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MEUSA and NEAT Canvass for Marriage Equality in New Jersey

Saturday, October 12th, 2013
Volunteers and staff from MEUSA pose with New Jersey United for Marriage staff before spending time canvassing

Volunteers and staff from MEUSA pose with New Jersey United for Marriage staff before spending time canvassing

Marriage Equality USA Executive Director Brian Silva and eight other volunteers spent October 5th in Summit, New Jersey, canvassing in support of New Jersey United for Marriage (NJUM) – the campaign to win marriage in that state. This action was part of the National Equality Action Team (NEAT), MEUSA’s newest initiative to draw together winning coalitions of marriage equality supporters.

See the full story on the MEUSA news blog…

Marriage Equality USA Launches the National Equality Action Team (NEAT)

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

New York • 3 October 2013 ― Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) is launching the National Equality Action Team (NEAT), a coalition of almost 50 local, state and national organizations and individual organizers mobilizing volunteers to win the freedom to marry in states with active marriage equality campaigns.

Volunteers are able to sign up on the NEAT website to join events near them and also to phone bank from virtually anywhere.

“The National Equality Action Team is unique in that it gives passionate marriage equality advocates across the country — especially those in marriage equality states who want to pay it forward — a chance to play an important role in our national movement to win the freedom to marry,” said MEUSA Program Director Tracy Hollister.

“NEAT shows what organizations and individuals can do when we come together as a coalition to empower our community to take individual action in support of all 50 states,” said Marriage Equality USA Executive Director Brian Silva. “Until everyone can marry the person they love, we all have work to do.”

“NEAT is a continuation of our work over the past year in winning campaigns in Minnesota, Maine, Maryland, Washington, Rhode Island and Delaware, where we hosted almost 150 phone banks and made approximately 100,000 calls for marriage equality,” said MEUSA Board President Jane Wishon. “Our goal is to continue this work and leverage our communities’ collective power to secure marriage equality by working side by side with our NEAT partners.”

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Rhode Island, USA: Coalition to Begin Marriage Equality Push Monday

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Rhode IslandA new coalition is advocating for gay marriage in Rhode Island.

Rhode Islanders United for Marriage says it will begin its work Monday with remarks from several community leaders who support legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

The new organization includes representatives from organized labor, state and local officials and longtime supporters of gay marriage.

See the Full Story at Boston.com

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Rhode Island, USA: Religious Coalition Endorses Marriage Equality

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Rhode Island, USA: Religious Coalition Endorses Marriage EqualityThough Catholic leaders continue to attack same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, a group of over 100 religious leaders from 13 different denominations throughout the state has come together to support equality. The interfaith group outlines the following tenets in their endorsement of the freedom to marry:

The most fundamental human need is the supportive love of other human beings, and that love is demonstrated in many ways.

The arc of God’s universe is toward justice, and we are called from out of our faith to pursue civil rights and fairness for all people.

Authored By Zack Ford – See the Full Story at Think Progress

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Illinois, USA: New Marriage Equality Coalition Formed

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Illinois, USA: New Marriage Equality Coalition FormedAs we’ve mentioned earlier on Towleroad, efforts are underway to put a marriage equality bill in front of the Illinois legislature in January, and now word comes from Lambda Legal that a new coalition has been formed, Illinois Unites, to work toward getting the bill passed.

Lambda Legal writes:

Illinois Unites brings together a diverse group of individuals and organizations from across Illinois, including business groups, labor, faith organizations, Republicans, Democrats and grassroots supporters. The coalition is being organized by Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois.

Authored By Andy Towle – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Illinois, USA: Coalition Created to Oppose Marriage Equality

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Coalition Created to Oppose Marriage Equality in IllinoisSeveral prominent anti-gay groups have formed a coalition to oppose same-sex marriage in Illinois. The coalition includes the notorious Illinois Family Association, which is an SPLC-certified hate group and the former home of Peter Labarbera. Other members are the Eagle Forum, Concerned Christian Americans, Family-PAC, Catholic Citizens of Illinois, Abstinence & Marriage Partners, Thomas More Society, and Illinois Citizens For Life PAC.

Said Penny Pullen, former state legislator and President of Eagle Forum of Illinois, “As foundational as the family is to our society and especially to the well-being of children, it would be both wrong and dangerous for our state to interfere with the family for the sake of a social experiment whose results we cannot know for decades. The risk to future generations is too high to take this chance.”

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Maryland, USA: Marriage Equality Coalition Reaches 100 Partners

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Maryland Marriage Equality Coalition Reaches 100 PartnersMarylanders for Marriage Equality, the coalition working to uphold the new state law in a referendum, announced that more than 100 organizations have joined the campaign.

The coalition reached the milestone this week, according to a news release. Marylanders for Marriage Equality includes a broad array of LGBT organizations, organized labor, religious groups, and others representing thousands of residents. Some of the partners include the Maryland Black Family Alliance, 1199 SEIU, ACLU of Maryland, the NAACP’s Baltimore branch, and the League of Women Voters.

Authored By Julie Bolcer – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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US: New Coalition Launched to Repeal DOMA

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

DOMA Repeal CoalitionA broad coalition of more than 50 civil rights, labor, progressive, faith, student, health, legal, women’s, and LGBT organizations on Thursday announced support of the Respect for Marriage Act– the bill to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that withholds federal protections for legally married gay and lesbian couples.

The group, led by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Freedom to Marry, “has come forward to urge members of Congress to end the unfairness,” said said Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry.

“Because of the ‘gay exception’ created by DOMA, America’s legally married gay and lesbian couples – including service members risking their lives on the front lines for our safety – are treated as strangers under federal law, rather than provided the respect and protections federal law normally assures to married couples and their loved ones,” said Wolfson, in a statement.

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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NC: Anti Amendment One Coalition Launches Two New Ads

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

North Carolina Amendment One FightThe newly launched Coalition to Protect All NC Families has released two ads opposing a proposed amendment to North Carolina’s constitution that would ban all same-sex marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships. The first features same-sex families discussing how the amendment would impact their families while the other explains the importance of voting against the amendment on May 8 and encouraging others to do the same.

Full Story from Think Progress

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MD: Freedom to Marry Changes Course, Will Join Marriage Equality Coalition

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Maryland Marriage EqualityAs Maryland prepares for another shot at marriage equality when the legislature reconvenes next month, one national marriage advocacy group has bowed out of the fight.

Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry told the Blade last week that because of concerns about a marriage bill being sent to a voter referendum in 2012, that his organization declined to join a high-profile and diverse coalition of groups supporting the marriage bill.

“In Maryland, because of the likelihood that marriage legislation can be forced onto the ballot, the key question is not just passing a bill in the legislature, but defending it against an attack campaign via ballot measure,” Wolfson said. “Freedom to Marry has made it clear to members of the coalition and to lawmakers that our goal is to win, not simply to pass a bill, if there is not sufficient groundwork and investment in a campaign to win at the ballot.”

Full Story from The Washington Blade

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