Despite Conservatives’ efforts to spin the results, NH says ‘No’ to stripping away Marriage Rights

Despite some claims that there is almost a 2/3rds majority of support for writing discrimination into its constitution, town by town, New Hampshire said "No" to this obviously coordinated movement to strip the rights away from some of its tax-paying, patriotic citizens.

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Cynthia Nixon Joins Fight To Oust Anti-Freedom to Marry Senators

Cynthia Nixon has joined the fight to oust senators who voted against a freedom to marry bill in New York.

The openly lesbian Nixon stars in a new video for Fight Back NY, the political action committee that is targeting anti-gay senators.

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Rhode Island gubernatorial hopefuls publicly back the Freedom to Marry

Three major candidates running for governor of Rhode Island have promised to support and sign a bill honoring marriages of same-sex couples if elected.

General Treasurer Frank Caprio and Attorney General Patrick Lynch, both Democrats, and former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who is running in November as an independent, made the pledge at a Statehouse rally organized by Marriage Equality Rhode Island on Wednesday before more than 200 people.

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Action Alert: Rhode Island Rally for Marriage Equality

Will your next Governor sign the freedom to marry into law? Raise your voice with the candidates for Governor to call the Rhode Island legislature to action.

Bring your family, grab your signs and join state leaders tomorrow in demanding full equality for ALL Rhode Island families.

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Freedom to Marry opinion was politics unusual in Maryland

Though Maryland is the state with the nation's largest percentage of left-leaning voters, its lawmakers in Annapolis are more conservative than their counterparts in other deep-blue states.

Powerful Democrats in the legislature hold onto their jobs for decades by moving slowly, not setting trends.

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Divorce in Texas?

Barbara Ann Radnofsky, the 2010 Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Texas, writes that two women should be able to divorce in Texas because the state’s family code says the “law of this State applies to persons married elsewhere who are domiciled in this state.”

"The Texas AG, if he agrees that gay people are 'persons', must read Texas divorce law which applies to 'persons,' not 'marriages.' Then, our Texas laws governing custody, support and community property, for example, would apply."

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Fresh Litigation Route For Freedom to Marry in New York

Candidate for New York Attorney General, Eric Dinallo, writes about gay couples getting around New York's ban on the freedom to marry by being wed in states or countries that do honor marriage equality and then having those marriages recognized in New York under a 2008 ruling.

"The differing treatment of couples who can leave the state to get married and those without the means to travel only serves to underline the irrationality of the current state of the law. Indeed, it may provide a new basis to challenge the unjust 2006 ruling in the courts [that denied the freedom to marry]."

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Providence mayor to run for Kennedy’s seat

Providence, R.I. Mayor David Cicilline, who is openly gay, announced today he will be a candidate for Congress. The two-term mayor began to consider running after U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) shocked political observers by announcing he would not run for reelection this year.

Providence became one of the largest cities in the U.S. to elect an openly gay mayor when Cicilline won his 2002 election. He was easily reelected in 2006 amid national media attention for his work turning around the fortunes of Providence, which was once beset by high crime rates and corruption.

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Video: Pro-LGBT lawmaker Patrick Kennedy to retire from Congress

A stalwart champion of LGBT rights and the last member of the Kennedy family to serve in Congress announced on Friday plans to retire at the end of this year as a U.S. House member.

In a two-minute video, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), the son of the late Edward Kennedy, says he won’t seek re-election, recalling his father’s “deep commitment to public service” as he explains his decision. A supporter of same-sex marriage, Kennedy voiced his support for marriage rights for same-sex couples in a statement when he announced in 2008 he would be a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus.

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Candidates for RI Governor promise to support Freedom to Marry

The Associated Press
February 9, 2010

Both Democrats running for governor and former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, an independent candidate, will publicly pledge to sign a freedom to marry bill if elected, Marriage Equality Rhode Island said Monday. The pledges come as gay rights activists hope to capitalize on the departure of anti-gay Republican Gov. Don Carcieri, a staunch social conservative who's term limit has run out. [Link]

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