U.S. Supreme Court puts 4th Circuit ruling on hold

Today, August 20, the United States Supreme Court granted a request for a stay in this summer's marriage ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that ordered the freedom to marry in Virginia and paved the way for the freedom to marry in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.

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4th Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of the freedom to marry in Virginia case

Today the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA ruled in favor of same-sex couples’ freedom to marry, upholding a marriage ruling out of Virginia from February.

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TODAY: 4th Circuit Appeals Court hears oral arguments in Virginia marriage case

This week, on Tuesday, May 13, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond will hear oral arguments in Bostic v. Rainey, a federal lawsuit that seeks the freedom to marry in Virginia.

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Southerners urge mayors to support the freedom to marry with Change.org

This month, Freedom to Marry is working to Light Up the Map by urging mayors from all across the United States to voice their support for marriage for same-sex couples and become Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.

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SC Senator who led anti-marriage charge says he supports the freedom to marry

This week, John Hawkins, a Republican who served in the South Carolina General Assembly from 1996 to 2008 and spent the last eight years of his term as a Senator, spoke out about the freedom to marry, expressing regret for leading the charge to pass an anti-marriage amendment in SC in 2006.

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Couples across the south stand up for marriage with the Campaign for Southern Equality

For the past week, the Campaign for Southern Equality has been touring across the South with its "We Do" campaign, where same-sex couples request marriage licenses and provoke denials in order to illustrate the discriminatory marriage laws in these states. Check out stories and video from the campaign!

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‘We Do’ campaign will confront marriage discrimination across the south

For over a year, the Campaign for Southern Equality has been leading the We Do campaign, where same-sex couples request - and are denied - marriage licenses in their home communities. As they gear up for Stage 4 of their campaign, Freedom to Marry spoke with Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, the organization's Executive Director.

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Wyoming and nine other states file anti-gay Amicus Brief in Prop 8 Appeal

Wyoming and nine other states have filed an anti-gay amicus brief in the Prop 8 appeal case saying the Constitution does not require marriage to include same-sex couples and that states, not federal courts, have final say in whether to honor the freedom to marry.

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Voice For Equality: Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert is an American political satirist, writer, comedian and television host. He is the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, a satirical news show in which Colbert portrays a caricatured version of conservative political pundits. Colbert wrote and performed on the short-lived Dana Carvey Show before collaborating with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello on the cult television series Strangers with Candy. He gained considerable attention for his role on the latter as closeted, gay history teacher Chuck Noblet. It was his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's news-parody series The Daily Show (for which Mr. Colbert won three Emmy Awards for writing), however, that first introduced him to a wide audience. Since its debut, The Colbert Report has been successful, establishing itself as one of Comedy Central's highest-rated series, earning Colbert three Emmy nominations and an invitation to perform as featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in 2006. Colbert was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in 2006, and his book, I Am America (And So Can You!), was No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller List. Learn more here. Mr. Colbert has been a tireless satirist of anti-gay groups' efforts to use fear and falsehoods to influence opinions about marriage equality. After the propagandist "Gathering Storm" video was released by the National Organization for Marriage in April 2009, Mr. Colbert ran a parody on The Colbert Report poking holes in NOM's logic and arguments:





Then on the October 26, 2009 Colbert Report, Mr. Colbert found some comedic truths while pursuing the logic of domestic-partnership opponents in Washington State to its absurd conclusions:

here. If Mr. Colbert's comedic support inspires you, take action! Link to No on 1/Protect Maine Equality to find out how you can help with the vital work of preserving marriage equality in Maine! **Make your NOMINATION for a Voice for Equality today!

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Freedom to Marry salutes Stephen Colbert as a Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality

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How the ’Family Values’ Political Scandals May Benefit Marriage Equality

EDGE Boston
July 5, 2009
One by one, the so-called "family values" Republicans--including those considered potential 2012 presidential candidates--are falling like dominoes. They preach about the sanctity of marriage and the importance of a man and a woman raising children, then get caught with their pants down (literally). Attorney Evan Wolfson, founder and executive director of Freedom to Marry, said of "family values" politicians like Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina, "These people run around the country denying encouragement and support for gay families. That’s the hypocrisy of their position." How, then can marriage equality advocates use the "family values" politicians committing marital indiscretions to their advantage? "I think that their hypocrisy speaks for itself and helps move the case for legalization forward," Wolson said. "Because many of them have been the bomb-throwing leaders of the anti-gay campaign, every time one of them is taken out it allows for the fair-minded to think anew and move in the right direction." [Link]

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