Marriage equality supporters plan new vote in NY Senate

New York's most influential advocates for gay rights say the chances are better than ever to legalize the freedom to marry, even in a Republican-controlled Senate.

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Colorado lawmaker plans to introduce civil-unions bill

A state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill next year that would make Colorado the fourth state to recognize civil unions.

Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, said he believes the majority of Coloradans support civil unions and oppose gays being treated unfairly.

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Vander Plaats’ actions in Iowa self-serving

The WCF Courier's editorial board points out that after scoring a victory of sorts when Iowa voters decided not to retain three Iowa Supreme Court justices last month, Bob Vander Plaats is at it again.
,br/>This time he's calling for the remaining four justices to step down from the state's high court. His request is in response to the court's unanimous April 2009 ruling that effectively legalized the freedom to marry in Iowa.

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Gay rights take center stage in N.Y.

A new phase in the politics of the gay rights movement that could have an even larger impact on the 2012 cycle has begun.

In New York, well-funded gay rights groups will seek to make support for the freedom to marry as mandatory in blue America as allegiance to the Second Amendment is in red America — and to make opposition just as politically suicidal.

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Rekha Basu: So much for the old civics rules

Iowa has been giving the country an odd civics lesson, one that seems to defy the rules you learned in school about honoring the respective roles of branches of government, and keeping religion and politics out of the judicial process.

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Op-Ed: Every day that passes brings broader acceptance of the freedom to marry in Maryland

The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board: "...the path toward legalizing the freedom to marry here looks clearer than ever — not because of any extraordinary event, or landmark court case, or massive protest march, but because one by one, Marylanders have grown comfortable with the idea that homosexuality is no reason to deny someone’s fundamental rights.

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ACLU of Iowa: Vander Plaats’ demands are irresponsible

The demands of Bob Vander Plaats for Iowa’s remaining four Supreme Court justices to resign is vengeful and irresponsible, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa said today.

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Pro-marriage equality Mark Dayton to be first Democratic Governor in Minnesota in 20 years

Republican Tom Emmer, a staunch opponent of LGBT rights and the freedom to marry (supported in the race by Target and Best Buy), has finally conceded defeat to Democrat Mark Dayton in Minnesota’s governor race — Dayton will become the state’s first Democratic governor in more than 20 years.

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With Democratic gains in state Senate, Maryland poised to approve marriage equality

A majority of senators on a key committee in Maryland now favor legalizing the freedom to marry, making it increasingly likely that the state will join five others and the District in allowing such unions.

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Will of voters should not guide judges

The Des Moines Register Editorial Board: Judges should never be discouraged from protecting the rights of minorities based on popular opinion of the electorate.

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