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Anti-gay religious groups launch coalition opposing Illinois marriage equality

As lawmakers prepare to bring same-sex marriage legislation up for vote in the Illinois General Assembly early next month, a group of conservative religious organizations have formed a coalition against the bill.

At least nine organizations have joined what has been dubbed the Coalition to Protect Children and Marriage, including the Illinois Family Institute, the Thomas More Society and Catholic Citizens of Illinois, the groups announced Tuesday.

Rights of LGBT Latinos on trial in nation's highest court

WASHINGTON -- The recent announcement that the Supreme Court of the United States will take up two cases involving same-sex marriage is of great significance to LGBT Latinos, as millions of Latinos who identify as LGBT are not afforded the rights and opportunities available through the recognition of their marriages.

Donors supporting marriage equality in 2012 overwhelmed those who opposed it

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign today released an analysis of donors to the four states with marriage equality on the ballot this year. The number of contributors who gave in support of marriage for gay and lesbian couples was thirteen times greater – about 133,000 compared to an estimated 10,500 - than those giving financial resources to oppose marriage equality.

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The Marriage Plot: Inside this year's epic campaign for gay equality

(Editor's note: This exclusive story by The Atlantic meticulously documents the marriage-equality victories on Nov. 6 and is based on reporting that began more than a month before Election Day; dozens of interviews; and access to scores of internal communications. It is a must-read story for anyone who wants to learn how we made history with hard-fought grass-roots efforts and learning our lessons from the debacle of California's Proposition 8.)

ACTION ALERT | Tell President Obama and the Department of Justice: Speak out on Prop 8

Sign our petition: To President Obama and the Department of Justice: Please speak out on Prop 8 as the Supreme Court prepares to hear the case. Submit a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that a state ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.

“This Week with George Stephanopoulos” discusses gay marriage | VIDEO

WASHINGTON -- On Sunday’s Powerhouse Roundtable on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” political odd couple James Carville and Mary Matalin, Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and ABC’s George Will and Matthew Dowd discussed the latest on the U.S. Supreme Court and gay marriage.

A transcript portion of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” airing on Sunday morning, Dec. 9, 2012 on ABC News is below:

Minnesota governor: I would sign marriage-equality bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton said this week that he would sign a marriage-equality bill into law should one ever hit his desk.

Minnesotans last month rejected Proposition 32, which would have added a state constitutional ban against same-sex marriage.

Dayton told Minnesota Public Radio that is was not sure whether the state Legislature would take up the issue.

Lambda Legal blog: What happened — or didn’t happen—at the Supreme Court today

Contrary to many people’s expectations, the U.S. Supreme Court did not issue any orders last Friday or today in any of the four challenges to a provision of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in the Hollingsworth v.

Maryland: Same-sex weddings can begin New Year's Day

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Marriage officials in Maryland can begin processing marriage applications for same-sex couples, allowing them to wed on New Year's Day, according to an opinion by the state's Attorney General.

Maryland AG Douglas Gansler released a lengthy opinion Thursday that makes it possible for gay and lesbian couples to apply for and process marriage licenses to facilitate January 1st ceremonies, and still comply with the mandatory waiting period in Maryland law.

Maine: Same-sex wedding can begin on Dec. 29

PORTLAND, Maine -- Maine's new freedom to marry law, which allows same-sex couples to receive a marriage license, will take effect on Saturday, Dec. 29.

According to the Office of the Secretary of State, the certified election results for the state were signed off on by Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday, Nov. 29. The new law becomes effective 30 days from that date.

"The long wait for marriage for same-sex couples in Maine is almost over," said Betsy Smith, the executive director of EqualityMaine. "Before the end