Poll: With higher visibility, less disapproval for gays

Seventy-seven percent of Americans now say they know someone who is gay or lesbian, a new CBS News poll finds - an increase of 35 percentage points since 1992, when a majority of Americans said they did not.

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Same-sex couple takes second place in Crate & Barrel wedding contest

They may not have walked away with the grand prize, but Gregory Jones and Jonathan Howard are thrilled with their second-place finish in the Crate & Barrel Ultimate Wedding Contest.

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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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Op-Ed: Advance Marriage Rights

Jinxu Yang, a sophomore at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, comments on status quo and majority opinion arguments for denying the freedom to marry.

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Mass. Catholic school won’t admit lesbians’ son

A Roman Catholic school in Massachusetts has withdrawn its acceptance of an 8-year-old boy with lesbian parents, saying their relationship was “in discord” with church teachings, according to one of the boys’ mothers.

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Op-Ed: Yes, protect marriage. Let same-sex couples wed.

Dale Carpenter criticizes anti-gay comments by Archbishop John C. Nienstedt and advocates for marriage equality in Minnesota: "The welfare of gay persons and their children is a material and moral concern for every humane and civilized citizen."

The archbishop's fears about damage to families and children are misdirected.

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Landmark brief for marriage equality filed in New Jersey

Today, six organizations file a landmark brief with the New Jersey Supreme Court on the profound harm that the state’s failed civil union law inflicts on children.

The brief is from Garden State Equality and five other organizations – the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of Social Workers, the Family Equality Council, PFLAG and COLAGE – in support of Lambda Legal’s motion to the New Jersey Supreme Court seeking marriage equality.

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Hospital visitation, Obama and marriage equality

In an Op-Ed piece for The Washington Post, Jonathan Capehart says: "'The New York Times/CBS News' poll that has gotten a ton of attention because it put a face on the Tea Party movement had interesting data on Americans' view of the freedom to marry. The nation isn't nearly as ready as I'd like it to be, but it's getting there."

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Editorial: the politics of Prop 8

As a Los Angeles Times editorial points out: "The gay rights movement has a lot of work to do before it can prevail over the ban on the freedom to marry in California -- more than can be accomplished in a matter of months."

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Measure to repeal Prop. 8 fails to qualify for November ballot

A push to put a repeal of Proposition 8 on the November ballot has fizzled, as proponents announced Monday they failed to collect the nearly 700,000 valid voter signatures to qualify their proposed initiative.

The group, Restore Equality 2010, had split with Equality California, one of the state's largest gay-rights advocacy groups, on when to put a repeal of the 2008 Proposition 8 on the ballot. EQCA and other groups decided last year to hold off on ballot action until 2012, saying that strategy would allow more time to build support and that the measure would likely fare better during a presidential election year, when more younger voters hit the polls.

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