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Texas Senator Pens Letter to Lesbian Daughter on Marriage Equality

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Texas State Senator Juan HinojosaDemocratic Texas state Senator Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa write a beautiful letter to his daughter on marriage equality.

Towleroad.com reports:

From the moment you breathed life, when you first smiled up at me, I knew how strong the love of a father could be. An unconditional love for such an innocent child that only a father could know. As you began to grow, I hoped for a safe environment for you and wanted to protect you from the harsh realities of this unjust world. But as you matured into a strong young woman, I began to realize there were cruelties I could not protect you from — simply because of your sexual orientation. I could not protect you from the discrimination, ignorance or hate…

As a society, we should not tolerate acts of discrimination, hate or violence for any reason. We are all equals. I remain committed to the cause of equality and most importantly in fighting to protect you and the children of all fathers. All men and women should have the freedom to choose their partner. As you are all grown up now, you will still always be my little girl. I am very proud of you. I hope one day that you, too, can experience the love for a child. And I hope one day that your children will live in a world where they will not need protection for wanting to marry who they love.

One day soon, even Texas will have marriage equality.

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Texas, USA: Democratic Lawmaker Wants to Repeal Sodomy Law

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Texas State Senator Jose RodriguezFollowing the repeal of Montana’s sodomy law by the state legislature, and the attempt to keep Virginia’s on the books, a lawmaker in Texas is proposing repeal of that state’s law. LGBTQ Nation reports:

A Democratic lawmaker is proposing that Texas repeal an anti-gay law overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003. El Paso Sen. Jose Rodriguez is expected to lay out his measure before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday.

Even though Texas was ground zero for the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas that invalidated sodomy laws across United States, the law is still on the state’s books.

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Minnesota, USA: Marriage Equality Bill Released, GOP Mad

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

MinnesotaYesterday, lawmakers introduced a marriage equality bill in the Minnesota legislature, just months after Minnesota voters rejected an attempt to ban same sex marriage in the state. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Lawmakers formally launched a long-anticipated effort Wednesday to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota by summer, and gay couples and their small children crowded the kickoff news conference – an image meant to show family diversity already exists in the state. Arguing that such families deserve the same recognition from the state as more traditional ones, sponsors of the gay marriage bill aim to repeal Minnesota’s 1997 law that prohibited marriage between couples of the same sex. The bill exempts churches from being forced to perform same-sex weddings.

Although the bill does have one GOP co-sponsor, the rest of the GOP was predictably “outraged”. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Backers of the marriage equality bill said last fall’s defeat of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage shows the state of Minnesota is ready to legalize same-sex marriage. But Republicans say voters only rejected putting the ban in the constitution, and that it shouldn’t be seen as an endorsement of gay marriage. About 15 GOP lawmakers gathered for a press conference Wednesday to denounce the bill.

::: sigh :::

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Minnesota, USA: GOP Senator to Co-Sponsor Marriage Equality Bill

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Minnesota State Senator Brandon PetersenIn what may be a first, Minnesota state Senator Branden Petersen is poised to become a sponsor of the marriage equality bill being introduced in the state. Salon.com says he would be the first ever GOP co-sponsor of a marriage equality bill, and that he has had quite a turnaround since 2011:

The move is a big turnaround for Petersen, who in 2011 was one of 69 Republican legislators to vote in favor of a constitutional ballot amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. Voters defeated the measure in November 2012, and today Petersen is singing a very different tune. “At this point, I am concerned about doing the right thing,” Petersen told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I have a certain amount of peace about that, and I will let the chips fall where they may.”

Kudos to Senator Petersen for reconsidering his old views on marriage equality – let’s hope this is the first of many GOP sponsors of marriage equality bills around the country.

Colorado, USA: Senator Pat Steadman – No Pleasing Catholic Bishops on Civil Unions

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Colorado State Senator Pat SteadmanColorado Senator Pat Steadman says there is no pleasing Catholic groups on civil unions and he is done trying.

