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Gay marriage drive revived in Maine

Gray will submit the proposed referendum question to the Secretary of State's office, asking voters "Do you favor a law allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples that protects religious freedom by ensuring no religion or clergy be required to perform such a marriage in violation of their religious beliefs?" Supporters must get 57,277 signatures to get the question on the November 2012 ballo...

Bangor Daily News • Jun 30, 2011


RI passes civil unions bill; gov intends to sign

The Rhode Island Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, a measure that Gov. Lincoln Chafee's office says he intends to sign into law. State senators voted 21-16 to endorse the bill, about two hours after it was voted out of committee. The legislation, which already has passed the state House, allows gay couples to enter into civil unions ...

AP • Jun 30, 2011


Gay marriage foes target NY senators who flipped

A group that opposes gay marriage promised to spend at least $2 million to oust seven state senators who changed their positions to make New York the sixth state where same-sex unions are legal. The Washington-based National Organization for Marriage said in a fundraising email to supporters that it is committed to helping elect majorities in 2012 that support marriage as being between only a man...

AP • Jun 30, 2011


HISTORIC VICTORY: Immigration & Customs Enforcement Closes Deportation Proceedings Against Henry Velandia

On June 29 Henry Velandia and Josh Vandiver received the news that the Newark Immigration Court had granted a Motion by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief Counsel, Jane Minichiello, to administratively close deportation proceedings that had been first initiated in 2009. ...

Stop the Deportations • Jun 30, 2011


Months after Obama announced he was ''evolving'' on marriage equality, the process has stalled

When there is no evolution on that one remaining question, criticism is bound to follow - particularly if Obama wants to continue to be seen as a leader on LGBT equality issues. Although such criticism is well grounded, some have gone further, attacking Obama's recent comments agreeing with what some are calling a "states' rights" argument that they say was used by segregationists in the past. U...

Metro Weekly • Jun 29, 2011


RI Senate panel OKs civil unions bill

Rhode Island moved one step closer to allowing same-sex civil unions on Wednesday afternoon after the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill to legalize them. The committee voted 7-4 to approve the measure. The full Senate is expected to vote on the legislation Wednesday evening....

WPRI • Jun 29, 2011


DOJ to file appeal of Bankruptcy court's DOMA ruling

In a surprising move, the United States Trustee for California -- an agent representing the United States and the Department of Justice in Bankruptcy court -- has appealed a ruling in the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Central District of California which found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The June 15 ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge, Thomas Donovan, in t...

Washington Blade • Jun 29, 2011


Dept. of Revenue blocking joint filings by civil-union couples

Same-sex civil union partners who file taxes jointly in Illinois will be breaking the law, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue. On June 2, the same day that the state's first civil unions took place, the department posted a memo stating that same-sex couples must still file separate tax returns, even if they have had a civil union. Their reasoning, according to department spokeswoman...

Windy City Media Group • Jun 29, 2011


Obama treads water on same-sex marriage

Asked if marriage is a civil right at his press conference Wednesday, President Obama espoused his support for gay, lesbian and transgendered Americans -- but again declined to express support for same-sex marriage. In his first solo press conference since March, the president said New York's passage last week of a law making same-sex marriage legal was "a good thing." But he cast that perspectiv...

CBS • Jun 29, 2011


Gay advocates seek veto of civil-union bill

Calling a bill that would legalize same-sex civil unions "onerous and discriminatory," more than a half-dozen gay advocacy groups called on Governor Chafee Tuesday to veto the legislation if it passes with language that was added to protect religious organizations and their employees. In a two-page letter sent to the governor, the groups said the bill -- scheduled for a Senate Judiciary Committee...

Providence Journal • Jun 29, 2011


Rudy Giuliani Breaks Promise to Marry Gay Friends Who Opened Home to Him During His Divorce

"I asked if he would marry us," recalled Howard Koeppel, the unlikely provider of an emergency Midtown crash pad to Giuliani for six months when his marriage to Donna Hanover was crumbling and Gracie Mansion was a war zone. "He said, 'Howard, I don't ever do anything that's not legal. If it becomes legal in New York, you'll be one of the first ones I would marry.' " Ten years later, Koeppel is d...

Towleroad • Jun 29, 2011


Looking Back At NOM's (Failed) Campaign Of Misinformation, Race-Baiting, Hate, And Bullying In New York

Equality Matters is taking a look back at just how sleazy a campaign America's preeminent anti-gay group was willing to run in its failed attempt to stand in the way of marriage equality....

Equality Matters • Jun 29, 2011


Gay couples to sue NJ, seeking same-sex marriage

Seven gay and lesbian New Jersey couples, along with many of their children, are going to court to try to force the state to recognize gay marriage. The families say in their legal complaint that the state's civil union law designed to give gay couples the same legal protections as married couples has not fulfilled that promise. One man says he was denied being able to make urgent medical decisi...

AP • Jun 29, 2011


NOM's Brian Brown pitches nutty plan to reverse marriage equality in New York

Protect your keyboards. In his latest fundraising email, NOM's Brian Brown is actually pitching an anti-equality constitutional amendment for New York. This will be a test of the gullibility of NOM's donors because the plan is utterly ridiculous. An amendment to the New York State Constitution requires the approval of two consecutive legislatures....

Pam's House Blend • Jun 29, 2011


AMA Comes Out For Marriage

With the New York State now the sixth - and largest - state to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a policy position declaring that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is "discriminatory" and reaffirming existing AMA policy to support relationship recognition of gay and lesbian couples as a means of addressing health disparities ...

Joe My God • Jun 29, 2011


Marriage Equality in New York - A Triumph of Political Will

Much of the media attention and public comment surrounding the "religious exceptions" focused on what should have been a non-issue: whether religious officials and entities were sufficiently protected from liability in case they refused to perform religious marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples and refused to make their facilities and services available for ceremonies solemnizing same-sex marri...

Leonard Link • Jun 29, 2011


A gay-rights 'backwater,' Pa. won't have same-sex unions soon

Although a poll in April by Public Policy Polling found that 63 percent of Pennsylvania voters supported legal recognition of same-sex couples, a spokesmen for a top legislative leader in Harrisburg said that the issue is not a high priority....

Philadelphia Enquirer • Jun 29, 2011


New Oregon poll looks at gay marriage

The new poll shows that a ballot measure in support of gay marriage would face a tough fight since Oregonians are pretty closely divided on the issue (and it's generally easier to get folks to vote no instead of yes on any ballot measure). A followup question from the same poll asked voters to choose among gay marriage, civil unions (which are already allowed in the state) and "no legal recogniti...

Oregon Live • Jun 29, 2011


Colo. civil unions backers optimistic after New York vote

Even within the Capitol, there were indications that even some conservative lawmakers were re-thinking their positions. Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, who heretofore had been an outspoken opponent to civil unions, penned a column for the website Colorado Peak Politics in which he admitted being torn between two ideals, "supporting marriage and the parent-child family as the foundation of a su...

KWGN • Jun 29, 2011


Rhode Island set to vote on same-sex civil union bill

A week after New York became the nation's most populous state to legalize gay marriage, tiny Rhode Island is set to vote on a bill to allow same-sex civil unions. On the eve of long anticipated action by Rhode Island's Senate, activists on both sides of the issue were busy urging legislative leaders to either revise certain provisions or halt its passage altogether. If voted out of the Senate Ju...

Reuters • Jun 29, 2011


Minn. marriage amendment a hot -- and confusing -- topic at Pride fest

Tracie Knapp spent hours explaining to festival-goers that a state amendment on the state ballot next year wouldn't legalize same-sex marriage; it would define marriage as between a man and a woman. Knapp was a volunteer for the gay rights group Minnesotans United for All Families. ...

Minnesota Public Radio • Jun 29, 2011


Bloomberg plans 'NYC I Do' campaign to attract gay couples, cash in on legal gay marriage law

Gays can soon marry in New York - and Mayor Bloomberg wants them to say "I do" at the Empire State Building, Coney Island - or any other romantic spot in the five boroughs. "We'd love to have you come here," Hizzoner said Monday of the two-bride and two-groom couples who can start to marry here late next month....

New York Daily News • Jun 29, 2011


Md. gay-rights group struggles after failure of marriage bill

The group -- founded in 1990 as "Free State Justice" -- appeared headed for its finest hour in February, when the Senate passed a bill legalizing gay marriage with surprising ease, sending it to the traditionally more-liberal House. However, support soon unraveled as several House Democrats wavered and at least two withdrew their support under heavy pressure from constituents. Democratic leaders...

Washington Times • Jun 29, 2011


Atlanta Closer in Distance Than in Philosophy on Gay Marriage

On one hand, Atlanta has a vibrant community of gay, lesbian and transgender people. Its annual gay pride celebration, held in October, is among the nation's largest. The Hotlanta Softball League fills several fields with gay and lesbian players every Sunday. But Georgia and its largest city are still far from approving anything close to New York's law. Georgia voters in 2004 overwhelmingly appro...

NY Times • Jun 29, 2011


Gay marriage foes appeal ruling on gay U.S. judge

Matthew McGill, an attorney for two same-sex couples challenging the ban, said ProtectMarriage.com had been clear that they would continue a "smear campaign" against Walker. "The only thing surprising about this development is doing so in the face of such a well-reasoned opinion," McGill said....

Reuters • Jun 29, 2011


New York's gay marriage law boosts mood at St. Louis PrideFest

"I think it's about the possible here in Missouri," said Bill Donius, 52, the former CEO of Pulaski Bank and member of the Human Rights Campaign board. "It's not something that will happen in Missouri in the near future ... but when a big state like that makes those decisions, people begin to re-evaluate why we shouldn't have it here."...

