Marriage Equality

Rahm Emanuel: Gay marriage my third priority for Illinois Legislature

CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel ranked gay marriage No. 3 on his list of priorities for the State Legislature Tuesday, placing it behind pension reform and approving a Chicago casino, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition, Emanuel said he would get “very involved” with leaders in Springfield in passing a gay marriage bill.

"This Week" looks at marriage equality, social issues and marijuana

The “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” Powerhouse Roundtable on Sunday included Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot, and The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel.

The following is a partial transcript from the show that discussed marriage equality, social issues and marijuana laws:

VIDEO: “Big Brother” winner in Australia proposes to his boyfriend

“Big Brother” winner Benjamin Norris - after claiming the major prize of $250,000 and a new car - got down on bended knee, pulled out a diamond passed down from his great-grandfather and asked for his partner Ben Williams' hand in marriage.

It was a touching moment, one that brought the issue of gay marriage into the lounge rooms of the 1.5 million Australian viewers who tuned in to watch the “Big Brother” finale on Channel Nine.

But this was a proposal for a wedding that will never happen.

Black pastor reflects on marriage equality success in Maryland

Pastor Joseph Tolton, one of the founders of NoWedge 2012 ‘explains why marriage equality is a victory for same-sex couples and our community’ in a post-election article for EBONY. GLAAD has worked with various faith leaders of this campaign, watching the birth of new conversations.

Rhode Island House may vote on marriage equality in January

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- House Speaker Gordon Fox pledged on Saturday that the R.I. House of Representatives will vote before the end of January on whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

Fox, a Providence Democrat who’s in the toughest re-election fight of his 20-year career, added specificity to the pledge he made in an interview on WPRI 12′s Newsmakers earlier this year, when he announced he would call a vote in the House on gay marriage during the 2013 session if he got re-elected.

Latest poll: Majority of Minnesota voters oppose marriage-ban amendment

The proposed Minnesota marriage amendment, which would define marriage as between one man and one woman, does not appear to have the support of a majority of voters, according to the final pre-election day poll by Public Policy Polling.

VIDEO: Mainers United make final push for marriage equality vote

PORTLAND, Maine -- Mainers United have unleashed two new ads in support of marriage equality in the week leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

One ad features the son of a lesbian couple, an honor roll student and athlete, who says he wants his moms to have the same rights to marry that he has.

The other ad features a straight couple, one of whom is a teacher, who explain that they talk to their children about LGBT people, marriage and family values – not schools.

Maine will vote on Question 1 on Tuesday. A “yes” vote will allow gay and lesbian couples in Maine to marry.

ACTION ALERT: Join phone bank to support marriage-equality campaigns

SAN FRANCISCO ― Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) will be partnering with the state campaigns in Washington, Maryland, Minnesota and Maine in launching the “Phone from Home” program through Election Day together with our over 50 partners in the Campaign for 20 Million More.

The campaign begins Saturday, Nov. 3.

HRC: Brad Pitt makes $100,000 gift to support marriage equality

WASHINGTON – Brad Pitt, an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights, had given a $100,000 gift to support marriage-equality efforts across the U.S.

The Human Rights Campaign said today that Pitt has agreed to match contributions from HRC members and supporters up to $100,000 in order to direct resources to the marriage campaigns entering their final week in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state.

AFER debunks NOM’s new marriage propaganda video

The American Foundation for Equal Rights is debunking a new video by the National Organization for Marriage -- entitled "Marriage 101" -- calling it propaganda that includes claims that NOM knows are not true.

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