Social issues dominate Pennsylvania gubernatorial debate

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 29, 2010

The Democratic candidates for governor Friday night were sharply divided on the issue of legalizing the freedom to marry. Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel received applause from about 300 people gathered at the PA Progressive Summit when they said they support legislation to allow gays and lesbians to marry. [Link] See video below:

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Freedom to Marry Advocates in Maryland Thinking Long-Term

The Baltimore Sun
January 28, 2010

Maryland advocates for the freedom to marry don't anticipate big victories in the State House this year, despite the recent adoption of more permissive laws in DC, New Hampshire and elsewhere. Instead, proponents of marriage equality are thinking long-term, launching a fundraising and lobbying effort to target state legislators who are opposed to the freedom to marry. [Link]

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NOM robocalls attack pro-LGBT Mass. Senate candidate

January 16, 2010
The National Organization for Marriage is apparently sending out robocalls in Masschusetts smearing pro-LGBT Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley for supporting the freedom to marry and encouraging a vote for the Republican nominee in the election on Tuesday. [Link]

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Harold Ford voices support for marriage equality

New York Post
January 11, 2010
In a sign of his interest in running against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in this year's Democratic primary, ex-Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. yesterday publicly said for the first time that he was in favor of marriage for gay couples. [Link]

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NH State Rep: ‘Let NH Vote’ on Marriage

The Union Leader
January 5, 2010

A New Hampshire Republican state representative is leading an effort to bring an anti-gay constitutional amendment to voters this fall. The amendment would eliminate marriage equality in New Hampshire. [Link]

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Marriage Equality a Key Social Issue in Illinois Governor’s Race

Chicago Tribune
December 27, 2009
In the crowded Illinois governor's race, only Democratic Comptroller Dan Hynes and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney support legalizing marriage equality, while Gov. Pat Quinn backs civil unions with the same rights as those of married straight couples. None of the seven Republican candidates supports the freedom to marry. [Link]

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Maine marriage supporters plan to make it 2010 election issue

Seacoast Online
December 21, 2009

Maine marriage equality advocates have regrouped following repeal of the marriage law at the ballot Nov. 3, and they are working to put like-minded legislators in office in 2010. They also are planning to take a more personal approach with voters than they did in the months leading up to November — an approach that focuses less on identifying likely voters than it does on having conversations with people in the more rural, small-town pockets of Maine. (Link)

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Tobias Barrington Wolff:  A Test for LGBT Equality - Why I Support Dan Hynes for Illinois Governor

The Huffington Post
December 16, 2009
Democrats in Illinois are preparing to select their candidate for next year's race for Governor, and the primary election presents an important test in the fight for LGBT equality. Dan Hynes's candidacy can be a model for what a positive, pro-equality politics will look like in the Democratic Party. [Link] See video below:

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Texans: Are you really married? Maybe not.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
November 18, 2009
Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general, says that a 22-word clause in a 2005 state constitutional amendment banning marriage equality endangers the legal status of all marriages in the state. [Link]

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Iowa Conservatives Still Focused on Marriage Equality

The Associated Press
November 17, 2009
Some anti-gay activists in Iowa say they plan to make marriage equality a central issue in next year's legislative elections and governor's race. The activists say they want to lobby lawmakers to change the state's constitution to ban marriage equality and possibly push to oust the Iowa Supreme Court justices whose decision lifted the state's marriage ban. [Link]

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