Blog Entries by Adam Polaski

Newly introduced House bill would deny protections to married same-sex couples

Today, several members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a new piece of legislation that would allow individuals, institutions, and government contractors to discriminate against legally married same-sex couples simply by asserting religious opposition.

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Oklahoma Military couple Heather and Kasey celebrate federal respect for their marriage

When National Guard Sgt. Heather Britt-Davis returns from Afghanistan this month, she and her wife Kasey will finally be able to gain spousal recognition on Kasey's military ID card. Here, they share their love story with Freedom to Marry.

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VIDEO: A tragic reminder that the freedom to marry can’t wait

Today, Illinois Unites for Marriage, the coalition working to win the freedom to marry in Illinois this year, released a video featuring Robert talking the death of his partner, Steven Hynes - and why the IL legislature can't wait one day longer to pass a bill. Watch the video.

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Nikki & Sue in NJ: I meant every promise, I meant every word

Nikki and Sue had a beautiful ceremony promising commitment to each other in Hawaii - but it was frustrating to see that no matter how gorgeous their day was, their commitment is not legally respected by the state of Hawaii. And when they returned home to New Jersey, too, they knew that they would continue to be viewed as single.

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New campaign in Arizona will start the conversation about why marriage matters

Today, a groundbreaking new grassroots public education, Why Marriage Matters Arizona, launched in Arizona to begin a conversation with fair-minded Arizonans about the freedom to marry and why it matters to same-sex couples and their families.

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New 50-state Mayors for the Freedom to Marry goals will Light Up the Map

Today, Freedom to Marry launched a new step forward in the campaign to amplify support for marriage among our nation's mayors and demonstrate support among elected officials in every state in the country, Light Up the Map. The new goal set for the program is reaching 500 mayors representing all 50 states.

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Ruling in ‘McLaughlin’ case confirms protections for servicemembers and spouses

Yesterday, Judge Richard Stearns issued a ruling in McLaughlin v. Hagel, deciding that the plaintiffs are entitled to judgement in their favor, meaning they should be entitled to the protections and benefits that all other families receive.

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New Mexico Supreme Court announces date for marriage hearing

The New Mexico Supreme Court has announced that it has set a date for hearing about whether same-sex couples have the freedom to marry in New Mexico. The court will hear oral arguments in a case brought by the ACLU of New Mexico on behalf of six same-sex couples on October 23.

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Today: Freedom to Work hosts ENDA Situation Room; Evan Wolfson will speak on panel

Today at New York Law School, Freedom to Work, the leading organization working toward the passage of ENDA, will host a bipartisan discussion detailing the path to victory for the bill. Evan Wolfson will join the panel.

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Steven and Robert in Illinois: A tragic reminder that we can’t wait for marriage

For months, Steven Hynes and Robert Smith have been eagerly waiting for their home state of Illinois to pass a bill extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. They were left waiting on the day that Steven passed away after battling terminal stage 3 Melanoma for nearly a year.

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