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Marriage Equality

Read the latest news about marriage equality victories and the continuing fight for gays and lesbians to have the right to marry around the world. See the most recent updates on this international, national, regional, and state-by-state issue, which has been hotly contested by conservatives and far-right religious organizations. Learn about the straight allies who have been advocating for same-sex marriage in the spheres of society, entertainment, and politics, as well as the various opponents of marriage equality who seek to impede the progress of the LGBT rights movement.

Texas Lawmakers Pull Resolution Honoring Historic Gay Couple

Republican lawmakers objected to honoring the couple who challenged the state’s ban on marriage equality.

Irish Drag Queen Panti Bliss Makes History on Dancing With the Stars

How the legendary drag performer became an "accidental activist" and continues to break bounderies in queer representation on mainstream TV.

Tennessee May Allow Clerks to Refuse Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

A bill passed by the House and pending in the Senate would allow anyone to refuse to solemnize a marriage that offends their conscience or religious beliefs.

Iowa Republicans Seek to End Marriage Equality in State

Their effort is unlikely to succeed, but that's not keeping them from trying.

Out U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas Marries His Boyfriend

“Vann and I are excited to share that we’re married!” Pappas announced on Twitter.

Sen. Chuck Schumer's Lesbian Daughter and Her Wife Welcome Son

Alison Schumer and Elizabeth Weiland have a son, Henry.

Meet the Marriage Equality Trailblazers Who Joined Jill Biden at SOTU

President Joe Biden's State of the Union event included queer representation with LGBTQ+ people in the first lady's box and inclusive words in the president's speech.

Did the Respect for Marriage Act Displace the Equality Act?

A longtime LGBTQ+ activist contemplates whether perfection really is the enemy of progress.

19 Arrested at Same-Sex Wedding in Nigeria

Marriage equality and same-sex sexual relations are illegal in the country.

January 6 Panel Seeks Criminal Charges Against Homophobe John Eastman

The U.S. House committee investigating the Capitol riot recommends that Eastman face charges for encouraging Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Vermont's First Trans State Lawmaker Gets Engaged at White House

Taylor Small got a proposal at the signing ceremony for the Respect for Marriage Act.

President Biden Gifts Marriage Equality Pen to Vice President Harris

The president thanked Vice President Kamala Harris for her support of the LGBTQ+ community by gifting her the pen with which he signed the landmark Respect for Marriage Act into law.

Rights Groups, Elected Officials Applaud Respect for Marriage Act

Many are thrilled with Biden's signing of the marriage equality bill, but they note that more work remains to protect the LGBTQ+ community.

Marriage Equality Is Now Federal Law After President Biden Signs Act

The legislation will keep marriage equality the law of the land no matter what the Supreme Court does.

Karine Jean-Pierre Reflects on Historic Marriage Act Signing

The White House Press Secretary reflected on the significance of the day as the first out LGBTQ+ person to hold the position.

Marriage Bill a Win, But Work Not Done: HRC President Says

The Respect for Marriage Act passed because we changed hearts and minds, but anti-LGBTQ+ attacks will continue, says HRC's Kelley Robinson.

President Joe Biden to Sign Marriage Equality Into Law

It comes 10 years after Biden first voiced support for same-sex marriages on Meet the Press.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler's Out Nephew on His Aunt's Antigay Weeping

After his spot-on reply to his aunt crying on the House floor, Andrew Hartzler expounds on his relative's dangerous words.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler's Gay Nephew to His Aunt: You Have to Coexist

Andrew Hartzler calls out his aunt Vicky Hartzler, the anti-LGBTQ+ congresswoman who cried as she begged her colleagues to vote against marriage equality.