Marriage equality supporters urge California Supreme Court to reject federal appeals court request

An attorney for same-sex couples hoping to overturn Proposition 8 in federal court urged the California Supreme Court on Tuesday to reject a federal appeals court request to determine whether state law gives initiative sponsors legal authority to defend ballot measures.

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Maryland lawmakers expected to act on marriage equality

Maryland appears poised this year to expand the rights of same-sex couples, with the state legislature considering proposals on full marriage benefits as well as a compromise plan that would establish civil unions.

"This is about loving couples," Sean Eldridge, political director for the New York-based advocacy group Freedom to Marry, told lawmakers and supporters Tuesday at an event in Annapolis to promote gay marriage legislation.

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Obama: Mum on marriage

Despite increased pressure from gay and lesbian advocates to “evolve” his position on marriage equality a little sooner, President Barack Obama did not delve into the issue for his Tuesday evening State of the Union address, one that focused heavily on strengthening the economy and fostering innovation in the face of a fiercely competitive global market.

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Freedom to Marry’s Sean Eldridge in Maryland: ‘The time to pass this legislation is now’

Remarks by Sean Eldridge, Political Director of Freedom to Marry, at today's press conference Maryland.

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Freedom to Marry Calls on Maryland Legislature to Pass Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage Act

With the Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage Protection Act introduced today in the Maryland State Legislature, Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, calls for its swift approval.

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Opponents of anti-marriage-equality bill rally in Wyoming

The "equality rally" opposed House Bill 74, which passed its first two votes in the state House of Representatives Thursday and Friday. The bill prohibits the recognition of marriages of same-sex couples from outside of Wyoming.

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Maryland majority leaders sponsoring marriage equality bills

The majority leaders in both the Maryland House and Senate are acting as lead sponsors of bills this session legally honoring the marriages of same-sex couples, a symbolic move meant to underscore the momentum behind the legislation.

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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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Maryland marriage bill coming next week

Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Equality Maryland’s executive director, says a marriage bill is scheduled to be introduced next Tuesday at a time when her organization and most political observers believe supporters of the bill have the votes to pass it in both chambers.

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California court win for same-sex couples seeking benefits

In a victory for gay rights advocates, a federal judge has ruled that state employees in California can sue for discrimination over the federal government's exclusion of their same-sex spouses from a long-term health care program.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland denied an Obama administration request to dismiss the suit Tuesday and signaled that she is likely to overturn provisions of the 1996 so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples.

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