Albany, New York (CNN) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the state's marriage equality bill hours after it passed the Republican-controlled Senate on Friday night, making it the sixth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Cuomo signed the bill into law after the legislature cleared the way to legalize same-sex marriage with a 33-to-29 vote, the first time a state Senate with a Republican majority has approved such a bill.FULL STORY
New York (CNN) - A day after state lawmakers were due to head home, a pair of controversial issues seem to stubbornly postpone their summer recess.
The first is something that many call a quintessential New York battle: Whether to enact the first statewide cap on property taxes. The cap is linked to the extension of rent control laws that apply to roughly 1 million apartments, most of them in New York City.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The Colorado Senate on Thursday approved a civil unions bill that would allow same-sex couples the right to inherit property, apply for family leave and share medical decisions.
The bill, approved 23-12, now goes to the House.
In Colorado, only a man and woman can marry. The bill would allow two unmarried adults, regardless of gender, to enter into a civil union.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN)– President Barack Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as only between a man and woman, according to a statement Wednesday from Attorney General Eric Holder.
"The president has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny," Holder said.
Washington (CNN) - The gay conservative organization GOProud will hold a fundraiser next week at the Virginia home of Republican strategist Mary Matalin, following its successful, yet controversial, participation in the recent Conservative Political Action Conference.
Tickets for the "Party on the Potomac" event run $500 per person and GOProud Chairman Christopher Barron said that the goal is to raise $100,000. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, who revealed last year that he was gay, will be among those attending the event at Matalin's home, Barron said. (Matalin is a CNN contributor.)
(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush's daughter Barbara is appearing in a new web video in support of gay marriage.
(CNN) - American support for same-sex marriage is rising steadily, a large new poll suggests, mirroring similar findings from another recent survey.
Backing for allowing gay and lesbian marriages rose from 29 percent in 2008 to 37 percent today, the Public Religion Research Institute announced Wednesday.
Edinburgh, Scotland (CNN) – Pope Benedict XVI received a warm welcome at the beginning of his historic state visit to Britain, despite the efforts of a colorful array of protesters in Scotland's capital to remind him of the Church's woes.
After the formal grandeur of his meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at her Holyrood Palace residence in Edinburgh, the pontiff was cheered by thousands of well-wishers along Princes Street, the city's main thoroughfare, as he was shuttled along in the distinctive "popemobile."
But on the opposite side of the castle, where Edinburgh's Georgian New Town gives away to its medieval Old Town, a familiar foe of the Catholic Church arrived at an austere church close to the Grassmarket - where criminals were once publicly hanged - to make his feelings known.
For Ian Paisley, the firebrand politician and staunchly protestant founder of the Free Presbyterian church in Northern Ireland, the meeting place was a statement in itself. The Magdalen Chapel is the headquarters of the
Scottish Reformation Society where John Knox once preached against Catholicism. Knox is widely thought of as the founding father of the Protestant Reformation