States With Civil Unions Are Depriving Gay Couples Of Federal Marriage Benefits

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 12:07 am

With section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) invalidated, civil unions, once a cup half full, are now a cup half empty. On Wednesday the U. S. Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the section of DOMA that defined marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman for federal legal purposes.  This means [...]

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 [...]

Roman Catholic Hierarchy Tacitly Admits That They’re Losing The Marriage Debate

By: Monday March 25, 2013 2:33 pm

Controversy has arisen over whether Pope Francis advocated for a civil unions law in Argentina in 2010 while he served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires.  The New York Times and CNN quote sources saying that he did, while a source quoted by Catholic News Agency refutes those claims. If then-Archbishop Bergoglio didn’t advocate for civil [...]

Joyous historic events: first same-sex weddings at West Point

By: Saturday December 1, 2012 6:49 pm

Today, Sue Fulton and Penny Gneslin, became the first LGBT couple to marry in the U.S. Military Academy Cadet Chapel at West Point, now that marriage equality is in place in New York.  (Photos by Jeff Sheng). (Outserve Mag): “West Point holds special significance to both me and Penny,” said Sue, a 1980 graduate and presidential [...]

New Jersey’s Legislature Passes Marriage Equality Bill

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 4:57 pm

And Governor Chris Christie says he will veto it. According to Garden State Equality, the legislature will have until January 2014 to override his veto. Just in from Garden State Equality (via emailed press release): Today, New Jersey became the third state in American history to pass a marriage equality bill under a Governor hostile [...]

Mayor Booker: Dear God, we should not put civil rights issues to a popular vote

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 9:10 pm

Today Newark, New Jersey’s Mayor Cory Booker got asked an off-topic question at a press conference. Listen to his amazing off-the-cuff response. The question was this: “The Governor is talking about putting marriage equality to a public referendum. I wonder if you have any feelings on how the Governor has handled this whole question of [...]

If the Governor Will Veto Your Marriage Equality Bill, Why Bother?

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 11:16 am

Earlier this week New Jersey’s Senate Judiciary Committee approved the marriage equality bill (S1) with an 8 to 4 vote. Shortly thereafter Governor Chris Christie (R) reiterated his earlier promise that he will veto the bill should it reach his desk. At a press conference after the Judiciary Committee’s historic vote, a reporter asked Senate [...]

Entire Democratic membership of the New Jersey Congressional delegation asks NJ legislators to pass marriage equality law

By: Monday January 9, 2012 10:38 am

In a powerful show of support for equality, the entire Democratic membership of the New Jersey Congressional delegation — both U.S. Senators and all seven Democratic U.S. House members — have submitted to following letter in which they endorse marriage equality and ask Democratic members of the New Jersey state legislature to vote for the [...]

NJ Marriage Equality Bill to Be Introduced Today at 1 PM

By: Monday January 9, 2012 10:05 am

New Jersey’s marriage equality bill is being reintroduced with the strong support of the leaders of the state Senate and Assembly. A news conference with legislative leaders is planned for 1 PM today in Committee Room 1 at the State House in Trenton. From Garden State Equality: In a dramatic news conference today, the day [...]

NJ: Legislature to introduce marriage equality bill on Monday

By: Sunday January 8, 2012 9:08 pm

I’m sure Governor Chris Christie will just loooove being asked about this development in the Garden State. In a dramatic move, Democratic leaders plan to announce at a news conference Monday that a bill legalizing gay marriage will be the first measure introduced in the new session of the Senate and the Assembly, sources [...]

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