The Supreme Court unexpectedly and tersely turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions
Florida's governor, Rick Scott, has either stood by and let the degradation of the state occur or has actively contributed to it.
In his ruling, the San Antonio judge wrote that the same-sex marriage ban "violates plaintiffs' equal protection and due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution."
A change such as this in the constitution to one of the "Bible Belt" states shows continued momentum from the progress that was made in 2013.
Jubilation swept Illinois after the state legislature passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on Nov. 5. Illinois becomes the 15th state to pass a marriage equality law.
Washington State voters received their mail ballots last week, their chance to vote on I-522, a statewide ballot measure that would require labeling of all genetically engineered food.
Another milestone was crossed March 26 in Californians' years-long quest for marriage equality.
"We are a stable family, why shouldn't we have the same respect and the same rights as any other couple, as any other family?"
Under sunny skies and seas of rainbow flags, millions of Americans participated in gay pride parades across the country June 24, celebrating what many are calling a "landmark year" in advances for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.
After Carrie Underwood's interview with British newspaper The Independent, in which she was quoted as saying she believes everyone should have the right to love, a backlash has developed online by those who oppose marriage equality.