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New “Cap” on House DOMA Defense Set at $1.5 Million, Additional Change Alters Payment Liability

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: October 4th, 2011

Freedom to Marry president Evan Wolfson pointed in his statement to the fact that gay and lesbian Americans are paying for DOMA's defense: "At a time when Americans are struggling through one of the worst economies in our nation's history, it is shameful that House Republicans are now tripling the spending of tax dollars -- including those of gay and lesbian Americans -- to defend a discriminatory anti-gay law that makes it even harder for committed gay and lesbian couples to take care of and protect their loved ones."

GOP Lobbyist Joins Strategy to Repeal DOMA

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Andrew Harmon

Publish Date: October 3rd, 2011

When Jo Deutsch and Kathryn Lehman are en route to Capitol Hill for meetings with Republicans, they find it best to avoid certain conversations. The debt ceiling is off the table. So are their respective political resumes — one has worked for Barbara Boxer, the other Newt Gingrich. In fact, the two lobbyists could not be more divergent on most issues — except repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Pentagon: Chaplains can celebrate gay marriages

Publication: Washington Post

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Publish Date: September 30th, 2011

Military chaplains can lead same-sex marriage ceremonies on and off military bases, the Pentagon announced Friday (Sept. 30), in a move that closely followed the repeal of a ban on openly gay service members.

Pentagon: Chaplains May Officiate Over Same-Sex Weddings

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: September 30th, 2011

The Pentagon issued on Friday guidance clarifying that military chaplains are allowed to officiate over same-sex marriages and base facilities can be used for same-sex weddings in states where such unions are legal.

CENSUS: California has more same-sex couples than other states

Publication: San Diego Gay and Lesbian News

Author: SDGLN Staff

Publish Date: September 29th, 2011

"The Census Bureau’s most recent estimates of same-sex couples reiterate the need to end marriage discrimination once and for all. The number of gay and lesbian couples in committed, loving relationships, raising families together, continues to grow, leaving more and more families without the critical safety-net of marriage,” Wolfson said.

High Hopes For Obama’s Speech To HRC

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: September 28th, 2011

“President Obama should not wait for a dinner to heed Freedom to Marry’s call — joined by more than 117,000 Americans on our ‘Say I Do’ Open Letter — to speak out clearly and authentically in support of the freedom to marry,” Wolfson said.

Census Gay Couples Data Renews Calls For More States To Legalize Gay Marriage

Publication: On Top Magazine

Author: Carlos Santoscoy

Publish Date: September 28th, 2011

“The Census Bureau's most recent estimates of same-sex couples reiterate the need to end marriage discrimination once and for all,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. “The number of gay and lesbian couples in committed, loving relationships, raising families together, continues to grow, leaving more and more families without the critical safety-net of marriage.”

Marriage Pioneer Wolfson Moves Group Center Stage

Publication: Gay City News

Author: Duncan Osborne

Publish Date: September 28th, 2011

When Evan Wolfson founded Freedom to Marry in 2003, the pro-gay marriage group was a part of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and it had an budget that ranged from $1.2 million to $1.4 million annually for roughly the next seven years. The organization was an “internal movement strategy center” and a cheerleader for the marriage drive.

Groups Call On Senator Reed To Support Respect for Marriage Act

Publication: GoLocalProv

Author: GoLocalProv News Team

Publish Date: September 28th, 2011

MERI and Ocean State Action have joined forces with national marriage equality campaign Freedom to Marry and online grassroots organizing platform Courage Campaign in an effort to “[reach] out to Rhode Islanders to make sure that Senator Reed hears from his constituents who want him to join in support of the Respect for Marriage Act,” according to Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry.

Gay Marriage Proponents Target Reed

Publication: Providence Phoenix

Author: David Scharfenberg

Publish Date: September 27th, 2011

A coalition of local and national advocates for same-sex marriage have launched a campaign urging Senator Jack Reed to join the other three members of the Rhode Island delegation in supporting a repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Census shows more gay couples, but original count was flawed

Publication: Miami Herald

Author: Curtis Tate

Publish Date: September 27th, 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday sharply revised downward its estimate of the number of same-sex households across the country, reflecting confusion over how to accurately count gay and lesbian couples that have gained varying degrees of legal recognition of their partnerships over the past decade.

U.K. government announces move towards marriage equality

Publication: Keen News Service

Author: Dana Rudolph

Publish Date:

The government of the United Kingdom announced September 17 that it would begin a “consultation”—a formal process of soliciting input—on how to implement civil marriage for same-sex couples.

Obama Urged To Join David Cameron In Endorsing Gay Marriage

Publication: On Top Magazine

Author: Carlos Santoscoy

Publish Date: September 18th, 2011

In the wake of the British Conservative Party's endorsement of gay marriage, President Barack Obama is being urged to follow in the footsteps of Prime Minister David Cameron and endorse such unions.

News Analysis: AP’s New Marriage Poll Shows Country “Grappling” With Marriage Equality

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: September 14th, 2011

Today, the Associated Press released polling that showed that a majority of Americans support "the government giv[ing] legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same sex." The 53 percent support the poll found was not surprising, as several polls over the past year have reached similar results.

N.C. Congressman Opposes Antigay Amendment, Will Cosponsor DOMA Repeal

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Andrew Harmon and Julie Bolcer

Publish Date: September 15th, 2011

A North Carolina congressman who opposes a state anti-gay marriage amendment will now cosponsor federal legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

N.C. Legislature Sends Marriage Amendment To Voters

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: September 13th, 2011

The North Carolina Legislature gave its final approval on Tuesday to an amendment that would make a ban on same-sex marriage part of the state constitution — sending the measure to the ballot in May 2012.

Record Number of House Cosponsors for DOMA Repeal Bill

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Andrew Harmon

Publish Date: September 13th, 2011

A House bill to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act has now attracted 122 cosponsors—two more than the total number of sponsors from the previous congressional term, when the legislation was first introduced.

New generations are advancing equality

Publication: Keen News Service

Author: Chuck Colbert

Publish Date: September 8th, 2011

A new national report provides data to back up what many have sensed for a long time: that the positive shift in America’s attitudes toward equal rights for LGBT people has a lot to do with age.

Mikulski To Co-Sponsor DOMA Repeal`

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: September 8th, 2011

The senior U.S. senator from Maryland has agreed to co-sponsor legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act after LGBT rights supporters sent a petition of nearly 3,000 names to her office urging her to support the bill.

Federal Funds Used To Support Anti-Gay Efforts In Iowa

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: August 29th, 2011

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to directly respond Monday to a recent media report revealing that $2.2 million in federal money that had gone to an Iowa group aided in its efforts to undo marriage equality in the state.

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