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Next Del. House Speaker: Marriage Equality coming 2013

The lawmaker who's expected to become Delaware's next House Speaker says a marriage equality bill is likely to come before the General Assembly in 2013 - and says he'll vote for it. Pete Schwartzkopf, a Democrat from Rehoboth Beach, whose district includes a large gay population, said Tuesday that legalizing gay marriage is a "no-brainer," especially considering his district's demographics, and "t...

Daily Kos • Sep 28, 2012


83-Year-Old Lesbian Hopes She Can Survive Her Fight Against The Defense Of Marriage Act

The appeals court did not issue a ruling today and isn't expected to for several months. In the meantime, DOMA is expected to come before the Supreme Court sometime this term. ...

Business Insider • Sep 28, 2012


Group argues to join gay marriage lawsuit

Bryan Beauman, an attorney representing the Illinois Family Institute, said that allowing the organization -- which opposes same-sex marriage and civil unions -- to defend the state's marriage law would "even the playing field." Two lawsuits -- which were later joined into one -- were filed in May by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the gay rights group Lambda Legal. The Cook C...

Chicago Tribune • Sep 28, 2012


Gay marriage arguments put government lawyer in awkward position in NY federal appeals court

A federal appeals court panel forced a Justice Department lawyer into an awkward position Thursday, making him explain the government's decision to abandon defending the Defense of Marriage Act as judges decide the fate of a law destined for the U.S. Supreme Court. "In my day, when you won, you didn't appeal," a smiling Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals told Actin...

Washington Post • Sep 28, 2012


Poll: Sharp jump in Illinois support for gay marriage

More than four of every 10 Illinois voters now support legalizing gay marriage, a 10-point increase in just two years, according to a poll released Wednesday. Forty-four percent of those polled said they believe gay and lesbian couples "should be allowed to legally marry," according to Southern Illinois University's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. When the same institute asked that question i...

Rockford Register Star • Sep 27, 2012


Tasmanian gay marriage bill defeated

Gay marriage advocates have vowed to keep campaigning as numbers mount against them in the first attempt at pioneering state-based same sex marriage. The numbers for reform in Tasmania were lost tonight when the eighth voice against the bill was declared in the 15 member state upper house, the Legislative Council....

Sydney Morning Herald • Sep 27, 2012


MN: Supporters of Same-sex marriage ban report raising $1.2 million in 2012

Minnesota for Marriage, a group working to pass the constitutional amendment which would effectively ban same-sex marriage, reported raising $1.195 million between Jan. 1 and Sept. 25. The group has raised a total of $2 million this election cycle. ...

Minnesota Public Radio • Sep 27, 2012


Austin: City Council: 'All Free Men ... Have Equal Rights'

The feel-good proposal on Thursday's City Council agenda (Sept. 27) is Item 77, an endorsement of marriage equality in the state of Texas. Sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and co-sponsored by Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Council Member Laura Mor­rison, the symbolic resolution is unlikely to raise much dissent in the chamber and certainly none on the dais. It cites the historical, moral, and pol...

Austin Chronicle • Sep 27, 2012


Gay marriage this fall?

Today was good news for Illinois gay marriage supporters after Rich Miller at Capitol Fax posted a new statewide poll from Southern Illinois University that shows legalizing gay marriage has support of nearly 44 percent of voters here. That's about 10 percent more than two years ago, Miller points out. And 32 percent support civil unions, which Illinois already has, for a total of 76 percent sup...

Daily Herald • Sep 26, 2012


Cozen O'Connor v. Tobits, involving Section 3 of DOMA and ERISA, suspended by judge

Cozen O'Connor v. Tobits, a case in district court in Pennsylvania that involves Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and its impact on ERISA, has been suspended by the federal judge in the case. Filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the case has been fully briefed for months, and awaiting a decision on the merits by the district court. The order notes that, "this matter is placed o...

