Widower of gay Marine shown respect by Naval Academy, thanks to marriage

Though military officials were skeptical to hear the wishes of a widower of a gay Marine, they treated him as next of kin once he sent them a copy of his marriage license.

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Video: Iowa Democratic Chair urges lawmakers not to be distracted by marriage ban

Retaining the jobs we have and creating new ones, that's what Iowa's Democratic Chair says the state's lawmakers should be focusing on, not banning marriage equality.

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Conservative group: We won’t give up fight for marriage vote in Iowa Senate

A conservative group says it has only begun to fight for a vote of the people on marriage equality, despite a failed attempt to force a vote in the Iowa Senate Thursday.

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Senate Democrats in Iowa vote down push for ban on freedom to marry

A motion by Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson to suspend the Senate’s rules to allow a vote on a constitutional ban on the freedom to marry was defeated early Thursday morning on a party-line vote.

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Marriage equality arguments: This is about rights, speakers say

A passionate debate took place at a legislative meeting in Iowa on Monday about a proposal that could ultimately eliminate the freedom to marry in Iowa.

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Marriage equality could move forward in some U.S. states

A handful of U.S. states are poised to take up the issue of marriage equality afresh, due largely to incoming lawmakers who may tip the balance in favor of the controversial measure.

"The work of persuasion, of personal conversations, of talking to lawmakers and mobilizing against a well-funded anti-gay opposition" are among the primary tasks for the lobbying group Freedom to Marry, said founder Evan Wolfson. "With the freedom to marry within reach this year in states such as New York, Maryland and Rhode Island, now is the time to have those conversations and move marriage forward," he said.

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DesMoines Register: Iowa amendment eliminates many rights

The DesMoines Register editorial board: "The language proposed by 56 House Republicans Wednesday would amend the Iowa Constitution to say: 'Marriage between one man and one woman shall be the only legal union valid or recognized in this state.' That bans not only the marriages of same-sex couples but civil unions and any other domestic partnership. That should worry all Iowans."

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BREAKING NEWS: In Iowa, GOP lawmakers trying to take away marriage equality

The new Republican-dominated House today revealed the first step in its anti-gay agenda, introducing a joint resolution that would allow Iowans to vote on a constitutional amendment to ban the freedom to marry.

Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson said, "Government should be on the side of all families, not putting barriers in their path as they seek to care for their loved ones. And the constitution should be respected as a shield of fairness for all, not used as a weapon to discriminate and harm.”

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Freedom to Marry Urges Iowa Legislature to Protect Iowa Families, Reject Anti-Gay Amendment

A statement from Evan Wolfson, Founder and Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, urging the Iowa Legislature to reject a bill introduced today that would harm Iowa families by amending the state constitution to strip away the freedom to marry from same-sex couples and bar other protections for their families.

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New York Times: Impeachment as intimidation

The New York Times editorial board: "The nation’s democracy and cherished rights rely on keeping court decision-making above the fickle tugs of ordinary politics. Ousting judges to register disagreement with a particular court decision is a dangerous road to go down."

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