Same-sex couples could be allowed to marry in U.K. under Tory election plans

The Conservatives have become the first of the three main political parties in Britain to set out an explicit commitment to considering allowing same-sex couples to marry, should they take power after Thursday’s general election.

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Leading Ohio Senate candidates support the freedom to marry

Ohio's leading U.S. Senate candidates support the freedom to marry.

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality) and Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher are vying for the Senate seat now held by Republican George Voinovich, who is retiring. A May 4 Democratic primary will decide who'll battle Republican Rob Portman in November.

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Massachusetts GOP picks pro-gay gubernatorial candidate with openly gay running mate

The Massachusetts GOP picked Charles Baker as their gubernatorial candidate on Saturday, defeating convenience store magnate Christy Mihos in the primary. Baker supports the freedom to marry and has an openly gay running mate — state senator Richard Tisei.

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Editorial: the politics of Prop 8

As a Los Angeles Times editorial points out: "The gay rights movement has a lot of work to do before it can prevail over the ban on the freedom to marry in California -- more than can be accomplished in a matter of months."

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Measure to repeal Prop. 8 fails to qualify for November ballot

A push to put a repeal of Proposition 8 on the November ballot has fizzled, as proponents announced Monday they failed to collect the nearly 700,000 valid voter signatures to qualify their proposed initiative.

The group, Restore Equality 2010, had split with Equality California, one of the state's largest gay-rights advocacy groups, on when to put a repeal of the 2008 Proposition 8 on the ballot. EQCA and other groups decided last year to hold off on ballot action until 2012, saying that strategy would allow more time to build support and that the measure would likely fare better during a presidential election year, when more younger voters hit the polls.

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Iowa GOP candidates upping anti-gay marriage rhetoric

Iowa candidates vying for the Republican Party's gubernatorial nomination are ratcheting up their anti-gay rhetoric and fulfilling a promise to make the denial of the freedom to marry a central issue in this year's race.

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Majority in California support the freedom to marry, Times/USC poll finds

Marriage equality got majority support in the latest Los Angeles Times/USC poll -- much like a similar poll by the Public Policy Institute of California earlier this spring. Registered voters surveyed in the latest poll said 52% to 40% that “same-sex couples should be allowed to become legally married in the state of California.”

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D.C.‘s David Catania on how minorities, people of faith moved the freedom to marry forward

When D.C. Councilmember and Georgetown alum David Catania (I-At Large, SFS ‘90, LAW ‘94) gave a speech at Georgetown in March of last year, he talked about marriage equality as an “undying civil rights” issue that he hoped to make progress on. What a difference a year makes: Yesterday, Catania was back on campus, discussing the successful freedom to marry legalization bill he sponsored and the role race and religion played in the fight for marriage equality in the District.

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Freedom to Marry Issue enters California GOP Senate Race

The Republican contest to determine who will challenge California Sen. Barbara Boxer in the fall has focused so far on the bread-and-butter issues of the day — jobs, the economy and federal spending.

That's changing as the June primary draws closer. NOM, a national group opposed to the freedom to marry, is trying to shift the focus to marriage equality in the coming weeks, putting pressure on the candidate seen as the most moderate of the three GOP challengers.

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Freedom to Marry Advocates Bide Time in Maryland

When Attorney General Douglas Gansler issued his February opinion recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples from out of state, it made Maryland the next state to watch on the freedom to marry.

But instead of using the opinion to launch a renewed effort to legalize marriage equality in Maryland, advocates are taking a different, counterintuitive tack: Stalling.

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