Senator Levin cosponsors the Respect for Marriage Act

Today, Senator Carl Levin announced that he will become the 31st Senate sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill that will overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

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Evan Wolfson answers the question: Is the Freedom to Marry Inevitable?

In a speech marking Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the University of Michigan Law School, Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson pulled lessons from Dr. King's battles for equality and applied them to today's fight to end marriage discrimination.

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Affairs of the Heart in the Heartland: Evan Wolfson to Speak in Midwest about Marriage

Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson will be speaking next week at both the University of Michigan and Ohio State University.

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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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Wyoming and nine other states file anti-gay Amicus Brief in Prop 8 Appeal

Wyoming and nine other states have filed an anti-gay amicus brief in the Prop 8 appeal case saying the Constitution does not require marriage to include same-sex couples and that states, not federal courts, have final say in whether to honor the freedom to marry.

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Voice for Equality: Eminem comes out in favor of the freedom to marry

Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, answers questions about his new album which features a more confessional, less violent tone.

When asked in June of 2010 about his gay-bashing lyrics in the past and what his current view is on marriage equality, he answered, "I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want."

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One very gay time

Deb Price writes about the changes in her personal relationship and America in general since the beginning of her ground-breaking nationally syndicated column in a mainstream newspaper about life from a gay perspective.

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Op-Ed: COLUMN: Setback for Gay Rights in Maine, But Hope Elsewhere

The Detroit News
November 16, 2009
Deb Price highlights advances for LGBT equality in Wash. state, Kalamazoo, Mich., and other areas of the nation during the 2009 election: "Momentum is now on the side of equality, even when setbacks make the biggest headlines." [Link]

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Voice for Equality: Michigan House Speaker Pro Tem, Pam Byrnes

Speaker Pro Tempore Pam Byrnes, is serving her third term in the Michigan House of Representatives. Her colleagues unanimously elected her to the position of Speaker Pro Tempore of the House this year, giving her the responsibility of running each session of the 110-member body from the rostrum. As Chair of the House Transportation Committee, a key leadership position, Byrnes focuses on the development of Michigan's mass transit systems and improvement of our infrastructure. She also is a member of the Regulatory Reform Committee and the Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee. As a member of the House Committee on New Economy and Quality of Life, Byrnes is working to promote job growth by attracting and nurturing high tech businesses to Michigan. She also was recently appointed to the Biosciences Subcommittee which will focus on helping grow the bioscience industry in Michigan. Learn more here.

Following up on an announcement originally made in June of 2009, on November 4, 2009, Speaker Byrnes announced she was introducing legislation to roll back a 2004 constitutional amendment which bans same-sex marriage in the state of Michigan. In announcing the move, she stated:
This really boils down to treating all people with the dignity and respect everyone deserves. So many of us were raised to treat others how we’d like to be treated — it’s about time we start actually doing that. Last time I checked the Golden Rule didn’t say ‘treat others how you’d like to be treated, unless they are gay or lesbian. [Link]
Freedom to Marry salutes Pam Byrnes as a Voice for Equality! See other Voices for Equality here.

If Speaker Byrne's support inspires you - get involved!

**Make your NOMINATION for a Voice for Equality today!

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Byrnes Calls for Repeal of Michigan’s Ban on Marriages between Same-Sex Couples

The Michigan Messenger
November 4, 2009
Michigan House Speaker Pro Tem, Pam Byrnes, on Wednesday announced she had introduced legislation to roll back a 2004 constitutional amendment which bans marriage equality in the state. “This really boils down to treating all people with the dignity and respect everyone deserves,” she said. [Link]

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