Marriage Equality

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.

LISTEN: Chris Kluwe battles government agents in marriage equality ad

Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings punter and outspoken marriage equality advocate, argues against a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota in a satirical new radio ad for the group for Minnesotans for 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.

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