St. Louis Today • Jun 29, 2011


Vermont tourism officials say gay-wedding market is secure

Gov. Peter Shumlin was thrilled last week to see his counterpart in New York sign legislation granting same-sex couples the right to marry. He'll do his damnedest, however, to keep the Empire State from actually hosting any gay weddings. When Vermont passed its same-sex marriage law in 2009, tourism officials saw dollar signs in civil rights. As one of only a handful of states where gay and lesbi...

Times Argus • Jun 29, 2011


Colorado Dems Hope to Follow New York's Gay Marriage Success

The gay marriage law that passed in New York late Friday night has its origins in Colorado politics--and Centennial State political implications for 2012. Colorado software entrepreneur and gay rights activist Tim Gill's team was a major player in the effort, an effort that should continue in Colorado next year on both the state legislative and electoral fronts. While the New York state Senate be...

U.S. News and World Report • Jun 29, 2011


Age, Religious Gap In New York Gay Marriage Approval, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

New York State voters support 54 - 40 percent a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, with voters under 35 supporting the measure 70 - 26 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters 35 to 64 years old also support the measure, while voters over 65 oppose it 57 - 37 percent. Support remained consistent before and after passage of the bill. ...

Quinnipiac University • Jun 29, 2011


Beebe's Opposition To Gay Marriage Won't Budge

Governor Beebe told a gay rights group Tuesday evening that despite New York's recent move to allow gay marriage, he still doesn't support gay marriage or civil unions for Arkansas. Beebe is the first sitting Governor to speak publically to a group like the Stonewall Democrats. He said marriage should be between a man and a woman, and the state constitution mandates that....

KUAR • Jun 29, 2011


Oregon gay marriage opponents seek to discourage 2012 ballot measure

Jeana Frazzini, Basic Right's executive director, said in a statement that the group would decide in the fall about 2012. But she also said, "We are optimistic that Oregon will be the first state in the nation to embrace the freedom to marry by a vote of the people."...

Oregon Live • Jun 29, 2011


Where does gay marriage stand in Florida?

Even though gay marriage in Florida seems like it's a long way off, gay rights advocates are buoyed by the decision of the New York State legislature to legalize the practice. The CEO of the largest lesbian and gay community center in the Southeastern U.S. in Lake Worth says gay marriage is inevitable....

WPTV • Jun 29, 2011


Clinton hails NY legalization of gay marriage

New York's legalization of same-sex marriage marks a historic human rights victory that will give much-needed credibility and visibility to the international movement for equality for gays and lesbians, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday. Speaking at a gay pride event at the State Department, Clinton celebrated last week's move in the state she once represented in the Senate. S...

AP • Jun 29, 2011


Same-sex marriage law passes in New York, could influence Washington State

When some West Seattle gay marriage advocates heard the news Friday night, June 24, that New York lawmakers led by Governor Andrew Cuomo voted to legalize same-sex marriage, their reaction was, "That's great for them, but what about us?" Seattle's 37th Annual Pride weekend followed, where the New York news was the buzz on Broadway at the Capitol Hill Pride Festival. The Empire State becomes the s...

West Seattle Herald • Jun 29, 2011


Gay-Marriage Law Won't Stop the Legal Fights

New York's legalization of gay marriage simplifies one major issue: In that state, same-sex couples have the same marital rights as opposite-sex couples. But the passage last week of the state's Marriage Equality Act also opens up a host of complications, brought on by differences between New York's law and both federal law and those of other states, most of which don't recognize same-sex marriag...

Wall Street Journal • Jun 29, 2011


Obama's Opposition to Gay Unions to Face New Tests

For months, Mr. Obama, who has in the past opposed same-sex marriage, has said his views are "evolving." But last week's vote in Albany has intensified pressure on the president to say where he stands, particularly after remarks he made at a Manhattan fund-raiser disappointed and confused many gay rights advocates, including some of his most ardent supporters. Some are now comparing Mr. Obama unf...

NY Times • Jun 29, 2011


Gay-marriage advocates in Md. urge O'Malley to step up role

With New York's embrace of same-sex marriage last week, advocates of gay nuptials in Maryland are pressing Gov. Martin O'Malley to play a more vigorous role as state lawmakers prepare to push the issue again. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, another Democrat whose national profile is on the rise, is widely credited with getting a bill through his divided legislature with a well-funded lobbying camp...

Washington Post • Jun 28, 2011


N.Y. town clerk: I won't sign gay wedding license

"If there's any possible way to not do it legally, then yes, I would not want to put my name on any of those certificates or papers," MacEwen told POLITICO. "That's their life, they can do it, but I don't feel I should be forced into something that's against my morals and my God." MacEwen said she's written her state senator -- Republican Patty Ritchie, who voted against legalizing gay weddings -...

Politico • Jun 28, 2011


Gay marriage win sparks talk of Andrew Cuomo presidential bid in 2016; he doesn't rule it out

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's successful push to legalize gay marriage in his state has made him a national hero to liberal voters and has sparked talk of a potential presidential bid for Cuomo in 2016. But Cuomo paired his quest for same-sex marriage with efforts to slash state spending and curb the power of public employee unions, suggesting a blend of fiscal prudence and progressivism on social ...

Washington Post • Jun 28, 2011


Three Tips for Future Same-Sex Marriage Fights

1. To pass a bill, you need a governor, probably a Democrat, who is willing to do more than just say he'll sign it. An article in Monday's Times detailed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's one-on-one campaign aimed at undecided legislators: " 'I can help you,' Mr. Cuomo reassured them in dozens of telephone calls and meetings, at times pledging to deploy his record-high popularity across the state t...

The New Yorker • Jun 28, 2011


How the Same-Sex Marriage Deal Nearly Collapsed

By Tuesday, Mr. Cuomo had received separate assurances of support from two crucial Republicans, Mark Grisanti of Buffalo and Stephen M. Saland of Poughkeepsie, either of whose endorsement could secure passage of the historic legislation. But neither man wanted to be the decisive 32nd vote. The governor settled on a strategy: he informed both that another unnamed Republican would cast a yes vote,...

NY Times • Jun 28, 2011


Next gay-marriage showdown could be in Minnesota

Ann-Kaner Roth of Project 515, a Minnesota gay-rights group, said she and her fellow activists would take lessons from what happened in New York. "They were able to build such a broad-based coalition: Republicans, independents and Democrats, the business community all coming out very strongly in support of equality," Kaner-Roth said. "Minnesota is really ripe for that kind of coalition-building."...

AP • Jun 28, 2011


Gay Marriage Vote In New York Prompts New Discussion In Maine

If gay-marriage supporters want to put the issue on the 2012 ballot, they will need to gather 57,000 signatures by next January....

WMTW • Jun 28, 2011


Michelle Obama denies supporting gay marriage

Michelle Obama has only gone so far as to share her husband's views on gay rights issues. "Barack believes that we must fight for the world as it should be, a world where together we work to reverse discriminatory laws like DOMA and 'don't ask, don't tell,'" she said at a 2008 fundraiser. "The world as it is should be one that rejects discrimination of all kinds." ...

Politico • Jun 28, 2011


Brazilian judge gives male couple approval for what court says is country's first gay marriage

A Brazilian state judge on Monday approved what the court said is the nation's first gay marriage. Sao Paulo state Judge Fernando Henrique Pinto ruled two men could convert their civil union into a full marriage. Brazil's Supreme Court cleared the way in May for the recognition of same-sex civil unions, but stopped short of approving gay marriages....

Washington Post • Jun 28, 2011


Will New York Marriage Spread to Other States?

We did it! New York Marriages can start in less than a month. That success gives us new leverage in the 44 states that have yet to enact marriage equality. We also won victories this week in Wisconsin and Maryland, but gay couples in Illinois are just discovered a dangerous new civil unions loophole. And phony anti-gay polls could skew voting in Minnesota. This was the scene outside the Stonewall...

MNW • Jun 27, 2011


New York Gay Marriage Vote Alters Political Battle Lines

"The progressive Democratic community is looking at Andrew Cuomo and seeing Bobby Kennedy and the president is not looking very politically astute by comparison," said Richard Socarides, who advised President Bill Clinton on gay-rights issues. "People remember that when he ran for president he said, 'I want to change the country.' Now he's saying to gay people, 'If you want change, look to your st...

Wall Street Journal • Jun 27, 2011


New York's Same Sex Marriage Bill Gives Hope To California Residents

As the celebrations continued in New York on Saturday (June 25) for the passage of the same-sex marriage bill, many Americans were just waking up to and learning of the news. Expressing similar ecstatic emotions to those expressed by New Yorkers, many California residents spoke to MTV News about their enthusiasm for the bill's passage. ...

MTV News • Jun 26, 2011


How Gay Marriage Will Change Couples' Financial Lives

Of course, there's still a long list of federal benefits that will remain out of reach. Since the federal Defense of Marriage Act -- which defines marriage as between a man and a woman -- is still being enforced, gay couples in New York will still need to file separate federal tax returns. They will not be eligible for Social Security spousal or survivor benefits. And they will continue to owe ext...

NY Times • Jun 26, 2011


Gay Pride marchers in Paris demand legal reform

The march came in the wake of a vote mid-June by the national assembly that rejected a socialist bid to legalize gay marriage. Although the left voted for the plan, a large proportion of the UMP-New Center majority were opposed. According to a poll of a 1,000 people for the Dimanche Ouest-France newspaper however, 63 percent back the idea, with almost the same proportion (58 percent) backing the...

AFP • Jun 26, 2011


NY marriage vote emboldens Paris gay pride march

Two weeks ago, France's National Assembly rejected a bill presented by the opposition Socialist Party seeking to legalize same-sex marriage, despite growing public support for gay rights....

