Blog Entries by Adam Polaski

Illinois House committee approves marriage bill, which now faces full House vote

Last night, February 26, 2013, the Illinois House Executive Committee voted in favor of advancing a bill that would extend the freedom to marry for same-sex couples across the state of Illinois. The bill will now be heard by the full Illinois House of Representatives.

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20 Photos: How DOMA blocks Jonathan and Juka’s love, education, and life together

When Juka Mendes moved to the US on a student visa, he never expected to fall in love. But he did, and got married to Air Force member Jonathan Malumay. Now, Juka can no longer afford his education, and in April his visa expires. As a service member, Jonathan is eligible for an education grant that he should be able to transfer to his husband, but because DOMA does not respect his marriage, he cannot do so.

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Edith Windsor urges Supreme Court to overturn DOMA

Today, lawyers for Edith Windsor filed a brief to the Supreme Court urging the repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal respect for legal marriages between same-sex couples.

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Republican leaders sign Supreme Court brief supporting the freedom to marry

This week, over 75 key Republican figures and politicians signed onto a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. The brief will be filed in the Hollingsworth v. Perry case, which argues that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

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Obama administration files brief asking SCOTUS to overturn DOMA

On Friday, the Obama administration filed a brief in Windsor v. United States, a legal case that will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2013. In the brief, President Obama and his administration ask the Court to overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

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Respect for Marriage Coalition ad highlights military veteran’s support for marriage

Today, the Respect for Marriage Coalition launched its second national television advertisement, this piece featuring Republican Military Veteran Craig Stowell and his wife speaking out in favor of the freedom to marry.

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WATCH: Gay Marine who proposed to fiancé at White House speaks out against DOMA

"A lot of people think that after 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was repealed, that was it - that everything was fixed," U.S. Marine Corps Captain Phelps explains in a new video. "But the reality of it is that the lives of the individual gay or lesbian service member was fixed. But repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' didn't change anything for our families."

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Jon Huntsman calls supporting the freedom to marry ‘a conservative cause’

Today, Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah, U.S. ambassador, business executive, and prominent conservative politician, published an editorial in The American Conservative calling marriage for same-sex couples a "conservative cause."

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AFER attorneys file briefs asking Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8

Today, the attorneys for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, AFER, filed a brief in their Hollingsworth v. Perry case asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8 and restore the freedom to marry in California.

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Suze Orman moderates panel on the financial costs of marriage discrimination

This morning, CNBC financial expert Suze Orman moderated a panel discussion called "The Cost of Marriage Inequality." The discussion centered on the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal respect for legal marriages between same-sex couples, and states where same-sex couples do not have the freedom to marry.

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