11 gorgeous photos and a video of Shannon and Susan promising commitment in Kansas City

"When you fall in love - real love - marriage is the highest form of recognition of that love," Shannon Feldt said, explaining why couples like her and Susan McSpadden, who promised their commitment to each other last year in Kansas City - couples across the Midwest, couples across the South, and couples nationwide - need the freedom to marry.

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9 Senate Democrats who announced their support for the freedom to marry this week

In the past week, nine U.S. Senators have announced their support for the freedom to marry, explaining how their views have evolved and how they have come to understand that now is the time to stand on the Right Side of History.

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Polling continues to demonstrate impact of President Obama’s support for marriage

Nearly a month after President Barack Obama voiced his support for the freedom to marry, polls across the country continue to demonstrate the positive impact that his statement has had on public opinions on marriage.

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2,020 marriages of same-sex couples recorded in Iowa since last April

Out-of-staters made up 60 percent of same-sex couples married in Iowa since the freedom to marry became legal in April 2009, state officials reported Tuesday.

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Aging issues can be tougher for same-sex couples

Though aging is tough for everyone, it tends to be tougher for people who are gay, according to a report presented Wednesday at the annual conference of the National Council on Aging and the American Society on Aging in Chicago, Illinois.

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One Day We Will Always Have Had The Freedom To Marry

Rev. Dr. Daniel O'Connell discusses the progress made in the securing the freedom to marry and the support that comes from many religious groups: "...my church, and churches of other denominations embrace those [gay] relationships. Supporting the spiritual and religious growth of families is one of the reasons our church exists. And we Unitarian Universalists take the long view. We take the long view because most of us believe as Dr. King did, that 'the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.'”

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Late highway patrol trooper’s partner laments lack of legal protection

The Associated Press (Missouri)
February 1, 2010

Kelly Glossip is being denied the pension of his partner, Dennis Engelhard, a Missouri state trooper who was killed on Christmas Day. PROMO's A.J. Bockelman: "It really highlights the need for better protection for gay and lesbian couples. Same-sex couples (in Missouri) are not afforded any benefits or breaks in the law." [Link]

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Catholic Bishops Help Defeat Marriage Equality in Maine

KMOX.com
November 13, 2009
A total of 45 Catholic bishops, including many with St. Louis ties, contributed funds to the campaign supporting Maine's anti-gay Question 1, donating more than $180,000 to the effort. [Link]

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‘Kansas City Star’ Publishes Its First Marriage Announcement for a Same-Sex Couple

Editor & Publisher
July 6, 2009
The 'Kansas City Star' ended almost two months of controversy by publishing the marriage announcement of a same-sex couple this past weekend. In Sunday's "Celebrations" section, the Star ran the wedding announcement of Michael and Charles Hewitt, a gay couple from Missouri who were married in Iowa on May 17. The Star's reader representative, Derek Donovan, said, "Newspapers reflect the world around them, and there’s no reason for them to refuse an ad that simply states an objective fact. My experience tells me most readers agree." [Link]

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Same-Sex Couple’s Wedding Announcement Forces Change at Kansas City Star

Fox4KC
June 4, 2009

A metro couple didn't know or anticipate that they were making history, but their nuptial announcement led to a review and change of policy at the area's largest newspaper. (Link)

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