Blog Entries by Adam Polaski

Justice Levinson reflects on why marriage matters 20 years after historic HI ruling

Twenty years ago, Justice Steven Levinson and the Hawaii Supreme Court made history. They became the first appellate court in global history to find that a state constitution presumptively prohibited the exclusion of same-sex couples from access to marriage. As the anniversary of the ruling he authored approaches, Justice Steven Levinson reflects on the ruling and looks ahead to the future of the freedom to marry.

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Mayors in Kansas and Arkansas speak out for the freedom to marry

This week, a number of new mayors joined the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry coalition - including Mayor Lioneld Jordan from Fayetteville, AR and Mayor Barb Shirley from Salina, KS.

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Victory in Delaware: DE House of Representatives approves the freedom to marry

Today, the House of Representatives in Delaware voted in favor of HB75, the bill that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples across the state of Delaware!

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Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee votes to advance marriage bill!

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee in Rhode Island voted in favor of S38, the bill that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Rhode Island. By a vote of 7-4, the committee members advanced the marriage bill to the full Senate floor and voted against a discriminatory referendum bill that sought to send the freedom to marry to the ballot.

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With final vote, France finalizes passage of the freedom to marry!

Today, the French National Assembly finalized the passage of the freedom to marry! By a final vote of 331-225, the French General Assembly passed legislation to extend the freedom to marry and the ability to adopt to same-sex couples.

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Rhode Island Senate Republican Caucus unanimously supports marriage bill

Today, on the day that the Senate Judiciary Committee in Rhode Island will vote on legislation that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, all of the members of the Senate Republican Caucus in Rhode Island announced their support for the marriage bill. The caucus is now the first legislative caucus of any political party in any state to unanimously support the freedom to marry.

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Nevada Senate approves resolution to begin multi-year campaign for marriage

Last night, Tuesday, April 22, the Nevada Senate voted in favor of a resolution that would begin the process of winning the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Nevada.

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Terry and Doug’s NYC Wedding: A toast to love, commitment, and time

As Doug Behl and Terry Goldman prepared to get married, they thought about the life they had built together, the ways that marriage would strengthen their commitment, and how this legal bond would protect their future family.

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This Week: The freedom to marry faces critical votes in Nevada, Rhode Island and Delaware

This week, legislation to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Rhode Island and Delaware - and the first step toward winning marriage in Nevada - faces critical votes. Read about each of the movements in the states here.

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Rio de Janeiro becomes the latest state in Brazil to pass the freedom to marry

This week, marriage moved forward in Brazil when the Corregedor Geral de Justiça of Rio de Janeiro authorized marriages between same-sex couples. Rio de Janeiro is now the tenth state to pass the freedom to marry in Brazil.

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