House marriage equality bill in Maryland gets 58 sponsors

Maryland House Majority Leader Kumar Barve today submitted the House plan to legalize marriage for same-sex couples -- a proposal backed by 58 delegates who have signed on as co-sponsors.

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Marriage equality arguments: This is about rights, speakers say

A passionate debate took place at a legislative meeting in Iowa on Monday about a proposal that could ultimately eliminate the freedom to marry in Iowa.

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“Nothing says family like the word marriage”

For Maryland couple Chris Williams and Juan McCoy, family definitely comes first.

But as a gay couple, Chris and Juan can't get married in their home state.

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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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DesMoines Register: Iowa amendment eliminates many rights

The DesMoines Register editorial board: "The language proposed by 56 House Republicans Wednesday would amend the Iowa Constitution to say: 'Marriage between one man and one woman shall be the only legal union valid or recognized in this state.' That bans not only the marriages of same-sex couples but civil unions and any other domestic partnership. That should worry all Iowans."

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Momentum in Maryland

Sen. Richard S. Madaleno, Maryland's only openly gay state senator, announced on Tuesday that he will be introducing a marriage bill.

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Parenting by gays more common in the south, census shows

According to census data, child rearing among same-sex couples is more common in the South than in any other region of the country.

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Charles Barkley speaks out against anti-gay discrimination

Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, Charles Barkley, spoke out Monday during a pre-game tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. against anti-gay discrimination.

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Court rejects appeal over DC marriage equality law

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from opponents of marriage equality who want to overturn the District of Columbia's freedom to marry law.

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Retired minister: Who’s to say who can marry whom?

Milt Hankins, a retired minister from Ashland, KY says, "Gays have the right to love whomever they fall in love with. They have the right to spend their lives with the person they love. They should absolutely have the same civil rights afforded everyone else."

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