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NATIONAL
November 12, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Hawaii's state Senate passed a same-sex marriage bill Tuesday, sending it to the governor.  Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he will sign the bill, which passed the Senate 19 to 4. It had already passed the state House.  Now, same-sex marriage bills are awaiting the governor's signature in both Hawaii and Illinois. If both chief executives sign the measures, as expected, the total number of states permitting gay marriage would rise to 16. The District of Columbia also permits gay marriage.
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SCIENCE
June 26, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
In the hours after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions in U.S. vs. Windsor and Hollingsworth vs. Perry, health groups chimed in support of the rulings -- and gay marriage. American Psychological Assn. president Donald Bersoff said in a statement Wednesday that the ruling in U.S. vs. Windsor, which in overturning a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act gives married gay couples equal access to the federal benefits that straight married couples receive, was "a triumph for social science and recognition of the basic dignity of all American citizens.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2012 | By Shan Li
Luxury retailer Nordstrom Inc. has jumped into the controversial gay marriage debate by openly supporting the rights of gay and lesbians to marry. The Seattle retailer joins other prominent Washington corporations such as Starbucks Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. in favor of approving Referendum 74 to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. Company president Blake Nordstrom sent a companywide memo -- co-signed by brothers Erik and Pete, also executives at the retailer -- laying out the retailer's "philosophical approach" to business, which includes a workplace where "every employee is welcomed and respected.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court took no action Monday on the gay marriage cases pending on appeal, putting off a decision at least until Friday. The justices have a closed-door conference set for Friday morning, the last such meeting prior to the holiday recess. They have before them 10 appeals concerning gay marriage. One set of cases involves the Defense of Marriage Act and its provision denying federal benefits to legally married gay couples. That law has been challenged by same-sex couples in New England, New York and California and has been struck down by two U.S. appeals courts.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
By now, you've probably seen your Facebook news feed flooded with pink equal signs in red squares. The Human Rights Campaign's marriage equality logo went viral  Monday, with scores of users uploading the image as their profile pictures in a show of support. Almost as quickly, the logo became the subject of some creative spoofs, with people riffing off the color scheme and simple design. Top 10 must-have smartphone apps Our favorite derivatives so far: two strips of bacon replacing the equal sign; red velvet cake (with the white cream cheese layers representing the equal signs)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Country music superstar Carrie Underwood has come out in support of gay marriage - and at least one conservative political group is saying, "Good for her. " Underwood, who's set to play London's Royal Albert Hall this month, expressed her opinion to the Independent. The British paper, in turn, promptly wondered whether the country-crossover darling risked the " wrath " of her genre's traditionally conservative fan base. "As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love and want to marry," Underwood told the Independent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Are gay marriage and abortion culturally equivalent? As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to take up one of the great civil rights issues of our day, many people wonder whether the court might move cautiously so as to avoid the social upheaval and spasms of violence unleashed by its famous 1973 decision legalizing abortion. What a terrible mistake that would be. Tuesday, we will get the chance to hear arguments in the California case over Prop. 8, which outlawed gay marriage in 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, a likely 2014 gubernatorial candidate, said he supported the Supreme Court's ruling that cleared the way for gay marriage in California, and said that same-sex couples should be afforded the same rights and protections as heterosexual couples. That's a switch in position from 2008, when Maldonado supported Prop. 8, the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters that the Supreme Court in effect reversed earlier this week. Maldonado, a Republican, said he changed his mind about gay marriage about two years ago, after a cousin revealed that he was gay. “Deep down in my heart, what has changed is what has gone on in my family, and if two people love each other and they happen to be from the same sex, you ought to have the same thing that I am enjoying today, to love someone and to live in a happy home and to be married,” Maldonado said Thursday, over red wine and Castelvetrano olives at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant.
NEWS
May 13, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Sen. Rand Paul, who Friday said that President Obama's views on gay marriage “couldn't get any gayer,” was sharply rebuked by an influential evangelical leader Sunday. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, appearing on CBS' “Face the Nation” strongly disagreed with the Kentucky senator's choice of words. “I don't think this is something we should joke about,” Perkins said. “We are talking about individuals who feel very strongly one way or the other, and I think we should be civil, respectful, allowing all sides to have the debate....
NATIONAL
February 17, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
The Maryland House of Delegates narrowly approved legalization of gay marriage late Friday, clearing the way for final passage next week and the expected signature of  Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. That would make Maryland the eighth state with a law on the books legalizing gay marriage, though it would have to survive an expected attempt to block it by referendum. In debate before the vote, Delegate Anne Kaiser, one of seven openly gay members of the House, said that she wanted, "Marriage.
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