Times Union • Jun 26, 2011


New York marriage bill paves way for same-sex divorce

Since same-sex marriages are now legally equivalent to heterosexual unions, same-sex couples' right to divorce will be rooted in New York's Domestic Relations Law, rather than cobbled together out of court rulings and individual judges' decisions, according to Hindin....

Reuters • Jun 26, 2011


New York Passes Gay Marriage: This Is the Tipping Point

First, public opinion has shifted dramatically in favor of recognizing same sex marriages. In May, the Gallup Poll found that for the first time a majority of Americans supported legalizing gay marriage, aided by a boost from independent voters, whose support increased from 49 percent to 59 percent in the last year alone. The high-profile court case to overturn California's Prop 8, led by the bipa...

Daily Beast • Jun 26, 2011


Gay marriage backers hope for national boost from N.Y.

The triumph for gay rights supporters in New York provides a roadmap for victory for groups in other states, said Michael Cole-Schwartz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, a pro-gay marriage group....

Seattle PI • Jun 26, 2011


Same-sex marriage in the United States: A status check

California, of course, is the complicated one: In 2008, voters approved Prop 8, which says that only marriages between a man and a woman are valid there. That was challenged by lawsuits, but the state Supreme Court rejected them. Then a federal judge overturned Prop 8 in a separate case, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is considering that ruling. Same-sex couples that were marrie...

Washington Post • Jun 26, 2011


NY Marriage Vote: Words From the Floor

Senator Stephen Saland, who voted against a similar measure in 2009, said "My intellectual and emotional journey has ended here today and I have to define doing the right thing as treating all persons with equality and that equality includes within the definition of marriage." Catholic-raised Senator Mark Grisanti grew up believing marriage was between a man and a woman, but remarked, "Who am I t...

Advocate • Jun 26, 2011


Marriage Equality Foes Speak Out

As expected, not all of the responses to Friday's Marriage Equality victory in New York were positive. In addition to the National Organization for Marriage's outspoken reactions, other opponents of LGBT rights were equally troubled by the state's late night vote....

Advocate • Jun 26, 2011


Gay Marriage's Unlikely Hero

On June 6, two weeks before the legislative session was officially set to end, Mehlman was back in the state capitol to drive his argument home. He met one-on-one with 13 lawmakers, including the four Republican state senators who eventually voted in favor of the bill. Mehlman took pains not to draw too much attention to his efforts. As his friend, Bill Smith, political director at the Gill Action...

Daily Beast • Jun 26, 2011


Exemptions Were Key to Vote on Gay Marriage

Language that Republican senators inserted into the bill legalizing same-sex marriage provided more expansive protections for religious organizations and helped pull the legislation over the finish line Friday night. The Republicans who insisted on the provision did not only want religious organizations and affiliated groups to be protected from lawsuits if they refused to provide their buildings...

NY Times • Jun 26, 2011


Wedding plans bloom as NY legalizes gay marriage

Even as supporters of gay marriage celebrated victory in New York on Saturday, preparations were being made to make gay weddings a reality in the state. Couples who had talked about going out-of-state to wed changed their plans. Reception venues got their first calls. Churches that accept gay unions said they were looking forward to hosting ceremonies. After a lifetime of waiting, there was a se...

AP • Jun 26, 2011


Will Rhode Island Approve Civil Unions?

The bill the House passed would, for example, allow: that a civil union spouse be denied the ability to make medical decisions for his or her spouse in a religiously-affiliated hospital despite having the legal authority to do so, an employee at a religious-affiliated organization could be denied Rhode Island Family and Medical Leave to care for his or her civil union spouse, a religious cemetery ...

The Rainbow Times • Jun 25, 2011


Obama touts efforts to advance gay rights

Obama's speech reflected his desire to shore up his support among gay and lesbian voters, a constituency that supported him strongly in the 2008 presidential vote, as he revs up his 2012 re-election bid. But as he seeks to broaden his appeal to a wide base of independent voters, the president is not expected to push any new gay rights initiatives that could alienate social conservatives over the ...

Reuters • Jun 25, 2011


Q&A with Lambda Legal's Susan Sommer about New York Gay Marriage Bill

What marital rights do out-of-state couples still lack in New York? Estate taxes are one example. Typically, when a spouse dies, the surviving spouse does not incur estate taxes. But in New York, because of a statutory anomaly, a survivor spouse in a same-sex couple, who was legally married out of state, would have to pay estate taxes. These taxes can be significant. Also, I should note that even...

Wall Street Journal • Jun 25, 2011


Why this Supreme Court could be the best hope for gay-marriage advocates

Most observers believe that any decision on gay marriage by the current court would probably come down to the opinion of Justice Anthony Kennedy. But that is no cause for pessimism. The gay equality movement has had few judicial friends more staunch than Kennedy, the author of the court's two leading decisions honoring that cause. In addition to writing Lawrence in 2003, Kennedy wrote a significa...

Washington Post • Jun 25, 2011


N.Y. State Senate to Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

The marriage measure, which was proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and approved by the state Assembly, has been publicly endorsed by 31 of the 62 senators -- leaving the measure one vote shy of the votes needed for passage in the Senate. The announced supporters include 29 of the 30 Senate Democrats and 2 of the 32 Senate Republicans. Supporters and opponents alike said that anything could happen wh...

NY Times • Jun 24, 2011


Obama says gay couples deserve same rights as all

While praising New York state lawmakers as they debated legalizing gay marriage, President Barack Obama stopped short of embracing it. Instead he asked gay and lesbian donors for patience....

AP • Jun 24, 2011


Legislature still working; no action on gay marriage

The State Legislature was back at the Capitol today as lawmakers remained stuck over passing a property-tax cap, SUNY tuition increases and mandate relief for local governments. When that's all done - and there's no guarantee that would completed today -- Senate Republicans say they'll discuss whether to vote to legalize same-sex marriage, hopefully today....

Poughkeepsie Journal • Jun 24, 2011


Legislature plugs away, but deals fall apart

Deals collapsed -- left and right -- late Thursday. Legislators failed to reach final consensus to control property tax increases, boost state university tuition and control New York City rent hikes. All are must-do items before the most contentious issue -- whether to legalize gay marriages -- will be taken up....

Buffalo News • Jun 24, 2011


Backers of anti-gay marriage amendment tout flawed poll

Minnesota for Marriage is touting a poll released last week by the religious right group, Alliance Defense Fund, that showed a majority of Americans believe that marriage should be defined as between one man and one women. That poll, which found 62 percent of Americans back that definition, was conducted by Republican pollster Public Opinion Strategies and has been criticized for its odd sampling ...

Minnesota Independent • Jun 24, 2011


California Has More Than 50,000 Gay Parents

The institute's numbers are based on Census information. In the survey, California reported 125,516 couples, 21% of which are raising children. That means that one of every five gay couples is parenting....

Advocate • Jun 24, 2011


Activist David Mixner "Disappointed" By Obama's LGBT Speech

Longtime LGBT activist David Mixner, who has at turns been highly critical of President Barack Obama, has recently made clear his intentions to support the president's reelection campaign. Nonetheless, Mixner said Obama's handling of the marriage issue at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday night -- on the eve of a major vote in New York -- was nothing short of "embarrassing":...

Equality Matters • Jun 24, 2011


Obama: "Gay Couples Deserve Same Legal Rights"

Speaking at a Midtown LGBT leadership gala for his re-election campaign, President Barack Obama said he believes gay couples "deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country," and that New York State is undergoing the proper democratic procedure for considering same-sex marriage. ...

NY1 • Jun 24, 2011


Carney: Obama to 'mention' N.Y. marriage bill, but won't endorse it

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday that President Obama plans to "mention" during an LGBT fundraiser later in the evening a pending marriage equality bill in the New York Legislature, but won't come out either for or against the legislation....

Washington Blade • Jun 23, 2011


Alesi: 'Reprecussions' If Marriage Bill Doesn't Come To A Vote

Senate Republicans plan to meet privately later tonight to discuss whether the bill should come to the floor for a vote in what's most definitely going to be a very lengthy conference meeting. "The vote on marriage equality will most likely be the last vote taken," Alesi said....

Capital Tonight • Jun 23, 2011


ACLU and Lambda Legal Laud Ruling in Support of Same-Sex Spouse's Right to Equal Treatment

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and Lambda Legal hailed a ruling by the Washington County Circuit Court recognizing that Maryland's law protecting persons from being forced to testify in court against their spouse applies equally to same-sex spouses validly married outside of Maryland. The ruling sends a strong message that legally married same-sex couples are entitled to recognitio...

Lambda Legal • Jun 23, 2011


Immigration bill includes pro-gay language

A new path has also been opened to address the hardships faced by bi-national same-sex couples through legislative means. On Wednesday, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation that includes a family reunification provision for gay couples....

Washington Blade • Jun 23, 2011


New Guidelines on Deportation Cases Could Apply to Gay Couples

Immigration officials may be able to consider the circumstances of married binational same-sex couples when making decisions about deportation, although an immigration group in response has asked for further clarification of new federal guidelines. According to guidelines issued in a Friday memo by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director John Morton to field directors, agents, and attorn...

Advocate • Jun 23, 2011


Marriage Equality in New York: Any Day Now

One full week after the Democratic-controlled assembly passed a bill that would legalize civil marriage for same-sex couples in New York, the Republican-led senate still has not announced whether it plans to vote on the measure, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders insisted they were making progress Wednesday in the waning hours of the legislative session. ...

