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More than 30 states have constitutional amendments, state laws, or both that ban same-sex marriages.

The U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would enshrine protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, codifying many of the rights that would disappear if the Supreme Court were to overturn those decisions the way it overturned the nationwide right to an abortion. Read more»

Phoenix native David Baker, 24, an openly gay member of the Mormon Church, has been rallying in front of the Supreme Court since Monday waiting for the court’s ruling on same-sex marriage laws.

Protestor numbers are likely to explode Wednesday, when rulings are expected on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and woman, and California’s Proposition 8, which overturned a law in that state that had legalized same-sex marriages. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe was one of more than 100 Republicans who signed on to briefs supporting same-sex marriage in two cases being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. He was joined by a range of groups filing briefs on Thursday’s deadline.

Former Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe joined representatives of business, church and civil rights groups to file briefs supporting same-sex marriage in two upcoming Supreme Court cases on the issue. Kolbe, in a same-sex marriage himself, said it's time marriage equality. Read more»

2008 Proposition 8 protest in Washington, D.C.

Within the next few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely announce whether it will hear arguments and rule on two important sets of cases that have a significant impact on thousands of same-sex couples throughout the United States. Read more»

Colin Powell speaks with CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview on the network Wednesday.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said he supports gay marriage. Read more»

Last year, 52 percent of all employers offered domestic partner health benefits, with the percentage varying widely by region and industry. That’s up from 31 percent in 2010. Read more»

A group of gay U.S. service members filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday that challenges the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and asks the military to provide the same benefits to their spouses that those of straight military personnel receive. Read more»

About once a year, so much big political news happens that a single column can’t be devoted to a single topic. This is that week. So lace up your running shoes. Read more»