Blog Entries by Adam Polaski

Rhode Islanders United for Marriage coalition launches to pass marriage in 2013

Today is a historic day in Rhode Island - it's the official launch of Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, an unprecedented coalition working to pass marriage legislation in 2013. Freedom to Marry is proud to be a leading member of this robust coalition.

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Political Insiders poll shows huge gains in support for the freedom to marry

A new poll from Political Insiders in The National Journal indicates significant growth in support of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. 97 percent of Democratic respondents and 27 percent of Republican respondents said that their respective parties should support the freedom to marry.

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Illinois legislature introduces freedom to marry bill on first day of new session

Yesterday was the first day of the 2013 legislative session in Illinois, and IL state Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Greg Harris wasted no time introducing bills to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in the state. Illinois Unites for Marriage, which includes Freedom to Marry, is working alongside legislators to pass the bill in 2013.

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Couples across the south stand up for marriage with the Campaign for Southern Equality

For the past week, the Campaign for Southern Equality has been touring across the South with its "We Do" campaign, where same-sex couples request marriage licenses and provoke denials in order to illustrate the discriminatory marriage laws in these states. Check out stories and video from the campaign!

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Passages from Massachusetts marriage ruling become popular wedding readings

Just over ten years ago, in November 2003, Margaret H. Marshall, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, penned a decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health. Now, some language from the decision is becoming a popular selection for readings at weddings.

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Washington National Cathedral will begin hosting weddings for same-sex couples

Yesterday, the Washington National Cathedral announced that it will soon begin hosting weddings for same-sex couples. The historic church is one of the first Episcopal congregations in the country to introduce marriage rites for LGBT individuals.

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While mourning the loss of her wife, Army Staff Sgt. Dice confronts DOMA discrimination

This fall, Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson was killed while serving in Afghanistan. Now, her wife, Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice, is grieving her death. But because of the Defense of Marriage Act, Dice must confront an additional challenge in her grieving process.

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Faith leaders speak out in favor of the freedom to marry in Rhode Island

This week, over 100 religious leaders in Rhode Island from 13 different faith denominations came together to speak out in favor of the freedom to marry in the state. The faith leaders said they would continue working to increase public support for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.

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Supreme Court schedules arguments in marriage cases for March 26 and 27

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States released the schedule of oral arguments for the 2013 session. The schedule indicates that the Court will hear the challenge to Proposition 8 on Tuesday, March 26, and a challenge to DOMA on Wednesday, March 27.

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New Hampshire Gov. Hassan applauds the freedom to marry in inauguration speech

Yesterday, Maggie Hassan was inaugurated governor of New Hampshire. She spoke about the importance of the freedom to marry in her inauguration speech and included Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, an outspoken opponent of DOMA currently battling terminal breast cancer, in the ceremony.

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