Prop 8 Trial Tracker • Sep 26, 2012


Supreme Court: Proposition 8, three other LGBT cases, not on court's list

Legal activists will almost certainly begin speculating now whether the high court is preparing to refuse to hear an appeal to preserve California's same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8. That action could come as early as Monday, October 1, or be pending for weeks. ...

LGBTQ Nation • Sep 26, 2012


Poll: Md. divided on gambling, favors gay marriage and 'Dream Act'

Fifty-one percent say they will vote to uphold the state's same-sex marriage law, while 43 percent say they will vote against it. Six percent are undecided. The law would allow gay nuptials to begin in January. ...

Washington Post • Sep 26, 2012


Cold feet: Tasmania's gay marriage bill in trouble

Australia's best chance of legalising gay marriage -- in Tasmania -- is in serious trouble, as nervous politicians baulk at setting a precedent on the hot topic. ...

Crikey • Sep 25, 2012


2nd GOP senator who OK'd gay marriage wins primary

Sen. Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie on Monday won the long count from the Sept. 13 Republican primary by a 107-vote margin of about 9,800 votes cast, said Dutchess County elections official Erik Haight. He defeated Neil DiCarlo in the Hudson Valley District. So far, two of the four senators who cast the critical votes for gay marriage in June 2011 have won primary challenges. The other is Sen. Ma...

New England Cable News • Sep 25, 2012


What's Next for Prop 8 and the Supreme Court

We have big news coming from the United State Supreme Court on the Prop 8 case. Plus: major advances in some of the other challenges to state and federal bans on the freedom to marry. We've got the latest tally on surveys showing a majority of Americans favor marriage equality. Major Prop 8 news today: the Supreme Court of the United States has released a list of some of the cases it will take in...

MNW • Sep 25, 2012


Freedom to Marry changes course, launches Md. marriage PAC

The Washington Blade has learned that Freedom to Marry has formed a political action committee that will allow it to raise money to defend Maryland's same-sex marriage law, a change of course from earlier this year when the organization declined to join the coalition of groups defending the law. ...

Freedom to Marry • Sep 24, 2012


Second Circuit schedules appellants' opening brief in Pedersen v. OPM

The Second Circuit has scheduled the appellants' opening brief in its appeal in Pedersen v. OPM, challenging Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. The order says that the brief will be filed November 27....

Prop 8 Trial Tracker • Sep 24, 2012


Second Circuit panel announced for Windsor oral arguments

The three judges who will hear oral arguments in new York next Thursday, September 27, are Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs, Senior Judge Chester Straub and Judge Christopher Droney, who were appointed by Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, respectively. ...

Prop 8 Trial Tracker • Sep 24, 2012


Group gives $250K to Maine gay marriage opponents

The National Organization for Marriage is pumping money into the campaign that opposes Maine's November ballot question seeking to legalize same-sex marriage. The Washington, D.C.-based group transferred $250,000 Thursday to the Protect Marriage Maine political action committee, which is spearheading the campaign against the ballot initiative, said campaign manager Frank Schubert....

Boston Globe • Sep 24, 2012


POLLS TIGHTENING IN MAINE MARRIAGE EQUALITY VOTE, BUT MAJORITY STILL SUPPORT

A Public Policy Polling survey found 52 percent of Mainers back Question 1, which would legalize marriage equality, compared to 44 percent opposed....

Think Progress • Sep 24, 2012


Minnesota Poll: Marriage vote splits state in two

Among likely voters, 49 percent would approve constitutional language that defines marriage as only the union of a man and woman. Another 47 percent oppose the measure, while 4 percent are undecided. Minnesota law requires any change to the Constitution to capture a majority of all ballots cast. That means a voter who skips the question is counted as a no vote. ...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune • Sep 24, 2012


Supreme Court May Push Marriage Cases Until After Election

Several cases involving recognition of same-sex couples' relationships initially had been scheduled to be considered at the Supreme Court's first conference of the new term on Sept. 24, including the challenge to Proposition 8 and one of the challenges to DOMA's federal definition of "marriage" and "spouse" as limited only to one man and one woman. But their consideration on Sept. 24 appears to be...

