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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa writes about LGBT advocate Harvey Milk and Saturday's Harvey Milk Day.

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California, other states honor Harvey Milk

Events were taking place in California and across the country Saturday in observance of Harvey Milk, marking the first day of "special significance" in the West Coast state to honor the slain gay rights leader.

Along with concerts, political fundraisers and rallies in California, commemorative Harvey Milk Day events were planned in 20 other states on what would have been his 80th birthday.

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Cities across the USA to observe Harvey Milk Day on Saturday

On Saturday, she'll celebrate with California as the state marks the first official Harvey Milk Day on what would have been his 80th birthday. Galbraith will host a viewing of the movie, then a forum on On On Saturday, California will mark the first official Harvey Milk Day on what would have been his 80th birthday.

California is the only state with an official Harvey Milk Day, but 26 cities in 20 states scattered nationwide will hold rallies and events to honor the first openly gay man to be elected to public office and icon of the gay-rights movement.

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Benefits for same-sex couples in Maryland

State employees in Maryland can now sign up same-sex spouses as dependents, making them eligible to receive the same health-care and other benefits afforded to husbands and wives of heterosexual state employees, Gov. Martin O'Malley's office announced Wednesday.

The change means that O'Malley's administration has followed through in codifying a legal opinion issued in February by Maryland Attorney General (and Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality) Douglas F. Gansler.

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Shifting views on the freedom to marry

The Baltimore Sun editorial board writes about a recent Washington Post poll finding that the plurality of Maryland residents support marriage equality: "Maryland's current leaders would surely rather duck the question, but they should understand that on this issue the people are slowly but surely leaving them behind."

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Poll finds gains for the freedom to marry in Maryland

Maryland residents are shifting toward a more positive opinion of the freedom to marry, with registered voters now narrowly supporting a law to allow it, a Washington Post poll has found.

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David Boies and Theodore Olson named to the ‘2010 Time 100’

The annual TIME 100 issue names the people "who most affect our world."

"...perhaps it is not shocking that this odd couple teamed up to challenge the constitutionality of California's prohibition of the freedom to marry. They've put on an extraordinary case in the federal court system and could prevail in their long-shot mission."

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Leading Ohio Senate candidates support the freedom to marry

Ohio's leading U.S. Senate candidates support the freedom to marry.

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality) and Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher are vying for the Senate seat now held by Republican George Voinovich, who is retiring. A May 4 Democratic primary will decide who'll battle Republican Rob Portman in November.

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Massachusetts GOP picks pro-gay gubernatorial candidate with openly gay running mate

The Massachusetts GOP picked Charles Baker as their gubernatorial candidate on Saturday, defeating convenience store magnate Christy Mihos in the primary. Baker supports the freedom to marry and has an openly gay running mate — state senator Richard Tisei.

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Voice for Equality: Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile is an American author, professor, and political analyst affiliated with the Democratic Party.

On April 13, 2010, on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, in response to Gov. Mike Huckabee's comments equating marriage equality to legalizing polygamy, incest, and drug use, Brazile stated: "Well, these kinds of statements have no place, I think in our political dialogue. We can disagree on marriage equality. I support marriage equality. Five states and the District of Columbia now allows gay marriage. ... But I think the governor should really distance himself from these statement. He should be a man of love. He is a preacher, after all. And I’m very disturbed by some of the things he said."

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