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Chris Christie: Gay Marriage Referendum Is ‘Bargain Of Their Life’ For Pro-Equality Activists

via The Huffington Post Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) said Thursday that he was offering gay marriage advocates the “bargain of their life” by working to have the issue of equal marriage rights decided through a referendum rather than supporting a bill in the state legislature that would legalize them. “I’ve called upon every Republican in … Continue reading

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire Discusses Marriage Equality, Criticizes Chris Christie

via Nick Visser, The Advocate Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said she wishes she had supported gay marriage years ago in a new interview with XM Satellite Radio’s Michelangelo Signorile. She also criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s recent assertion that marriage equality be put on the ballot, rather than have state legislators decide the issue. … Continue reading

Washington Gay Marriage: State Senate Voting On Same-Sex Marriage Proposal

via Rachel La Corte, The Huffington Post The Washington state Senate is set to take a crucial vote Wednesday on a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill has narrow support in the Senate, but is expected to pass because supporters have secured 25 “yes” votes – the minimum required for approval. Five senators, two … Continue reading

Gay Marriage Returns To The Political Spotlight As States Face Potential Votes

via Dave Crary, The Huffington Post With a flurry of coast-to-coast developments this week, same-sex marriage is back in the political spotlight and likely to remain there through Election Day as a half-dozen states face potentially wrenching votes on the issue. In Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, bills to legalize same-sex marriage have high-powered support … Continue reading

Springfield Votes Against Benefits For Civil Union Couples

via Kate Sosin, Windy City Times In a move shocking LGBT rights groups in Illinois, Springfield’s city government has voted not to extend health benefits to civil union spouses. The Joint Labor/Management Health Care Committee, a Springfield committee comprised of staffers from various city positions as well as retirees, voted to keep its current eligibility … Continue reading

Same-Sex Couple Denied Ceremony At B&Bs Might Act

Not long after ink from the governor’s signature had dried on Illinois’ civil unions law, Todd and Mark Wathen began preparations for a June ceremony. The couple wanted to hold the event somewhere quaint in central Illinois, a place that would be convenient to family in Kentucky and Indiana and to their home in Mattoon. … Continue reading

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