BuzzFeed • Sep 24, 2012


Justice Ginsburg Sees DOMA Ruling In Her Near Future

During a Q-and-A with students at the University of Colorado yesterday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested that the high court will likely decide soon whether the law that bars federal recognition of same-sex couples is constitutional. How soon? Likely within the year....

Slate • Sep 20, 2012


WATCH: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita Announce Engagement

Jesse Tyler Ferguson has announced his engagement to attorney Justin Mikita and launched a new marriage equality organization. ...

Advocate • Sep 20, 2012


Gay marriage defeat a heartbreaker: Brown

FORMER Greens leader Bob Brown declared "hearts were broken all over Australia today" after federal parliament rejected a bill to legalise same-sex marriage. Doctor Brown, who stepped down from his role in April, told ABC's 7.30 program the vote was a "very poor outcome for democracy and a failure for leadership". He put the blame squarely at the feet of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and oppositio...

Sydney Morning Herald • Sep 19, 2012


NSW same-sex marriage bill likely to pass

A SAME-SEX marriage bill should pass NSW parliament after party leaders announced they will let members have a conscience vote, members of a cross-party working group say. The working group will soon draft a same-sex marriage bill for NSW, expecting similar legislation to be defeated in the federal parliament....

Herald Sun • Sep 19, 2012


Australian Lawmakers Uphold Ban on Gay Marriage

Australian lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected a bill Wednesday that would have legalized gay marriage, and similar legislation looked unlikely to pass despite public support for same-sex marriage. The House of Representatives voted 98-42 against the legislation, the first of four bills introduced to Parliament that aim to lift the country's ban on same-sex marriage. A separate bill was also being ...

ABC News • Sep 19, 2012


NY court to hear arguments in gay marriage case

The Defense of Marriage Act is set for a showdown in a federal appeals court later this month between those who say it is right for the government to speak of marriage only in heterosexual terms and those who say doing so discriminates against same-sex unions. In June, U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones in Manhattan declared the 1996 law unconstitutional, prompting former Attorney General John Ash...

Wall Street Journal • Sep 19, 2012


Canada: Census 2011: Same-sex marriage triples over five years

Seven years after the federal government gave its blessing to same-sex marriage, it's clear Canada's gay and lesbian couples have been seizing the wedding day. Same-sex marriage nearly tripled between 2006 and 2011, while the number of same-sex couples jumped 42.4 per cent during the same five-year period, Statistics Canada said Wednesday as it released a fresh salvo of census data focused on the...

Metro Toronto • Sep 19, 2012


Supreme Court sends domestic partner case back to appeals court

In July, the 4th District Court of Appeals asked the Supreme Court to determine whether the legislation violated the amendment by creating a legal status substantially similar to marriage for unmarried individuals. The appeals court asked the high court to take up the case directly, since it creates a novel constitutional issue and that a decision would have statewide significance. But a majority...

Wall Street Journal • Sep 18, 2012


Hawaii's federal marriage equality case Jackson v. Abercrombie appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

The briefing time schedule orders for both parties were set as well, and they are identical. The final brief is due January 15, 2013. ...

Prop 8 Trial Tracker • Sep 18, 2012


Conservative New Hampshire Group Seeks Gay Marriage Repeal

A Christian conservative New Hampshire group on Monday said it would make another attempt to repeal gay marriage in the upcoming legislative session. Cornerstone Policy Research's legislative agenda is based on its Families First Pledge for candidates....

On Top Magazine • Sep 18, 2012


WA: Gay marriage, pot legalization gain

Referendum 74, approving same-sex marriage, is ahead 52-40 percent with 8 percent undecided. Its lead has edged up from 49-39 percent in July. The measure would ratify legislation, passed last February and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire, making Washington the seventh state to legalize marriage equality. ...

