New Law allows NY Gay Couples to adopt

A new New York State law permits unmarried partners -- including gay couples -- to jointly adopt a child.

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Prop 8 backers target trial judge in urging appeal

The defendant-intervenors in the federal Proposition 8 trial filed papers on Friday criticizing Judge Vaughn Walker and requesting that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disregard testimony in the case.

American Foundation for Equal Rights President Chad Griffin, whose organization organized and funded the lawsuit that led to Walker's ruling, said: "'The fact remains that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, as was proven conclusively and unequivocally through a full federal trial. There is no getting around the fact that the court's decision was based on our nation's most fundamental principles, and that the Constitution does not permit unequal treatment under the law."

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New Ads to try to build public support for marriage equality in NY state

Advocates for the freedom to marry in New York, in a major departure from their strategy of lobbying political insiders, will begin making a direct appeal to ordinary voters in a series of commercials featuring Hollywood actors, fashion designers and civic leaders.

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The Mayor who transformed the Windy City

Equality Illinois' Rick Garcia on Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality): "Mayor Daley is the very best on gay and lesbian issues in the entire country. We have unbelievable access and he has been supportive of anything we’ve asked.”

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Calif. Supremes Decline to Order Officials to Defend Prop. 8

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court denied a conservative group’s request to order state officials to appeal a federal judge’s ruling striking down voter-approved Prop 8.

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Court won’t force CA Officials to defend Prop 8

The 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday denied a conservative legal group’s request to force Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to defend voter-approved Proposition 8.

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Marriages of same-sex couples could resume Thursday if judge lifts stay in Prop. 8 case

Marriages of same-sex couples in California could resume as early as Thursday if a judge lifts the stay to his decision to invalidate Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that reinstated a ban on the freedom to marry in California.

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California: State officials Seek resumption of freedom to marry

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown filed motions on Friday calling for resumption of weddings for same-sex couples in California.

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Sen. John Kerry: Tauro ruling on DOMA should stand

Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, Senator Kerry: "Congress made a horrible mistake passing DOMA in 1996, and we’ve lived with the destruction and pain it has caused for the last 14 years. Now it’s time—long past time—to make DOMA history once and for all."

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Lawyer argues MA rulings support CA case against Prop 8

Theodore Olson, one of the attorneys for two couples challenging California's ban on the freedom to marry, told a federal judge in San Francisco on Friday that two rulings by another U.S. judge in Boston Thursday provide "compelling support" for their case.

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