New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee advances marriage bill

On an 8 to 4 vote, New Jersey's Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance a bill to extend marriage to gay and lesbian couples

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Committee vote on NJ’s marriage bill scheduled for next week

Next Tuesday (01/24), New Jersey's Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing and vote on S.1, the bill to extend marriage to gay and lesbian couples.

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Legislative leaders announce introduction of a marriage bill in NJ

One day before the new legislature is sworn in, legislative leaders and marriage advocates in New Jersey announced that a marriage bill will be at the top of the legislative agenda in 2012.

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All New Jersey Democrats cosponsor the Respect for Marriage Act

With the addition of Senator Bob Menendez and Representative Bill Pascrell, all members of New Jersey's Democratic Congressional Delegation have signed on as cosponsors of the bill to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

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NJ couples file lawsuit demanding recognition of their marriages

On Wednesday, Garden State Equality, seven New Jersey same-sex couples and their families filed a lawsuit against the state demanding that their relationships be recognized as marriage, not civil unions.

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Turning Anti-Marriage Arguments Back on Themselves

Freedom to Marry's New Media Intern gives his take on – and takes apart – some of the criticism leveled at President Obama's decision to stop defending DOMA in court.

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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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The state of Marriage Equality in 2011

After a 2010 with few marriage equality measures contested outside the courtroom, 2011 will likely see a number of battles state by state across the country.

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Freedom to Marry announces expansion plans

The first high-profile fundraiser of the year for marriage equality provided the occasion Thursday for Freedom to Marry to step forward as the campaign to win marriage nationwide, with plans that include an expanded public education effort and a new presence in Washington, D.C.

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A rude shock at Christmas

A NJ civil union provided no protection for Peruvian man abruptly deported.

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