Couple of 40 years takes a stand for marriage in North Carolina

On Wednesday, two women who have been together for over 40 years applied for a marriage license in North Carolina, seeking to have their lifelong commitment respected by their home state.

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Greensboro, NC official: I look forward to the day I can issue marriage licenses

This week, the Register of Deeds in Guilford County in Greensboro, North Carolina rejected marriage applications from two same-sex couples and issued a statement lamenting the anti-gay law in NC, saying, "I look forward to the day when I will be able to issue marriage licenses to LGBT couples."

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PHOTOS: Same-sex spouses are finally respected by the U.S. military

Today, September 3, 2013, the same-sex spouses of U.S. service members finally became eligible for the legal respect and protections that marriage extends to the spouses of all other members of the U.S. military. Check out photos of spouses receiving their military ID cards for the first time!

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Inspired by his dads, an emerging young activist stands up for marriage in the south

Justin Maxwell, a 16-year-old boy from North Carolina, is emerging as a strong young voice for LGBT equality in the South. He also encourages young people like him to stand up for what they believe in.

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Round-Up: Same-sex couples in 5 states file lawsuits for the freedom to marry

In the past 2 weeks, since the United States Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional Section 3 of DOMA, many legal organizations have looked to build off of the victory's momentum by filing state lawsuits seeking the freedom to marry and challenging state marriage amendments and bans.

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My Two Dads: 8 families share how they’re celebrating Fathers’ Day this year

Fathers' Day is a great time to recognize the many types of families that make our country so dynamic. We know that there is no single formulation for what makes a strong family, but we spoke with eight great dad duos about the common denominator in family: love.

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North Carolina farmers Laura and Cindy continue standing up for the freedom to marry

As Laura and Cindy, who own a farm in North Carolina and are married in California, wait and hope that the Supreme Court stands on the Right Side of History, they envision a day in the future when they can stand as a married couple in their home state, with the full respect of their community and country

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Mark and Tim continue advocating for same-sex couples and families by marrying in DC

After 22 years together, Mark and Tim are thrilled to finally be married. But they know that because of DOMA, they are deprived of over 1,100 essential federal protections - and that their marriage is not respected by the state of North Carolina. That's why they're speaking out as much as possible about how DOMA hurts their family.

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14 Photos: Our First Valentine’s Day as a Married Couple

As the country continues to move forward on marriage, we take the time this week to celebrate the thousands of same-sex couples celebrating their first Valentine's Day as a married couple - and look forward to the day when all couples who want to marry can be married Valentines.

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Military couple Ashley and Heather: How DOMA disrespects our family

Throughout all of their trials - as a same-sex military couple living under DADT, as a same-sex couple in the South, and as a same-sex couple standing up against the insecurities that DOMA causes their family - Army Lt. Col. Heather Mack and her wife Ashley Broadway have continually found strength in each other.

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