Attorney General Eric Holder announces the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in Utah, while federal courts sort out legal challenges.
More Californians were married in July after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing gay weddings than during any other month in at least eight years, according to new statistics from the California Department of Public Health.
It came to a quiet end. After five years of litigation a polarizing battle that pitted conservative advocates against civil rights proponents same-sex marriage will likely stand as law in California.
For Bryan Ruiz and his partner, naval Engineering Duty Officer Jamie Mason, military rules regarding their same-sex relationship made each day more difficult. Without access to military health care for Ruiz, his medical bills from motorcycle accidents piled up. Since he isn’t in the military, even the mundane became tough: Mason had to escort Ruiz to and from the base so he could get to volleyball practice. But Wednesday changed all that, as the Defense Department announced that it will extend marriage benefits to same-sex spouses.
Less than a month after same-sex couples in California received the go-ahead to wed, a retired Methodist minister from Sacramento has come forward with a group of colleagues willing to perform same-sex marriages.
In response to last month's historic gay-marriage rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, CalPERS' health plan is holding a special open-enrollment period for same-sex couples who were previously married.