Blog Entries by Megan Kinninger

Will Gay Couples’ Marriage Vows Survive California Court Review?

Wall Street Journal
March 19, 2009

The California Supreme Court is weighing an incendiary question: Should it recognize the gay couples who married last year in California, when it was briefly legal? [Link]

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1,000 attend marriage equality hearing

Burlington Free Press
March 19, 2009

Wednesday night's Montpelier, Vt., hearing on proposed legislation to end discrimination in marriage for gay couples drew about 1,000 attendees, two-thirds of them supporters of equality. The state's Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the bill by the end of the week, after which it will head to the full Senate. (Link)

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Tonight : Vermont Public Hearing on Marriage Equality Bill

Tonight from 6-8:30 is a public hearing at the State House in Montpelier, Vermont to hear public testimony on a bill to end discrimination in marriage. All week long, the Vermont legislature hosted hearings on this bill, and tonight is the public's chance to share their voice.

The hearing is hosted by the Senate Judiciary Committee. A sign-up sheet for those who wish to speak will be available at 5:30. An overflow crowd is expected, so folks are encouraged to arrive early to get a seat inside the House Chamber. (There will be overflow rooms available.) People can bring written testimony whether or not they intend to speak to leave with the committee.

Take action in Vermont, talk to your friends and family about how Vermont could be the next state to win marriage equality, and follow here to find out how the hearing went.

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Governor Challenges Utah’s Conservative Verities

New York Times
March 13, 2009

In February, when Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. announced that he would support civil unions for gay couples, many politicians here braced for a backlash...But the backlash never developed. Indeed, after his announcement, a poll by Deseret News/KSL-TV found that two-thirds of respondents said their opinion of the governor had not changed or had become more positive because of his position on civil unions.

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The Culture Warriors Get Laid Off

New York Times
March 14, 2009

Frank Rich writes, "Americans have less and less patience for the intrusive and divisive moral scolds who thrived in the bubbles of the Clinton and Bush years. Culture wars are a luxury the country — the G.O.P. included — can no longer afford." (Link)

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Florists Can’t Discriminate Against Gay Couples

Hartford Courant
March 16, 2009

The Connecticut Catholic Conference, the lobbying arm of Catholic bishops, wants an exemption for florists, justices of the peace, photographers and others who do weddings but object to marriage for same-sex couples on religious grounds. This proposal has no place in a pluralistic society. Imagine Jewish businesses refusing to serve Arabs or Muslims or conservatives blacklisting liberal customers. (Link)

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Civil Marriage Is a Healthy Choice

Washington Post
March 15, 2009

Peter Beilenson, the health officer of Howard County, writes, "This month, the Maryland General Assembly again will hear arguments in favor of granting same-sex couples the ability to legally marry...what about the strong body of evidence that married couples fare much better, both physically and psychologically, than unmarried, cohabitating couples? This evidence alone illustrates that denying same-sex couples access to civil marriage is, quite simply, relegating them to inferior health status." (Link)

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New Hampshire House Judiciary Sub-Committee votes to pass marriage equality

New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition
March 12, 2009

Today the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee passed HB436 (marriage equality) and HB415 (anti-discrimination act for gender identity and expression)by a 3-2 vote. The full Committee will be voting on these bills next Tuesday. Take action at New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition. (Link)

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New Hampshire Legislative Hearing Today on Marriage Equality

New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition
March 12, 2009

On Thursday, March 12th, the New Hampshire House Judiciary Sub-Committee on marriage will hold meetings on bills that deal with marriage equality and LGBT equality. Take action to support the bill at New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition (Link)

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Shaping the Battlefield

Independent Gay Forum
March 3, 2009

Jonathan Rauch blogs, "Here's a TV ad called "Hope," from the Equality California people, who are already preparing for a rematch on marriage. And here's why I think it's potentially important." (Link)

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