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August 28, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Tambry Young and Suzanne King have traveled across the nation seeking marriage equality. They were wed last November in Massachusetts, one of five states that allow same-sex couples to marry. They recently visited Washington D.C., which recognizes their union. Now the couple — who have been together for nearly 30 years — are looking to California to help pave the way toward legalizing their union in their home state, Hawaii. Young and King joined five other gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii last month and filed suit against Gov. Linda Lingle after she vetoed legislation approved earlier this year that would have allowed same-sex civil unions.
May 20, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - In 1958, the Gallup Poll asked Americans whether they approved or disapproved of marriage between blacks and whites. The response was overwhelming: 94% were opposed, a sentiment that held for decades. It took nearly 40 years until a majority of those surveyed said marriage between people of different skin colors was acceptable. By contrast, attitudes toward gays and lesbians have changed so much in just the last 10 years that, as Gallup reported last week, "half or more now agree that being gay is morally acceptable, that gay relations ought to be legal and that gay or lesbian couples should have the right to legally marry.
March 17, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
More than 200 same-sex- marriage opponents, cheering and wearing buttons that read, "Marriage -- A Mother & Father for Every Child," converged on Montpelier's Statehouse as lawmakers began hearings on a bill that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. If approved, Vermont would join Massachusetts and Connecticut as the only U.S. states that allow gay marriage. The measure would replace Vermont's first-in-the-nation civil unions law with one that allows marriage of same-sex partners beginning Sept.
March 17, 2001 | From the Washington Post
Vermont's House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill explicitly outlawing same-sex marriages, a backlash against the first-in-the-nation civil union ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples that were approved by legislators less than a year ago. In a largely symbolic gesture certain to reopen old wounds, Republicans, who regained their first majority in 16 years amid anti-civil union sentiment last fall, pushed through the measure outlawing marriages for gays.
August 15, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Supporters of same-sex marriage argued before a state judge in New Jersey on Thursday that the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing such unions required the state to allow them. The argument was the latest in a lengthy fight in New Jersey, where a court ruled in 2006 that same-sex couples should be afforded the same rights and benefits as married couples. The state established civil unions, but a 2008 state commission subsequently found that same-sex couples were being treated as "second-class citizens.
December 10, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A commission has concluded that legislators should allow gay couples to marry, setting up what could be a spirited debate over whether the state should be the first to allow gay marriage by passing a law, rather than by court mandate. In its final report, a copy of which was obtained by the Associated Press, the state's Civil Union Review Commission concluded unanimously that New Jersey's 2-year-old civil union law doesn't do enough to give gay couples the same protections as heterosexual married couples.
November 14, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge has granted a homosexual couple permission to get married, setting a precedent that could pave the way for the Roman Catholic country to become the first in Latin America to allow same-sex marriage. The ruling in Buenos Aires, which became the region's first city to approve civil unions between same-sex couples in 2002, may increase pressure on lawmakers to debate a gay marriage bill currently deadlocked in Congress.
August 15, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Only two states in the Northeast do not currently allow same-sex marriage, and lawyers on Thursday were trying to change the situation in one of them. New Jersey allows civil unions but not same-sex marriage, after a 2006 court decision mandated that such couples be afforded the same rights and benefits that married heterosexual couples receive. The Supreme Court, however, invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act in June and also let stand a ruling overturning California's Proposition 8 , which cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in the state.
June 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Starting today, New Jersey joins eight other states in making it illegal for employers and landlords to discriminate against transgendered people. The law, which sailed through the Legislature in December, has received little attention in a state that's gaining a reputation for being welcoming to lesbian, gay and transgendered people. Earlier this year, New Jersey began allowing civil unions for same-sex couples.
July 16, 2012 | By David Lampo
It's an axiom of modern American politics that most Republicans are reflexively - even stridently - anti-gay. The hiring, then forced resignation in May, of openly gay foreign policy expert Richard Grenell by the Romney campaign enhanced the party's, and Mitt Romney's, anti-gay image. To be sure, anti-gay sentiments still run deep in the GOP. Yet if one digs deeper than the conventional wisdom, one finds large, overlooked pockets of gay tolerance among rank-and-file Republicans.
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