Seattle PI • Sep 18, 2012


POLL: MAJORITY SUPPORTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY NATIONWIDE

When asked if it should be legal for same-sex couples to marry, 51 percent said it should be legal, and only 41 percent said it should be illegal....

Think Progress • Sep 17, 2012


Minn., county argue over gay marriage ban defense

Three gay couples have sued to overturn the state law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. The defendant is the Hennepin County official who issues marriage licenses, and the state and county each think the other should be responsible for his defense and pay his court costs. Judge Mary Dufresne has 90 days to decide. A trial isn't possible until she does, so it's extremely unlikely there wi...

New England Cable News • Sep 17, 2012


First gay H.K. lawmaker seeks same-sex marriage

Hong Kong's first openly gay lawmaker is known as "Slow Beat" from his days as a disc jockey, but Raymond Chan says there is nothing slow about his plans to reform the Asian banking hub. Chan publicly revealed his sexuality only after winning a seat in the former British colony's legislature last weekend, as a representative of the radically pro-democracy People Power party. He said he plans to us...

AP • Sep 17, 2012


Prop 8 & Supreme Court in Just 1 Week

A major development in the Prop 8 case could be just one week away. We'll have all the details about when and where marriages could start back up again. Meanwhile marriage goes to voters in four states and the polling is still very close. And we'll have a look ahead to the states that could be major marriage battlegrounds in 2013. We're just one week away from the Supreme Court of the United Stat...

MNW • Sep 17, 2012


Inhofe bill would ban same-sex ceremonies on military bases

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe hasn't given up his resistance to the acceptance of gays and lesbians in the military or same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, Inhofe and fellow Republican Roger Wicker of Mississippi introduced a measure that would ban same-sex marriages on military bases and protect military chaplains from "pressure" to perform such ceremonies. ...

Tulsa World • Sep 13, 2012


Poll: Minnesota Split Over Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The latest release from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that 48 percent of likely voters support the proposed same-sex marriage ban, which was adopted by the Republican-controlled legislature last year, while 47 percent are opposed. In June, PPP found that 49 percent of Minnesota voters opposed the ban, compared with 43 percent who supported the amendment. ...

Talking Points Memo • Sep 13, 2012


Gay marriage supporters raised $1.7M in August

According to filings posted Tuesday, Washington United for Marriage has raised a total of $7.4 million in its campaign, compared to the more than $525,000 raised by Preserve Marriage Washington, which is trying to overturn the new law. Preserve Marriage raised more than $229,000 last month....

Seattle Times • Sep 12, 2012


Gay marriage and pot initiatives have strong support in Wash.

A new poll shows two ballot measures that would legalize gay marriage and allow marijuana possession both enjoy strong support among likely voters in Washington. According to the Survey USA poll, 56 percent of the Washington voters polled support a measure that would allow same-sex couples to get married. Just 38 percent of respondents are against it and nine percent are undecided....

KIMA • Sep 12, 2012


Mixed news for marriage equality after Rhode Island state legislative primaries

In last night's elections, marriage equality supporters gained ground in the House primaries, but flipped only one seat in the Senate primaries, that of Michael Pinga, a two-term Senator who lost to pro-marriage equality challenger Adam Satchell. The most significant Senate primary race took place between Senate Judiciary chairman Michael McCaffrey and openly gay challenger Laura Pisaturo-the Jud...

Prop 8 Trial Tracker • Sep 12, 2012


Hundreds rally for gay marriage in Portland, Maine

After months of mostly one-on-one campaigning, gay marriage supporters are rolling out television advertising, bumper stickers and yard signs as they seek to make Maine the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through a statewide vote. Opponents also are stepping up their efforts. Hundreds of gay marriage advocates gathered Monday at Portland City Hall to launch a ''Yes on One'' referendum p...

Boston Globe • Sep 12, 2012


Minnesota: New Poll Shows Voters Evenly Split On Gay Marriage Ban

Minnesota in November will decide on whether or not to write discrimination directly into their constitution, by voting for or against a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. A new poll finds voters even split, with 48% of voters supporting the ban and 47% of voters opposing it. ...

