Voice for Equality: Eminem comes out in favor of the freedom to marry

Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, answers questions about his new album which features a more confessional, less violent tone.

When asked in June of 2010 about his gay-bashing lyrics in the past and what his current view is on marriage equality, he answered, "I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want."

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Voice for Equality: IL Treasurer, Alexi Giannoulias, extends benefits to gay, lesbian employees

On top of his previous statements in support of marriage equality, with six months left in his four-year term, Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias signed an executive order on Sunday June 13, 2010 extending family-leave benefits to gay and lesbian employees in domestic partnerships.

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Video: Voice for Equality - Minnesota State Senator John Marty strikes back at NOM attack ad

John Marty is a member of the Minnesota Senate, representing District 54, which includes portions of Hennepin and Ramsey counties in the northern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

When, in 2010, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) ran an election ad attacking Minnesota State Sen. John Marty for supporting the freedom to marry, he struck back with a video of his own.

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Voice for Equality: Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo responded to a pre-FIFA World Cup interview question about his native country's new freedom to marry law by saying, "...we must respect the choices made by anyone, because, after all, all citizens should have the exact same rights and responsibilities."

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Voice for Equality: Laura Bush

Laura Bush is the wife of the forty-third President of the United States, George W. Bush, and was the First Lady of the United States from January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009.

Bush's political involvement began with her marriage. She campaigned in her husband's unsuccessful 1978 run for the United States Congress and later his successful Texas gubernatorial campaign. As First Lady of Texas, Bush implemented many initiatives focused on health, education, and literacy. In 1999, she aided her husband in campaigning for the presidency of the United States in a number of ways, most notably delivering a keynote address at the 2000 Republican National Convention; this gained her national attention. She became first lady after her husband defeated Democrat Al Gore in the 2000 election.

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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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Voice for Equality: Camryn Manheim

Freedom to Marry salutes Camryn Manheim as a Voice for Equality!

Ms. Manheim is an American actress known primarily for her roles as attorney Ellenor Frutt on ABC's The Practice and Delia Banks on CBS's Ghost Whisperer and as Elvis Presley's mother in the 2005 mini-series Elvis. In 1983 she made a brief appearance as a girl in an elevator in Sudden Impact alongside Clint Eastwood in the post-courtroom scene at the beginning. In 1998, Manheim collected an Emmy for her work on The Practice and exclaimed that "This is for all the fat girls!" She followed up on this statement with a one-woman show entitled Wake Up, I'm Fat! followed by her autobiography with the same name.

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Mary Kay Totty

The Reverend Mary Kay Totty is the paster of Dumbarton United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. and is a longtime supporter of LGBT rights.

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Voice for Equality: Anthony LaPaglia

Freedom to Marry salutes Anthony LaPaglia as a Voice for Equality. Mr. LaPaglia is an Australian actor best known for his Golden Globe Award-winning role as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American TV series "Without a Trace", and for his Emmy Award-winning portrayal of Simon Moon on the TV show "Frasier".

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Voice for Equality: Jane Spahr

The Rev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr, Janie, as she prefers to be called, describes herself as a lesbian, feminist and Presbyterian minister committed to justice issues for the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community, pursuing connections for wholeness with other oppressed communities claiming their freedom.

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