Illinois Legislature Demonstrates How Politically Not-Powerful Gays Are

By: Friday May 31, 2013 8:16 pm

This evening the Illinois state House ended the year’s legislative session without calling the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) to a vote.  The next time that the marriage equality bill could be considered is this November. The Senate passed the bill on Valentines Day on a vote of 34 to 21. The [...]

Measure to repeal same-sex marriage ban passes first major hurdle in Nevada

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 4:19 pm

Today the Nevada Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution 13, a measure that would repeal the 2002 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.  The vote was 27 to 14. The Senate passed the measure in April on a 12 to 9 vote. If the measure gets legislative approval again during 2015 session (Nevada’s legislature convenes in odd-numbered [...]

House of Commons Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage Bill

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 2:15 pm

Today the British House of Commons gave for a second time its overwhelming approval to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, voting 366 to 161 at the bill’s third reading.  In February, the same body overwhelmingly approved the bill by a vote of 400 to 175 at its second reading. The bill, which would legalize [...]

British House of Commons Amends Same-Sex Marriage Bill

By: Monday May 20, 2013 5:33 pm

Today the House of Commons considered several amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill during the Report Stage of the legislation. The bill would legalize marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales. Amendments intended to weaken the bill were rejected by wide margins, including an amendment (New Clause 3) that would have allowed [...]

President Hollande Has Signed France’s Marriage Bill Into Law

By: Saturday May 18, 2013 9:45 am

It’s official!  From BBC News: France’s president has signed into law a controversial bill making the country the ninth in Europe, and 14th globally, to legalise gay marriage. On Friday, the Constitutional Council rejected a challenge by the right-wing opposition, clearing the way for Francois Hollande to sign the bill. He said: “I have taken [...]

If You’re Getting Blase About Marriage Equality…

By: Friday May 17, 2013 3:13 pm

…here are a few reminders of how horrific life can be when you and your spouse are considered legal strangers.  Both stories happen to be from Texas, but they could just as easily be from Michigan, Montana, Florida or any of the 30 states with no relationship recognition laws for same-sex couples. From McKinney, Texas, [...]

Marriage Discrimination Proponents Use Recycled Racist Rhetoric

By: Thursday May 16, 2013 5:27 pm

“There goes the neighborhood” is a phrase I grew up hearing from racist neighbors in the white, middle-class suburbia of my 1960s and 1970s childhood. The phrase — or better said, epithet — packed a lot of meaning. It expressed the opinion that when a black family moved into an all-white neighborhood, expectations were that [...]

Gov. Chris Christie is Keeping New Jersey Mired in the Discriminatory Past

By: Sunday May 12, 2013 9:52 pm

The passage of a marriage equality law in Delaware last week leaves New Jersey the only Atlantic coast state north of Virginia to retain a discriminatory marriage law. “[V]acationers this summer can travel anywhere from Portland, Maine, to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and all the way to Ocean City, Maryland, to enjoy the Atlantic coastline in [...]

British Anti-Gay Christians Preparing to Disobey Jesus

By: Sunday May 12, 2013 12:25 pm

The British House of Commons is scheduled to give the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill its third reading on May 20 and 21. The bill, which would legalize marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales, was overwhelmingly approved by the House of Commons in February on a Second Reading vote of 400 to 175.  The [...]

Minnesota One Step Away From Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 4:06 pm

Today the Minnesota state House passed the marriage equality bill (HF 1054) with a bipartisan 75 to 59 vote.  The bill now moves to the Senate, where a vote is expected on Monday, May 13. “In Minnesota, we don’t turn our backs on our families,” Representative Karen Clark (DFL-Minneapolis) said in her introductory remarks on [...]

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