Olson surprises many conservatives by seeking to overturn freedom to marry ban

Ted Olson recently told the law students gathered on a spring evening in the luxe D.C. offices of his firm, Gibson, Dunn and Cruthcher, that the California Prop 8 case "is the most compelling, emotionally moving, important case that I have been involved in in my entire life." Result: Standing O. Another jury persuaded.

Olson will try to repeat the performance Wednesday in a federal courthouse in San Francisco when he presents closing arguments in a potentially groundbreaking trial in which he and his political odd-couple partner David Boies are asking a federal judge to overturn Prop 8, which their suit says violates the U.S. Constitution's due process and equal protection clauses.

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EXCLUSIVE: LGBT leaders tackle media coverage of community as Pride Month gets rolling

With LGBT Pride month now underway, Media Matters contacted various LGBT advocacy organizations and leaders - including Freedom to Marry's own Communications Director, Sean Eldridge - for their thoughts on media coverage of the LGBT community thus far in 2010.

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Poll: With higher visibility, less disapproval for gays

Seventy-seven percent of Americans now say they know someone who is gay or lesbian, a new CBS News poll finds - an increase of 35 percentage points since 1992, when a majority of Americans said they did not.

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Dobson’s successor, Daly, gives Focus on the Family new focus

Jim Daly of Focus on the Family: "There's a lot of people in the U.S. [who] basically come to the conclusion that this [the freedom to marry] is something between two adults. I will continue to defend traditional marriage, but I'm not going to demean human beings for the process."

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Meet Harold and Clay

The horrific story of Clay Greene and Harold Scull has struck a nerve in many of us.

Quite simply, this case demonstrates how our relationships as LGBT people are so fragile, especially when we reach our later years. Just one small incident, in this case a fall down some steps, sends the world crashing down.

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Hospital visitation, Obama and marriage equality

In an Op-Ed piece for The Washington Post, Jonathan Capehart says: "'The New York Times/CBS News' poll that has gotten a ton of attention because it put a face on the Tea Party movement had interesting data on Americans' view of the freedom to marry. The nation isn't nearly as ready as I'd like it to be, but it's getting there."

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Obama elevates hospital rights of same-sex couples and their families

President Obama directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Thursday to ensure that hospitals participating in Medicaid or Medicare will allow patients to designate who may visit them as well as name their primary caretaker and decision maker.

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GLAD’s DOMA Challenge Heads to Court May 6

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, the Federal District Court in Boston will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in the case of Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, brought by GLAD in March 2009.

The hearing will address the central issue of the case – is DOMA constitutional? –six years after the first same-sex couples in the country started marrying in Massachusetts, the result of GLAD’s groundbreaking marriage case, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.

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Majority in California support the freedom to marry, Times/USC poll finds

Marriage equality got majority support in the latest Los Angeles Times/USC poll -- much like a similar poll by the Public Policy Institute of California earlier this spring. Registered voters surveyed in the latest poll said 52% to 40% that “same-sex couples should be allowed to become legally married in the state of California.”

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Freedom to Marry Advocates Bide Time in Maryland

When Attorney General Douglas Gansler issued his February opinion recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples from out of state, it made Maryland the next state to watch on the freedom to marry.

But instead of using the opinion to launch a renewed effort to legalize marriage equality in Maryland, advocates are taking a different, counterintuitive tack: Stalling.

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