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N.J. gay rights advocates fight a vote on same-sex marriage

Publication: Associated Press

Author: Geoff Mulvihill

Publish Date: January 30th, 2012

Gay rights advocates in New Jersey have been pushing for a decade to get state courts or lawmakers to recognize same-sex marriage. But last week, they demurred when Gov. Christie called for a public vote to settle the topic.

Same-sex marriage may hinge on Supreme Court

Publication: National Public Radio

Author: Tovia Smith

Publish Date: January 24th, 2012

With New York's legalization of same-sex marriage effectively doubling the number of Americans living in states where gays can marry, gay advocates like to say 2011 was a big year. It's hard to imagine another doubling this year, but proponents are still hoping to build on last year's success.

Video: Washington set to pass same-sex marriage

Publication: CNN

Author: CNN Staff

Publish Date: January 24th, 2012

Evan Wolfson discusses the effort to legalize the freedom to marry in Washington state.

Gay Mainers Look for Chance to Be First to Win Marriage Rights From Voters

Publication: Bloomberg

Author: Esmé E. Deprez

Publish Date: January 13th, 2012

Passage of the law in New York marked the first time such a measure has been approved in a state where Republicans control either legislative chamber. That step “provided a powerful example of the momentum and growing and broadening support across the political spectrum,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, a New York-based national advocacy organization which lobbied Albany lawmakers and is working on the issue in Maine.

LGBT Legal Groups: “No Reason to Suggest That Canadian Marriages ... Are in Jeopardy”

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: January 12th, 2012

Responding to a report today in The Globe and Mail that "a [Canadian] Department of Justice lawyer says [a same-sex couple's] marriage is not legal in Canada since they could not have lawfully wed in Florida or England, where the two partners reside," concern quickly spread that Americans who married in Canada and have returned to the United States could have the validity of their marriages challenged. Several LGBT legal organizations issued a statement this afternoon, however, assuring people that "No one's marriage has been invalidated or is likely to be invalidated."

New Jersey Democrats vow to pass gay marriage

Publication: Metro New York

Author: Alison Bowen

Publish Date:

If Democratic legislators get their way, 2012 may be the year gay marriage becomes legal across the Hudson. New Jersey elected officials promised yesterday they will introduce a bill to legalize gay marriage as the first new measure of the new year.

New Jersey Congressional Democrats for Marriage Equality

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Julie Bolcer

Publish Date: January 9th, 2012

All nine members of the Democratic congressional delegation from New Jersey have signed a letter urging their colleagues in the state legislature to support the marriage equality bill being introduced this week.

New Jersey Congressional Dems Urge State Colleagues to Pass Marriage Equality Bill

Publication: Metro Weekly

Author: Chris Geidner

Publish Date: January 9th, 2012

This morning, all of New Jersey's Democratic members of the U.S. Congress -- including Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez -- urged their state legislative colleagues to pass marriage equality, where the Star-Ledger reports a marriage equality bill is expected to be introduced this week.

N.J. lawmakers introduce same-sex marriage bill

Publication: Washington Blade

Author: Phil Reese

Publish Date: January 9th, 2012

The House and Senate bills (respectively numbered A. 1 and S. 1) are expected to be taken up early this year. According to same-sex marriage advocacy organization, Freedom to Marry, “the numbering of the bills reflects the importance which the legislative leaders are giving to the effort.”

Vote on possible repeal of New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law expected in January

Publication: Nashua Telegraph

Author: Jake Berry

Publish Date: December 30th, 2011

In fewer than two weeks, the New Hampshire primary season will have come to a close, and the presidential candidates will have fled the state like migrating birds. But many eyes around the country will remain focused on the Granite State as legislators prepare to take up one of the most controversial votes in recent history.

New Jersey Senator Announces Support for DOMA Repeal Bill

Publication: The Advocate

Author: Andrew Harmon

Publish Date: December 18th, 2011

In a Sunday op-ed, New Jersey senator Robert Menendez announced his support for a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

National Organization for Marriage’s 2010 financial records raise questions

Publication: Washington Independent

Author: Sofia Resnick

Publish Date: December 12th, 2011

The National Organization for Marriage is primarily a shell group that exists to funnel funding from secret anti-gay donors,” said Evan Wolfson, the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a national campaign started in 2003 whose mission is to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples nationwide. “[NOM] undermines and tries to overturn campaign finance and disclosure laws in states all over the country. They have proven themselves to be untrustworthy.”

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).

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