Boston-based wedding planner Bernadette Smith has helped arrange the same-sex nuptials of nearly 75 Massachusetts couples during her five-year career. But she's never seen quite the surge in business as she has during the past few months.
This week, four senior retired officers wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post predicting "grave harm" to the military if President Obama moves forward with his vow to let gays serve openly.
On the same day that Vermont's House and Senate voted to override GOP Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, the Washington City Council voted 12-0 Tuesday in favor of allowing same-sex marriages performed in other states to be recognized in the nation's capital.
Vermont's House and Senate voted Tuesday to override the governor's veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.
The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously rejected a state law Friday that banned same-sex marriage, and opponents wasted little time in pushing for a state constitutional amendment that could send the issue to voters.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted narrowly Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage, putting the state's Legislature on a potential collision course with a governor who has publicly stated his opposition to such unions.
Vermont Gov. James Douglas announced Wednesday that he plans to veto a bill that would grant same-sex couples equal rights in marriage, if the bill reaches his desk.
Vermont is weighing a bill that could make it the first state to legalize same-sex marriage without being prompted by the courts.
The Vermont Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to legalize same-sex marriage, potentially setting the stage for a high-profile legislative showdown and breaking a new political barrier in the state that made history in 2000 by becoming the first to approve civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation just added two presenters to its 20th-annual Media Awards celebration: Clay Aiken and T.R. Knight.
A gay Minnesota state senator describes the hate mail he has received for not endorsing same-sex marriage equality.
The nation's economic crisis is now playing a role in the debate over same-sex marriage.
Advocates of same-sex marriage rally in San Diego the day before the California Supreme Court takes up the issue.
The California Supreme Court began hearing arguments Thursday in a case that could determine the fate of same-sex marriage in the state, as well as the validity of about 18,000 same-sex marriages.
A legal advocacy group sued the federal government Tuesday, seeking benefits for 15 gay and lesbian Massachusetts residents who wed after the state legalized same-sex marriage.
Years from now it may be a trivia question on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
The 81st Academy Awards are now in the history books. CNN's Kareen Wynter takes a look at this years winners.
"Slumdog Millionaire," the little film about a poverty-raised teaboy who goes on a game show as a way to find his lost love, won best picture Sunday night, earning a total of eight Oscars at the 81st annual Academy Awards.
Lavish weddings on soap operas are commonplace -- beautiful, wealthy characters united amid copious tears, heaps of flowers and exquisite attire.
CNN's Lola Ogunnaike reports on the first lesbian wedding on a soap opera.
Thirty years after Harvey Milk's murder, the gay rights movement still misses his powerful voice
A gay rights group is welcoming the likely appointment of the world's first openly gay prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir of Iceland.
A Maine lawmaker introduced a bill on Tuesday that would allow same-sex marriages in the state.
Pope Benedict XVI reiterated the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to homosexual behavior and warned that humanity could destroy itself.
Prominent liberal groups and gay rights proponents criticized President-elect Barack Obama Wednesday for choosing evangelical pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the presidential inauguration next month.
President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday defended his pick of evangelical pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration next month as one of "a wide range of viewpoints that are presented."
Anderson talks to his panel about Rick Warren's invitation to Barack Obama's inauguration and the controversy behind it.
My battle for marriage equality began in 1990, after my partner, Brian Binder, and I had a commitment ceremony. The ceremony was held at the end of a conference for Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays and was attended by more than 300 friends and members of both our families.
D.L. Hughley talks with columnist Dan Savage about the battle to legalize same-sex marriages in California.
More than a week after voters in California, Arizona and Florida passed ballot initiatives outlawing same-sex marriage, thousands of people across the country protested the bans in simultaneous rallies Saturday. In California, Proposition 8 overturned a May ruling by the California Supreme Court that struck down a 2000 ban on same-sex unions. It passed 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent. CNN's D.L. Hughley spoke to sex columnist Dan Savage about the ongoing battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California. Savage is the author of the popular syndicated sex advice column "Savage Love."
Solomon Brown of San Jose, California, is one of the millions of voters who helped elect Barack Obama to be the future president. He's also one of the voters in California, Arizona and Florida who cast ballots in support of same-sex marriage bans that got considerable support in each state.
The Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints insisted Thursday that their support for a proposition to ban same-sex marriage in California did not target any group.
CNN's Carol Costello reports on ballot measures involving gay adoption, prostitution and assisted suicide.
"I will continue to speak out for equality for all of us," she promises
The Los Angeles County Registrar's Office stopped issuing same-sex marriage licenses after the passage of a ballot measure to eliminate the right of gay couples to marry, the agency said Wednesday.
A look at the reasons proponents of marriage equality went down to defeat after spending huge amounts of money
The electoral battle over gay marriage extends beyond the Golden State. Florida, Arizona and Connecticut are in it too
Cyndi Lauper and Cathy Nelson share a dedication to raising awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
Throughout her career, singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper has promoted gay and lesbian rights. She has a personal connection to this cause -- her sister is a lesbian -- but she also believes it's a matter of fairness.
Gay couples from around California and the nation are feverishly tying the knot ahead of Election Day to avoid missing out if voters approve a ballot initiative aimed at banning same-sex marriage
The "pride campus" would promote tolerance and have 600 slots open to all high school students. Prime News reports.
Public school officials in Chicago, Illinois, are recommending approval of a "gay-friendly" high school because harassment and violence are causing gay students to skip class and drop out at alarming rates.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay and lesbian couples have the right to get married.
Connecticut's Supreme Court is the latest to tear down constitutional barriers to same-sex marriage. But the real test will be getting legislatures to act
It used to be called "the love that dare not speak its name" -- particularly in Hollywood, where the revelation of homosexuality was believed to be a career-killer.
