American Express is celebrating the first anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage with full-page ads in The New York Times. The ads from Ogilvy & Mather feature the photos of real same-sex couples who are also customers of the brand.
Although many same-sex couples spend thousands of dollars on wills, powers of attorney and other paperwork intended to afford them the same rights and benefits as their married counterparts, these efforts still fall short of the protections of marriage, according to this article.
Total spending on opposing efforts to defeat and enact a constitutional marriage ban in California has topped $73 million, making it the most expensive campaign for a social issue in U.S. history. Both sides were scrambling to rally voters to their sides, while same-sex couples around the state were trying to beat the clock to get married before today's vote. The ballot issue is considered especially critical for the marriage-rights movement because of California's cultural influence. "As goes California, so goes the nation," said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
The office of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is touting a potential $111 million economic boost over the next three years as a practical reason for the state Legislature to overturn a 1913 law that prohibits marriages of out-of-state couples whose unions would not be recognized in their home states. The bill today is likely to have a vote in the state Senate.
Since Massachusetts granted equal marriage rights to same-sex couples in 2004, the experience of being married has been a mixed one, with many couples reporting state recognition strengthened their relationships, some reporting tough going and others remaining indifferent to the institution. "Before marriage was legal, if I called Adrienne my wife, people would say 'Your what?' " Heather Walker said. "But if you say partner, they're thinking business partner. The knowledge that we are legally married, that they can't play a semantics game, is very freeing."