Marriage and civil union bills moving forward in multiple states

Things are moving fast in two states where winning the freedom to marry is a real possibility this year, and other states are moving ahead with civil union legislation.

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Bob Kerr: Life gets better when a daughter gets married

Bob Kerr reports on Tony and Sylvia DeLuca will go to the State House to testify in support of the bill legalizing marriage equality in Rhode Island.

Kerr: "They attended the wedding of their daughter Luisa to her partner Brenda Harvey last June in Provincetown, Mass., where marriage is as it should be — a matter of love and commitment between two people."

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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 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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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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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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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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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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