CNN's Lola Ogunnaike looks at Hollywood's embrace of gay culture, especially on prime time network TV.
A group of gay and lesbian Republicans has traveled to the site of the GOP convention this week to help convince its party that it is time to stop being on the "wrong side" of the same-sex marriage issue.
A majority of California voters oppose a ballot initiative to ban gay marriage, though they are evenly split on the practice itself, according to a poll released Wednesday
Pioneering lesbian rights activist Del Martin, who married her lifelong partner in June on the first day that same-sex couples here gained that right, has died
Lesbian activist Del Martin, at the forefront of the battle for same-sex marriage in California, died Wednesday in San Francisco. She was 87.
Most states don't recognize gay marriage -- but now Hallmark does
To help stem the spread of the HIV epidemic, public health officials are making a renewed effort to reach out to closeted gay men in oppressive societies
In a nationwide measure, Argentina has granted gay couples the right to collect the pensions of their dead partners.
Colorado Democrats on Tuesday may choose an openly gay candidate for Congress. But the contest has revolved more around his money than his sexual orientation
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, struggling to hold together the troubled world Anglican family, urged church leaders gathered Sunday in England not to consecrate another gay bishop
Conservatives are up in arms over Mexico City legalizing abortion and same-sex unions. But leftist politicians believe the government's social conservatism could be its downfall
An ad campaign aimed to lure gay tourist dollars stokes a furor in the Palmetto State
The California Supreme Court has cleared the way for Californians to vote in November on whether to ban same-sex marriages in the state.
Gay couples from across the country are one step closer to a Massachusetts wedding
Five years after America's high court undid sodomy laws with Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark ruling has dramatically impacted the legal landscape for homosexuals
Research shows that gay men's brains resemble those of straight women
A lesbian couple together since the 1950s finally wed at San Francisco's City Hall.
CNN's Kelli Arena looks at the ramifications of the California ruling to strike down the state ban on same-sex marriage.
The California Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, saying sexual orientation, like race or gender, "does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights."
Gov. David Paterson of New York has told state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states and countries where they are legal, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Ellen will be married at the Bush ranch and given away by Sen. John McCain. Wait, what?! CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.
California officials began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday evening after a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing the ceremonies took effect.
Five years after it became legal in their state, a gay Massachusetts couple talks about what's changed and what hasn't.
Four years ago Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry. Since then, more than 10,000 gay and lesbian couples have exchanged vows in the state.
An initiative that would again outlaw gay marriage in California has qualified for the November ballot, the Secretary of State announced Monday
Same-sex couples in California may be able to obtain marriage licenses on June 17, state officials said Wednesday.
A potential proposition may make same-sex unions short-lived in California. But the power of the ruling will give the issue longevity for years to come
A federal judge rules that a Florida Panhandle school cannot prohibit expression of support for equal rights for gay students
CNN's Ted Rowlands reports on the California Supreme Court's decision to strike down a state ban on same-sex marriage.
Ellen DeGeneres is putting the California Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage into action -- she and Portia de Rossi plan to wed
The court demolished the key arguments against gay marriage. But the presidential candidates still need convincing
The California Supreme Court has overturned a ban on gay marriage, paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry
In many African countries homosexuality is taboo. CNN's David McKenzie takes a look at the prejudice gay people face.
In a downtown Nairobi salon, tucked away in nondescript office building, women sit under hair dryers and gossip. They have their hair trimmed and their feet and hands pampered.
Local governments and state universities in Michigan can't offer health insurance to the partners of gay workers, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday
An Obama advisor recommends staying in Iraq longer than the candidate promises. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
Viewpoint: The tragic killing of a gay eighth grader in California should be an occasion for mourning, not new hate-crime legislation
Activists on both sides are bracing for a new battle over gays in the military if the Democrats take the White House
The European Court of Human Rights has overturned French court rulings that prevented a single lesbian woman from adopting a child
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama kicked off a series of local outreach gospel concerts Friday in Charleston, South Carolina, that unexpectedly came back to bite his campaign.
Less than two hours after a judge struck down Iowa's decade-old gay marriage ban, two Des Moines men applied for a marriage license
An Iowa district court ruled Thursday that same-sex couples can marry based on the state constitution's guarantee of equal treatment, court documents show.
While the Republicans wrestle with what to do about their fallen colleague, the Dems' Presidential hopefuls are staying strangely, cagily silent
When David Rosen became Donna Rose, the people in charge of the human resources department at her company didn't know what to think. Nor did her colleagues.
An international human rights group has accused President Yoweri Museveni's government of promoting "state homophobia" in Uganda and urged the repeal of a colonial-era law against sodomy.
Democratic presidential hopefuls stressed their common ground with the gay and lesbian community in a televised forum, but one significant exception loomed -- same-sex marriage.
Democrats address gay issues
Democrats to debate gay issues
Voters concerned about where presidential candidates stand on gay rights may have their question answered tonight.
Thanks to a gay rights veteran, artists whose lyrics advocate gay bashing are pledging respect to homosexuals
The American Psychological Association is embarking on the first review of its 10-year-old policy on counseling gays and lesbians, a step that gay-rights activists hope will end with a denunciation of any attempt by therapists to change sexual orientation
After five years of trying to date girls and to conform and conceal his sexuality, 18-year-old Steven Field told his friends and family that he was gay.
Gay homeless teens
To understand how much gay life in the United States has changed -- and how challenging it remains -- consider the story of the Dillards, Sharon and Tanya, who describe themselves as "a typical family with soccer, brand new puppies, church, choir and not enough time in the day."
The science of sexuality