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Gay Marriage Topics

Gaymarriage

Coverage of efforts to legalize and ban same-sex marriage and civil unions in the United States, including the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), state ballot measures, court challenges, grassroots mobilizations and the 2013 Supreme Court cases.

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  • Three Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill in the House that would keep same sex marriage from becoming legal under federal law. Reverend Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition helped draft the law which would leave the issue of recognizing gay marriage up to individual states. Hawaii may become the first state to legalize same sex marriages and the legislators want to make sure that no other states, nor the federal government...
    May 09, 1996 | Story
  • Next week, the Senate will take up two controversial pieces of legislation on the cutting edge of civil rights in this country. The Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA says that the federal government refuses to recognize same sex marriages and allows states to do the same. While the White House has acknowledged that bigotry and divisiveness are driving this law, President Clinton has pledged to sign it. The gay and lesbian community has reacted...
    Sep 05, 1996 | Story
  • This week, the Senate will debate and vote on the Defense of Marriage Act, a bill that would federally define marriage as only between a man and woman and would allow states to refuse to recognize same sex marriages performed in other states. The Congressional move to ban gay and lesbian marriage is a response to a case that is to be heard in Hawaii beginning this week.
    Sep 09, 1996 | Story
  • In a landmark decision reached Monday, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled in favor of three same-sex couples who challenged the constitutionality of Vermont’s marriage laws. The Court concluded in Baker v. State that statutory benefits and protections of marriage must be extended to same-sex couples, and instructed the state legislature to remedy the discrimination.
    Dec 23, 1999 | Story
  • Today is Super Tuesday, and voters in California will decide on a number of ballot measures. One of these is Proposition 22, the California Protection of Marriage Initiative. It states that "Only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California." [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 07, 2000 | Story
  • Yesterday, the Vermont House moved toward approving historic legislation allowing gays to form "civil unions’’ that would carry many of the benefits–and burdens–of marriage. The bill takes Vermont to the very edge of recognizing gay marriage. It if passes, Vermont will have gone further than any other state in recognizing same-sex couples. The legislation has the support of Democratic Governor Howard Dean and is...
    Mar 17, 2000 | Story
  • Vermont’s governor signed landmark legislation yesterday making the state the first in the country to grant the full benefits of marriage to same-sex couples. [includes rush transcript]
    Apr 27, 2000 | Story
  • Under a quilt of stars, as friends and family blew bubbles and kisses into the warm night air, Kathleen Peterson and Carolyn Conrad exchanged vows of love and commitment this weekend and became the first same-sex couple in the nation to be recognized as civil union partners under Vermont’s far-reaching law, which took effect July 1.
    Jul 06, 2000 | Story
  • The long-anticipated welfare debate of 2002 has officially begun. Yesterday afternoon, President Bush offered hisvision of a reformed welfare system to an audience of low-income moms and community activists in a church inWashington, DC. Declaring that the 1996 welfare overhaul was a resounding success, Bush called for even strongerwork requirements and hundreds of million dollars a year to promote marriage among welfare recipients. "Work...
    Feb 27, 2002 | Story
  • In his first press conference since before the invasion of Iraq, President George Bush yesterday vowed that weapons of mass destruction would still be found in Iraq.
    Jul 31, 2003 | Story