Meanwhile, 30 states have passed constitutional amendments banning gay marriage
within their borders.
Thirteen months after gay marriage
became legal in Massachusetts, a plurality of Cape and Islanders continue to support it.
He said that gays should not be denied this "opportunity," and that "we should insist on gay marriage
threatens the establishment of the Church of England and could lead to it being forced out of its role of conducting weddings on behalf of the state, it has claimed.
Public opinion on gay marriage
in the United States has shifted dramatically over the last two decades.
The Texas plaintiffs are pointing to the downfall of Alabama's gay marriage
ban in seeking relief.
The push for gay marriage
in Oregon is getting underway less than two years after same-sex couples in the state won the legal right to form domestic partnerships, which give all the legal rights and responsibilities under state law that married couples have.
Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood, who supports gay marriage
, said he has seen too many gay couples go without the basic rights afforded to heterosexual couples, such as hospital visitations, inheritance and child custody.
El Nuevo Dia, a newspaper in his country, reported on its website that Martin would wed economist Carlos Gonzalez Abella in New York - where gay marriage
is legal - on January 28.
Opponents argue that altering the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman will further weaken the threatened institution of marriage and that legalizing gay marriage
is a slippery slope that may lead to polygamous and interspecies marriages.
Opponents of gay marriage
fear eliminating the law would open the gay marriage
I think that gay marriage
should be allowed, if there's a ceremony kind of thing, if you want to call it that.
To the Republicans, nothing was more important than satisfying the crowd's anti-gay zealotry, even if it meant ridiculing one's own blue state or making the nutty assertion that gay marriage
represents the greatest threat to civilized society, while not mentioning terrorism, genocide, or the two Americas (the John Edwards version, not the George Allen version).
But on hot-button issues including abortion, gay marriage
or the death penalty, some of the region's Republican lawmakers say their personal religious beliefs directly determine their votes and the policies they help create for Los Angeles and the nation.
Indiana Equality, a coalition of state gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy groups, has launched its Fairness 200 Campaign that raises money to defeat proposed state bans on gay marriage
and gay adoption.