Advocate • Jun 23, 2011


Newsflash: Obama will eventually come out for gay marriage

But whether it's before or after 2012, Obama will eventually declare support for legalized gay marriage. Of course, it's always possible that he won't get reelected, and that he'll come out for it as an ex-president. If so, he'll ultimately end up claiming that it was one of his regrets, because he would have squandered the chance to declare support for it as a sitting president, something that wo...

Washington Post • Jun 23, 2011


RI civil union bill is missing in action

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, a gay marriage opponent, predicted broad support for civil unions when the bill was introduced. She told The Associated Press this week that she still intends to bring the bill to a vote on the Senate floor....

Times Union • Jun 23, 2011


IL: Troubling Tax Loophole with Civil Unions

So despite the broad and obvious language of the civil union act saying that couples should get all the same benefits of married spouses, the Dept. of Revenue disagrees and is going with DOMA as the excuse. This exclusion of state tax benefits are a troubling interpretation of the civil unions act, to be sure, and one that highlights the inequities and confusions that civil unions and other "non-m...

Bilerico Project • Jun 23, 2011


Ed Whelan's Never-Ending Crusade Against LGBT Equality

Whelan's call to have Walker's decision thrown out actually began long before the Perry decision. In February of 2010 - roughly six months before Walker's initial decision was released - Whelan claimed that Walker's long-term, same-sex relationship was evidence of his "manifest inability to be impartial." According to Whelan, Walker was "hellbent" on using the case to "advance the cause of same-se...

Equality Matters • Jun 23, 2011


Debunking NOM's Latest Poll On Same-Sex Marriage In New York

It's no surprise NOM has resorted to cooking up ridiculous poll numbers in New York. The organization has promised to vote out pro-equality Republicans, but their campaign of misinformation and fear-mongering has failed to change public opinion. This poll is just another desperate attempt to stop the country's slow but steady move towards full marriage equality. ...

Equality Matters • Jun 23, 2011


Meet The "Legal Experts" Criticizing New York's Marriage Equality Bill

The New York State Senate remains just one vote away from being able to pass a marriage equality bill, with a few Republican holdouts still raising concerns about the bill's protection for religious groups. Last week, Equality Matters debunked these objections, explaining that New York State's non-discrimination laws already cover religious organizations and same-sex couples. Still, a number of ...

Equality Matters • Jun 23, 2011


Wisconsin Circuit Judge Rejects Challenge to State Domestic Partnership Registry Law

An important part of Judge Moeser's analysis concerned a detailed examination of the legislative history of the amendment. He found that throughout its consideration in the legislature and the resulting campaign, it was clear that the proponents sought to ban same-sex marriages and Vermont-style civil unions, which carried virtually all the state law rights of marriage. Thus, the phrase "identic...

Leonard Link • Jun 23, 2011


Huntsman Campaign Fundraising Off Civil Unions Legislation He Never Signed

In 2008, Huntsman signed legislation expanding domestic partner benefits for Utah's unmarried couples, including gays. But legislation legalizing civil unions never passed, making it impossible for Huntsman to sign it into law. And while he supported expanding hospital visitation rights and other "contractual" rights for gay couples, most of those initiatives died in the state Legislature....

Think Progress • Jun 23, 2011


Civil union bill languishes in RI legislature

Despite passing the House, the legislation remains in the Senate Judiciary Committee. No vote to forward it to the Senate floor is scheduled. Lawmakers hope to wrap up their session next week....

Boston Globe • Jun 23, 2011


Huntsman Campaign Flirts With Gays, Then Calls Gay Marriage "Impossible"

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Huntsman said, "I think redefining marriage is something that would be impossible and it's something I would not be in favor of," adding, ironically, what now amounts to his stump speech, saying, "But I believe, just subordinate to marriage we have not done an adequate job in the area of equality and reciprocal beneficiary rights. I've spoken out about that, my support of...

The New Civil Rights Movement • Jun 23, 2011


Sweeney: 'I failed in my responsibility' on gay marriage vote

Politicians make a lot of decisions, right or wrong, during their time in office, but Senate President Steve Sweeney says that not voting for gay marriage in 2010 was the biggest mistake of his political career....

New Jersey Newsroom • Jun 23, 2011


New York gay marriage bill: What would happen if it passes?

Today, same-sex couples can't marry in New York - though the state government does recognize gay marriages performed in other states, due to a 2008 executive order issued by then-Gov. David Paterson. If the law passes, gay couples in New York would be able to tie the knot 30 days later....

Christian Science Monitor • Jun 23, 2011


Falsifying reality to prove their point: NOM and gay marriage.

It should be clear that NOM got the numbers they did because they conducted a dishonest poll. They sought out old people in disproportionate numbers to their representation in the general public. They surveyed people who were, on average, much more religious than the typical New Yorker. And they disproportionately surveyed conservatives. Here is how a honest headline from NOM would read: "Poll fin...

Moorfield Storey Blog • Jun 23, 2011


NY Leaders Tweaking Marriage Equality Amendments; Optimism Expressed on Senate Vote Tonight

"We're closing the few, outstanding, technical issues on rent regulations," said Skelos, R-Long Island. He predicted action on everything "hopefully today but certainly by tomorrow."...

Towleroad • Jun 22, 2011


Gay marriage poll released by religious right group was intentionally skewed

Faith in Public Life, a group that advocates for faith in the public square and organizes around social justice, also took issue with the poll, specifically its wording. The ADF poll asked for response to the statement "I believe MARRIAGE should be defined ONLY as a union between one man and one woman," while mainstream polls in recent months asked whether or not same-sex marriage should be legal....

Washington Independent • Jun 21, 2011


Judge upholds Wisconsin domestic partnership law

A judge ruled Monday that Wisconsin's domestic partnership registry does not violate the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage - a major victory for the state's largest gay rights group that had defended the registry established in 2009 to bestow legal rights to same-sex couples....

WSFA • Jun 21, 2011


Slovenia's backing away from opening marriage

The left-wing coalition government of Social Democratic prime minister Borut Pahor was set on Thursday by 43 votes to 38 with the reform of family law. Particularly controversial was the further development of the registered partnerships that are possible since 2006....

Queer.de • Jun 21, 2011


N.J. slow to legalize same-sex marriage

In the Legislature, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Princeton Borough, has drafted a bill that would legalize it. But Gov. Chris Christie would be certain to veto the bill, and achieving the two-thirds majority needed to override his veto would require votes from Republican lawmakers. There's no Republican in sight who would risk Christie's wrath by casting those votes. Therefore, the Democratic lead...

The Times of Trenton • Jun 21, 2011


Bad Week for the Anti-Gay Industry

I've been doing some really cool work on marriage equality that's kept me so busy, I didn't even have time for a proper green screen this week. But try to ignore that, because a lot is happening right now. We're down to the last possible second for marriage in New York, there was a major victory in California, new challenges to the Defense of Marriage act, bad news in France, and good news in Lic...

MNW • Jun 21, 2011


Where the gay marriage debate is headed next

When asked to name the top five states where gay marriage is likely to be up for debate in the immediate future, Sarah Warbelow -- state legislative director for the pro-gay marriage Human Rights Campaign -- put Maryland at the top of her list, followed by Maine, Oregon, Minnesota and California. (Additional states that could see serious marriage equality debates within the next five years, she sa...

Salon • Jun 21, 2011


N.Y. Marriage: 42,000 Couples Stand to Benefit

The extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples in New York State will affect more than 42,000 couples raising 14,000 children and will double the portion of the U.S. population living in states that allow gay couples to marry....

Advocate • Jun 20, 2011


Catholic Charities Foster Care Cases to Be Transferred

An Illinois youth services agency will take over foster care cases relinquished by Catholic Charities in Rockford following recent passage of the state's civil unions law. ...

Advocate • Jun 20, 2011


St. Louis Mayor Wants Missouri to Allow Civil Unions

Francis Slay used his blog yesterday to call on state legislators to pass a law allowing gay couples in Missouri to commit to civil unions. The St. Louis Mayor writes that Illinois' recently enacted law allowing civil unions has made him realize the need for such a law in Missouri. ...

Riverfront Times • Jun 20, 2011


After Talks With G.O.P., Cuomo Expects Passage of Gay Marriage Bill

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Friday that he expected same-sex marriage legislation to be approved before the end of the legislative session next week, and indicated that to win passage of the measure he is prepared to yield to Republican concerns for greater protections of religious groups. ...

NY Times • Jun 20, 2011


Senate panel leaves out anti-gay provisions in defense bill

A Senate defense panel late Thursday approved major Pentagon budget legislation lacking anti-gay provisions found in the House version of the bill, although questions remain on whether amendments related to same-sex marriage or "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" could come up on the Senate floor....

Washington Blade • Jun 20, 2011


OKing gay marriage could pump $184 million into New York economy through wedding services

The legalization of same-sex marriage in New York could bring legions of gay couples to the state - and pump millions into its economy. Owners of flower shops, wedding venues and hotels are licking their chops over the $184 million expected to flood New York if gay marriage is recognized....

New York Daily News • Jun 20, 2011


What Gillard needs to hear about same-sex marriage

I want the Prime Minister to understand that what the government says about gay marriage sends a message about what the government thinks of gay people. When you tell me you do not approve of same-sex marriage you are saying only one thing: that I am not as good a person as you because you are heterosexual and that's normal, and I am a lesbian and that's not....

The Age • Jun 20, 2011


Liechtenstein Voters Approve Civil Partnership Law

With a 74% turnout, Liechtenstein voters overwhelmingly approved a new Civil Partnership law for same-sex couples today with a 69% to 31%....

Box Turtle Bulletin • Jun 20, 2011


Qld Labor backs same-sex marriage

The state conference of the ALP's Queensland branch today passed a motion calling on both federal Labor and the ALP national conference to support same-sex marriage. Queensland branch president Andrew Dettmer said the move, if passed at national level, would end the last vestige of discrimination against non-heterosexual couples....

