Now that both Washington DC and Maryland have both legalized marriage for all loving couples, the National Cathedral, which is affiliated with the Episcopal Church, will perform weddings for gay and lesbian couples. The marriage rite for LGBT members was adopted by the Episcopal Church in 2012, though individual congregations can choose whether or not to implement it.
Right now, the legislature in Illinois is at an important juncture with the possibility of upcoming vote on marriage equality. Many of the same stories of fears have been told, and repeated over and over again. But Illinois lawmakers and citizens are in a very different position than were the citizens and lawmakers of Massachusetts eight years ago, for our Massachusetts story, and the stories of all the states with marriage equality, offer you the experience and knowledge that these fears are unfounded.
After a nearly week-long lame duck session that she deemed particularly “lame” due to little legislative action, Rep. Kelly Cassidy said she was not in any way expecting her girlfriend of nearly three years, Kelley Quinn, to kneel down steps away from the glowing Capitol building to propose.
In front of the Boca Raton City Council Tuesday night, 17-year-old Tyler Morrison evoked the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for a similar reason he had recalled President Abraham Lincoln's words two months earlier in the same spot.
Growing up in Iowa, Todd Schweikert loved being a Boy Scout, and he even made it through the rigorous process of becoming an elite Eagle Scout. Schweikert wanted his 7-year-old son to have the same positive experience, but he was turned off by the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policies.