Two rallies in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday sought to send diametrically opposed messages to state lawmakers on the issues of marriage for same-sex couples, which is legal in Iowa. About 50 people gathered for a National Organization for Marriage rally on the steps of the Iowa Capitol, but a group of marriage equality supporters that was about three times as large attracted Iowa first lady Mari Culver, who said she supported leaving intact the state supreme court decision that legalized marriage for same-sex couples.
Oregon's largest LGBT-rights groups is out to change the minds of marriage-equality opponents with a series of television ads and brochures explaining why same-sex couples want to be able to marry. "The goal is to convey that marriage matters," said Jeana Frazzini, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez signed a marriage-equality bill into law on Wednesday. Argentina is the first Latin American nation to provide equal marriage rights. The first marriage of a same-sex couple is scheduled for Aug. 13 in Buenos Aires.
Some 151 couples submitted applications to marry in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, when a marriage-equality law took effect. Under the landmark law, the first same-sex marriages can take place on Tuesday.
The Defense of Marriage Act should be found unconstitutional, without a trial, because it forces Massachusetts, which has a marriage-equality law on its books, to treat same-sex married couples differently from their opposite-sex counterparts, according to papers filed by state Attorney General Martha Coakley as part of a federal lawsuit. The U.S. Justice Department, in its filing, called for the lawsuit to be dismissed.