Herald Sun • Jun 20, 2011


Christie rules out gay marriage in New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday said he's opposed to same-sex marriages -- although he supports civil unions for gay couples....

NY Post • Jun 19, 2011


New York Faith Leaders Support Marriage Equality

Throughout New York State, faith leaders are voicing their support for marriage equality. Now that the measure has passed the state assembly and is headed toward a closer vote in the senate, it is more important than ever to acknowledge and amplify the voices of people of faith who support marriage equality. The loudest voices often come from the opposition, like State Senator Ruben Diaz who is an...

GLAAD • Jun 19, 2011


White House Backs Off Forgery Response to 1996 Obama Marriage Support

Shin Inouye, White House Specialty Media Director provided me with the following statement: "Dan was not familiar with the history of the questionnaire that was brought up today, but the President's views are clear. He has long supported equal rights and benefits for gay and lesbian couples and since taking office he has signed into law the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, signed into law the Hate ...

Bilerico Project • Jun 18, 2011


UN passes gay rights resolution

The UN Human Rights Council has passed a historic resolution calling for universal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. This is the first time the body has passed a resolution which focuses specifically on sexual orientation and gender identity. ...

Pink News • Jun 18, 2011


N.J. lawmaker pushes for passage of gay marriage legislation

With the legalization of gay marriage in New York just shy of passage, a New Jersey lawmaker says it's time to pick up the conversation here. "They're talking about it in New York," said Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer), the state's only openly gay lawmaker, who proposed a bill (A4130) on Monday to legalize same-sex marriage. "Why aren't we talking about it in New Jersey?"...

New Jersey On-Line • Jun 18, 2011


GOP Senate waiting on religious exemptions

After three members met with Gov. Andrew Cuomo last night to air their concerns, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said "unintended consequences" for religious organizations by legalizing same-sex marriage is making senators reluctant to bring a bill to the floor. Emerging from a three-hour private discussion, Skelos said Cuomo's office was "receptive" to negotiating. He wants members to feel "c...

Times Union • Jun 17, 2011


NETROOTS: Pfeiffer suggests 1996 Obama statement supporting marriage equality a fake

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer on Friday suggested President Obama's stated support for same-sex marriage in a 1996 questionnaire response was fake, despite the signature from Obama attached to the statement. "If you actually go back and look, that questionnaire was actually filled out by someone else, not the president," Pfeiffer said....

Washington Blade • Jun 17, 2011


The Evolution of Support for Marriage Equality

Six national polls over the past year have demonstrated that a majority of Americans now support full marriage equality for same-sex couples. This is a marked reversal from years prior, which showed clear majorities opposing marriage equality. Gallup's most recent poll finds that 53 percent of Americans support marriage equality, while 45 percent remain opposed. When Gallup surveyed the public ab...

American Progress • Jun 16, 2011


CREW Files Complaint Over House DOMA Defense, Boehner Spokesman Calls It "Stupid"

Congress appropriated $1,415,000 for the Office of General Counsel for fiscal year 2011. The $500,000 contract represents more than 35 percent ofthe office's total appropriation. With more than two-thirds of the fiscal year having passed, the office will not have sufficient funds to pay for both its remaining salaries and expenses and the DOMA defense as Mr. Kircher acknowledged in his testimony. ...

Metro Weekly • Jun 16, 2011


IRS Finally Apologizes To Gay People For Making Taxes Extra Terrible For Them

All this would be frustrating on its own, were it not for the infuriating letter that at least 300 taxpayers received from a mysterious manager within the IRS, which rejected their return entirely. It read: "Your return includes income or tax liability for more than one taxpayer, other than husband and wife." Signed by "J. Bell," a person whom the IRS doesn't know about or doesn't seem willing to ...

Autostraddle • Jun 16, 2011


Bankruptcy court rules against gay-marriage ban

Gene Balas and Carlos Morales were facing health problems and crushing financial pressures plaguing many U.S. households when they decided to file bankruptcy as a married couple. The Obama administration said they couldn't, citing the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages. On Monday, 20 of 24 judges sitting on the country's largest consumer bankruptcy...

AP • Jun 16, 2011


French parliament rejects gay marriage bill

France has had PACS since 1999. The civil unions are available to straight and gay couples but do not give all the rights of marriage. A survey published on the day of the court verdict by TNS Sofres showed that 58 per cent of 950 respondents were in favour of gay marriage and 35 per cent were against. In 2006, the same agency found that only 45 per cent of respondents agreed with giving gay cou...

Pink News • Jun 16, 2011


Australian prime minister to host dinner for 3 gay couples after activists win charity auction

Australian gay and lesbian couples will try to change Prime Minister Julia Gillard's opposition to same-sex marriage when they dine at her official residence after activists won a charity auction to attend a private dinner party. Gillard had offered to host the dinner for any six guests at her official address in the national capital Canberra at an auction during the National Press Gallery's annu...

AP • Jun 16, 2011


NY Senate leader: Still no gay marriage decision

State Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos says there's still no decision on the bill to legalize gay marriage in New York that passed the Assembly on Wednesday....

Wall Street Journal • Jun 16, 2011


NYC clerk readies gender-neutral marriage forms

City Clerk Michael McSweeney says he is proof-reading new, gender-neutral forms for marriage license applications. The current form asks for one bride's name and one groom's name. The gender-neutral versions would allow each person to choose whether he or she is a bride, groom or spouse....

Wall Street Journal • Jun 16, 2011


Could Obama 'Evolve' All the Way to Gay Marriage Equality Next Week in New York?

In the next few days, Obama will almost certainly be asked about his famously "evolving" stance on marriage rights for gay men and women. New York would be the sixth state in the nation to allow same-sex nuptials and by far the largest. New York City is also a gay rights hub, which is no doubt why he chose it for this fund-raiser. It would be an excellent chance for him to announce that he has "ev...

New York Daily News • Jun 15, 2011


Gay Judge's Decision on California Marriage Law Ruled Valid

Attorneys for Proposition 8 proponents said they would appeal the ruling upholding Walker's ruling in San Francisco....

Bloomberg Businessweek • Jun 15, 2011


The conservative case for gay marriage: GOP is not the party of intolerance

New York Republicans should seize this opportunity to convince a rising generation of voters across America that the Republican Party is still the party of individual freedom. These young voters are deeply distrustful of what they perceive as the hypocrisy of a Republican Party that proclaims its support for individual freedom in economic policies but not in social polices. ...

New York Daily News • Jun 15, 2011


Silver wants Assembly to vote on gay marriage today

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, told reporters this morning that he would like his house to vote on gay-marriage legislation today but needs what's called a "message of necessity" from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Getting a message would mean legislators wouldn't have to wait for the bill, which came out yesterday, to "age" before voting on it....

The Journal News • Jun 15, 2011


N.Y. Senate Republicans Undecided on a Gay Marriage Vote

Senate Republican leaders said on Wednesday that they had not decided whether to take a vote on legalizing same-sex marriage, as advocates were in a full-court press to gain the one vote needed to pass the measure before Monday, the scheduled end of this year's legislative session. Thirty-one members of the 62-seat Senate have now publicly backed the legislation, including two Republicans who hav...

NY Times • Jun 15, 2011


HHS: DOMA Not an Excuse for Denial of Equality in LGBT Elder Medicaid Care

The Department of Health and Human Services issued new guidelines last week highlighting that there is no reason under the Defense of Marriage Act why states, through their Medicaid programs, cannot provide same-sex couples with equal access to the monetary protections heterosexual couples receive when a partner enters a nursing home or an elder care facility. The guidelines, spelled out in a le...

Care2 • Jun 15, 2011


Nepal's Gay Community Faces Recriminalization Under Proposed Laws

Nepal's much praised acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans citizens looks set to face a huge challenge in the coming weeks as a newly proposed criminal code is reported to contain provisions barring same-sex couples from marriage and, even more troubling, to once again criminalize "unnatural sexual offences." In November 2008, Nepal's Supreme Court affirmed the rights of Nepal's gay comm...

Care2 • Jun 15, 2011


Bankruptcy Court declares Defense of Marriage Act invalid

The largest bankruptcy court in the country has declared the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act a violation of the Constitution's equal protection guarantee. The decision signed by 20 judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California is the first bankruptcy court to address the constitutionality of the law passed by Congress 15 years ago which prohibits federal government recog...

LA Times • Jun 15, 2011


So What Was Judge Vaughn Walker's Trial Like, Anyway?

This is why the Prop 8 team was routed at trial. It wasn't Judge Walker's evil gay plot. It wasn't his "inherently bad" subconscious. It was because the "proponents" didn't back up their "proposition" with credible evidence. It's no more complicated than that....

The Atlantic • Jun 14, 2011


Same-Sex Marriage Within One Vote of Passage in Albany

New York is within a single vote of legalizing gay marriage after a second Republican state senator said on Tuesday that he would support the measure should it come to the floor this week. The senator, Roy J. McDonald, from the capital region, made his comments to reporters amid growing indications that Republican leaders would bring the bill to an up or down vote on Thursday or Friday. Three ot...

NY Times • Jun 14, 2011


Gay Marriage Bill Lands

The bill also guarantees that religious institutions and benevolent organizations such as the Knights of Columbus remain free to choose who may use their facilities for marriage ceremonies and celebrations or to whom they provide religious services, consistent with their religious principles....

Capital Tonight • Jun 14, 2011


BREAKING: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Sends 'Marriage Equality Act' to the Senate

Cuomo has said in the past that he would not submit the marriage equality bill unless it had the votes to pass....

