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.
WASHINGTON - Supporters and opponents of gay marriage rallied in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices began the first of two days of arguments in gay marriage cases.
By the time the court began Tuesday the sidewalk outside the court was packed, and supporters spilled over to the other side of the roadway. "Gay, straight, black, white, marriage is a civil right," the crowd chanted at one point, followed by "we honor this moment with love." Many gay marriage supporters came with homemade signs including ones that read "a more perfect union," "love is love," and "`I do!' want 2 B (equals)."
Opponents marched down the roadway in front of the court, many carrying signs including "Every child deserves a mom & dad" and "vote for holy matrimony."
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.