State Sen. Thomas Duane to push marriage equality bill

The battle over marriage for same-sex couples in New York is about to heat up again in the state Senate.

Sen. Thomas Duane, the Senate's biggest booster of the freedom to marry, said he'll introduce legislation "within weeks" to legalize marriage equality - and will push for a vote before the end of June.

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Engaging news of Facebook

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, 27 -- who's been dubbed "the kid who made Obama president" for organizing his social networking site, My.BarackObama.com, during the historic 2008 campaign -- is planning to marry his long-term boyfriend, Sean Eldridge.

Sean Eldridge is the political director here at Freedom to Marry, overseeing communications, development, and federal initiatives.

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Retired minister: Who’s to say who can marry whom?

Milt Hankins, a retired minister from Ashland, KY says, "Gays have the right to love whomever they fall in love with. They have the right to spend their lives with the person they love. They should absolutely have the same civil rights afforded everyone else."

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For same-sex couples, a tax victory that doesn’t feel like one

A decision in May by the Internal Revenue Service that was hailed as a step toward equality for same-sex couples has instead become a headache for tens of thousands of gay and lesbian families in California.

Same-sex couples who are registered domestic partners — or who married during the brief legal window — are facing a new, more complicated tax status, one that has raised a litany of expensive concerns.

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Cuomo in step with Dems on social issues

Much of the focus in the first two weeks of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s term has been on the state’s financial crisis, and the new governor’s fiscally conservative prescriptions: a public employee wage freeze, spending cuts, a property tax cap.

Cuomo, a Democrat, is more in step with his party when it comes to social issues.

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Freedom to Marry announces expansion plans

The first high-profile fundraiser of the year for marriage equality provided the occasion Thursday for Freedom to Marry to step forward as the campaign to win marriage nationwide, with plans that include an expanded public education effort and a new presence in Washington, D.C.

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DOJ Files DOMA Defense in First Circuit Cases

Thursday, the Department of Justice filed its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a single filing for both Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States.

This past July, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that Section Three of DOMA -- which sets a federal definition for "marriage" and spouse" -- is unconstitutional.

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Straight wrestler launches ‘athlete ally’ to combat homophobia

Hudson Taylor, a straight All-American wrestler and coach at Columbia University, has launched the website AthleteAlly.com in an effort to combat homophobia in sports and ensure the locker room is a safe space for all.

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APNewsBreak: Marriage equality not on New Hampshire GOP agenda

House Republicans have decided not to pursue a repeal of New Hampshire's marriage equality law this year and plan instead to focus their energy on finding ways to improve the state's financial footing.

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Affairs of the Heart in the Heartland: Evan Wolfson to Speak in Midwest about Marriage

Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson will be speaking next week at both the University of Michigan and Ohio State University.

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