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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Senate Democrats in Iowa vote down push for ban on freedom to marry

A motion by Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson to suspend the Senate’s rules to allow a vote on a constitutional ban on the freedom to marry was defeated early Thursday morning on a party-line vote.

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House marriage equality bill in Maryland gets 58 sponsors

Maryland House Majority Leader Kumar Barve today submitted the House plan to legalize marriage for same-sex couples -- a proposal backed by 58 delegates who have signed on as co-sponsors.

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Marriage equality arguments: This is about rights, speakers say

A passionate debate took place at a legislative meeting in Iowa on Monday about a proposal that could ultimately eliminate the freedom to marry in Iowa.

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Maryland lawmakers expected to act on marriage equality

Maryland appears poised this year to expand the rights of same-sex couples, with the state legislature considering proposals on full marriage benefits as well as a compromise plan that would establish civil unions.

"This is about loving couples," Sean Eldridge, political director for the New York-based advocacy group Freedom to Marry, told lawmakers and supporters Tuesday at an event in Annapolis to promote gay marriage legislation.

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