PHOTOS: Advocates testify in support of marriage at first Rhode Island hearing

On Tuesday, the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a bill that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples throughout Rhode Island. Supporters of the marriage law were able to share testimony on the bill. Check out 6 photos from the day of the hearing to catch up!

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Minnesotans United looks to finish the job of winning marriage in MN in 2013

In November, Minnesotans United for All Families, led the campaign to defeat an anti-gay constitutional amendment in Minnesota. Now, the organization is aiming to complete the cycle by winning marriage for same-sex couples across the state of Minnesota in 2013!

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Illinois legislature introduces freedom to marry bill on first day of new session

Yesterday was the first day of the 2013 legislative session in Illinois, and IL state Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Greg Harris wasted no time introducing bills to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in the state. Illinois Unites for Marriage, which includes Freedom to Marry, is working alongside legislators to pass the bill in 2013.

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Illinois marriage bill passes out of Senate Committee, signaling momentum in 2013

Yesterday, the Illinois Senate Executive Committee voted to advance a bill that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in the state. The decision marked the first time that a legislative body in Illinois has ever voted in favor of the freedom to marry, and it signals that momentum is on our side for the next legislative session.

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Marriage bills introduced in Rhode Island House and Senate

Yesterday evening, just three days into the 2013 legislative session, legislators in Rhode Island introduced bills that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in both the House and the Senate.

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Marriage in Illinois garners new supporters and an imminent Senate vote

It's a busy week for the freedom in Illinois, which could become the tenth state in the country to approve the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Diverse groups of people in Illinois are speaking up and standing together for marriage as the state Senate makes moves on the legislation.

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2013 kicks off with big marriage movement in Illinois and Rhode Island

We're just two days in 2013, and already we're seeing big movements on the freedom to marry in key state legislatures for this year. In Illinois, legislators are debating the freedom to marry today, aiming for approval by January 8. And in Rhode Island, advocates are introducing the bill tomorrow.

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Congressman Hanna becomes 2nd Republican cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act

Today, Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY) announced his support for the Respect for Marriage Act, bill HR-1116, which would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Congressman Hanna is the 159th cosponsor of the bill and the second Republican cosponsor.

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Assistant Democratic Leader signs on to Respect for Marriage Act

This week, Congressman James Clyburn became the 157th member of the House of Representatives to sign on as a cosponsor for the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. He also rounds out the support from the Democratic Leadership in the House.

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House Speaker says Rhode Island will vote on marriage in 2013

This morning, Gordon Fox, the Speaker of the House in Rhode Island, said that he plans to bring the freedom to marry to a vote in the state House of Representative next year.

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