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Cole, Jackson, Rapp Lead THE NORMAL HEART Talkbacks, Beginning Today

Publication: BroadwayWorld.com

Author: BWW News Desk

Publish Date: May 3rd, 2011

Producer Daryl Roth announced previously that the premiere Broadway presentation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart will host a series of post-show talkbacks, beginning tonight, May 3. Immediately following Tuesday performances of the ground-breaking play, distinguished members of the community will lead a Tuesday TalkOut. This series of talkbacks will underscore the themes and historical context of the play. Participants include Freedom to Marry president and founder Evan Wolfson, designer Kenneth Cole, amfAR CEO Kevin Front, stage and screen star Cheyenne Jackson, Friends in Deed president Cynthia O'Neal, original RENT star Anthony Rapp, HRC campaign strategist Brian Ellner and many more.

A Tipping Point for Gay Marriage?

Publication: New York Times

Author: Adam Liptak

Publish Date: April 30th, 2011

It’s not every day that a leading law firm fires a client for holding a position so extreme that it may be said to be unworthy of a defense. And it is rarer yet — unheard of, really — when that client is the House of Representatives and the position in question is a federal law.

Sen. Addabbo urged to back gay marriage bill

Publication: Queens Chronicle

Author: Anna Gustafson

Publish Date: April 28th, 2011

Gay marriage advocates brought their fight to Queens last week, urging constituents in state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr.’s (D-Howard Beach) district to encourage the politician to support legislation he voted against in 2009.

Gay Marriage Bill Nears the Goal Line

Publication: Our Town

Author: Megan Finnegan

Publish Date: April 28th, 2011

Two years after the stunning defeat of a marriage equality bill in the State Senate, advocates and politicians are gearing up for another run at making same-sex marriage legal in New York.

League of Women Voters Join Fight for Same-Sex Marriage

Publication: Albany Watch

Author: Joseph Spector

Publish Date:

It’s a bit of a different direction for the League of Women Voters of New York State, but they have joined with the newly formed New Yorkers United for Marriage to support the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York.

Log Cabin Joins N.Y. Marriage Coalition

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Julie Bolcer

Publish Date: April 21st, 2011

The Log Cabin Republicans of New York State announced Thursday that they have joined New Yorkers United for Marriage, the coalition of groups working to pass a marriage equality bill in the state this season.

Cuomo Helps Groups Mobilize for Gay Marriage Bill

Publication: New York Times

Author: Michael Barbaro

Publish Date: April 19th, 2011

Gay rights groups, which suffered the stinging defeat of a same-sex marriage bill in New York State in 2009, will publicly mount a new campaign for the legislation starting this week, relying on the popular Democratic governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, to overcome Republican resistance and their own history of poor coordination.

Speaker Boehner’s DOMA Defense Lawyer, Paul Clement, Is Announced—and Faces Questions

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: April 18th, 2011

Today, the House of Representatives Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, through Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), announced that it would be intervening in cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act's constitutionality, a move authorized earlier this year by the Republican members of the BLAG. Word then came that former Solicitor General Paul Clement -- the top appellate litigator during part of the George W. Bush administration -- will be serving as the outside counsel to the House BLAG in its DOMA defense, news that preceded a court filing by Clement seeking to allow the BLAG to intervene in a DOMA challenge.

Will GOP candidates attack marriage in Iowa, N.H.?

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: April 15th, 2011

The kick-off of the 2012 election season — marked by potential Republican presidential candidates’ travels to the early primary and caucus states of Iowa and New Hampshire — is raising questions about the degree to which the GOP candidates pursuing the White House will attack same-sex marriage in these states where gay nuptials are legal.

Evan Wolfson Named to Out Magazine’s Power 50

Publication: Out Magazine

Author: Out Magazine

Publish Date: April 13th, 2011

Freedom to Marry's Founder and President Evan Wolfson was named one of Out Magazine's Power 50 for his work on LGBT equality.

N.Y. Poll Shows Record Marriage Support

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Julie Bolcer

Publish Date: April 12th, 2011

Results of a poll released Monday by the non-partisan Siena Research Institute show that 58% of New York voters, the largest percentage ever, want state lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill.

Advocate Magazine 40 Under 40: Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge

Publication: Advocate Magazine

Author: Ari Karpel

Publish Date: April 11th, 2011

Freedom to Marry's Political Director Sean Eldridge and his partner Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes are named to Advocate Magazine's 40 Under 40.

Gay Marriage Proponent to Speak at ACLU Event

Publication: WDUQ News

Author: WDUQ News

Publish Date: March 25th, 2011

Pittsburgh native Evan Wolfson will return to the city this Sunday for a discussion on gay marriage legislation.

DOMA Repeal Supporters Seek Senate Hearings

Publication: The Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: March 23rd, 2011

Supporters of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act are calling on the Senate to hold hearings on the impact the denial of the federal benefits and responsibilities of marriage is having on married same-sex couples throughout the United States

DOMA’s Dwindling Defenders—in Congress and Across the Country

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: March 23rd, 2011

On March 3, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Missouri, introduced a resolution purporting to "demand that the Department of Justice continue to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in all instances."

Diverse Panel Leads Discussion on Same Sex Marriage in the U.S.

Publication: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Author: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Publish Date: March 21st, 2011

On February 17, the Woodrow Wilson School brought together a historian, a leading NGO advocate, a lawyer, and a Catholic priest for a student-generated panel discussion titled, "Same Sex Marriage in the United States: Where We Are As A Nation."

Gay marriage: Don’t make it about ‘rights’

Publication: Baltimore Sun

Author: Lanae Erickson and Jon Cowan

Publish Date: March 21st, 2011

Op-ed by Lanae Erickson, deputy director of Third Way's Culture Initiative, and Jonathan Cowan, president of Third Way.

Eight to Ten Weeks: Cuomo huddle signals all-out marriage drive aimed at spring

Publication: Gay City News

Author: Paul Schindler

Publish Date: March 16th, 2011

A March 9 meeting that Governor Andrew Cuomo convened with nine leaders in the effort to enact a marriage equality law this year in New York is getting very positive reviews from several participants.

Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch Press Obama On Gay Marriage

Publication: The Huffington Post

Author: Nick Wing

Publish Date: March 14th, 2011

Hollywood actors and business leaders teamed up for a pro-gay marriage initiative organized by Freedom to Marry's "Say I Do" campaign, sending a letter Monday to President Obama urging him to "end discrimination in marriage."

Carney mum on Obama reaction to Md. marriage bill

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: March 14th, 2011

A total of 31 celebrities, athletes and leaders in the technology field in conjunction with Freedom to Marry sent a letter to President Obama urging him to endorse same-sex marriage in the wake of his decision to defend no longer the Defense of Marriage Act in court. Among the signers are lesbian talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and her spouse Portia; gay singer Rufus Wainwright; straight actress Anne Hathway; gay media mogul David Geffen; and Freedom to Marry executive director Evan Wolfson.

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