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New Jersey Senate approves same sex marriage

New Jersey state senators voted Monday to approve a bill that would extend the right to marry to same sex couples, sending the bill to the Assembly at-large for final approval. The vote was 24-16 in favor of legalizing same sex marriage, although Governor Chris Christie (R) has promised a…

New Jersey Senate President: Same sex marriage will pass despite governor

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) said Friday that the state legislature would pass a bill to legalize same sex marriage despite a veto threat from Republican Gov. Chris Christie. “It is absolutely going to pass on Monday, and I expect it to pass the Assembly on Thursday, and…

Illinois lawmakers introduce bill to legalize same sex marriage

Three Illinois legislators have introduced a bill that would grant same sex couples all the marriage rights now exclusively available to heterosexual couples, according to the Associated Press. The bill, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, was proposed to the Illinois House by Reps. Greg Harris, Deborah Mell, and…

Washington State lawmakers approve same sex marriage bill

The Washington House of Representatives on Wednesday joined the state Senate in passing legislation to legalize same sex marriage. The bill has the support of Democratic Governor Chris Gregoire, who is expected to sign it into law, making Washington the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage. “Yes, this story was…

Same sex marriage will be on 2012 ballot in Maine again

Activists in Maine said Thursday that the re-legalization of same sex marriage would be put to a statewide vote in 2012. “Marriage is going to be decided at the ballot box,” Betsy Smith, Executive Director of Equality Maine, told Think Progress. “We feel very comfortable about winning, it’s the reason…

Washington state gay marriage proposal gets strong support

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Friday introduced a bill to legalize same sex marriage in Washington state, which gay rights groups hope will be the next state to approve nuptials after two-term governor Christine Gregoire announced her support. The bill was introduced in the Democrat-controlled Senate…

Romney: ‘I don’t discriminate… I oppose same sex marriage’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney asserted on Sunday that his opposition to same sex marriage was not discrimination against gay people. During a GOP debate in New Hampshire Sunday, WHDH’s Andy Hiller asked Romney, “How have you stood up for gay rights, and when have you used your voice to…

Santorum gets booed after claiming same sex marriage justifies polygamy

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday found himself being booed by a group of students after he failed to convince them that legalizing same sex marriage would also mean that polygamy was acceptable. A young man at New England College’s College Convention 2012 asked the candidate how same sex…

Marriage equality has health benefits for gay men: study

Same sex marriage legalization reduces doctor visits and health care costs for gay men, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Laws prohibiting same sex marriage deprive gay couples of many benefits and privileges that heterosexual married couples have under federal and state laws.…

Romney tells gay veteran he’ll repeal same-sex marriage

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney had an interesting exchange with a gay veteran at a New Hampshire diner Monday morning. According to The Boston Globe, 63-year-old Vietnam vet Bob Garon asked the former Massachusetts if he would support a repeal of the state allowing same sex marriage. “I believe marriage…

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