Established Gay-Rights Groups and Grassroots Marriage Activists Working Toward Common Goal

Established gay-rights organizations and newer grassroots activists don't always completely agree on strategy and tactics in the movement toward the freedom to marry.

There is consensus, however, that combining the strengths of both groups could be a significant step forward on the way to marriage equality.

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Judge supports another marriage of a gay couple in Argentina

A judge on Tuesday authorized two men to marry in Buenos Aires in what would be the country's second marriage of a gay couple.

In December, two Argentine men, Alex Freyre and Jose Maria Bello, became the first gay couple to legally marry in heavily Roman Catholic Latin America, after the governor of southernmost Tierra del Fuego province allowed them to wed in the provincial capital, Ushuaia.

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Initiatives trample rights, California Justice Moreno says

Ballot initiatives have been used to mislead the public and trample on the rights of minorities, says Carlos Moreno, a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality and the only California Supreme Court justice who voted to overturn the state's ban on the freedom to marry. "It's of great concern to me that certain basic rights, such as equal protection, the right to privacy and other fundamental rights, can be subject to change by simple majority vote," Moreno said in an interview last week while preparing to accept a gay-rights group's Equality Leadership Award.

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John Corvino: How to define the freedom to marry

Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, John Corvino says, "There is no single, standard “definitional argument.” There are, rather, various definitional arguments, and part of the problem is pinning down which one our opponents intend."

"In the hope of advancing the debate—or at least of showing that the moving target is indeed moving—I’d like to distinguish, and briefly respond to, four versions."

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Voice for Equality: Rev. James Forbes

The Reverend James Forbes is the Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church, an interdenominational (American Baptist and United Church of Christ) church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. He was the first African American minister to lead this multicultural congregation, and served it for 18 years.

Rev. Forbes is a proud signer of Freedom to Marry's Marriage Resolution.

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Gay rights activists gathering in Dallas for national conference this week

The Dallas Morning News

February 3, 2010

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's National Conference on LGBT Equality, Creating Change, begins Wednesday in Dallas, Texas. The conference is estimated to attract over 2,000 LGBT advocates from across the country including the newly-expanded team from Freedom to Marry. [Link]

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Social issues dominate Pennsylvania gubernatorial debate

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 29, 2010

The Democratic candidates for governor Friday night were sharply divided on the issue of legalizing the freedom to marry. Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel received applause from about 300 people gathered at the PA Progressive Summit when they said they support legislation to allow gays and lesbians to marry. [Link] See video below:

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Voice for Equality: Annise Parker

Annise Parker is the first openly gay mayor of Houston, Texas, the fourth most populous city in the U.S.

"...Texas lost marriage a few years ago. I really take the long view. We lose battles, but we're winning the hearts and minds of this war. And we just have to keep chipping away, coming out, being visible, integrating our concerns into the issues of our society at all levels, and we're going to get there."

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D.C. Marriage Bill Clears Hurdle

December 1, 2009
D.C. City Council members (including David Catania pictured above) voted 11-2 on Tuesday to pass a marriage equality bill, advancing the measure closer to final passage. The bill must pass a second vote before it reaches the desk of Mayor Adrian Fenty, who has pledged to sign it, and is sent to Congress for a required review. The second vote could come later this month. [Link]

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The Future of Marriage Equality in New Hampshire

Daily Kos
November 8, 2009
Laura Clawson discusses marriage equality in New Hampshire and concerns about its fate after the recent vote in Maine: "Those of us who want to see civil rights advanced have to be constantly vigilant, and get way out in front of any threat to equality." [Link]

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