Blog Entries by Andy Eddins

Barbara Bush, marriage equality & Obama

Jonathan Capehart makes the case for President Obama conducting a "series of under-the-radar meetings to help him in the 'evolution' of his stance and thinking on marriage for same-sex couples."

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Two Iowa Senate democrats say loyalty to Gronstal trumps support for marriage amendment

A handful of Senate Democrats who would be the deciding votes on an amendment to ban marriage equality said Tuesday they won't join minority Republicans to force a vote this year.

Barring a change of heart, that means the effort to allow a public vote on a constitutional amendment to ban the freedom to marry is dead in the Iowa Legislature this session.

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Freedom to Marry Commends Governor Quinn on Signing Civil Union Bill, Calls for Next Step

A statement from Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, on today’s signing of the Illinois Religious Freedom Protections and Civil Unions Act by Governor Quinn.

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Married Gay Troops won’t be recognized after DADT Repeal

A gay service member marrying will no longer be grounds for discharge after “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” is repealed, but federal law will keep the military from recognizing the marriage, officials said on Friday.

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Video: Iowa Democratic Chair urges lawmakers not to be distracted by marriage ban

Retaining the jobs we have and creating new ones, that's what Iowa's Democratic Chair says the state's lawmakers should be focusing on, not banning marriage equality.

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Eric Hartley: Still waiting for ‘the real thing’

While many gay or lesbian couples from Maryland got married in Washington, D.C., after that city legalized same-sex marriage last year, Barry Kessler and David Hankey have waited. The Arnold couple was a bit wary of a D.C. marriage. The Maryland attorney general says the state can recognize out-of-state marriages, but what if it didn't for some reason?

But the real reason they're waiting is less legal and more profound: They want "the real thing," as Hankey put it.

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Suits on Marriage Equality may force Administration to take a Stand

President Obama has balanced on a political tightrope for two years over the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the contentious 1996 law barring federal recognition of marriages of same-sex couples.

Now, two new federal lawsuits threaten to snap that rope out from under him.

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Conservative group: We won’t give up fight for marriage vote in Iowa Senate

A conservative group says it has only begun to fight for a vote of the people on marriage equality, despite a failed attempt to force a vote in the Iowa Senate Thursday.

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Bob Kerr: Life gets better when a daughter gets married

Bob Kerr reports on Tony and Sylvia DeLuca will go to the State House to testify in support of the bill legalizing marriage equality in Rhode Island.

Kerr: "They attended the wedding of their daughter Luisa to her partner Brenda Harvey last June in Provincetown, Mass., where marriage is as it should be — a matter of love and commitment between two people."

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How anti-marriage amendments keep America in the past

Josh Bell comments on a new Human Rights Campaign report about increasing support for marriage equality in polls across the country and the sad fact that five states with majority support for the freedom to marry are saddled with anti-marriage amendments passed years ago.

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