Gay rights take center stage in N.Y.

A new phase in the politics of the gay rights movement that could have an even larger impact on the 2012 cycle has begun.

In New York, well-funded gay rights groups will seek to make support for the freedom to marry as mandatory in blue America as allegiance to the Second Amendment is in red America — and to make opposition just as politically suicidal.

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Ken Mehlman: Republicans should support marriage equality

Republicanism is about giving people more personal freedoms, and marriage is one such freedom, says Ken Mehlman, the former head of the Republican National Committee.

Therefore, Republicans should embrace the freedom to marry—at least ideologically.

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Opinion: Marriage equality is a matter of health as well as rights

Dr. Gabriel Garcia of the Stanford School of Medicine discusses the healthcare disparities that result from the LGBT community being denied the freedom to marry.

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Pro-marriage equality Mark Dayton to be first Democratic Governor in Minnesota in 20 years

Republican Tom Emmer, a staunch opponent of LGBT rights and the freedom to marry (supported in the race by Target and Best Buy), has finally conceded defeat to Democrat Mark Dayton in Minnesota’s governor race — Dayton will become the state’s first Democratic governor in more than 20 years.

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The freedom to marry a plus for travel

Since only five states in the country and Washington D.C. legally recognize the freedom to marry, gays and lesbians who don’t live in one of those places, must travel to tie the knot.

This means an uptick in travel and tourism to those five states and the nation’s capital.

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Close Ohio gay-rights vote mirrors national debate

Surveys repeatedly find that young adults, far more so than their elders, support the rights of gays to marry and serve openly in the military.

A Gallup poll earlier this year showed, for the first time, a majority of Americans saying same-sex relations were morally acceptable.

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Lack of domestic partner benefits for civil servants continues

The most vital benefits sought by gays and lesbians in the federal workforce, health insurance and other family benefits, must be approved by Congress.

A bill granting them has passed committees in the Senate and House but has not been brought up for a floor vote in either chamber.

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Argentine gays proud of 500 marriages of same-sex couples

Thousands marched in Argentina's Gay Pride parade on Saturday, celebrating the country's status as the first in Latin America to legalize the freedom to marry and vowing to campaign for new rights for transgender people.

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Video: Gay and Gray

Michael Adams, President of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender Elders) offers his views on the benefits of the freedom to marry for the senior LGBT community.

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Voice for Equality: Kenneth Cole

Kenneth Cole is an American clothing designer whose Kenneth Cole Productions sells clothing and accessories under the following lines: Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, and Unlisted.

In the fall of 2010, Mr. Cole participated in the HRC's New Yorkers for Marriage Equality project by appearing in a video in support of the freedom to marry.

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