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Maryland becomes eighth state to legalize same sex marriage

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed legislation on Thursday that grants same sex couples all the marriage rights currently enjoyed by opposite sex couples. “Religious freedom was the very reason for our State’s founding,” he said in a statement. “At the heart of religious freedom is the freedom of individual…

Lesbian judge refuses to wed couples until same sex marriage legalized

An openly-gay judge in Texas is refusing to wed opposite sex couples until same sex couples can be married as well. “I do not perform them because it is not an equal application of the law. Period,” Judge Tonya Parker said. Parker, the first openly LGBT African-American elected official in…

Maryland poised to legalize same sex marriages

The Maryland Senate on Thursday approved legislation that grants same sex couples all the marriage rights currently enjoyed by opposite sex couples, sending the bill to Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley. “All children deserve the opportunity to live in a loving, caring, committed, and stable home, protected equally under the law,”…

Judge rules Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional

A district court judge ruled Wednesday that the Defense of Marriage Act discriminated against married same sex couples and violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. The Defense of Marriage Act was enacted in 1996 and Section 3 of the law, which the case challenged, defined marriage…

Rahm Emanuel vows to fight for marriage equality

Chicago mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has thrown his support behind an Illinois bill that would grant same sex couples all the marriage rights now exclusively available to heterosexual couples. “I’ll push for it because it is consistent with the values base, and the practical…

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