Maryland lawmakers expected to act on marriage equality

Maryland appears poised this year to expand the rights of same-sex couples, with the state legislature considering proposals on full marriage benefits as well as a compromise plan that would establish civil unions.

"This is about loving couples," Sean Eldridge, political director for the New York-based advocacy group Freedom to Marry, told lawmakers and supporters Tuesday at an event in Annapolis to promote gay marriage legislation.

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Freedom to Marry’s Sean Eldridge in Maryland: ‘The time to pass this legislation is now’

Remarks by Sean Eldridge, Political Director of Freedom to Marry, at today's press conference Maryland.

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Freedom to Marry Calls on Maryland Legislature to Pass Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage Act

With the Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage Protection Act introduced today in the Maryland State Legislature, Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, calls for its swift approval.

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Majority in Maryland supports marriage equality

51 percent of voters say they would favor a law in Maryland allowing same-sex couples to marry, while 44 percent opposed such a law and 5 percent gave no response.

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Freedom to Marry Calls on Wyoming Legislature to Keep Discrimination Out of the “Equality State”

A statement from Evan Wolfson, Founder and Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, urging the Wyoming State Legislature to reject a constitutional amendment that passed the House today that would specify that out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples would not be honored in Wyoming.

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Texas couple fights newspaper that rejected their wedding announcement

Dallas couple Mark Reed-Walkup and Dante Walkup are fighting for acknowledgment in the city's major newspaper, "The Dallas Morning News". After being legally married in Washington, D.C. in December, they submitted a paid marriage announcement to their local paper.

Innocuous, right? Not according to the paper, which denied their request on the grounds that their marriage is invalid in their home state of Texas.

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Opponents of anti-marriage-equality bill rally in Wyoming

The "equality rally" opposed House Bill 74, which passed its first two votes in the state House of Representatives Thursday and Friday. The bill prohibits the recognition of marriages of same-sex couples from outside of Wyoming.

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“We Wanted to Be a Family”

Why do people get married? There are plenty of practical reasons that might not be so romantic – but for most of us, it's to bring a relationship to the next level. It's a declaration of love and commitment in front of family, friends, and the world. That was the reason for Chris Herbert and Tim Long.

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Op-Ed: A gay agenda for everyone

Dan Savage discusses why he believes President Obama should address gay rights - specifically marriage equality - in his State of the Union speech this week.

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Maryland majority leaders sponsoring marriage equality bills

The majority leaders in both the Maryland House and Senate are acting as lead sponsors of bills this session legally honoring the marriages of same-sex couples, a symbolic move meant to underscore the momentum behind the legislation.

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