Towleroad • Jun 14, 2011


Judge rejects bid to set aside Proposition 8 ruling

A federal judge's long-term same-sex relationship did not mean he would be biased in handling the legal challenge to Proposition 8 and does not justify wiping out his ruling invalidating California's ban on gay marriage, the Bay Area's chief federal judge ruled Tuesday. In his decision, Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware rejected the arguments of Proposition 8's sponsors, who maintained that fo...

Mercury News • Jun 14, 2011


The case for outing closeted politicianshttp://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2011/06/14/kruger_outing

The ethical argument against outing closeted public figures is that, basically, it's "none of our business." Their private lives are not relevant or newsworthy. But in the case of anti-gay politicians, their private lives seem very relevant. Ted Haggard has certainly sounded more tolerant -- or he has at least ceased engaging in hypocritical political activism against gay rights -- since he was ou...

Salon • Jun 14, 2011


20 Bankruptcy Judges Issue Joint Opinion Holding DOMA Section 3 Unconstitutional as Applied to Bankruptcy Cases

So twenty bankruptcy judges in California have now joined with a handful of other federal trial judges around the country to throw down the gauntlet to Congress and reject the authority of Section 3 of DOMA as a basis to discriminate against same-sex married couples. It will be interesting to see whether Speaker Boehner and his majority in the House Advisory Group (which consists of the Speaker p...

Leonard Link • Jun 14, 2011


Two more votes to the finish line

Fantastic news emerged yesterday, as four previously uncommitted senators voiced their support for the freedom to marry in New York--we only need two more votes to make this a reality! ...

Friendfactor • Jun 14, 2011


CREW Files Ethics Complaint Against Speaker John Boehner for Violating Spending Laws to Defend DOMA

Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed an ethics complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for violating the Antideficiency Act. In violation of a law designed to stop government officials from overspending appropriations, Speaker Boehner directed the House Office of General Counsel (OGC) to sign a contract ...

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington • Jun 14, 2011


Too Gay To Judge?

Still, just because a legal argument is degrading and futile doesn't mean nobody will make it. For as long as there have been bigots in America, litigants have tried to argue that women are too womanly to decide gender cases and that Jews are too Jewish to hear cases involving the first attacks on the World Trade Center. Like ProtectMarriage, these litigants also have tried to dress up their claim...

Slate • Jun 14, 2011


Gay judge's relationship aired in CA marriage case

Cooper conceded he did not know Walker's outlook on marriage. Still, he insisted the judge's failure to reveal the relationship until 10 months after his ruling made his silence suspect and his marriage plans an appropriate subject of inquiry. During the lengthy back-and-forth that followed, Ware asked: "So if a reasonable person thought a black judge should recuse himself from a civil rights cas...

AP • Jun 14, 2011


GOP swings both ways on gay-marriage bill

Influences contributing to the changes of heart are secret Republican polls showing majority support for gay marriage in key swing districts and the strong possibility that the GOP could lose control of the Senate next year to Democrats campaigning on the issue, sources said. But despite the growing support, passage of same-sex marriage remains uncertain at the start of the final full week of the...

NY Post • Jun 14, 2011


Cuomo Seeks Gay Marriage Vote By End Of Week; Sources Say GOP Senators Hannon, Lanza, McDonald Ready To Vote 'Yes'

With a vote possible by midweek, Governor Andrew Cuomo has summoned elected officials, gay rights advocates and labor groups to the State Capitol building on Monday afternoon for a strategy session on how to pass a marriage equality bill through the New York state senate., reports the New York Times. Cuomo wants the vote before the legislative session ends on June 20th. The meeting will try to de...

Huffington Post • Jun 14, 2011


Proposition 8 case: Court packed for hearing on same-sex marriage judge

A San Francisco federal courtroom is packed for this morning's hearing in the latest legal maneuvering over Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. The lawyers are assembled to argue whether former Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker was biased when he struck down the law last year because he was in a long-term same-sex relationship. New Chief Judge James Ware, a longtime veteran...

Contra Costa Times • Jun 14, 2011


Prop 8 proponents were well aware of Walker's sexuality

There is a hearing set for today to answer the legal question of Judge Vaughn Walker's sexuality. Proposition 8 proponents, with whom I was once aligned and worked for, claim that because the Judge is a gay man and was in a relationship with another man at the time of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, that his ruling served to directly benefit him and thus, his ruling was biased and should be esse...

Louis Marinelli • Jun 14, 2011


In Reversal, 3 Democratic Senators Will Back Gay Marriage

Three wavering Democratic lawmakers in the State Senate on Monday announced that they now support the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, marking a potential turning point for the long-debated measure. Within an hour of the announcement by the three Democrats, a Republican senator said that he, too, is open to supporting same-sex marriage. "If the bill comes to the floor the way that ...

NY Times • Jun 14, 2011


State Sen. Jim Alesi, R-Perinton, says he'll support gay marriage

A measure to legalize gay marriage in New York is now as close as two votes away. Twenty-nine of 30 Democrats in the state Senate are being joined by Republican Sen. James Alesi, of Perinton, to support gay marriage in these last days of the legislative session. That brings the estimated support to 30 votes for the measure in the 62-seat chamber, two votes shy of passage....

Messenger Post Media • Jun 13, 2011


Prop 8 On Trial Yet Again

Today's the day for the hearing over whether a gay judge is allowed to hear a case about marriage. It's also the anniversary of the ruling that ended the ban on interracial marriage. A Catholic adoption agency in Illinois is suing for the right to stop foster kids from going to adoptive LGBT parents. And you can't get married in Wyoming, but you can get divorced. It's going to be a really qu...

MNW • Jun 13, 2011


Cambridge to offset federal gay marriage tax for city employees

In a move that may be the first of its kind in the country, Cambridge will soon begin making payments to same-sex married public employees to defray the cost of what local officials have called a discriminatory federal tax. Beginning in July, the city will begin paying quarterly stipends to city employees in a same-sex marriage who must pay federal taxes on the value of the health benefits their ...

Boston Globe • Jun 13, 2011


Ben and Jerry for N.Y. Marriage Equality

Ben & Jerry's co-founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, contribute a video to the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality series from the Human Rights Campaign....

Advocate • Jun 13, 2011


Olson-Boies won't be in court Monday

Olson said in a telephone conference with reporters Friday, June 10, that he is needed on a hearing in a 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals case concerning copyrights and can't make it to San Francisco for the June 13 hearing. Arguing both issues for the Olson-Boies team will be another of its star attorneys, Theodore Boutrous, of Olson's law firm. Boutrous, who was on Friday's phone conference, s...

Keen News Service • Jun 13, 2011


Viewpoints: Judges should not have to open up their private lives

Judges should not be excepted from the liberties they spend their careers protecting. Requiring them to opine about the future of their personal lives would render the price of becoming a judge simply too much to pay. There is nothing ethical and nothing American about inflicting this unjust requirement on our keepers of justice. ...

Sacramento Bee • Jun 13, 2011


Why Prop 8 must fall: Civil rights

Fourteen times, the U.S. Supreme Court has said that marriage is a fundamental human right. In Loving v. Virginia, the justices guaranteed that right could not be taken away because of the way we're born. Yet that's exactly what happened when California passed Proposition 8, which declared marriage valid only when between a man and a woman. Last summer, after a lengthy trial, a federal court decl...

USA Today • Jun 13, 2011


At shareholder meeting, Target stays neutral on gay marriage ban

"Our position at this particular time is that we are going to be neutral on that particular issue, as we would be on other social issues that have polarizing points of view," CEO Gregg Steinhafel told shareholders. "We're a retail store, we welcome everybody," he added. "We have a broad team-member base, every shape and size and color. And so we are a very inclusive organization... We're going to ...

Minnesota Independent • Jun 13, 2011


Support For Gay Marriage Gains Ground In Wisconsin

A new poll released Thursday found Wisconsin voters narrowly oppose the legalization of gay marriage. The Public Policy Polling survey found 46 percent of respondents opposed to the institution, 42 percent in favor, and 12 percent not sure....

On Top Magazine • Jun 13, 2011


Archbishop Nienstedt: Gay marriage ban is not anti-gay

Archbishop John Nienstedt penned a column on Thursday defending the Catholic Church's decision to lobby for an amendment that would add a ban on same-sex marriage to the Minnesota Constitution. He said the amendment is not "anti-gay, mean-spirited and prejudicial." Later in the column he endorses the words of his fellow Catholic, the Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, who says if same-sex marri...

Minnesota Independent • Jun 13, 2011


Maggie Gallagher outlines NOM's messaging strategy on same-sex marriage

Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage was recently a guest on the radio program Religion, Politics, and the Culture to talk about her organization's strategy to prevent states from legalizing same-sex marriage and to pass anti-gay marriage amendments in states that don't already have them. In the interview, she said that when marriage amendments are referred to as efforts to ...

American Independent • Jun 13, 2011


Boies, Olson Video: "The freedom to marry is a constitutional right as recognized in Loving v. Virginia."

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Theodore Olson and Boies, Schiller & Flexner's David Boies released a video on the eve of the latest round of oral arguments in their ongoing challenge of California's controversial same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8. Steering clear of the recent controversy surrounding District Judge Vaughn Walker, and Monday's scheduled hearing before Chief Judge James Ware of San Fr...

