Voice for Equality: Laura Ricketts

Laura Ricketts is co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and CEO of Ecotravel.com. Ricketts is also a board member of Lambda Legal and the Housing Opportunities for Women organization.

Ricketts' ownership stake in the Cubs is uniquely noteworthy because it makes her the first openly gay owner of a major-league sports franchise.

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Iowa Justices defend ruling on the freedom to marry

Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justice David Baker told the editorial board at the Cedar Rapids Gazette that opponents misinterpret the Iowa Constitution in their arguments that the court was wrong in 2009 in striking down a state law that said marriage was between a man and a woman.

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Freedom to marry critics try to oust Iowa justices

A heated campaign is under way in Iowa, where conservatives hope to unseat three of the state's Supreme Court justices following a ruling last year that cleared the way for the freedom to marry.

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Marriage equality IS on the ballot this year

Make no mistake—marriage equality IS on the ballot this year, and in several states around the country we have an opportunity to take enormous steps towards ending discrimination against gay and lesbian families.

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A hitch in getting hitched

Although many Chicago-area couples are content to keep their events local, increasingly gays and lesbians are pairing local commitment ceremonies with out-of-town events that give their partnerships legal sanction. Ted Grady, co-owner of J&L Catering, which does full-service event planning as well as catering, says that desire to make it legal is one of several trends he has seen in same-sex commitment ceremonies in recent years.

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Freedom to marry law an economic boon for CT

On Oct. 10, 2008, the Connecticut Supreme Court legalized marriage for same-sex couples, and since then an estimated 2,500 gay and lesbian couples have traveled here to be joined, generating what one economist calculates has been a $40 million stimulus for restaurants, hotels, wedding photographers and caterers.

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National Organization for Marriage, What Are You Hiding?

As the National Organization for Marriage attempts to evade election laws across the country, Freedom to Marry's Executive Director Evan Wolfson explains what NOM has to hide.

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NOM seeks to influence November elections

The anti-marriage equality National Organization for Marriage filed federal court lawsuits in Florida, New York and Rhode Island challenging the states’ campaign finance laws.

The organization has cited the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment to void restrictions on political advertising and campaign-finance disclosure laws in the three states.

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Iowa chief justice won’t fight ouster campaign

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus said Thursday that she and two other justices have no plans to launch a counter-campaign against gay rights opponents seeking to unseat them for supporting last year's unanimous decision legalizing the freedom to marry.

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Editorial: Fair Courts in the Cross-Fire

The New York Times editorial board criticizes campaigns against justices around the country, including an anti-gay campaign against the three Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of marriage for lesbian and gay couples in the state.

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