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Lebanese couple defies Muslim divisions in a civil marriage

When Kholoud Sukkarieh and Nidal Darwish married in defiance of Lebanon’s ban on civil unions, they had no idea their initiative would attract so much support from fellow citizens — and even the president. The entire process took nearly a year and was done in secret to sidestep political obstacles.…

Maine Gov. Baldacci signs marriage equality bill

12:45 PM ET: Just moments ago, one of my contributors who is on the ground in Maine, Louise emailed me to say that in minutes a decision was going to be made by Gov. Baldacci as to whether he would sign the marriage equality bill when it hits his desk.…