Marriage Equality

T-Mobile announces support for marriage equality

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Mobile communications provider T-Mobile USA on Monday became the latest company to announce its support for marriage equality in Washington state.

T-Mobile said it was endorsing Washington’s Referendum 74 — the November ballot initiate that will ask voters to approved or reject the marriage equality law approved by the state legislature earlier this year, and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire on Feb. 13.

Inspirational VIDEO highlights Catholic support for LGBT equality in Minnesota

A new video from Minnesota highlights Catholic support for LGBT people and opposition to the anti-marriage equality amendment proposed in that state. The video features an ever-expanding congregation singing a song about God’s wide welcome.

Conservatives for marriage equality seek RNC's support

WASHINGTON – Members of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leadership committee sent a letter to the Platform Committee of the Republican National Committee today asking it to resist adding language to the Republican Party platform opposing the freedom of same-sex couples to marry.

“Republicans cherish freedom, family and community as basic conservative principles,” said conservative commentator, political strategist and CNN contributor Margaret Hoover, who is a member of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leadership committee.

In Taiwan, lesbian couple's wedding makes Buddhist history

A lesbian couple tied the knot amid the blessings on monks and nuns in Taiwan's first high profile Buddhist same-sex wedding on Saturday.

In what is believed also to be the first such ceremony in Asia, Fish Huang and her partner of seven year You Ya-ting walked down the aisle in white bridal gowns Saturday (Aug. 11) in a monastery in Taoyuan, near Taipei.

Federal court to hear Nevada marriage case

LAS VEGAS -- The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada late Friday agreed to hear a lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of eight same-sex couples challenging Nevada's law banning marriage for same-sex couples.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, joined by Carson City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover, had moved to dismiss the case. Today, the Court agreed to hear that motion at the same time as hearing argument in the parties' motion for summary judgment.

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Thomas Roberts to become first national cable news anchor to marry same-sex partner

MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts, who says he was the first cable news anchor to come out after making an appearance at a 2006 National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association event, is about to become the first national cable news anchor married to a same-sex partner.

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HRC spending $1 million in marriage ballot measure states

WASHNGTON – The Human Rights Campaign said today that it would invest $1 million in the four states facing marriage-related ballot measures in November – Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

The new cash infusion brings HRC’s contributions to legislative and electoral marriage issues in the 2011-12 cycle to $4.8 million.

Tasmania hits gay marriage stumbling block

HOBART, Tasmania, Australia -- Australian state Tasmania has hit a stumbling block in the process to legalize gay marriage.

According to president of the Legislative Council Sue Smith, she has said it will have a tough time going through Tasmania’s Upper House.

On Saturday (4 August), Premier Lara Giddings told the State Labor Party conference she would move to legalize gay marriage by the end of 2012.

She said: ‘The time has come for that discrimination, that last piece of discrimination, to be removed.’

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Poll: Two-thirds of Democrats now support marriage equality

Reports that the Democratic Party may add support for marriage equality to its party platform are in keeping with a significant shift of opinion on the issue among Democrats nationwide, as support for same-sex marriage among Democrats continues to increase.

In New Zealand parliament, marriage-equality vote may be close

AUKLAND, New Zealand -- Labour Party MP Louisa Wall is close to securing the support to legalize same-sex marriage, a Herald poll of MPs shows.

However, many MPs were refusing to commit to a decision on the marriage equality bill, and the final vote could come down to the wire.

A straw poll of all 121 MPs found that 54 MPs have indicated they would support it at least in its early stages, or were considering supporting it.

New Zealand First this afternoon indicated that it might abstain from the vote, because it preferred to put the issue to a public referendum.

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