Am Law Daily • Jun 13, 2011


Minnesota: Next week: Activity surrounding gay marriage amendment

Three weeks after the Legislature voted to put the gay marriage amendment on the ballot in 2012, things are beginning to pick up steam. Most notably, the state's campaign finance board plans next Tuesday to revisit a 14-year-old advisory opinion which said corporations -- both businesses and non-profits -- do not have disclose their own donors when giving to ballot question committees. Activists...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune • Jun 13, 2011


Gay couples watch Albany marriage debate, feel accepted by public, but not state

Gay and lesbian couples, along with their family members, see a deeply personal stake in Albany politics this month as lawmakers weigh whether to establish the right to same-sex marriage by the end of the session June 20. They are closely watching a handful of state senators who have not declared an official stance, including as Fessler's own representative, Republican Sen. Greg Ball of Carmel. A...

The Journal News • Jun 13, 2011


National Organization for Marriage crusading against gay nuptials in NY

A shadowy group run by religious fundamentalists is bankrolling a pitched crusade against same-sex marriage in New York. Secretive and flush with cash, the National Organization for Marriage is igniting a culture war as it battles Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg in their campaign to legalize gay wedlock. "If marriage is redefined, then New York schools will soon be teaching that it's just as good...

New York Daily News • Jun 13, 2011


Prop 8 Trial Bias: Another Wall's About To Tumble Down

Judge Walker may well have gotten his law wrong. But the argument that a judge should himself be judged by his sexual orientation rather than by his work product -- that a gay judge can't sit in judgment of gay causes or cases because of some predetermined bias -- is the very sort of discrimination against which gays and lesbians (and other minority groups) have long fought. The argument, indeed, ...

The Atlantic • Jun 12, 2011


What a Repeal of the Gay Marriage Ban Means

The law in question -- the Defense of Marriage Act, enacted in 1996 -- has two main parts: Section 3 defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman, while Section 2 allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Still, even if the entire law disappeared, gay couples would still need to get married in one of the five states, or the District of Columbia, t...

NY Times • Jun 12, 2011


House GOP Leadership Defends "Traditional" Marriage From Being "Radically Redefined"

On June 3, the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group -- the three Republican members -- filed a motion to dismiss Karen Golinski's lawsuit seeking equal health insurance benefits for her wife. A federal court employee in California, Golinski has spent the past couple years in a legal process that had at one point pitted the judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit against the Offi...

Metro Weekly • Jun 12, 2011


House Lawyers Step Up Defense of DOMA

Unlike the Justice Department lawyers, who had disavowed the most offensive justifications for DOMA in their defense of the law, the BLAG's brief stresses that in passing DOMA Congress emphasized "again and again the enormous importance of marriage for civilized society," meaning of course only marriage between a man and a woman, "because only a man and a woman can beget a child together, and beca...

Human Rights Campaign • Jun 12, 2011


The Anti-DOMA Heresy Spreads - Another Bankruptcy Judge Heard From

Another U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has rejected a DOMA-based motion by the U.S. Trustee to dismiss a joint bankruptcy filing by a married same-sex couple. In In re Ziviello-Howell, Case No. 11-22706-A-7 (May 31, 2011), Judge Michael S. McManus of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California, finding that the case before him was "substantially similar" to In re Somers, 2011 WL...

Leonard Link • Jun 12, 2011


Catholic Charities sue Illinois over foster rules

Lawyers for Catholic Charities in the dioceses of Springfield, Peoria and Joliet are seeking an emergency injunction that would protect religious agencies who turn away unmarried couples who want to become foster parents -- including couples in civil unions. In a petition filed today in Sangamon County Circuit Court, the three Catholic Charities agencies sued the Illinois Attorney General and Dep...

WGN • Jun 12, 2011


Brooklyn Rallies Against Anti-Gay Bigotry to Support Marriage Equality

More than 100 people gathered in a free-speech zone across the street from state senator Marty Golden's Fifth Avenue office yesterday evening to protest his position on gay marriage. Golden not only doesn't support the marriage-equality momentum moving through Albany, but he has also positioned himself as a leader in the fight against it, going so far as to introduce legislation that would end New...

The L Magazine • Jun 12, 2011


State Sen. Greg Ball: No Legal Gay Marriage Without Religious Exemptions

Sen. Greg Ball (R-Putnam) said he delivered that message directly this past week to Gov. Cuomo and his aides. Most contentious is Ball's argument that individuals and businesses - not just religious organizations - who oppose gay marriage should also be exempted from the state's discrimination laws....

New York Daily News • Jun 12, 2011


Gays and Lesbians Can Save Marriage

Marriage is already on a trajectory to redefining itself as those who participate it are shaped by our changing society. It would seem that an institution that is falling out of favor with heterosexuals would receive a much needed revival if gays and lesbians were welcomed to the party. If NOM is really concerned about the health of marriage, this seems like a natural cure. Gays and lesbians can s...

Religion Dispatches • Jun 12, 2011


Mehlman Lobbies for New York Marriage

Currently, 26 senators, all Democrats, publicly support the marriage equality bill, which needs 32 votes to pass the Republican-controlled Senate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Yorkers United for Marriage, the bipartisan coalition working to pass the bill, maintain that they want to see a vote only on a measure guaranteed to pass. As of late Monday, no bill had been introduced in the Senate, where th...

Advocate • Jun 12, 2011


Obama Administration opines on same-sex couples and Medicaid

These instances spelled out in the letter may seem highly technical and not significant in the grand scheme of themes, but for people affected by these situations, they are quite important. The Medicaid letter is another in a long and growing list of instances in which the Obama Administration has undertaken to reinterpret existing law and regulations in a way that recognizes the existence of sam...

Leonard Link • Jun 12, 2011


Wyoming Supreme Court Says Same-Sex Married Couples Can Get Divorced There

In a footnote, Justice Golden stressed the narrowness of the ruling: "Our analysis is expressly limited to the issue before us. Nothing in this opinion should be taken as applying to the recognition of same-sex marriages legally solemnized in a foreign jurisdiction in any context other than divorce. The question of recognition of such same-sex marriages for any other reason, being not properly b...

Leonard Link • Jun 12, 2011


Despite Prop 8, California Episcopalians To Bless Gay, Lesbian Unions

Episcopal clergy in the diocese of San Joaquin, California have been given the green light to bless gay and lesbian unions. Clergy may "perform blessings of same gender civil marriages, domestic partnerships, and relationships which are lifelong committed relationships characterized by 'fidelity, monogamy, mutual affection and respect, careful, honest communication, and the holy love which enable...

On Top Magazine • Jun 12, 2011


Cambridge to offset federal gay marriage tax for city employees

In a move that may be the first of its kind in the country, Cambridge will soon begin making payments to same-sex married public employees to defray the cost of what local officials have called a discriminatory federal tax. Beginning in July, the city will begin paying quarterly stipends to city employees in a same-sex marriage who must pay federal taxes on the value of the health benefits their ...

Boston Globe • Jun 11, 2011


Gay marriage bill dead without church exemptions, says state Sen. Greg Ball

A state senator who holds a key swing vote on the bill to legalize gay marriage says he does not believe the measure will pass without specific exemptions for religious institutions. Sen. Greg Ball (R-Putnam) said he delivered that message directly this past week to Gov.Cuomo and his aides. Most contentious is Ball's argument that individuals and businesses - not just religious organizations - w...

New York Daily News • Jun 8, 2011


LGBT groups unite for gay marriage site

A new website has been launched by LGBTIQ community groups across Australia allowing people to deliver messages in support of marriage equality....

SX News • Jun 8, 2011


Bob Vander Plaats Dismisses GOPer Jeff Angelo's Gay Marriage Support As Politics

Bob Vander Plaats, who helms the group behind the effort to ban gay marriage in Iowa, has dismissed former Iowa state Senator Jeff Angelo's new group for conservatives who support gay marriage. Angelo's Iowa Republicans for Freedom held its first press conference on Wednesday. In 2006, the former senator co-sponsored an amendment that sought to define marriage as a heterosexual union in the Iowa...

On Top Magazine • Jun 8, 2011


Gay wedding issue divides Twin Tiers churches

Some Christians in the Twin Tiers are actively opposing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's efforts to legalize same-gender marriage, while others believe the legislation's time has come. As members of the Christian Hope Center in Riverside learn about the issue, they are contacting state legislators about their opposition, said the Rev. David Hackett, the church's senior pastor who himself has sent a letter to ...

Star Gazette • Jun 8, 2011


Scottish government pledge to begin 'process of consultation' on gay marriage

The newly elected Scottish Government, led by Alex Salmond's Scottish National Party, have said they will begin a consultation on same-sex marriage....

Pink News • Jun 7, 2011


2012 Republican hopefuls court religious right

The Republican contenders who seem to be making the most direct appeals to evangelical voters are former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who didn't attend but sent a video message. Pawlenty, a Catholic-turned-Protestant evangelical, opened and closed his remarks with biblical quotes. Hi...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution • Jun 6, 2011


CANADA: Same-sex blessings get the nod in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

The blessing of civil marriages between same-sex couples can now take place in the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. A resolution giving priests and parishes the option to bless same-sex unions was approved, by a majority vote, at the 143rd synod of the diocese on May 27 in Halifax. Parishes and clergy are free to opt out of blessing same-sex unions, the diocesan bishop, ...

• Jun 6, 2011


Human Rights Watch urge residents of Liechtenstein to vote 'yes' in referendum over gay partnerships

Human Rights Watch have said that the people of Liechtenstein should vote "yes" in this month's referendum on whether their parliament should proceed to legalise same-sex partnerships. Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch said: "The parliament has already taken the right steps to ensure that everyone in Liechtenstein, regardless of sexual orientation,...

Pink News • Jun 6, 2011


Encouraging New Polls in NY and MN, but is it Enough?

By Matt Baume A new poll shows us neck-and-neck in Minnesota, with a vote on marriage still a year off. There's just two weeks left to pass marriage in New York, but a Senate bill still hasn't even been introduced yet. Illinois launched civil unions this week as Rhode Island debated doing the same. And a Michigan Republican can't tell the difference between gay couples and child abu...

