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Gov. O’Malley kicks off Maryland marriage equality campaign

Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) described himself as a “Marylander for marriage equality” as part of a video campaign seeking to raise support for same sex marriage. “As a free and diverse people of many different faiths, we choose to be governed under the law by certain fundamental principles, among them,…

Anti-LGBT rights group launches campaign to repeal New York marriage equality

An anti-gay rights group is furious at New York Republican lawmakers for helping to legalize same sex marriage in the state. A fundraising letter from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) announced that the group plans multiple rallies in New York to begin a campaign to repeal marriage equality, which…

New York lawmakers reach agreement on religious exemptions for same sex marriage

New York came one step closer to legalizing marriage equality Friday after Republican lawmakers and Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly reached an agreement on religious exemptions. The new exemptions would protect religious organizations from being required to recognize same sex marriages. Senate Republicans met behind close doors Friday afternoon to…

UN rights council backs ‘historic’ gay equality bill

GENEVA (AFP) – The UN Human Rights Council on Friday passed a “historic” resolution that seeks equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation, marking significant progress for gay rights. The resolution tabled by South Africa passed with 23 votes in favour, 19 against and three abstentions, despite strong opposition…

Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand join campaign supporting same sex marriage

New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer have become the latest notable figures to call for equal marriage rights for same sex couples. Both appeared in ads Wednesday created by the Human Rights Capaign (HRC). “Some say politicians have a hard time getting to the point,” said Schumer in…

Women march for better life on International Women’s Day

PARIS – Women worldwide took to the streets Tuesday to mark the 100th International Women’s Day, with protests against honour killings, the objectification of women in Italy and the shooting of seven women in Ivory Coast. Drawing inspiration from the boardrooms of Finland and the toppling of autocratic regimes in…

Marriage equality ‘an inevitability’ in America, Biden declares

Vice President Joe Biden suggested Friday that it’s just a matter of time before same-sex marriage is legal in all US states. “I think the country is evolving,” Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I think there’s an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage.” Same-sex marriage is one issue…

Palin at Beck rally: ‘I hope Dr. King would be so proud’

Tens of thousands of people gathered Saturday at the site of Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963, “I Have a Dream Speech” to hear right-wing icons call on them to “restore America.” In wide-ranging and often religious terms, Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck told Americans that their country was…

Stop buying elections! MoveOn to petition Target

The liberal advocacy group MoveOn has a new target: Target. The Associated Press reported on July 27, “Under new laws allowing corporations to spend company money on election campaigns, the Minneapolis-based chain gave $150,000 to a Republican-friendly political fund staffed by insiders from departing GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s administration. The…

Largest NJ gay rights group will no longer give to Democrats

The largest gay-rights advocacy group in New Jersey has announced it will no longer give money to the Democratic Party. The move follows the state legislature’s failure last month to legalize gay marriage and amid growing signs that the effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is already faltering. “No…

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