Uniting American Love

Prospects for reforming immigration law to allow foreign same-sex spouses to stay in the US on the same terms as those from different-sex couples are uncertain — irretrievably enmeshed in the broader, culturally explosive debate.

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Christian and Jewish clergy voice support for freedom to marry ruling

A dozen Christian and Jewish clergy offered support Wednesday for a U.S. District Court ruling in August that found California’s ban on marriage equality unconstitutional.

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Activists In Paraguay optimistic about upcoming Marriage Equality Debate

Supporters of the freedom to marry in Paraguay say they have a good chance of having marriage equality legislation approved.

The debate on whether to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in the Roman Catholic stronghold kicked off Saturday with two large demonstrations.

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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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Schwarzenegger expands unemployment benefits for gay couples

On Thursday, Governor Schwarzenegger (a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality) signed the Unemployment Benefits Act (AB 2055), which ensures that same-sex couples in California have access to unemployment benefits.

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Menendez Immigration Bill Includes Gay Rights Provision

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill yesterday, including a provision to extend family-based immigration for same-sex couples.

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Chris Quinn hails wins by pro-marriage candidates in New York primaries

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wasn’t claiming outright victory in Tuesday’s primary contests by candidates who favor legalizing the freedom to marry in NY, but she did say “the trend” is tipping in favor of that happening.

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New Ads to try to build public support for marriage equality in NY state

Advocates for the freedom to marry in New York, in a major departure from their strategy of lobbying political insiders, will begin making a direct appeal to ordinary voters in a series of commercials featuring Hollywood actors, fashion designers and civic leaders.

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Antigay democrat defeated in N.Y.

New York state senator Bill Stachowski, one of eight senate Democrats who voted against the marriage equality bill last year, has conceded to his primary opponent Tim Kennedy.

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Immigration overhaul could leave gay couples out

Though five states and D.C. issue marriage licenses to gay couples, a large number of the 24,000 so-called binational couples in long-term relationships live in states that do not allow or recognize gay marriage, and federal immigration laws do not allow sponsorship of foreign-born spouses for same-sex couples as they do for heterosexual U.S. citizens.

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