Pro-Marriage Incumbents and Candidates Win Elections

Time and time again, pro-marriage incumbents and candidates across the country are benefiting from supporting the freedom to marry, showing that fairness and equality are values important to everyone.

Most recently in New York, Republicans who take a stand to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage are finding overwhelming support of their decision to stand up for fairness for all families.

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Mass. Legislature Repeals Discriminatory Law, Upholds Freedom to Marry for Out-Of-State Same-Sex Cou

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts just signed a law, effective immediately, which upholds marriage equality for same-sex couples from outside of Massachusetts to get married in MA. Both houses of the state legislature overwhelmingly voted in favor of the law which repealed a discriminatory law from 1913 that had blocked such marriages.

"The 1913 law is outdated and discriminatory; repealing it is the right thing to do," Patrick said in a statement Tuesday after the House passed the bill.

Couples traveling to Massachusetts should still be aware of their home state's marriage laws, which will determine whether or not their marriages are fully honored.

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New Ballot Language in California: Prop 8 Would Take Away the Freedom to Marry in California

Last week, the California Attorney General's office announced changes to the Proposition 8 ballot language which appropriately identifies the discrimination it promotes:

"ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY. Changes California Constitution to eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry."

Take action now to preserve the freedom to marry in California by talking to your friends and family about how Prop. 8 takes away rights and why its important that fair-minded Californians vote no on Prop. 8 in November.

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Majority Oppose Discriminatory Anti-Marriage Initiative in California

The California Field Poll found a majority of Californians are against writing marriage discrimination into the California Constitution with Proposition 8. This latest poll performed in July 2008 reaffirmed similar findings from the Field Poll in May 2008.

Regarding the Field Poll results, Mark DiCamillo, director of the nonpartisan Field Poll said, "Starting out behind is usually an ominous sign for a proposition. Over 90 percent of propositions that start out behind get taken down." Such news reaffirms the extreme importance of work in California to protect marriage and ensure that fair-minded Californians vote no on Prop. 8 in November.

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U.S. Census Refuses to Count All Families

The Mercury News reported over the weekend, "The U.S. Census Bureau, reacting to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and other mandates, plans to edit the 2010 census responses of same-sex couples who marry legally in California, Massachusetts or any other state." Rather than counting all families, the Census Bureau will reassign married gay and lesbian couples as "unmarried partners" resulting in all families not being accounted for as federal programs receive money and support from the government. As the blog Leonard Link notes, "a marriage is a marriage, and should be counted as such."

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Marriage Equality=Happiness

As we celebrate all things American during the month of our nation's Independence Day, particularly our founding principles of freedom and fairness, a recently released study finds that indeed people who enjoy more freedom tend to be happier.

Connecting the dots, George Rodriguez writes an article in the Los Angeles Times, "Gay marriage: the key to happiness?" and says, "How exactly, you ask, is gay marriage connected with 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'?...social tolerance 'broadens the range of choices available to people,' thereby enhancing happiness for both the tolerant and the intolerant alike."

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A Toast To The Newlyweds in California, And A Vow To Protect Their Marriages

As the clock strikes 5pm on the west coast today, Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin will be married in San Francisco's City Hall. Together for more than half a century, Phyllis and Del are civil rights pioneers who have spent their lives together working for fairness and equality, and they will be the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license from the state of California.
California is now the second state to provide fairness for all families, and as with all civil rights achievements, the freedom to marry in California must be protected. While we witness this historic moment, remember that the most important action to take is to talk to friends and family members, neighbors and coworkers, about why this moment is so important for families in California and across our country.

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How Marriage Discrimination Affects Transgender Persons

Over the weekend, the New York Times published a story about the challenges faced by transgender persons as a result of the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The story highlights the confusion and insecurity faced as a result of the patchwork of state laws surrounding both marriage/partner recognition and transgender recognition. The couples profiled also pose the question of why they should have to ‘downgrade’ to a civil union after being married, reaffirming the inequality of civil unions to marriage.

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