Marriage Equality

Latest Maine poll suggests voters likely to approve same-sex marriage

A November ballot referendum aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine appears likely to pass, according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted last week by WBUR Radio, follows the indicators of recent national polls, which show increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage. The WBUR poll shows that 55 percent of voters polled favor the referendum, while only 36 percent oppose it.

By party, Democrats and independents favored the measure, while Republicans oppose it.

Cook County State’s Attorney: Illinois same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

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Report: 71% of Britons support marriage equality

In a report released by Stonewall today, a YouGov poll has found 71% of people approve of the government’s plans to allow gay couples to marry, and the same number want faiths to be able to perform gay weddings ceremonies if they choose.

The poll also showed that three in five people of faith support the government’s plans to extend civil marriage to gay couples, despite opposition by many faith leaders.

Stonewall’s five-yearly polling of public attitudes, for its 2012 Living Together report, said more than 80% of British adults under 50 supported the proposal.

Danish parliament approves equal marriage

The Danish parliament has approved equal marriage laws 85 to 24 today, reports say.

Members of the sole house of the Folketing approved the gender-neutral marriage legislation today after an opposition amendment creating a separate system of marriage for gay couples under different terminology was rejected yesterday.

The new law is due to come into effect on June 15 this year, b.dk reported.

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In Washington, anti-marriage foes submit signatures to put law on ballot

SEATTLE – Anti-marriage opponents in Washington state today submitted signatures to bring the freedom to marry to a vote on the November ballot following the passage of a marriage bill earlier this year, which was signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire and scheduled to go into effect later this week.

The signatures must be certified before the issue can be placed on the ballot.

The rabidly anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has pledged at least $1 million to the anti-marriage forces in Washington, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Poll: New Zealanders favors marriage equality

AUKLAND, New Zealand -- The Government should legislate to allow same-sex couples to get married, in light of a TVNZ poll that shows New Zealanders now overwhelming support marriage equality, says the Green Party.

TVNZ's poll on same-sex marriage found that 63% of New Zealanders think same-sex couples should be able to get married. 31% were opposed, while 6% did not know or preferred not to say.

"It is time for New Zealand to amend our laws to reflect the change in society's views on same-sex marriage," said Green Party Rainbow Issues spokesperson Kevin Hague.

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Conservative rabbinic group issues guidelines for same-sex wedding rituals

NEW YORK – A landmark vote last week by the Conservative movement’s rabbinic committee has established rituals for same-sex wedding ceremonies, affirming that same-sex marriages have “the same sense of holiness and joy as that expressed in heterosexual marriages.”

The decision by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly was several years in coming, following a 2006 vote by the committee “favor[ing] the establishment of committed and loving relationships for gay and lesbian Jews.”

Gay marriage foes say they have signatures to put issue on Maryland ballot

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Opponents of same-sex marriage in Maryland announced Tuesday they have collected more than twice the number of signatures needed to put the state’s new marriage equality law to a public vote on November’s ballot.

The Maryland Marriage Alliance, a coalition of groups working to preserve the traditional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, said it had collected more than 113,000 voter signatures; only 56,000 signatures were needed to bring the law to a referendum.

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Lambda Legal files suit seeking marriage for same-sex couples in Illinois | VIDEO

CHICAGO -- Today, nearly one year after the civil union law took effect, Lambda Legal filed papers in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division on behalf of 16 same-sex couples and their children seeking the freedom to marry.

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Siempre En La Lucha: Latinos and marriage equality

As soon as President Obama announced his support for marriage equality earlier this month, pundits and Republican strategists started speculating that the president's pro-equality stance would cost him among Latino voters. They figured that most Latino voters are Catholic, therefore they must be willing to vote against the President because of his support of marriage equality.

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