Steadman, who is openly gay, is the Senate sponsor of a bill which seeks to recognize gay and lesbian couples with civil unions.

It is Steadman’s third attempt with the measure. In previous sessions, Republicans who controlled the House blocked the proposals from reaching the House floor. Rather than allowing a vote on the bill last year, Republicans shut down voting altogether, killing nearly two dozen unrelated measures.

Authored By Carlos Santoscoy – See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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Illinois, USA: State Senator Steans Thinks Marriage Equality Bill Passage is Likely

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Illinois State Senator Heather SteanIllinois Senator Heather Steans, the sponsor of a gay marriage bill in the Senate, believes the prospect of legalizing such unions in the upcoming session is “great.”

Appearing on The Young Turks, Steans told Cenk Uygur that public opinion has changed dramatically in just the two years since Illinois approved civil unions.

“As I’m talking to members, people have really come along,” Steans said. “You know, we passed civil unions here two years ago. And the nature of the conversations I’m having with my colleagues just two years later is very different. I think there’s really been a sea change of public opinion on this. Every day we see more people supporting what’s fair under our laws and treating everybody the same. So, it’s been very encouraging and heartening.”

Authored By Carlos Santoscoy – See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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Washington: GOP Senator Records Message for Marriage Equality

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Continuing his tradition of standing up for LGBT citizens, Republican State Senator Steve Litzow joined pro-equality group Washington United For Marriage to fight a referendum that could potentially reverse a legislature-approved law granting marriage rights to same-sex couples.

“I was one of the first Republicans to sponsor marriage equality because I believe it’s the right thing to do,” Litzow explains in the video, one in a series called “Why Marriage Matters,” which also enlisted Methodist Minister Melvin Woodworth.

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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New York, USA: Freshman Republican Senator Pushes for Marriage Equality Repeal

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Freshman Republican Senator Pushes for Marriage Equality Repeal in New YorkAfter running against gay marriage as a state Senate candidate, rookie Republican David Storobin is now trying to repeal it.

Ten days after taking office, Storobin has proposed a bill that would repeal the one-year-old law allowing same-sex couples in New York to marry, one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s most important victories.

“The government has thrust upon the people of this state a definition of marriage that violates their religious and personal moral beliefs,” Storobin argues in the memo attached to the bill.

Full Story from the Wall Street Journal

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IA: State Senator’s Resignation Could Flip Senate to GOP, Allow Marriage Equality Repeal Passage

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Iowa Gay Marriage Repeal

With news that Iowa Senator Swati Dandekar is set to resign to take up a governor-appointed position on the Iowa Utilities Board and the possibility of a special election looming, marriage equality advocates are concerned there is potential for Republicans to chip away at the slim Democratic majority in Iowa’s upper chamber and pass a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, would ban same-sex marriage.

Dandekar represents the highly competitive Senate District 18 where registration data shows that Republicans narrowly outnumber Democrats 15,945 to 15,752. The district is also represented by two Republican Representatives.

Republicans are quietly confident that they could flip control in the Senate regardless of this, but their chances of securing Dandekar’s seat could be bolstered by the active campaigns of Republican presidential hopefuls. Moreover, the Democratic party reportedly has no immediate candidate for the seat. As such, they’ve already issued a call for help.

Full Story from Care2

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IA: State Senator Goes From Marriage Equality Opponent to Avid Supporter

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Jeff AngeloFormer Iowa state Senator Jeff Angelo, who once backed a gay marriage ban amendment, will helm a new group for conservatives who support gay marriage.

Angelo is expected to unveil his new group Republicans for Freedom next week, the Des Moines Register reported.

“This debate centers around the devaluation of the lives of a select group of people,” Angelo told lawmakers at a public hearing earlier this year. “At its worst, we are being asked to believe that our gay friends are involved in a nefarious agenda. The outcome of which, supposedly, is the unraveling of society itself.”

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