The New Civil Rights Movement • Sep 12, 2012


New York: Gay marriage PAC raises $175K for McDonald, others

Hedge funder Paul Singer and former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman have dumped $175,000 into a political action committee to support Republicans who voted for same-sex marriage, campaign filings show. ...

Times Union • Sep 11, 2012


Nevada's ban on same-sex marriage to be challenged

Assemblyman Elliot Anderson, D-Las Vegas, has asked that a bill be drawn to wipe out the constitutional prohibition passed by the voters in 2000 and 2002. His legislation will be introduced after the Legislature convenes in February. Separately, a hearing is set for federal court in Reno in November on a suit filed by eight same-sex couples who want marriage equality....

Las Vegas Sun • Sep 11, 2012


Australia: CIVIL CELEBRANTS VOTE FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Australia's largest professional association for civil celebrants have voted to support marriage equality. At a meeting in Hobart, the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants (AFCC) National Committee ratified a new policy to support same-sex marriage both at the federal and state level....

Gay News Network • Sep 11, 2012


Breaking: 145 House Democrats File Amicus Brief Denouncing DOMA

The amicus brief includes signatures from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Whip Steny Hoyer, Jerrold Nadler, James Clyburn, and John Conyers, along with members of the House LGBT Caucus: Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, Jared Polis, and David N. Cicilline. ...

The New Civil Rights Movement • Sep 11, 2012


Wave of Briefs Filed in Edie Windsor's DOMA Case

Support for Edith "Edie" Windsor, the lesbian widow challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, continued to grow Friday as more than 15 parties, including members of Congress and three state attorneys general, filed briefs in support of her case, where oral arguments are scheduled in a federal appeals court in New York City on September 27. ...

Advocate • Sep 11, 2012


Marriage Cases Reach Supreme Court

The freedom to marry is a hit at Democratic National Convention. Meanwhile, in Rhode Island, a primary this Tuesday pits a pro-equality Democrat against an anti-equality incumbent. Conservatives unveil their version of a civil unions bill, and Scotland is on track to debate marriage equality in the coming months. All that, plus we could be just two weeks away from a major Supreme Court decision in...

MNW • Sep 10, 2012


During adoption rights battle, couple works to have Michigan's gay marriage ban declared unconstitutional

Hazel Park mother April DeBoer said she and her lesbian partner are challenging Michigan's same-sex marriage law not for themselves, but to protect the rights of their kids. DeBoer and partner Jayne Rowse decided to take the battle they're already fighting in U.S. District Court in Detroit one step further today. They amended their complaint in front of Judge Bernard A. Friedman that asks for the...

Detroit Free Press • Sep 7, 2012


In Surprise Move, Poland's Conservative Party to Introduce Civil Unions

Officials from the country's center-right part, Platforma Obywatelska, announced that they plan to introduce a legislation that would legalize civil union relationships for same-sex couples, On Top Magazine reported. ...

Edge • Sep 7, 2012


Rhode Island governor says primary race 'pivotal' for marriage equality

The independent governor of Rhode Island said Tuesday that an upcoming Democratic primary could be key in determining whether the state will pass same-sex marriage legislation next year. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a supporter of marriage equality, told the Washington Blade that a victory on Sept. 11 for Laura Pisaturo, a lesbian attorney running for state Senate, would be "pivotal" when asked about hi...

LGBTQ Nation • Sep 7, 2012


Survey: 7 out of 10 Con Law Profs Think DOMA Is Unconstitutional

Eighty-seven percent of constitutional law professors back marriage for same-sex couples, and 7 out of 10 believe the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, but only a slight majority of 54% think the federal Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriages. ...

Wall Street Journal • Sep 7, 2012


Minnesota's attack on gay marriage

A controversial study on parenting has become a focal point of the campaign in Minnesota to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage this November. Conducted by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus, the New Family Structures Study has been used by opponents of same-sex marriage to suggest that the children of same-sex couples fare poorly on a number of issues including relati...

