A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, and civil rights attorneys and gay marriage supporters immediately began looking ahead to their next fight: a lawsuit seeking to force Ohio to allow gay couples to marry.

Derek Kitchen was a teenager still coming to grips with his sexual orientation when yard signs began popping up throughout his suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood in 2004 supporting an amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Led by five Sacramento-area congregations, 30 United Methodist churches in Northern California and other Western states have declared that their members support same-sex church weddings – a stance that defies international church rules.

Every Valentine’s Day, Sacramento County Chief Deputy Clerk Recorder Donna Allred has had to turn away same-sex couples who gather to get married on the national day of love. But this Friday, for the first time in California history, she got to say yes.

Attorney General Eric Holder announces the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in Utah, while federal courts sort out legal challenges.

Utah files legal brief asking Supreme Court to stay a lower court's ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

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.

Sacramento State professor emeritus Tom Knutson and his husband Phan Datthuyawat got a thumbs up from veteran U.S. Customs and Immigration Service official Herman Crawford, becoming one of the nation’s first binational gay couples to have their marriage recognized by federal immigration officials.

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus sang "Give 'Em Hope" for a revered and in some ways surprising guest who shared a California stage with them last month: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

It didn't take long for House of Fashion managers to update their bridal salon's window display.

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.

Gay and lesbian couples can legally marry today in 13 states, including California. But if they want to marry within their faith, options vary widely from denomination to denomination across the religious spectrum.

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.

The California Supreme Court on Monday declined to issue an emergency stay that would have put same-sex marriages in California on hold while the court decides whether to consider a new challenge filed last week by Proposition 8 supporters.

Freddie Oakley, the Yolo County clerk and recorder, is ready to move beyond same-sex marriage and focus on other demands of her job, which include managing county elections and protecting voters' rights.

In one of most divisive civil rights issues of the day, California Gov. Brown resisted the electorate by refusing to defend an initiative that had stripped minorities of basic rights.

In what legal analysts term a last-ditch effort to block same-sex marriages in California, Folsom attorney Andrew Pugno filed a petition Friday asking the California Supreme Court to bar county clerk recorders from issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Sometimes, marriages just don't work out. The flip side of gay marriage is, of course, gay divorce.

Though the U.S. Supreme Court struck a mortal blow to the Defense of Marriage Act last week, gay marriage is far from settled at the federal level, with lawmakers in Congress responding in very different ways.

Six dozen couples obtained marriage licenses Monday – more than twice the average – on the first full day the Sacramento County clerk wed same-sex partners after last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

When justice was finally served and same-sex couples began to marry in California late Friday afternoon, my thoughts shifted to people who oppose marriage equality on religious grounds.

It's about far more than wedding rings.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy surely secured a place in history as a leading protector of gay and lesbian civil rights when he authored the majority opinion Wednesday in United States v. Windsor, striking down Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

The just-completed Supreme Court term gave a clear sense of the judicial philosophy of its conservative majority: Follow the Republican platform.

While dozens of same-sex marriages were being performed in San Francisco on Saturday, the Proposition 8 legal team filed an emergency petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the unions.

In the dining room of their town house here, David Huebner and John Barabino were the picture of prosperous domesticity this week. A housekeeper padded about, work on their outdoor patio continued and their 3-year-old son, Miles, napped upstairs.

The news took the state by surprise: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday afternoon lifted its stay on same-sex marriages, making California the 13th state to legalize gay marriage.

This week’s Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage will mean that the same-sex spouses of active-duty military personnel can soon qualify for benefits their opposite-sex counterparts have long enjoyed.

The Supreme Court has spoken; now it's time for the florists, ice sculptors and limousine drivers to take over.

With the expected addition of California's residents after Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling, about 30 percent of Americans will live in states offering same-sex marriage.

Who can defend an orphaned ballot initiative? The question gained resonance Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that proponents of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, had no standing to pursue their appeal once California officials declined to defend the embattled law.

As president, Barack Obama has endorsed same-sex marriage, repealed a military requirement that service members keep their sexual orientation secret and offered gay federal employees family leave.

The blur of Washington news this week – major decisions on voting rights, affirmative action, same-sex marriage and immigration – was a vivid illustration of how Americans are grappling with fundamental social change.

The U.S. Supreme Court's historic actions Wednesday on same-sex marriage – which included declining to rule on California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, on technical grounds – leaves California poised to become the 13th state where gays and lesbians can legally marry.

On this day, in this city – where diversity is the standard rather than the exception – the signs of celebration were in some cases subtle.

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act clears the way for CalPERS to begin offering its nursing-home insurance coverage to gay couples after a three-year legal battle.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia got it right. As the conservative jurist noted again this week, the court plants seeds with every decision, sometimes regardless of assurances to the contrary. And though the Supreme Court’s 2012 term ended with a flourish Wednesday, the 78 decisions issued since last October will shape the legal and political landscape for years to come.

When proponents of same-sex marriage decided nearly five years ago to bring their legal battle before the Supreme Court, the decision set off a spasm of anxiety among many gay leaders worried that an adverse ruling would set back a fight that many of them had never really wanted.

The U.S. Supreme Court bolstered the cause of same-sex marriage Wednesday, but sidestepped a chance to guarantee equal rights for all gay Americans.

Kris Perry and Sandra Stier, the lesbian couple at the heart of the Supreme Court Proposition 8 case, raised their joined hands high as they exited the court Wednesday morning, as hundreds who’d gathered outside erupted into cheers.

The Supreme Court made history Wednesday with two victories for marriage equality, in California and nationwide. In a pair of highly anticipated decisions, the divided court effectively undercut California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. Separately, the court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies same-sex married couples federal benefits. Together, the rulings provide an emphatic, if incomplete, win for advocates of same-sex marriage.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday made history with two victories for marriage equality, both in California and nationwide.

Key events regarding the rights of same-sex couples in California:

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday to strike down the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act means that the federal government can grant a vast array of benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married in at least a dozen states. The ruling still leaves decisions on who’s married and who isn’t to the states. That creates uncertainty for same-sex couples who married in one state but live in any of at least three dozen states that don’t recognize their marriages.

When the cops arrived to raid the Stonewall Inn on the night of June 27, 1969, David Velasco Bermudez headed for the exits, but he couldn’t make his way through the crowded bar before getting hit in the neck by a policewoman swinging a billy club.

People across the Sacramento region reacted today to two hot-button issues handed down today by the Supreme Court.

In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling undercutting California's same-sex marriage ban, the Brown administration told county officials this morning the ruling applies statewide - with all 58 counties required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples once a lower court stay is lifted.

It was a history-making day at the U.S. Supreme Court today, with the high court striking down key aspects of the federal ban on same-sex marriage known as the Defense of Marriage Act. The justices also tossed a case appealing a lower court's decision to invalidate Proposition 8, California's gay marriage prohibition.

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