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VIDEO: New campaign highlights stories of military families harmed by DOMA

WASHINGTON – A week after President Obama announced his support for ending marriage discrimination against same-sex couples, Freedom to Marry and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) announced Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry, a new national campaign that will highlight the stories of military families harmed by the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

GOP lawmakers kill Colorado Civil Union Act in special session

DENVER -- Oops! They did it again.

Despite being given a second chance by Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Republican state House committee killed the Colorado Civil Union Act on a party-line vote, 5-4.

The decision came after about four hours of testimony.

Supporters of the bill had hoped Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, who is the father of a gay son, would be a swing vote. However, he told a crowd of more than 300 the bill was too similar to same-sex marriage and a “yes” vote would invalidate a 2006 voter approved amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman.

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Pop culture marks Obama's historical support for marriage equality

The front covers of Newsweek and magazines have quickly captured the historical importance of President Barack Obama’s declaration of support for marriage equality on May 9.

Newsweek hailed Obama as “the first gay president” in homage to Toni Morrison’s reference in 1998 in that Bill Clinton was “the first black president” for his support of the African-American community.

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Shane: Partner's death shows how we truly are second-class citizens in the eyes of the law | VIDEO

LOS ANGELES – A YouTube video by a young gay man whose partner died in a tragic fall, which painfully illustrates the second-class citizenship of LGBT couples who cannot legally marry, has gone viral on the Internet.

As of today, more than 640,000 people have viewed the video titled “It Could Happen To You,” resulting in almost 15,000 likes and 260 dislikes.

Shane Bitney Crone’s heart-wrenching story is told in a 10-minute video that outlines how unmarried gay couples are treated unfairly and unequally when one of the partners dies without an ironclad will.

VIDEO: Groundbreaking global campaign for marriage equality, Out4Marriage launched

LONDON -- Out4Marriage is modeled on the hugely successful It Gets Better YouTube project launched by Dan Savage, where politicians, celebrities and members of the public gave hope to teenagers coming to terms with their sexuality.

11 state Democratic Party chairs support marriage equality plank in national platform

WASHINGTON – Eleven state Democratic Party chairs from across the country, including from California and Texas, joined in support of a marriage equality plank in the party’s national platform.

The chairs include John Burton of California, Joan Wagnon of Kansas, John Walsh of Massachusetts, Ken Martin of Minnesota, Jon Wisniewski of New Jersey, Jay Jacobs of New York, Meredith Wood Smith of Oregon, Boyd Richie of Texas, Jake Perkinson of Vermont, Dwight Pelz of Washington and Mike Tate of Wisconsin.

Big money pours into North Carolina over marriage amendment

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Millions of dollars have been amassed by groups for and against North Carolina's proposed constitutional amendment to ban civil unions and marriage equality.

Christian Action League has raised $312,000 and the anti-gay hate group National Organization for Marriage has donated $303,000 to top the list of supporters of passing the amendment. Other major donors include tax software executive Phil Drake ($250,000), Roman Catholic dioceses ($100,000) and North Carolina Values Coalition ($66,000). A total of 26% of the $1.2 million raised came from individuals.

Court recognizes first gay marriage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- A court in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil approved a request to convert the civil union of a gay male couple into a civil marriage, the AFP reported.

Judge Luiz Felipe Francisco said Brazilian law does not prohibit marriage between members of the same sex.

“As there is no explicit barrier to marriage between two people of the same sex, it would be contrary to principles enshrined in the Constitution, such as equality, human dignity and pluralism [to deny the request,]” a statement reads.

Archbishop of Wales says gay marriage deserves welcome of church

LLANDUDNO, Wales -- The Archbishop of Wales has lent his support to gay marriage today, saying: “All life-long committed relationships deserved the welcome, pastoral care and support of the Church."

In his presidential address to members of the Church in Wales’ Governing Body in Llandudno, Dr Barry Morgan said Christians "need to show how the Gospel of Jesus is good news for gay people".

House leaders join call for marriage equality plank in 2012 national Democratic platform

WASHINGTON – More than half a dozen Democratic Congressional leaders today signed onto Freedom to Marry’s “Democrats: Say I Do” campaign calling for a freedom to marry plank in the 2012 national platform of the Democratic Party.

The signers include three key contenders for the U.S. Senate from swing states: Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); Shelly Berkley (D-NV); and Martin Heinrich (D-NM).

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