When Susan Johnson played “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for her performing arts class, she believed she was helping students improve their tolerance of diversity. The song discusses marriage equality and mistreatment of people who are gay.
Tomorrow, gay couples across Maryland can take the first step toward equal recognition of their relationships when county clerks of courts for the first time will be allowed to issue licenses for same-sex marriages.
From bakeries to hotels, salons to photographers, florists to limousine drivers, many business owners expect a lift in sales from both in-state and out-of-state same-sex couples holding weddings and celebrations here.
History was made a few ticks of the clock after midnight at the county courthouse today in Olympia. Cheers erupted after Thurston County auditor Kim Wyman authorized marriage licenses to 16 same-sex couples in Olympia who said in unison: "I do."
As hundreds of gay couples waited for marriage licenses at the King County Administration building early Thursday morning, some workers there noted it was the same place where a pioneering gay couple was denied one 41 years ago.
Indiana voters could get to decide whether a marriage equality ban ends up in the state's constitution. It is expected to be a fight in the coming legislative session. One group believes the law could have economic implications.
Sage Smith, a transgender 19 year-old girl from Charlottesville, VA, was last heard from just over two weeks ago, on November 20. Community advocates are asking for help locating the last person who had contact with Smith, a 21 year-old named Erik Tyquan McFadden, who they believe has left Charlottesville after an initial police interview.