Wyoming has become the latest state to allow same-sex unions, bringing the wave of legalizations to a place where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard galvanized a national push for gay rights.
The meeting – known as a synod – was called by Pope Francis to discuss hot-button issues such as same-sex unions, divorce and birth control. No formal decisions were reached Monday, but CBS News reports that the tone of initial reports coming out of the two-day meeting indicate a major shift from condemnation to acceptance, including a call to recognize the positive aspects of civil unions and the potential benefits from establishing commitments from the gay community to the church.
Alaska will begin accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples Monday after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage — one of the first two states to prohibit same-sex weddings.
A court office in Kansas’ most populous county has issued a marriage license to a gay couple, believed to be the first such license in the state.
A federal court hearing over gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii began Monday with a lawyer defending the state of Idaho’s ban facing tough questions from a judge on the panel.
Facebook donated $10,000 to the re-election campaign of a Utah politician who’s fighting to keep gay marriage out of his state.
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom was the presiding official at the wedding of a same-sex couple in Sausalito Friday, part of a celebration by CBS SF sister station Alice@97.3 of morning anchors Sarah & Vinnie’s 1000th Secret Show.
U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state’s ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection clause because it treats same-sex couples differently than couples of opposing genders.
Bay Area church and community leaders were delivering thousands petition signatures to San Francisco’s Catholic archbishop Tuesday, demanding that he skip an event celebrating traditional marriage.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone responded Monday to an open letter signed by Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other state, city and faith and community leaders asking him to cancel his appearance at an upcoming rally against same-sex marriage.