MNW • Jun 6, 2011


Tea Party GOP Congresswoman: Gay Marriage Like Polygamy, Incest, Pederasty

Freshman Tea Party GOP Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-​MI) at the Eagle Forum Collegians Friday afternoon compared same-​sex marriage to polygamy, incest, marrying children, and even to a three-​year old driving a car....

The New Civil Rights Movement • Jun 5, 2011


Female couple flout French same-sex marriage ban

Two women succeeded in dodging France's same-sex marriage ban to say "I do" on Saturday -- because one of the happy couple is still, legally, a man. Stephanie Nicot, 59, wed 27-year-old partner Elise in a town hall ceremony in Nancy in eastern France in what is said to be the first marriage of its kind in the country. Stephanie, formerly Stephane, had sex reassignment surgery to become a woman b...

Times of India • Jun 5, 2011


Minnesotans Divided On Gay Marriage Ban Amendment

The Public Policy Polling survey found 46 percent of respondents in favor of the amendment, 47 percent opposed, and 7 percent undecided. "Voters in the state are about as evenly divided as they could be on gay marriage," Tom Jensen said in a post announcing the poll's results. "As usual the generational divide on the issue is staggering - seniors support a ban by a 57/34 margin while every other ...

On Top Magazine • Jun 4, 2011


Tea Party GOP Congresswoman: Gay Marriage Like Polygamy, Incest, Pederasty

Freshman Tea Party GOP Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-​MI) at the Eagle Forum Collegians Friday afternoon compared same-​sex marriage to polygamy, incest, marrying children, and even to a three-​year old driving a car....

The New Civil Rights Movement • Jun 4, 2011


Join the Party: Help Gawker Media Raise Money for Same-Sex Marriage

As mentioned above, June is Gay Pride month, which honors the gay men, lesbians, and drag queens who stood up to the police at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 and battled for their civil rights. While that was over 40 years ago, we're still not done fighting. So instead of throwing stones and bottles, let's throw our weight and money into passing same-sex marriage legislation in New York--and then havin...

Gawker • Jun 4, 2011


Boehner denies DOMA contract violates law

During a news conference, Boehner denied the agreement was in violation of any House rules when asked by the Washington Blade if he's confident the contract doesn't violate a law mandating that government-allocated funds be approved through the congressional appropriations process before they're obligated for any purpose. "This hiring was approved by the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group," Boehner ...

Washington Blade • Jun 4, 2011


Rep. Wants Gay Marriages on Navy Bases

On Wednesday the congressman sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus requesting a reinstatement of the decision to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies at naval facilities. "Since 2008, same-sex couples in Connecticut have had the legal right to marry," wrote Murphy. "I find it disgraceful that citizens of our state serving in the armed forces aren't afforded that same basic right."...

Advocate • Jun 3, 2011


Civil unions still not OK in Indiana

Indiana already has a law that bans same-sex marriage. But earlier this year, Indiana lawmakers approved a measure to make that law even stronger. They want to amend the state's constitution to limit marriage between a man and a woman. The thought is by including the prohibition in the state's constitution, it would be much harder for future lawmakers to change it. But before it's added to Indi...

WBEZ • Jun 3, 2011


State says they can, so same-sex couples say 'I do'

Illinois is the sixth state to allow civil unions or their equivalent, which provide same-sex or opposite-sex couples the same state-level rights as married couples. Wednesday was the first day couples could get civil union licenses and, as with marriage, there is a one-day waiting period before a ceremony can be held. Outside one of the park entrances Thursday about a half-dozen protesters stood...

Chicago Tribune • Jun 3, 2011


NOM Devotes 20% Of Blog To Non-Marriage Issues In May

In reality, NOM is a run of the mill anti-gay hate group, intent on spreading fear and misinformation to prevent LGBT equality. This May, Equality Matters decided to examine just how far away from its only-marriage message NOM has strayed. The results might (not at all) surprise you. Roughly 20% of the entries on NOM's blog in the month of May were unrelated to the organization's stated goal of...

Equality Matters • Jun 3, 2011


Millennium Park hosts civil unions

Emotions ran high as 35 same-sex couples were unionized before a crowd of hundreds, just one day after the Illinois Religious Freedom Protect and Civil Union Act granted state recognition to Illinois same-sex couples for the first time. ...

Windy City Media Group • Jun 3, 2011


GetEqual Activists Arrested in North Carolina

Three people including Jim Neal, a gay former candidate for the U.S. Senate, were arrested Thursday afternoon in Raleigh at a protest against a constitutional amendment that would ban marriage and other unions for same-sex couples in North Carolina....

Advocate • Jun 3, 2011


Minnesota: 40 Methodist clergy members support gay marriage

Dozens of clergy members of the United Methodist Church in Minnesota have pledged to marry any couple who come to them, including same-sex couples. During the Methodists' annual conference in St. Cloud this week, about 40 clergy members signed a statement saying they would "offer the grace of the Church's blessing to any prepared couple desiring Christian marriage."...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune • Jun 3, 2011


RI lawmakers take another look at civil unions

Almost everyone who spoke at the hearing opposes the civil union proposal but for very different reasons. Gay marriage supporters argued that civil unions would relegate gay couples to second-class status. Martha Holt, chairwoman of the board of Marriage Equality Rhode Island, said her group also opposes a loophole in the bill that would allow religious cemeteries, hospitals and schools to ignore ...

Boston Globe • Jun 3, 2011


Poll: NY Same-Sex Marriage Support At New High

Voters in the survey backed legalizing marriage between same-sex couples 58-36%, "higher than ever while statistically unchanged from 56-38% April 14." Once again, we see a split along party lines: Democrats support legalization 72-23%, independents back it 58-34% and GOP voters are opposed, 64-34%. Men support same-sex marriage 58-37%; women, 59-34%....

New York Daily News • Jun 3, 2011


VIDEO: Watch Iowa Republicans for Freedom launch in Des Moines

While in the Iowa Senate, Jeff Angelo was lead sponsor on a bill that would have made marriage between one man and one woman. But he's since reversed his position, coming to realize support of marriage equality in line with the conservative values of personal freedom and limited government....

Iowa Republicans for Freedom • Jun 3, 2011


Gay Rights Advocacy Group Is Taking It To Bronx State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr. - Literally

Kappy wrote today: "Bronx Community Pride, the borough's gay, lesbian, transgender organization, has just signed a lease for ground-floor office space in the Rev. Ruben Diaz Apartments at 950 Westchester Ave. in Longwood. The subsidized housing, with ground-floor commercial space, was named for the state senator, who's among those leading the fight in Albany against gay marriage."...

New York Daily News • Jun 3, 2011


Former Iowa senator: More state Republicans will accept, advocate for gay marriage

More Republicans are starting to accept and advocate more for same-sex marriages in Iowa, and what was once considered a minority view within the GOP will "have influence" at the August Ames straw poll and 2012 Iowa Caucuses, a former state senator said Wednesday. Former state Sen. Jeff Angelo, an Ames Republican, said his newly launched group, "Iowa Republicans for Freedom," is only the beginnin...

Washington Independent • Jun 1, 2011


The Gay Marriage Planner: Cuomo's strategy involves unlikely partners like Dean Skelos. Can he get everyone to the altar?

Polls consistently show public support for legalization at an all-time high; big-money national Republican donors have been recruited to back state GOP elected officials who vote the right way; Cuomo remains wildly popular. So things are different this time, right? Well, except for the crucial, implacable political math: The gay-marriage team remains six votes short. Not a single fence-sitter has ...

New York Magazine • Jun 1, 2011


Civil union law for same-sex couples takes effect in Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the historic civil unions legislation into law in January, making Illinois the seventh state, along with the District of Columbia, to give same-sex couples significant legal protections. They include the power to decide medical care for an ailing partner, the right to inherit a partner's property, get full hospital visitation rights and be considered next of kin. Couples wer...

Chicago Sun-Times • Jun 1, 2011


New marriage push unites gay Oz

A newly-launched website has united several LGBTI groups across the country and hopes to increase the pressure on our lawmakers to act on marriage equality. Launched this week, the My Marriage Story site enables gay and lesbian Australians and their families and friends to share their own stories about why marriage equality in important to them....

Same Same • Jun 1, 2011


Chile President Sebastian Pinera To Send Congress Gay Unions Bill

The conservative lawmaker said his bill seeks to "protect and safeguard" the civil rights of couples living outside of marriage and "safeguard the dignity of those couples, whether of opposite sex or even the same sex." The announcement comes after Chile's largest gay rights group MOVILH called for a national march in support of gay marriage and suggested that Pinera had not lived up to a campaig...

On Top Magazine • Jun 1, 2011


Illinois Civil Unions Opponents Launch Effort To Ban Gay Marriage

Illinois lawmakers approved the law that gives gay and lesbian couples most of the state rights of marriage in December. The law takes effect on Wednesday, but a one day waiting period makes Thursday, June 2 the first day gay couples can tie the knot. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn will attend an event celebrating the civil unions of 30 gay couples on Thursday. At a Friday rall...

On Top Magazine • Jun 1, 2011


Fate of N.Y.'s same-sex marriage bill hinges on votes of undecided state senators

The measure would need 32 votes for adoption in the Senate, and 26 senators, all Democrats, indicated they would back the bill. Twenty-eight senators expressed opposition -- possibly leaving the measure's fate in the hands of the eight undecided lawmakers, five Republicans and three Democrats. The senators who have not publicly declared their stance include Sens. Steve Saland, R-Poughkeepsie; Gre...

Democrat and Chronicle • Jun 1, 2011



 

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