Marriage Equality

Bill and Melinda Gates donate additional $500,000 to Washington marriage equality campaign

Microsoft Chairman and co-founder Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda, have donated an additional $500,000 to the campaign to uphold Washington's state's marriage equality law.

The announcement Tuesday comes from Washington United for Marriage, the broad coalition working to approve Referendum 74, the November ballot initiative that will ask voters to approve or reject the same-sex marriage law passed in the legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire earlier this year.

Marriage equality in New York survives court challenge

NEW YORK – Marriage equality is safe in New York state.

Today, the state Court of Appeals denied a request by an Evangelical group called New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms that sought to overturn the marriage equality law that was approved by the state legislature and signed by the governor in June 2011.

This is the second attempt to overturn the marriage law. In early July, a state appellate court dismissed the challenge by the Evangelical group that claimed that the New York state Senate had violated the Open Meetings Law when it voted to approve the law.

The mastermind of misleading ads raking in millions of dollars to fight marriage equality

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign is condemning the extreme profits National Organization for Marriage (NOM) strategist Frank Schubert is making at the expense of LGBT Americans.

Schubert is the man behind NOM’s misleading ads that advocate against LGBT equality. Public filings show that he has netted nearly $3 million this year for his work in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Washington State. The profits go to Schubert’s company, Mission Public Affairs.

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Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, NOM spending wildly to defeat marriage equality

WASHINGTON – The Roman Catholic Church is funneling unprecedented dollar amounts into the four states where marriage equality is on the ballot this fall – Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington – and in many cases, parishioners may not even be aware that their dollars are being used to fund discrimination.

The new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) finds that the Church has spent at least $1.1 million as part of its broader effort to deny loving, committed couples the right to marry.

How Northern Ireland will win gay marriage in five years

BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- With plans for gay and lesbian marriage developing fast in England, Scotland and Wales, the struggle for equality in Northern Ireland has received far less attention.

But a new executive committee has been elected to run Equal Marriage Northern Ireland and its chair, John O’Doherty is confident of success.

It won’t be the same strategy as in the rest of the United Kingdom. A political debate is under way but the constitution in NI and its conservative make-up – including some virulent homophobes – prevent a political resolution to the issue.

NOH8 on the Hill II: 26 more members of Congress pose for marriage equality

To celebrate the 25th National Coming Out Day, the NOH8 campaign, founded by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley, has today released NOH8 photos for 26 members of Congress who took part in the campaign's second "NOH8 on the Hill" event, held Sept. 13. These representatives join the 10 members of Congress who participated in the first "NOH8 on the Hill" event back in February, and Rep.

France sets date to say "oui" for marriage equality

France has named Oct. 31 as the date when a draft law authorizing equal marriage will be approved by government ministers.

Despite widespread political and religious opposition, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault insisted there would be no backtracking on a manifesto promise by President Francois Hollande in an interview with AFP.

President Hollande has promised that the legislation will be on the statute books by mid-2013 and there is sufficient cross party support to ensure the government will be able to push it through on schedule.

AFER fact-checks NOM attack ads in marriage battleground states

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which has spent tens of millions across the country to prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying, is ramping up their campaigns in Minnesota and Maine with two new television commercials that make some pretty surprising claims.

During elections, 30-second sound bites are designed to prey on people’s fears and prejudices. But in a court of law, as we saw during the 2010 federal district court trial of Prop. 8, their arguments fall apart when witnesses are compelled to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Faith is front and center in marriage equality ads

(This post was originally published by SDGLN content partner GLAAD.)

In Maine, Minnesota and Washington, recent television ads have prominently featured people of faith.

In Washington, where marriage equality passed through the legislature and was signed by the governor before marriage equality opponents petitioned to put the law on the ballot, Washington United for Marriage has released two television ads that prominently feature religious leaders of all stripes.

Poll: More Illinoisans support same-sex marriage than two years ago

Support for same-sex marriage equality among Illinoisans has grown by 10 points over the last two years, according to a poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University.

“I think the numbers show striking shifts in public opinion,” said Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago). Harris is a longtime proponent of marriage equality in Illinois and has spearheaded several bills in the legislature to achieve marriage equality rights, including the successful civil unions bill in 2010.

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