- the state of having the same rights and responsibilities of marriage as others, regardless of one's sexual orientation or gender identity.
- legal recognition of these rights: marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Also called equal marriage.
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Examples from the Web for marriage equality
As the marriage-equality movement gains momentum in Oregon, opponents are figuring out new ways to push back.Obama Must Resign by Black Friday
November 24, 2013
Marriage-equality proponents have already promised to push such a measure, which is likely to pass.In DOMA, Prop 8 Ruling, the Supreme Court Put Procedure Over People
June 26, 2013
Jay Michaelson ponders the various not-good options before the Supreme Court in the marriage-equality cases.An Often-Overlooked Clause in the Constitution Points the Way to Same-Sex Marriage
April 2, 2013
Maryland, Washington, and Minnesota also have marriage-equality measures on the ballot.Sex, Drugs, and Ballot Initiatives
November 4, 2012
John Avlon on how the momentum gathered so quickly, and why a victory would be a crucial defeat for marriage-equality opponents.Andrew Cuomo Renews Push for Gay Marriage in New York
June 12, 2011