Human Rights Campaign
Voter-approved constitutional amendments were ruled unconstitutional in both states, but the rulings are on hold so the states can consider appeals.
Maine Republican Susan Collins says she supports legalized same-sex marriage.
Twenty-seven liberal groups are pressuring Senate Democrats to reject one of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees.
In Maine, a congressman running for governor came out as gay. In Hawaii, lawmakers girded for a vote to legalize same-sex marriage. And in the U.S. Senate, seven Republicans joined the Democrats in a landmark vote to ban workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
Vice President Joe Biden is canceling a speech to an influential gay rights group because of the government shutdown.
The country’s leading gay rights group is donating $1 million to campaigns in four states where gay marriage is on the ballot this fall.