Marriage Equality

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.

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry launches national effort

WASHINGTON — Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, has unleashed Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.

The new campaign will highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young people across America who identify as conservative. The campaign launch took place at a kickoff event Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Supporters raise $950,000 in June to uphold Washington’s gay marriage law

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington state announced Monday they had raised more than $952,000 in June, bringing total contributions to more than $2 million in its campaign to uphold the state’s new marriage equality law, which is on hold pending the outcome of a November ballot measure.

Washington United for Marriage (WUM), the broad coalition working to defend the bipartisan marriage law, said the campaign contributions were driven in large part by new in-state donors, and represented the highest monthly intake for the campaign.

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Roman Catholic Church of Scotland declares "war on gay marriage"

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and the most senior Catholic in the United Kingdom has declared “war on gay marriage,” pledging to spend another £100,000 in its campaign against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Scotland.

In Illinois, downstate county clerks file to intervene in marriage lawsuit

A judge has allowed two downstate Illinois county clerks intervene on behalf of the state’s marriage statute prohibiting same-sex marriage after high-ranking Cook County officials said they would not defend the law in a legal challenge headed by the ACLU of Illinois and Lambda Legal.

The Thomas More Society, a conservative legal action group, filed an emergency request to intervene late Friday afternoon on behalf of Clerks Kerry Hirtzel, a downstate Effingham County Republican and Christie Webb, a Democrat from Tazewell County in central Illinois, according to a news release.

LULAC passes resolution supporting marriage equality

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) passed a resolution on Saturday at its 83rd annual convention in favor of same-sex unions.

The resolution supports marriage equality for all Americans, including those in the LGBT community. Furthermore, the resolution opposes the denial of basic civil rights or acts of discrimination against any American, as is consistent with LULAC's continuing advocacy for civil rights and protections guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

France to say "oui" to marriage equality

(Editor's note: Reuters reported today that a high-level French official said that the new government would pass a law legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013.)

It will soon be legal for same-sex couples to marry and adopt children in France, after the new Socialist government announced plans to legalize gay marriage.

French President Francois Hollande is to use the majority he won in parliamentary elections two weeks ago to make good on his campaign promise to legalize gay marriage and adoption.

California Gov. Jerry Brown urges Scotland politicians to lead over marriage equality

The governor of a U.S. state embroiled in a legal row over gay marriage has urged Scotland's politicians to press ahead with equality legislation.

The advice from California's Jerry Brown comes as the Scottish government prepares to release details of its consultation into same-sex marriage.

Brown said it was important for politicians to lead on the issue.

First Minister Alex Salmond said he personally supported reform but he did not want opponents to "feel ignored."

In June 2008, the State of California allowed homosexual couples to get married.

Progress: Historic military commitment ceremony in New Jersey

(Editor's note: Fred Sainz, a former press secretary to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, is vice president of communications and marketing at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C.)

Mormons say equal marriage would have "negative implications" for UK

LONDON -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed a response to the government’s public consultation on how to introduce marriage equality, saying gay couples should be excluded for the “good of society” and warning that the move will have “negative implications for the nation, both legal and social.”

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