Marriage Equality – A Priority For Immigrants?

Marriage equality may not be the top priority for many New Yorkers, but even queer immigrant activists agree that its passage would expand civil rights in the state and codify the fundamental dignity of LGBT individuals and their families.

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Change in passport language is boon to gay rights activists

Riding the momentum from the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and the State Department's adoption of more gender-neutral language on passport applications, gay rights activists are pressing for more changes to federal policies that are unfavorable for the LGBT community.

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Catholic lawmakers backing marriage equality

Elected officials who are Catholic are stepping up to support marriage equality—often despite heavy-handed tactics by the Catholic hierarchy.

Political figures know that Catholics in the electorate continue to grow in their acceptance of marriage equality for LGBT people.

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Mexican same-sex couples gain more rights

Based on an earlier Supreme Court ruling saying all Mexican states must recognize a marriage performed in Mexico City, a lower court ruled last week that same-sex couples may register as a couple with the national social security system.

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State Department deletes ‘Mother, ‘Father’ from forms for more correct ‘Parent One, ‘Parent Two’

No more "Mother" and "Father" for the Obama administration's State Department.

The department has announced that it is replacing the traditional parental designations on its passport applications (see above) with the more contemporaneously correct "Parent One" and "Parent Two."

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‘Economist’ debate between Wolfson/Gallagher scheduled for January 3, 2011

An online debate between Freedom to Marry's executive director, Evan Wolfson, and Maggie Gallagher of The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) will take place on January 3rd 2011.

You can register for free at "The Economist" to be notified when the debate begins.

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Marriage equality law boosts Mexico City’s gay & lesbian tourism

Gay & lesbian tourism in Mexico's capital has soared since lawmakers legalized the freedom to marry in March.

According to the government's Officinia de Turismo Lesbico-Gay Bisexual y Transexual (LGBT), the city netted nearly half a million dollars (6 million pesos) in the second half of 2010.

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Still treated as second-class citizens in civil marriage law

The good news is that gay Americans can now openly fight and die for their country in the military.

The bad news is we are still treated as second-class citizens when it comes to the civil marriage law.

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Make marriage equality a New Year’s resolution

Marriage advocates in Australia are calling on marriage equality supporters to make a New Year's resolution to meet their elected representatives at a time when the religious right is organizing a counter campaign to equality.

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Weddings for same-sex couples boom under Argentina’s new liberal laws

As same-sex couples celebrate marriage rights unique in Latin America, wedding planners are helping them to spend thousands on their big day.

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