22 Senators endorse freedom to marry plank in 2012 National Democratic Platform

Today, the Washington Blade reported that 22 senators have joined a growing number of politicians and advocates who have endorsed including a freedom to marry plank in the Democratic Party’s 2012 national platform.

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Rev. John Buehrens—A Prophetic Calling

Rev. John Buehrens, a Unitarian Universalist minister, speaks about why the freedom to marry matters to him.

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City of Cambridge Pays Stipends to Married Same-sex Spouses to Offset Unfair Tax

The city of Cambridge has decided to pay a stipend to public employees with same-sex spouse to cover the additional tax such employees are saddled with if they cover their spouse under their employer-provided health insurance. Cambridge is the first municipality in the country to attempt to offset this additional, unjust tax placed on same-sex couples because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

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Seven Years Ago

Our National Campaign Director Marc Solomon reflects on the historic day seven years ago that the first gay and lesbian couples married in Massachusetts.

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Suits on Marriage Equality may force Administration to take a Stand

President Obama has balanced on a political tightrope for two years over the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the contentious 1996 law barring federal recognition of marriages of same-sex couples.

Now, two new federal lawsuits threaten to snap that rope out from under him.

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Bob Kerr: Life gets better when a daughter gets married

Bob Kerr reports on Tony and Sylvia DeLuca will go to the State House to testify in support of the bill legalizing marriage equality in Rhode Island.

Kerr: "They attended the wedding of their daughter Luisa to her partner Brenda Harvey last June in Provincetown, Mass., where marriage is as it should be — a matter of love and commitment between two people."

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“We Wanted to Be a Family”

Why do people get married? There are plenty of practical reasons that might not be so romantic – but for most of us, it's to bring a relationship to the next level. It's a declaration of love and commitment in front of family, friends, and the world. That was the reason for Chris Herbert and Tim Long.

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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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DOJ Files DOMA Defense in First Circuit Cases

Thursday, the Department of Justice filed its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a single filing for both Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States.

This past July, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that Section Three of DOMA -- which sets a federal definition for "marriage" and spouse" -- is unconstitutional.

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Maryland set to expand gay rights to include the freedom to marry

Maryland is poised to become the sixth state to legally honor the marriages of same-sex couples as proponents say they believe they have enough support to pass such a measure in the upcoming legislative session.

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