Thomas Beatie, a transgender father of three, is fighting an Arizona judge to get a divorce from his wife of nine years, Nancy Beatie, with a decision due next month. Mr Beatie achieved global attention after giving birth to his first child, a girl named Susan Juliette, in the US state of Oregon in 2008.
Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox has started the 2013 legislative session with a commitment to hold a vote on gay marriage before the end of the month. Fox, who is openly gay, dropped same-sex marriage legislation in 2011 in the face of Senate opposition.
Same-sex couples in Maryland were greeted with cheers and noisemakers held over from New Year's Eve parties, as gay marriage became legal in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line on New Year's Day.
Gay-rights advocates hope a number of victories outside of the state will translate to success during the upcoming Wyoming legislative session. Rep. Cathy Connolly, D-Laramie, said she or another legislator will likely sponsor a bill allowing civil unions or gay marriages in the state.
State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) told the Windy City Times on Tuesday that House Bill 5710, The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, will be up for a hearing in the Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday evening.
They know neither who will come, nor how many. Nonetheless, city officials are preparing for as many as 100 same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses – and possibly getting married – before dawn Saturday.