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Al Sharpton, black ministers voice support for Maryland marriage equality

WASHINGTON — A group of African American clergy were joined by the Rev. Al Sharpton for a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on Friday to voice their support for Maryland’s marriage equality law, and to dispel the myth that all black ministers are against same-sex marriage.

About a dozen clergy joined Sharpton, including Rev. Amos Brown of San Francisco and Rev. Delman Coates of Clinton, Md., to express support for the November ballot referendum in Maryland that would allow voters to approve or reject the state’s new civil marriage law.

SAME to host Victory Dance party to celebrate dismissal of charges against Equality 9

SAN DIEGO -- To celebrate the last month's announcement that all charges against the "Equality 9" have been dropped, the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) will host a Vicoty Dance on Friday, Sept. 21, at Bamboo Lounge in Hillcrest.

More states call for DOMA to be declared unconstitutional

The state of Vermont on Friday joined New York and Connecticut in asking a federal appeals court to rule that the law defining marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell said Friday that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), deprives same-gender couples of federal benefits and unfairly discriminates against them.

The amicus brief was filed in the case of Windsor v. United States, a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other legal groups.

NFL player responds to lawmaker’s demand that he stops supporting marriage equality

Brendon Ayanbadejo, a linebacker for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, on Friday responded to a Maryland lawmaker who demanded that he “cease and desist” his support for marriage equality, and expressed surprise that a politician would try to stifle his free speech.

NFL punter rages against anti-gay lawmaker over marriage equality

(Editor’s note: The story contains quotes that include vulgar language and is not suitable for younger readers.)

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on Friday entered the controversy surrounding a Maryland lawmaker’s attempts to stifle Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support for marriage equality.

National Engagement Party aims to raise cash for marriage equality

WASHINGTON – Freedom to Marry has launched the National Engagement Party, a program of house-parties nationwide to raise awareness and funds for battles to win marriage ballot-measures in key states this November.

The National Engagement Party will take place in cities across the country on Saturday, Oct. 13.

VIDEO: "Obama Love Bug" for marriage equality rolls into Charlotte for DNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Energized by President Barack Obama’s support for same-sex marriage, gay couple Luke Montgomery and Eduardo Cisneros covered every inch of their 2010 VW Beetle in over 1,000 “Legalize Love” Obama bumper stickers and set out on a 2,400 mile cross-country journey from their Los Angeles home to give away bumper stickers at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

TheFour2012 launches campaign in support of marriage equality

WASHINGTON -- The Four 2012, a new social media campaign in support of marriage equality in the four states where it is on the ballot this November, launched today on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and Google Plus as TheFour2012.

“It’s Facebook and Twitter meets Rock the Vote for marriage equality,” said Brian Ellner, one of the initiative’s founders and long-time gay rights advocate who helped spearhead the successful New York effort for marriage last year. “We want to energize young pro-equality voters in the Google age.”

Young Conservatives, Log Cabin Republicans host brunch for freedom to marry at RNC

TAMPA, Fla. — Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry co-hosted a brunch with Log Cabin Republicans today at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Conservative commentator and political strategist Margaret Hoover spoke at the event, and notable attendees included former Congressman Jim Kolbe, Maryland state Sen. Allan Kittleman, and Andrew Langer, president of the Institute for Liberty, who also spoke at the event.

Young Conservatives, Log Cabin Republicans call for freedom to marry in full-page ad in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. -- With the Republican National Convention in full swing, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry and Log Cabin Republicans will be running an ad in Wednesday's Tampa Tribune calling on the GOP to support the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples.

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