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Illinois Legislature May Vote On Marriage Equality As Early As January

via Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business Legal gay marriage may be coming to Illinois as soon as next month. After counting heads and consulting with legislative leaders, the chief sponsors of a bill to permit same-sex couples to get married in the state this morning disclosed they intend to push for a vote in the … Continue reading

The Equal Rights Amendment: Now Is the Time

[Editress’ Note: Today marks the 40th anniversary of the day Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, which guarantees equal protection under the law regardless of sex, but today it is still not included in our Constitution. Today we are facing a War on Women. We must fight back. The ERA must be ratified … Continue reading

Gov. Martin O’Malley: Dignity: Why I Signed Same-Sex Marriage into Maryland Law

via Gov. Martin O’Malley, The Huffington Post Martin O’Malley is the Governor of Maryland. During the debate in Maryland’s House, I joined same-sex marriage supporters outside of the chambers who were anxiously awaiting the vote. I met two moms and their 4-year-old son Will. After standing for hours, Will was tired and seemed a bit … 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

MD Gov. O’Malley Says Gay Marriage Is A Defining Issue In Advancing Equal Rights

CHEVY CHASE, Md. — Gov. Martin O’Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler on Wednesday braced supporters of gay marriage rights in Maryland for a long battle and urged them to work hard throughout the state to persuade voters to support equal rights under the law for same-sex couples. O’Malley, a Democrat … Continue reading

Scottish Soldier Convicted Of Transgender Prejudice

A soldier from Kinross has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of transgender prejudice. Perth Sheriff Court heard how Terry Porter targeted Chloe Dow with verbal abuse and also threatened violence. Porter admitted breaching the peace by behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm. The 19-year-old will be … Continue reading

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