Hawaii issued 40 licenses for same-sex marriages Monday as gay marriages began in the state with six couples at a Waikiki resort exchanging vows side-by-side in front of a few hundred guests.
CLEVELAND - Richard Starn and Ron Grey were legally married in Massachusetts two years ago.
On Wednesday, the Lakewood couple attended a rally at Cleveland City Hall celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court ruling giving same-sex couples the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
"I"m glad we're here celebrating," Grey said, "but we've got more work to do."
Whether Grey and Starn will receive benefits is still up in the air because Ohio doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.
"I would certainly argue that the federal benefits should follow the couple," said Lakewood attorney Maria Shinn. "It remains to be seen how that will shake out."
Gay rights supporters said there are at least 1,000 benefits that same-sex couples have not had access to, including insurance coverage and exchange of property if one of them dies.
"It kind of makes you feel like a second class citizen," Starn said.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon.
A funeral home director and the attorney for John Arthur confirm that he died early Tuesday at home. He had suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease.
A new plaintiff has joined a fight to have gay marriages recognized in Ohio despite a statewide ban.
The government on Thursday said that all legally married gay couples will be able to file joint federal tax returns even if they reside in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages.
An amusement park in Ohio is canceling a wedding contest after a gay couple organized a protest against the promotion.
A federal judge on Tuesday extended a temporary restraining order preventing state authorities from enforcing their ban on gay marriage against two men who got married in another state as one of them nears death.