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Gay Couples Wed In Utah After Judge Overturns Ban

Salt Lake City’s mayor led one of the state’s first gay marriage ceremony.


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Gay Marriage Rulings Mean Big Bucks For Wedding Planners

Wedding season is about to kick into high-gear after two Supreme Court rulings on Wednesday.



Gay Marriage Rulings Bring Celebrations To Sacramento

Few in the crowd on Wednesday have fought longer for gay rights than Ellen Pontac and Shelly Bailes. On the west steps of the Capitol, they joined hundreds celebrating two landmark Supreme Court rulings.


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Mormon Family Celebrates Prop. 8 Defeat After Son Comes Out

Wendy Montgomery and her family greeted Wednesday’s news that the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act and said would not rule on Proposition 8 with a smile.


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No Supreme Court Decision Monday On Proposition 8, Defense Of Marriage Act

We won’t find out today if same-sex marriages will be allowed again in California.


Same-sex marriage supporters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

US Supreme Court Takes Up Defense Of Marriage Act

In the second of back-to-back gay marriage cases, the Supreme Court turned Wednesday to a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples.


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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments On California Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The Supreme Court waded Tuesday into the fight over same-sex marriage at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed, but 40 states don’t allow it.


Same-sex marriage proponent Kat McGuckin of Oaklyn, New Jersey, holds a gay marriage pride flag while standing in front of the Supreme Court November 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. With the Supreme Court building draped in a photo-realistic sheet during a repair and preservation project, the justices met today to consider hearing several cases dealing with the rights of gay couples who are married, want to get married or are in domestic partnerships.  (Credit: Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. Supreme Court To Release Audio In Same-Sex Marriage Cases The Day They Conclude

The Supreme Court will release audio recordings of next week’s arguments in two gay marriage cases just a few hours after they conclude.


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Gay Couples Could See Windfalls From Court Action

Accountants and tax attorneys anticipating the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act are already encouraging same-sex couples to seek prospective tax refunds, back retirement payments and other spousal subsidies they may have been denied.


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Lesbian Federal Employee Wins Health Benefits Case

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that the U.S. government cannot deny health benefits to the wife of a lesbian court employee by relying on the 1996 law that bars government recognition of same-sex unions.


Same-sex couple Amber Weiss (L) and Sharon Papo stand in line to receive their marriage license before getting married at San Francisco City Hall June 17, 2008 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Federal Government Drops Defense Of Anti-Gay Marriage Law

In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration said Wednesday it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage.