Postedon Jan 24, 2011 at 10:45 am
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.
Postedon Jan 24, 2011 at 09:30 am
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.
Postedon Jan 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Marriage equality may not be the top priority for many New Yorkers, but even queer immigrant activists agree that its passage would expand civil rights in the state and codify the fundamental dignity of LGBT individuals and their families.
Postedon Jan 14, 2011 at 02:30 pm
Much of the focus in the first two weeks of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s term has been on the state’s financial crisis, and the new governor’s fiscally conservative prescriptions: a public employee wage freeze, spending cuts, a property tax cap.
Cuomo, a Democrat, is more in step with his party when it comes to social issues.
Postedon Jan 14, 2011 at 09:00 am
Thursday, the Department of Justice filed its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a single filing for both Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States.
This past July, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that Section Three of DOMA -- which sets a federal definition for "marriage" and spouse" -- is unconstitutional.
Postedon Jan 12, 2011 at 03:00 pm
Riding the momentum from the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and the State Department's adoption of more gender-neutral language on passport applications, gay rights activists are pressing for more changes to federal policies that are unfavorable for the LGBT community.
Postedon Jan 12, 2011 at 11:30 am
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.
Postedon Jan 11, 2011 at 03:00 pm
The local chapter of the National Organization for Marriage plans to launch a $100,000 TV advertising campaign aimed at defeating the legalization of marriage for same-sex couples in Rhode Island.