Marriage Equality

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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VIDEO: Adam Lambert pledges gay marriage support in Maryland before concert

Adam Lambert pledged his support for marriage equality in Maryland before thrilling a benefit crowd with an intimate, stripped-down performance.

Raising money to bring marriage-equality ad to American TV

Australia’s memorable marriage equality video ad, “It’s time,” could air on networks across the United States through the work of an organization focused on bringing grass roots media to mainstream attention. Social Teeth has started an online donation campaign to raise $50,000 so that millions of Americans can experience the brilliance of “It’s time” and take away its important message.

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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.

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