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The good politics of gay marriage

Publication: Washington Post

Author: Ruth Marcus

Publish Date: December 8th, 2011

Now is the time for President Obama to complete his evolution on the subject of same-sex marriage.

Michigan Mayor Under Fire For Anti-Gay Facebook Post Aimed At New York

Publication: CBS New York

Author: CBS New York Staff

Publish Date: December 5th, 2011

A Michigan Mayor is in hot water for comments that she made on her Facebook page. The post has been deleted but some say that her words can’t be so easily erased. Evan Wolfson, executive director of “Freedom To Marry,” told CBS 2′s Ann Mercogliano, “It’s very sad that a public official would refer to a group of loving and committed couples as ‘queers.’”

Another shot for DP benefits bill

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: November 19th, 2011

The Courage Campaign, Freedom to Marry and other LGBT groups have launched a campaign to convince Lieberman and Collins to co-sponsor DOMA repeal, although they haven’t signed on in support.

Another shot for DP benefits bill

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: November 19th, 2011

The Courage Campaign, Freedom to Marry and other LGBT groups have launched a campaign to convince Lieberman and Collins to co-sponsor DOMA repeal, although they haven’t signed on in support.

On gay rights, Obama lets surrogates lead

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Mark Landler

Publish Date: December 30th, 2011

President Obama has long relied on his oratorical gifts to ease him through tricky political situations. But on the emotionally charged issue of gay rights, Mr. Obama has been content recently to let his lieutenants do the talking. And they have said some striking things.

Lieberman and the Defense of Marriage Act: A State’s Rights Issue

Publication: Hartford Courant

Author: Daniela Altimari

Publish Date: November 17th, 2011

HUD Secretary Supports Marriage Equality

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: November 15th, 2011

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan became the first sitting cabinet secretary to announce support for marriage equality, saying on Nov. 15 that he ''absolutely'' supports marriage equality in an exclusive interview with Metro Weekly.

DOMA repeal advances out of committee

Publication: Keen News Service

Author: Lisa Keen

Publish Date: November 10th, 2011

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday (November 10) voted to recommend passage of a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

A Major Milestone? DOMA Repeal Advances in Senate

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Andrew Harmon

Publish Date: November 11th, 2011

During a Thursday meeting that embodied Washingtons ideological rift over marriage rights for same-sex couples, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to move forward a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

Off-Year Advances: LGBT advocacy organizations celebrate Election Day results

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: November 10th, 2011

Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson said in a statement, ''The voters rebuffed the anti-gay attacks that sought to make undoing the freedom to marry a critical factor in the race, and instead elected a candidate who supports the freedom to marry for all Iowa families. [LGBT advocacy organization] One Iowa worked hard to make sure that marriage remains secure in Iowa and to elect a legislator who will focus on the real challenges confronting the state.''

Democratic win preserves marriage rights in Iowa

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Chris Johnson

Publish Date: November 8th, 2011

A Democratic candidate won a special election on Tuesday for a seat in the Iowa State Senate a victory that will preserve marriage rights in the state.

9 writers, 6 actors, 1 huge topic: gay marriage

Publication: Associated Press

Author: Mark Kennedy

Publish Date: November 1st, 2011

Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Looking for Conservative Support

Publication: National Journal

Author: Andrew Joseph

Publish Date: November 3rd, 2011

Gay Service Members Sue for Equal Benefits

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Andrew Harmon

Publish Date: October 27th, 2011

Freedom to Marry president Evan Wolfson, whose group was among those that SLDN had discussions with on the lawsuit, said Thursday that Freedom to Marry “is working with SLDN and others to highlight the stories of service members and their family members who suffer or are put in harm's way because of the denial of marriage and discrimination under the so-called Defense of Marriage Act — and challenging that unfairness in court is certainly one powerful way to put these families forward and fight the cruel and unconstitutional marriage discrimination they experience.”

Evan Wolfson and Cheng He - Vows

Publication: New York Times

Author: Nate Schweber

Publish Date: October 23rd, 2011

Evan Wolfson and Cheng He exchanged vows at their Oct. 15 wedding before a crowd of around 50 close friends and family members.

Petitions urge Reed to support repeal of Defense of Marriage

Publication: Providence Journal

Author: John E Mulligan

Publish Date: October 18th, 2011

"Hundreds" of Rhode Islanders have signed petitions delivered Monday to Sen. Jack Reed, asking him to join in support of legislation to repeal the Clinton-era law that -- for purposes of federal benefits, tax breaks and the like -- recognizes marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Op-ed: For Evan Wolfson, an “I Do” Filled With “I Did”

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Kate Kendell

Publish Date: October 13th, 2011

When Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson weds his partner Cheng He on Saturday, it will cap a long effort to win the right.

N.Y. Marriage Equality Activists Set Sights on Repealing DOMA

Publication: The EDGE NY

Author: Winnie McCoy

Publish Date: October 11th, 2011

In the wake of the recent marriage equality victory, countless LGBT New Yorkers can finally secure legal recognition for their relationships. Experts warn, however, that this is no time to rest on our laurels. With these newly-won rights already under attack, the federal Defense of Marriage Act still in place and many other states lacking marriage for gays and lesbians, the fight for full recognition is far from over.

One Country’s Big Gay Leap

Publication: New York Times

Author: Frank Bruni

Publish Date: October 8th, 2011

With minimal international attention, Portugal — tiny, overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Portugal — legalized same-sex marriage last year. Although the country is hardly seen as a Scandinavian-style bastion of social progressivism, it’s one of just 10 countries where such marriages can be performed nationwide, and in this regard it finds itself ahead of a majority of wealthier, more populous European countries, like France, Germany, Italy and Britain. In the United States, only six states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage. How did that happen? And what wisdom do the answers offer frustrated supporters of same-sex marriage here and elsewhere around the globe?

Strong Words, But Still Evolving

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: October 6th, 2011

Saturday evening, Oct. 1, President Barack Obama addressed the Human Rights Campaign for the second time in his presidency, speaking at the Washington Convention Center to a crowd of approximately 3,000 people.

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