States Update: Vote Delayed in MD, Calls to Let Marriage Resume in CA, Encouraging Polls in IA & NC

Two Maryland House members hold up the marriage bill vote, and California's Attorney General asks the federal appeals court to lift its order putting the Prop 8 decision on hold.

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VIDEO: Huge Turnout of Marriage Supporters at New Hampshire Hearing

More than 700 people packed the chamber to oppose repealing the freedom to marry in the state.

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Marriage Supporters Pack New Hampshire Hearing

The latest on today’s hearing on the two bills that would eliminate the freedom to marry in New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Marriage

The survey finds that 62% oppose a bill that would take away the freedom to marry in the state.

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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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APNewsBreak: Marriage equality not on New Hampshire GOP agenda

House Republicans have decided not to pursue a repeal of New Hampshire's marriage equality law this year and plan instead to focus their energy on finding ways to improve the state's financial footing.

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Marriage efforts heat up in key states

Josh Bell, Freedom to Marry's online content manager, highlights new opportunities and challenges in key states for the freedom to marry in 2011.

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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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NH Op-Ed: Focus on budget, not marriage

Nashua Telegraph: "Reviving the marriage equality issue now distracts lawmakers in New Hampshire from more important matters and could throw hundreds of married couples into a legal limbo for months, if not years."

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Marriage equality bill to be introduced Thursday in Rhode Island

The drive to legalize the freedom to marry in Rhode Island will begin anew on Thursday, with the re-introduction in the House of a bill to honor the marriages of same-sex couples.

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