM ET

GOP Chair in Illinois Urges Support for Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

Republican Party chairman Pat Brady says it's time to support the cause.

Rhode Island Marriage Equality Bill to be Introduced Thursday
January 01 2013 8:28 PM ET

R.I. Marriage Equality Bill to be Introduced Thursday

Trudy Ring

Rep. Arthur Handy says he will submit the bill in Rhode Island, the only New England state lacking equal marriage rights.

Illinois Lawmakers May Consider Marriage Equality Bill Tomorrow
January 01 2013 7:07 PM ET January 02 2013 7:12 PM ET

Ill. Lawmakers Verge on Considering Marriage Equality Bill

Trudy Ring

The state Senate comes back into session Wednesday, and the bill is expected to come up sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Chicago's cardinal urges opposition.

Maryland Rings in New Year With Marriage Equality
January 01 2013 5:23 AM ET

Maryland Rings in New Year With Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

Maryland same-sex couples began marrying just after midnight as the state's marriage equality law went into effect.

Obama Pushes for Marriage Equality in Illinois
December 30 2012 2:18 PM ET

Obama Pushes for Marriage Equality in Illinois

Julie Bolcer

A statement from the White House marks the first time the President has backed a legislative measure in a state.

PHOTOS: Mainers Finally Get Married
December 29 2012 9:56 AM ET

PHOTOS: Mainers Finally Get Married

Lucas Grindley

Today couples began marrying in Maine after a long campaign to make marriage equality legal there, including a loss at the ballot box in 2009 when voters banned gays and lesbians from marrying.

Third Republican House Member Supports DOMA Repeal
December 27 2012 11:53 AM ET March 13 2014 2:56 PM ET

Third GOP House Member Supports DOMA Repeal

Julie Bolcer

Rep. Charles Bass of New Hampshire signed on to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, becoming the second Republican House member to express support within the past week.

WATCH Chelsea Clinton Grills Rick Warren on Marriage Equality
December 22 2012 3:30 PM ET

WATCH: Chelsea Clinton Grills Rick Warren on Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

On Friday's episode of Rock Center with Brian Williams on NBC, Chelsea Clinton sat down with

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