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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Marriage Equality – A Priority For Immigrants?

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.

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Cuomo in step with Dems on social issues

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.

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DOJ Files DOMA Defense in First Circuit Cases

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.

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Change in passport language is boon to gay rights activists

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.

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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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Opponents of marriage equality launch $100,000 ad campaign

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.

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Catholic lawmakers backing marriage equality

Elected officials who are Catholic are stepping up to support marriage equality—often despite heavy-handed tactics by the Catholic hierarchy.

Political figures know that Catholics in the electorate continue to grow in their acceptance of marriage equality for LGBT people.

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