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The French Senate approved the most significant portion of its freedom to marry bill today, voting 179 to 157 to end the restriction on marriage for same-sex couples. The legislation faces additional votes before Senate approval of the entire bill, with final passage considered assured. Likewise, President François Hollande, a vocal supporter of the freedom to marry, is certain to sign the bill. Similar freedom to marry legislation seems likely to pass this year in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, while Uruguay voted for the freedom to marry just a week ago.
New York – The Uruguayan Senate passed freedom to marry legislation today allowing same-sex couples to marry, making Uruguay nearly certain to be the 15th nation in the world – and the fourth in Latin America – where gay and lesbian couples can share in the freedom to marry. The bill passed today had been modified slightly since passage by the Chamber of Deputies in December, but those changes are expected to be easily approved by the deputies. President José Mujica has said he intends to sign the bill.
Today Illinois Republican Mark Kirk became the 50th U.S. Senator to support marriage for same-sex couples.
A new special exhibit mounted at Harvard Law School showcases the 1983 thesis written by then-law student Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide.
Today, long-time Boston Mayor Tom Menino—a champion for the freedom to marry and co-chair of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry--announced that he would not seek reelection to a sixth term.
Today, in light of oral arguments pending in front of the Supreme Court that will affect the treatment of same-sex couples in the U.S., Freedom to Marry and the Devotion Project released an online video featuring Gail Marquis, an Olympian basketball player, and her wife, Audrey Smaltz, a fashion editor, businesswoman, and former model.
New York – Two same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in New Mexico today after being denied marriage licenses in the state, claiming that neither the marriage statutes nor the state constitution bars same-sex couples from marrying. The couples are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of New Mexico, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and local law firms.
Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and Councilor Patti Bushee announced yesterday that they are sponsoring a resolution recognizing that marriage for same-sex couples is legal in New Mexico and urging county clerks to begin issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples. The resolution is based on the gender-neutral language of the state marriage law and the mandate of equality in the state constitution. It also tells couples how to file suit if they are denied marriage licenses.
New York -- A poll released by ABC News today shows record support for the freedom to marry, with 58% of American voters in favor of allowing same-sex couples to legally marry, and only 36% opposed. Moreover, 64% of Americans say the freedom to marry should be decided nationwide under the Constitution, not patchwork state by state, with only 33% opposed.
As nearly 20 new members of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry gathered in the nation’s capital for welcoming events, the Republican National Committee released a report today sketching out a future for the party that reevaluates its position on gay rights. The report is particularly timely in light of the ABC poll released today showing that Republican voters 18-49 support the freedom to marry by a margin of 52% to 43%.