Blog Entries by Adam Polaski

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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Illinois marriage bill passes out of Senate Committee, signaling momentum in 2013

Yesterday, the Illinois Senate Executive Committee voted to advance a bill that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in the state. The decision marked the first time that a legislative body in Illinois has ever voted in favor of the freedom to marry, and it signals that momentum is on our side for the next legislative session.

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Marriage bills introduced in Rhode Island House and Senate

Yesterday evening, just three days into the 2013 legislative session, legislators in Rhode Island introduced bills that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in both the House and the Senate.

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Freedom to Marry denounces GOP decision to spend more defending anti-gay DOMA

This week, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives included language in the Opening Day Rules Package that allowed the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to continue paying outside counsel to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the law that hurts legally married same-sex couples, like Corri and Dianne, pictured.

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Marriage in Illinois garners new supporters and an imminent Senate vote

It's a busy week for the freedom in Illinois, which could become the tenth state in the country to approve the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Diverse groups of people in Illinois are speaking up and standing together for marriage as the state Senate makes moves on the legislation.

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In first year of civil union law, Delaware issued over 500 licenses to same-sex couples

Just over a year ago - on January 1, 2012 - the Civil Union and Equality Act of 2011 took effect in Delaware. This week, Delaware reporters found that the state's three marriage bureaus have so far issued approximately 565 civil union licenses since the law took effect.

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