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63 same-sex couples marrying on the first day it is legal to do so in Minnesota and generous City comes through with flowers to music, photography to wedding cake, and everything in between, Minneapolis steps up to donate to city’s first legal same-sex weddings   July 31, 2013 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and [...]

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Calling all who want the right to marry in their home State of FLORIDA, and what a great marriage destination that would be   After consulting with state and national legal experts on the scope of the Supreme Court decision and the impact it may have for state constitutional bans, Equality Florida is reaching out to potential [...]

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AFER Announces ‘This Is It’ for Prop 8 Marriage Equality Supporter— This is it. We are mere hours away from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. Tomorrow, the Supreme Court is expected issue decisions in AFER’s case against California’s Proposition 8 and the ACLU’s challenge to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [...]

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No decision today on Prop 8, and so here is the latest for a “what next” from AFER, the Prop 8 Plaintiff support organization: Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on AFER’s challenge to California’s Proposition 8. Here’s a full run-down of what will happen: The Court is scheduled to issue [...]

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Maine high court rules campaign against gay marriage cannot shield names of donors The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s ruling that the National Organization for Marriage and its allies cannot shield the names of donors to a 2009 campaign against same-sex marriage from the state’s election oversight commission. In affirming [...]

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On the path to marriage equality By Melanie Nathan, May 09, 2013. Today the Minnesota House Legislature voted in favor of same-sex marriages, forging the path toward being the first in the Midwest to pass such a law through the legislature, as Iowa came into law via the Courts. The 75-59 vote was seen as [...]

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SB 10 Marriage equality in Illinois On February 14, the Illinois State Senate voted to pass the legalization of marriage equality (IL SB10) bill, entitled the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, by a 34-21-2-2 score in favor of marriage equality.  The Illinois House of Representatives needs to vote on the Bill and if it [...]

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Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey: Support for gay rights has grown significantly among Houstonians | Other findings: Houstonians overwhelmingly favor requiring background checks for all gun sales; and despite lower unemployment, they report no improvement in their personal finances  HOUSTON – (April 23, 2013) – As the immigration debate in the U.S. Senate heats up, findings from [...]

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The School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266), authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, has passed the Assembly Education Committee by a vote of 5-2. The bill, which is co-sponsored by Equality California, Transgender Law Center, ACLU of California, GSA Network and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, addresses the exclusion of transgender students from classes [...]

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Last week, a Senate committee voted to advance a resolution that would overturn Nevada’s anti-marriage amendment and replace it with the freedom to marry. The measure now moves to the full Senate, where it must receive a vote in the coming days in order to begin the multi-year process of winning marriage for all loving [...]

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