Recollections from the battle for marriage equality

Written by MARK SHERMAN,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 05:04

In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, President George W. Bush declared support for a constitutional amendment “to protect the institution of marriage.” Voters in 13 states changed their constitutions to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In most of those states, the vote wasn’t even close.

Eleven years later, the Supreme Court has now ruled that all those gay marriage bans must fall and same-sex couples have the same right to marry under the Constitution as everyone else. “No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his June 26 opinion for the court.

Pride Alive in Green Bay
The rainbow festivities continue

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 05 July 2015 09:49

The city known for green and gold goes over the rainbow on July 11.

Green Bay celebrates LGBT Pride on July 11 with Pride Alive.

Episcopalians OK allowing gay marriage in churches

Written by BRADY McCOMBS
Associated Press writers
Friday, 03 July 2015 08:28

The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

The new policy won overwhelming approval from the top Episcopal legislative body earlier this week, following decades of debate and conflict. It came 12 years after the denomination blazed a trail by electing the first openly gay bishop.

President Obama's remarks at LGBT Pride celebration

Written by President Barack Obama Thursday, 25 June 2015 06:29

Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama celebrate LGBT Pride.

President Barack Obama celebrated LGBT Pride Month with a reception on June 24 in the East Room at the White House. The event is an annual invitation-only celebration.

The following are the remarks the president delivered at about 5:15 p.m.:

Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage: any day now

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 22 June 2015 06:48

With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected any day now, gay couples in states with bans are making wedding plans, courthouse officials are getting ready for different scenarios and steadfast foes are working on their strategies to keep up the opposition.

Marriage license bureaus are bracing for a rush of applicants if the court overturns bans. Meanwhile, there's been a series of planning sessions by groups that intend to explore religious objection responses to protect "traditional marriage" limited to heterosexuals.