State Department deletes ‘Mother, ‘Father’ from forms for more correct ‘Parent One, ‘Parent Two’

No more "Mother" and "Father" for the Obama administration's State Department.

The department has announced that it is replacing the traditional parental designations on its passport applications (see above) with the more contemporaneously correct "Parent One" and "Parent Two."

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Cicilline becomes 4th openly gay Congress member

David Cicilline, the former mayor of Providence, was sworn in Wednesday afternoon, along with the other members of the 112th Congress.

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Op-Ed: End the impeachment war on judges

Bert Brandenburg: "For more than 200 years, a safety barrier has protected our nation's courts and our democracy. No matter how controversial the case or unpopular the ruling, no state or federal judge has been impeached for an opinion issued from the bench."

"In the next few months, that may change. The fight is being waged by political operatives in Iowa, but every state should be watching."

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Rhode Island tip sheet: marriage equality smackdown

A summary of the status of marriage equality legislation in Rhode island in 2011. The battle kicked off yesterday when state Representative Art Handy and state Senator Rhoda Perry introduced marriage equality bills.

Evan Wolfson: “We are certainly very hopeful.”

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Pro-LGBT officials sworn into office in California

California state officials recently sworn into office include: Attorney General, Kamala Harris, Governor Jerry Brown, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Victoria Kolakowski, and Betty Yee, a member of the California Board of Equalization. Harris: "And in the spirit of Earl Warren, we are going to fight for the civil rights of every Californian – to worship as you will ... to live and work where you choose ... and to marry the person you love."

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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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Cuomo calls for marriage equality in New York in 2011

New York governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his first State of the State address Wednesday and called for the passage of the marriage equality bill in 2011:

“We believe in justice for all, then let’s pass marriage equality this year once and for all."

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New Rhode Island governor calls for marriage equality

The newly-elected governor of Rhode Island has used his first speech to urge the legalization of the freedom to marry:

"When marriage equality is the law in Rhode Island, we honor our forefathers who risked their lives and fortune in the pursuit of human equality. Rhode Island today must be as welcoming to all as [founder] Roger Williams intended it to be. Mark my words, these two actions will do more for economic growth in our state than any economic development loan."

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Andrew Cuomo installed; David Paterson to become a marriage equality activist?

As Andrew Cuomo was installed as New York's 56th governor on Saturday, outgoing David Paterson suggested he'll become a marriage equality advocate.

As a candidate, the 53-year-old Cuomo said he wanted to be the governor that signs a freedom to marry bill into law.

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Wolfson/Gallagher ‘Economist’ debate continues - cast your vote today

Freedom to Marry's executive director, Evan Wolfson, and NOM's Maggie Gallagher have been engaged in an online debate on The Economist's website since Monday.

Check out the latest debate comments and cast your vote today.

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