Marriage Equality

Vietnam weighs marriage equality

HANOI, Vietnam -- The Communist government of Vietnam, not know for a stellar record on human rights, nonetheless is considering whether to allow same-sex couples to marry, according to The Associated Press.

Vietnam could become the first Asian nation to provide full equality for its LGBT citizens.

The Communist government of Cuba has also warmed up on the idea of LGBT equality.

Still, the move by Vietnam has startled LGBT advocates in Asia. Vien Tanjung, an Indonesian gay-rights activist, told AP:

SATURDAY: Dustin Lance Black's play "8" to be presented in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Dustin Lance Black's play "8" will be presented in San Diego on Saturday, performed by members of Looking Glass Theater company at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego in Hillcrest.

"8" is the real-life story of Kris & Sandy and Paul & Jeff, two loving couples who want to get married but can’t. Together with attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson and a host of expert witnesses, they take aim at Proposition 8, the discriminatory law that in 2008, took away the right for LGBT couples to marry in California.

Broad coalition launches website, toolkit to support Respect for Marriage Act

WASHINGTON – The Respect for Marriage Coalition, comprising 75 diverse organizations dedicated to passing the Respect for Marriage Act, today launched a website, toolkit and materials that will spur grassroots efforts to urge Congress to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.

The Respect for Marriage Act (H.R.1116 and S.598) would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which withholds critical federal protections and respect from legally married same-sex couples.

Freedom to Marry celebrates one-year anniversary of marriage equality in New York

NEW YORK – With today marking the anniversary of the first marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in New York, Freedom to Marry is turning the spotlight on a diverse group of couples who are sharing their inspiring stories.

“Extending the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples in New York was a tremendous and transformative moment for the state, the nation, and the world,” said Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry, who joined city officials this morning in marking the anniversary at a celebration announcement.

VIDEO: Marriage-equality campaign LegalizeLove.com “sticks up” for Obama with free bumper stickers

LOS ANGELES – Saying they are frustrated by the right-wing backlash against President Barack Obama’s historic support for gay marriage and fearful of its impact in giving Mitt Romney an edge, a group of gay Obama 2012 supporters have launched LegalizeLove.com to generate visible support for the President’s pro-equality stance.

VIDEO: As soldier with terminal cancer fights for life and her family's equality, 30,000 petitions urge Congress to end DOMA

WASHINGTON – Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) today released a new online video featuring Chief Warrant Officer (CW2) Charlie Morgan and her wife, Karen, spotlighting the inequalities forced upon gay and lesbian service members by the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Lesbian, 83, petitions U.S. Supreme Court to hear her DOMA case

On Monday, lawyers filed a petition on behalf of Edith "Edie" Windsor, an 83-year-old lesbian from New York, asking the Supreme Court to review her case, thus bypassing a second round in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, where the case is scheduled to appear next. Earlier this month, the Obama administration asked the high court to review two other cases challenging DOMA's constitutionality.

iMediaEthics Poll: Nearly half of so-called opponents to same-sex marriage view it as a non-issue

NEW YORK -- If you were to follow the polls put forth by most American media, you'd guess same-sex marriage divides the country wretchedly in half.

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry launches national effort

WASHINGTON — Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, has unleashed Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.

The new campaign will highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young people across America who identify as conservative. The campaign launch took place at a kickoff event Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Supporters raise $950,000 in June to uphold Washington’s gay marriage law

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington state announced Monday they had raised more than $952,000 in June, bringing total contributions to more than $2 million in its campaign to uphold the state’s new marriage equality law, which is on hold pending the outcome of a November ballot measure.

Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the broad coalition working to defend the bipartisan marriage law, said the campaign contributions were driven in large part by new in-state donors, and represented the highest monthly intake for the campaign.

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