Postedon Feb 02, 2011 at 10:00 am
A handful of Senate Democrats who would be the deciding votes on an amendment to ban marriage equality said Tuesday they won't join minority Republicans to force a vote this year.
Barring a change of heart, that means the effort to allow a public vote on a constitutional amendment to ban the freedom to marry is dead in the Iowa Legislature this session.
Postedon Feb 01, 2011 at 04:57 pm
The Iowa House today passed a constitutional amendment that would ban marriage, civil union, and domestic partnerships for gay couples in the state. Proposed amendments to the state's constitution must be passed by two consecutive legislatures, then approved by referendum.
Postedon Feb 01, 2011 at 06:30 am
A recent study by The Williams Institute showing the South to be home to more gay parents than any other region in the nation demonstrates clearly why winning the freedom to marry nationally is crucial to gay and lesbian families.
Postedon Jan 31, 2011 at 08:00 pm
A statement from Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, on today’s signing of the Illinois Religious Freedom Protections and Civil Unions Act by Governor Quinn.
Postedon Jan 31, 2011 at 06:00 pm
A gay service member marrying will no longer be grounds for discharge after “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” is repealed, but federal law will keep the military from recognizing the marriage, officials said on Friday.
Postedon Jan 31, 2011 at 02:30 pm
Retaining the jobs we have and creating new ones, that's what Iowa's Democratic Chair says the state's lawmakers should be focusing on, not banning marriage equality.
Postedon Jan 31, 2011 at 01:37 pm
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.
Postedon Jan 31, 2011 at 11:30 am
While many gay or lesbian couples from Maryland got married in Washington, D.C., after that city legalized same-sex marriage last year, Barry Kessler and David Hankey have waited. The Arnold couple was a bit wary of a D.C. marriage. The Maryland attorney general says the state can recognize out-of-state marriages, but what if it didn't for some reason?
But the real reason they're waiting is less legal and more profound: They want "the real thing," as Hankey put it.
Postedon Jan 31, 2011 at 09:30 am
President Obama has balanced on a political tightrope for two years over the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the contentious 1996 law barring federal recognition of marriages of same-sex couples.
Now, two new federal lawsuits threaten to snap that rope out from under him.