Five Minutes with Eleanor Holmes Norton

Washington, D.C.’s only congressional representative, Eleanor Holmes Norton, talks with Campus Progress about her city’s new freedom to marry law.

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Same-Sex Couples face higher Health Costs

Each year as the April 15 tax deadline nears, Shane Snowden is reminded how much more she pays for health coverage for her same-sex partner than her heterosexual colleagues pay for their spouses' benefits.

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Poll finds California Support growing for the Freedom to Marry

A new poll finds that for the first time, more Californians support marriage equality than oppose it.

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Equality California announces Online and In-Person Marriage Roundtables

Let California Ring—a coalition of more than 50 local, state-wide and national organizations led by Equality California Institute—has been looking closely at which messages about the freedom to marry are the most effective, who the best messengers are and how audiences receive those messages.

Let California Ring coalition member, Freedom to Marry, has just completed a new study of which messages and messengers have been most effective over the past five years in California and across the country. Before we go any further, we want to share what we’ve learned and get your ideas on messaging via an Online Marriage Roundtable this Thursday, March 25 at 5:30pm.

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A way forward on Marriage Equality

The gay rights movement needs to strengthen its ties with the black community. To do so, it should be wary of claiming that marriage equality is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Such a claim is off-putting to the African American community, according to a new study from the Arcus Foundation.

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Research Supports Gay Parents

A recent systematic review of scientific research — 81 studies spanning the past 20 years — about how parents’ gender affects child-rearing outcomes found no evidence to support the claim that children need both a mother and a father.

How can this be? The studies that supposedly “proved” that children need a mother and a father compared children with two married parents against those with single, divorced or never-married parents.

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Christian Group says Marriage Equality more dangerous than Smoking

According to Iowa Family Policy Center President, Chuck Hurley, homosexual activity is “more dangerous for individuals who engage in it than is smoking,” and because of this, state lawmakers need to pass a constitutional amendment overturning last year’s Iowa Supreme Court decision which supports same-sex couples entering into committed, government sanctioned marriages.

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Ban on Freedom to Marry increases Anxiety

U.S. researchers have found an increase in psychiatric disorders among the lesbian, gay and bisexual populations living in states that have banned the freedom to marry.

Senior author Deborah Hasin, a professor of clinical epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and colleagues at the New York state Psychiatric Institute and Harvard University analyzed data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.

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Corvino: What’s love got to do with it?

Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, John Corvino, responds to comments by opponents of the freedom to marry.

He points out that though many opposed to marriage equality want to cling to a strict definition of marriage, "...marriage does not lend itself to a pithy definition. Whatever marriage is, its definition won’t be like, 'A triangle is a three-sided plane figure.'”

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Does the gender of parents really matter?

Psychology Today
February 1, 2010

The assumption that children need both a mother and a father has been used by proponents of Proposition 8 to argue against the freedom to marry. To what extent does this assumption match the findings from scientific studies? In a new study, researchers found no evidence of gender-based parenting abilities, noting that very little about the gender of the parent has significance for children's psychological adjustment and social success. [Link]

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