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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.

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.

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