May 18, 2013 Parliament had passed the legislation in April, but the main opposition party challenged its constitutionality. A ruling by the Constitutional Council on Friday paved the way for President Francois Hollande's official blessing.
April 24, 2013 Opponents of the new law threw bottles, cans and metal bars. Police responded with tear gas. President Francois Hollande has appealed for calm.
April 23, 2013 France will join 13 other nations that have legalized gay marriage within their borders. In three others, including the U.S., same-sex marriage is legal in some jurisdictions. The new French law also legalizes adoptions by same-sex couples.
March 27, 2013 It's not certain the justices will decide they should rule on the Defense of Marriage Act's constitutionality. But if they do, it looks as though Justice Anthony Kennedy might join the court's four "liberal" judges to strike down the law.
March 26, 2013 The justices began two days of high-profile oral arguments with many questions about whether they should even consider ruling on the merits of California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in that state.
March 24, 2013 Sub-freezing temperatures and a snow forecast aren't stopping die-hards from camping outside the Supreme Court for a seat to history. The court will begin hearing oral arguments Tuesday in its review of same-sex marriage laws.
March 21, 2013 When the law takes effect May 1, Colorado will join eight states that have civil unions. Nine others and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. The approval of civil unions is a dramatic turnaround for a state where voters in 2006 banned gay marriage.
March 18, 2013 Public opinion is clearly shifting on the issue of gay marriage; even one Republican senator has come out in favor of it. But it was a different story in 1996, when an overwhelming majority of congressional D's and R's supported the Defense of Marriage Act and a Democratic president signed it.
December 5, 2012 Gay and lesbian couples can start picking up their wedding certificates and licenses Thursday. Last month, voters in Washington, Maine and Maryland voted to approve same-sex marriage, making them the first states where gay marriage has passed through popular vote.
May 31, 2012 The ruling from a federal appeals court in Boston is almost sure to be appealed to the Supreme Court.
May 23, 2012 Richard Grenell, who resigned after some conservatives criticized Mitt Romney for hiring an openly gay adviser who favors same-sex marriage, said Wednesday that the issue should not determine how most Americans vote.
May 14, 2012 From Biden and Obama's announcements to Romney's graduation speech, interviewees favoring gay marriage outnumbered those opposed 3-2 on NPR. Anti voices are needed, but history made it rightfully a pro week. The bigger question: what should NPR's values be going forward? Gay rights is a defining issue.
May 10, 2012 Mitt Romney and Speaker John Boehner showed a determination Thursday to keep the election-year debate confined to the topic on which they believe President Obama has the greatest vulnerabilty — the economy.
March 2, 2012 Obama told The Atlantic that he doesn't "bluff" as president of the U.S. when he says he's willing to use the military to stop Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon... Maryland became the eighth state to legalize gay marriage... Virginia approved a controversial anti-abortion bill requiring ultrasound which the governor says he will sign.