Poll: New Yorkers want same-sex marriage law to stay put
August 10th, 2011
09:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: New Yorkers want same-sex marriage law to stay put

Washington (CNN) - Just weeks into a new law that recognizes same-sex marriage in New York, a new poll finds a majority of voters in the state not only support the legislation but would resist efforts to overturn it, as well.

According to a NY1/YNN-Marist poll released Wednesday, about 55 percent of voters favor same-sex marriage in the Empire State, while 37 percent are against it.
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Filed under: Gay rights • New York • Poll
Perry clarifies views on marriage, again
August 3rd, 2011
04:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry clarifies views on marriage, again

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry voiced support for a federal marriage amendment Wednesday, a departure from earlier comments in support of states' rights.

The Republican governor, who is considering a run for the White House in 2012, said he supports a federal amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
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Filed under: 2012 • Gay rights • Rick Perry • Same-sex marriage
Feinstein: Americans are more open to gay marriage
July 24th, 2011
12:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Feinstein: Americans are more open to gay marriage

Washington (CNN) - Making her case for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday that Americans are now more open to homosexuality.

"As time goes on, what I find is more and more people have gay friends, they have gay relatives," Feinstein said on CNN's "State of the Union." "People are much more forward with their thinking about this now. I think they're much more open to it."
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First New York couples wed under new same-sex marriage law
Lailah and Rachel Pepe are photographed waiting on line to get married at the Brooklyn City Clerk's office on July 24, 2011 in New York City.
July 24th, 2011
09:29 AM ET
3 years ago

First New York couples wed under new same-sex marriage law

NEW YORK (CNN) - A city official married the first couple in New York City to wed under the state's new law allowing same-sex marriage Sunday.

Phyllis Siegal, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, were married in a chapel at the city clerk's office as a crowd of onlookers cheered.

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Filed under: Gay rights • New York • Same-sex marriage
President Obama moves closer to supporting same sex marriage
July 20th, 2011
12:29 PM ET
3 years ago

President Obama moves closer to supporting same sex marriage

Washington (CNN) – President Obama is now supporting the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the ban on same sex marriage President Clinton signed into law in 1996.

"He is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act ... which would take DOMA off the books once and for all," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at yesterday's briefing. "This legislation would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples."

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • Same-sex marriage • White House
New York hosts marriage lottery to accommodate gay couples
A group walks down Fifth Avenue during the New York City gay pride march June 26, 2011.
July 19th, 2011
12:58 PM ET
10 months ago

New York hosts marriage lottery to accommodate gay couples

(CNN) - Want to participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony in New York this Sunday? Enter a lottery, says independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

On July 24, the first day New York's recently passed marriage law goes into effect, the city will conduct a public lottery to allow 764 couples to marry, according to a state press statement Tuesday.
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Court reinstates part of 'don't ask, don't tell'
July 16th, 2011
03:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Court reinstates part of 'don't ask, don't tell'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A federal appeals court temporarily has reinstated the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans gays and lesbians from serving in the military, but banned the services from investigating or discharging anyone under the rule.

The 9th U.S. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in California issued the order late Friday after the Obama administration asked it to reconsider its recent order temporarily blocking the policy.

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Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Gay rights
July 16th, 2011
11:58 AM ET
What's going on at the Bachmann clinic?
July 12th, 2011
09:09 PM ET
2 years ago

What's going on at the Bachmann clinic?

Lake Elmo, MN (CNN)-In her campaign for president, Michele Bachmann touts her background as a small business owner.

"A small business job creator," is how the Minnesota Congresswoman and Republican Presidential candidate described herself in her first campaign ad in Iowa.
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Filed under: 2012 • Gay rights • Michele Bachmann
Pawlenty punts on homosexuality
July 10th, 2011
02:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty punts on homosexuality

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Sunday he remained uncertain over whether homosexuality is biological or a choice.

“As I understand the science, there’s no current conclusion that it’s genetic,” Pawlenty said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Gay rights • Tim Pawlenty
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