Salon • Sep 6, 2012


Marriage group grapples with Washington campaign rules

The group seeking to overturn Washington state's gay-marriage law has changed its website instructions to churches that want to raise money for the effort, but state campaign-finance officials said Tuesday that the language is still not in compliance with state law....

Seattle Times • Sep 5, 2012


SB 1140, California Bill Protecting Clergy From Performing Same-Sex Marriages, Passes Assembly

A bill that would protect clergy members from performing same-sex marriages was presented to the California State Assembly by an unlikely author on Tuesday: gay rights activist Democratic Senator Mark Leno. The bill, SB 1140, passed the Assembly 48-24, reportedly with many Republicans voting against it....

Huffington Post • Sep 5, 2012


Democrats vote to adopt party platform endorsing 'freedom to marry'

The Democratic Party on Tuesday voted to support the freedom to marry as an official plank in the Party's platform, putting the party on record as the first major political party in U.S. history in favor of marriage equality for same-sex couples....

LGBTQ Nation • Sep 5, 2012


Making a Business Case for Marriage Equality

Companies across America have been making groundbreaking (and risky) decisions, founded on solid business cases, for years. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company set an early example in 2004, when it began offering benefits and diversity training to all employees. That same year it received a 100-percent rating on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. In the state of Washingto...

Huffington Post • Sep 4, 2012


Utah Democrats split on party's gay-marriage stance

Brigham Young University's Center for the Study of Elections released a poll in February that found 43 percent of Utahns supported civil unions and 28 percent backed legalizing gay marriage, while 29 percent opposed any recognition of same-sex relationships. The political scientists found a big partisan gap, though, with 3 percent of Democrats opposing any recognition of gay couples, compared wit...

Salt Lake Tribune • Sep 4, 2012


Scotland: SNP press ahead with same-sex marriage legislation

THE SNP Government will step up their controversial plans for gay marriage this week. Alex Salmond will unveil a programme of 15 new bills for the next year when the Scottish parliament resumes on Tuesday. The programme includes a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry....

Daily Record • Sep 4, 2012


Poland moves towards introducing civil partnerships

Poland's ruling centre-right party, Platforma Obywatelska (PO), has announced that it will introduce legislation allowing gay couples to have civil unions. It's being seen as a step forward for gay rights in the Eastern European country - although it falls far short of marriage equality, and the measure is facing stiff opposition from social conservatives....

Pink News • Sep 4, 2012


Democrats travel tricky electoral path with gay marriage

President Obama's conversion on gay marriage back in May was a bold, public celebration of gay community pride, punctuated with a flurry of lavish Hollywood fundraisers. It played extremely well in Los Angeles, New York and blue regions across the country. But now, as Democrats converge on Charlotte for their convention, the president must navigate more difficult terrain -- remain consistent in h...

Washington Times • Sep 4, 2012


Platform vote on same-sex marriage at Democratic convention called historic

For gay and lesbian delegates to the Democratic National Convention, this week's gathering offers a momentous opportunity to vote, for the first time in history, on a party platform that calls for legalizing same-sex marriage....

• Sep 4, 2012


Chilean group seeks same-sex marriage

Chile's prohibition of same-sex marriage has prompted a lawsuit by the country's leading advocate for gay rights, a spokesman for the group said. Chile's Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation charges in the suit that barring gay marriage violates several parts of the American Convention of Human Rights, the Santiago Times reported....

UPI • Sep 4, 2012


Koch Brother Supports Gay Couples

Washington's anti-gay activists are falling way behind in fundraising, as the pro-equality side gears up for a huge television ad campaign. And support for marriage equality grows, with endorsements from key Republican figures including one of the Koch brothers. Our top story this week: Anti-gay groups in Washington state had been planning to channel fundraising money through churches. But this w...

MNW • Sep 4, 2012



 

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