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.
Postedon Jan 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Bob Kerr reports on Tony and Sylvia DeLuca will go to the State House to testify in support of the bill legalizing marriage equality in Rhode Island.
Kerr: "They attended the wedding of their daughter Luisa to her partner Brenda Harvey last June in Provincetown, Mass., where marriage is as it should be — a matter of love and commitment between two people."
Postedon Jan 27, 2011 at 02:30 pm
Josh Bell comments on a new Human Rights Campaign report about increasing support for marriage equality in polls across the country and the sad fact that five states with majority support for the freedom to marry are saddled with anti-marriage amendments passed years ago.
Postedon Jan 27, 2011 at 01:00 pm
A motion by Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson to suspend the Senate’s rules to allow a vote on a constitutional ban on the freedom to marry was defeated early Thursday morning on a party-line vote.
Postedon Jan 27, 2011 at 11:00 am
Maryland House Majority Leader Kumar Barve today submitted the House plan to legalize marriage for same-sex couples -- a proposal backed by 58 delegates who have signed on as co-sponsors.
Postedon Jan 26, 2011 at 02:00 pm
An attorney for same-sex couples hoping to overturn Proposition 8 in federal court urged the California Supreme Court on Tuesday to reject a federal appeals court request to determine whether state law gives initiative sponsors legal authority to defend ballot measures.
Postedon Jan 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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.
Postedon Jan 26, 2011 at 10:00 am
Despite increased pressure from gay and lesbian advocates to “evolve” his position on marriage equality a little sooner, President Barack Obama did not delve into the issue for his Tuesday evening State of the Union address, one that focused heavily on strengthening the economy and fostering innovation in the face of a fiercely competitive global market.