Blog Entries by Adam Polaski

Federal judge agrees to hear Nevada marriage lawsuit

Today, a federal judge from the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada agreed to hear 'Sevcik v. Sandoval,' a lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of eight same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in Nevada.

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Retired Navy captain wants to ask the Republican Party to support the freedom to marry

Yesterday, retired Navy Captain Joan Darrah wrote a letter to the chair of the Republican Party Platform Committee asking that he allow her to testify about why the Republican party should include planks in their official platform calling for the repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and support of the freedom to marry for all couples. The chair denied her request, and now Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is sponsoring a petition to support Capt. Darrah.

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Staff Spotlight: Diana Brockmann, Office Manager

Freedom to Marry has a dedicated and diverse staff working each day to secure the freedom to marry nationwide, and we want to help you get to know each of us a little bit better. This week, we hear from Diana Brockmann, our Office Manager.

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Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee releases language of pro-marriage plank

Two weeks ago, the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee announced that the draft of the official party platform included language supporting the freedom to marry for same-sex couples and calling for the repeal of the anti-gay so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Today, the language of these LGBT-supportive planks were released.

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Fifteen states request Supreme Court review of DOMA

Today, the state of Indiana and fourteen other states (AL, AK, AZ, CO, GA, ID, KS, MI, NE, OK, SC, SD, TX and VA) filed an amicus brief in Gill v. Office of Personnell Managaement, one of the most prominent court cases challenging the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts to become the first openly gay news anchor to marry

In September, Thomas Roberts, one of the lead anchors on MSNBC, will tie the knot with Patrick Abner, his partner of 12 years. The wedding will make him the first television news anchor to marry a same-sex spouse.

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Zach Wahls tours Iowa to talk about the importance of the freedom to marry

Last year, a video of Zach Wahls speaking before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee about why his lesbian mothers deserve the same protections from their marriage as married different-sex couples, And this month, keeping in line with his whirlwind year of advocacy, he's teaming up with One Iowa to talk about the importance of retaining the freedom to marry in the state and to make his message known even beyond the borders of Iowa.

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Richard Carey completes cross-country bike ride for Freedom to Marry

For nearly two months, 53-year-old Richard Carey has been biking across the country in order to raise money for Freedom to Marry and raise awareness about why marriage matters for all loving and committed couples. Yesterday, he dipped the rear wheel of his bicycle in the Atlantic Ocean in Maine, signaling the end of his 3,667-mile journey from Washington state to Maine.

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Delaware governor looks toward the freedom to marry in the state

Following up on his statement from March that a law granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry in Delaware is "inevitable," Gov. Jack Markell said that the state legislature in Delaware would likely be taking up the issue soon - "probably within the next few years."

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Why marriage matters for Rev. Gib Rossing, his wife Beth, and their son Jonathan

Why Marriage Matters Washington, a project from the Pride Foundation and Freedom to Marry, released their second video in their public information campaign focused on heightening support for the freedom to marry in Washington state. The new ad features a reverend and his wife talking about why they want their son, Jonathan, to be able to marry his long-term partner Ryan.

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