The Hawaii Senate just passed marriage equality with overwhelming support! Momentum for the freedom to marry in Hawaii is real — and today’s vote proves it.
The marriage bill now moves to the House, where a crucial committee hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning.
A New Jersey Judge has denied a request to delay, says gay and lesbian couples should be able to get married in the state starting Oct. 21. The Christie Administration is expected to appeal
A state court judge said in a ruling Friday that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in New Jersey, and that the rights given to them under the state’s civil unions law are not equal to federal benefits now granted to married gay couples.
Judge Mary Jacobson granted a summary judgment requested by Garden State Equality, which had claimed that the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of the federal Defense of Marriage Act meant that same-sex couples in civil unions in New Jersey were being denied equal protection.
“Effective immediately, when same-sex spouses apply for a visa, the Department of State will consider that application in the same manner that it will consider the application of opposite-sex spouses,” Mr. Kerry announced at the American Embassy in London.
“If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, your visa application will be treated equally,” he said. “If you are the spouse of a noncitizen, your visa application will be treated equally.”
The change was hailed by gay rights groups. “We are relieved and pleased,” said Rachel B. Tiven, executive director of Immigration Equality, a lobbying group. “It brings a clarity that gay and lesbian couples around the world have been waiting for.”
Marriage Equality in the United States after the inclusion of Minnesota and Rhode Island this week.