No one should be denied equal right to marry

Morning Sentinel
January 19, 2009
The editorial board of the Maine newspaper writes, "We support this move to legalize gay marriage in Maine. And we do so for the very same reasons we supported gay marriage in Massachusetts six years ago. Our reasoning now is the same as it was then, and we see no reason to reinvent our arguments." (Link)

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Obama’s Gay Marriage Flip Flop: He Was For It Before He Was Against It

Huffington Post
January 14, 2009
Gabriel Rotello discusses the recent release of information proving Obama's prior support for marriage equality and a study by Freedom to Marry on re-election of pro-marriage legislators: "So memo to all upcoming progressive candidates (and the President Elect): Take a look at the Freedom to Marry study, take a look inside your heart, and take a stand to do the right thing. You know you want to. And now you know that it won't even hurt." (Link)

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Marriage equality bill being introduced in Maine

Associated Press
January 13, 2009
The marriage issue moved onto the legislative agenda Tuesday as supporters of the idea said this is the time to recognize marriages between same-sex couples -- even if the debate comes amid major concerns in the State House over budget cutbacks and their impact. (Link)

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Advocates energized despite political loss

Star Bulletin
January 12, 2009
Key legislators say they are willing to discuss the marriage and civil union measures. (Link)

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New Study Shows Pro-Marriage Legislators Win Elections

Freedom to Marry
January 12, 2009
Contrary to some political expectations, voting to support the freedom to marry and opposing anti-marriage measures helps rather than hurts politicians, a new study Pro-Marriage Legislators Win Elections released by Freedom to Marry unequivocally shows. A review of all of these votes from 2005 to the present shows that legislators who vote to end marriage discrimination for same-sex couples are consistently re-elected. (Link)

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Push for Marriage Meets Election Concerns in NJ

The New York Times
January 1, 2009
Though political leaders in N.J. are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, the governor and all 80 members of the Assembly are up for re-election in November, which may delay a vote on the issue. [Link]

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No bargaining over marriage in N.Y.

Southern Voice Online
December 10, 2008
"Certainly, civil rights and human rights and the well-being of all New Yorkers should not be subject to any kind of political deal," he said. "I continue to believe that the New York Legislature will consider and pass a marriage bill, and the governor will sign it, provided we do our work of lining up more votes and continuing to add to the majority of New Yorkers who favor the freedom to marry." [Link]

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Vermont lawmaker to introduce marriage equality bill

Associated Press
November 19, 2008
Vermont State Sen. John Campbell says he's going to introduce a marriage equality bill in January. (Link)
Learn more about what's going on in Vermont.

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Proposition 8 Passage Generates Lawsuits and Battle Over Meaning

Leonard Link
November 11, 2008
Many people have questions about what the current court challenges are in California, and this article sums them up stating, "All three of these cases proceed on a similar theory: that the enactment of Proposition 8 was invalid because it is actually a 'revision' of the California Constitution rather than a mere amendment." If the Court decides that it is actually a "revision," then its enactment through the initiative process is unauthorized and it will be stricken from the state constitution by the Court. [Link]

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Advocates vow action on marriage equality

Brattleboro Reformer
November 11, 2008
The Vermont Commission on Family Recognition and Protection held eight public hearings, and while the final report largely supported equal marriage rights, it did not recommend that the Legislature move ahead with the issue, but rather stressed that it was up to lawmakers to determine which course to take. (Link)
Learn more about the progress toward marriage equality in Vermont.

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