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Marriage Equality Passes In Maryland, Maine, Leads In Washington, Not Banned In Minnesota

via Joel Connelly, San Francisco Chronicle Statewide ballot measures to legalize same-sex marriage took the lead in Washington and passed in Maryland and Maine on Tuesday, as proponents of marriage equality broke a string of 32 consecutive losses in statewide votes on the contentious social issue. Referendum 74 in this state was leading 51.8 percent … Continue reading

Facebook Adds Gay Marriage Timeline Icons For Same-Sex Couples

via The Huffington Post Facebook is adding to its ever-growing list of gay accolades with the introduction of new marriage icons that depict same-sex couples. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) notes that the new icons follow a number of notable lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion efforts put forth by the … Continue reading

Illinois: Lawsuits Filed By ACLU, Lambda Legal Aim For Marriage Equality

via Sophia Tareen, The Huffington Post More than two dozen gay and lesbian couples filed lawsuits Wednesday arguing that it’s unconstitutional for Illinois to deny them the right to marry, a move advocates hope will lead to legalized same-sex marriage in the state. The two lawsuits – backed by the American Civil Liberties Union of … Continue reading

Rhode Island Governor Declares State Will Recognize Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages

via Erika Niedowski, The Huffington Post Rhode Island’s governor on Monday declared that the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, giving gay couples the same rights as heterosexual ones when it comes to health insurance and a slew of other benefits. The order signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee in a Statehouse ceremony directs state … Continue reading

BREAKING: North Carolina Amendment One Passes, Bans Same-Sex Marriage

via CNN North Carolina voters will pass a referendum that constutionally bans same-sex marriage, CNN projects. Amendment 1 alters North Carolina’s constitution to say that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.” via CNN

Illinois Not Ready To Say ‘I do’ To Same-Sex Marriage

via Andrew Maloney, Chicago Sun-Times Despite a push by gay lawmakers, the effort to legalize gay marriage in Illinois is unlikely to get off the ground this year, the chief sponsor of a marriage proposal said. State Rep. Greg Harris (D–Chicago) told the Chicago Sun-Times that reeling in Medicaid and pensions programs as well as … Continue reading

Illinois’ Governor Quinn Says He Will Work To Help “Build A Majority” For Same Sex Marriage

via Rich Miller, Capitol Fax Up until yesterday, Gov. Pat Quinn has been hedging on whether he’d support a gay marriage bill. From the AP… Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn’t know if he would support legislation that would give same sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. The Democrat supported same sex … Continue reading

New Jersey Gay Marriage Bill Passes State Assembly Vote, Now Heads To Chris Christie

via Angela Delli Santi, The Huffington Post The New Jersey Assembly on Thursday passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriages, setting the stage for an expected veto by Gov. Chris Christie. The 41-33 vote sends the bill to Christie’s desk. The Republican governor who opposes gay marriage had promised “very swift action” if the bill passed … Continue reading

New Jersey: State Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

via Geoff Mulvihill, The Huffington Post New Jersey lawmakers gave their blessing to legalizing gay marriage for the first time Monday as the state Senate passed a bill that would allow nuptials for same-sex couples, despite Gov. Chris Christie’s insistence that he will veto such legislation. The Senate’s 24-16 vote sends the bill to the … Continue reading

Washington State Legislature Votes To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

via Tom Watkins, CNN A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington State voted Wednesday in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, putting Washington on the path toward becoming the seventh state in the nation to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples. “With today’s vote, we tell the nation that Washington state … Continue reading

Marriage Equality Bill introduced In Illinois

via Windy City Times Illinois Reps. Greg Harris, Deb Mell, and Kelly Cassidy filed a marriage equality bill in Illinois General Assembly this morning, called the Religious Freedom-Marriage Act. Equality Illinois stated: “We commend these leaders for taking yet another step towards full equality for lesbian and gay families in Illinois, and we are grateful … Continue reading

New Year Brings Same-Sex Civil Unions To Hawaii & Delaware

via Christina Boyle, NY Daily News Same-sex pairs in Hawaii and Delaware began the new year as officially recognized couples as historic laws allowing civil unions in the two states took effect. The long-awaited moment brings the number of states that grant civil unions or marriages to gay and lesbian couples to 11, in addition … 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

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