Marriage Equality

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.

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.

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