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Minnesota, USA: Are Marriage Equality Opponents Running Out of Money and Donors?

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Minnesota mapLet’s hope so – CBS Local reports that Minnesota opponents of marriage equality were outspent by a 10-1 ratio:

Minnesota for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage, said Friday that it spent more than $200,000 to try to defeat the measure. Minnesotans United For All Families has previously said it spent more than $2 million in a successful lobbying campaign that featured phone banks, television commercials and personal appeals to lawmakers.

Is this a side-effect of the big wins for marriage equality in November? Are NOM’s backers no longer willing to pour money into something that’s not a sure bet?

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What Marriage Equality Supporters Are Doing and Saying: 4/22/13

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Gay WeddingWe have a bunch of updates today on the marriage equality supporters side. Let’s start with Bill Clinton at the GLAAD Awards. On Top Magazine reports:

“You have helped me come to the place where I am today,” Clinton said in accepting the award. “That’s why you are the true agents of change. But we have all learned in our interdependent society, in our increasingly interdependent world that whenever people anywhere are denied any rights, it diminishes us all. That’s why we were so gripped to our television after those bombs exploded at the Boston marathon. That 8-year-old child was our child. And the same is true here. I believe you will win the DOMA fight. And I think you will win the constitutional right to marry. If not tomorrow, then the next day, or the next day,” he said to a round of applause.

Clinton, of course, was the man who signed DOMA into law, but has since had a change of heart, and along with Hilary Clinton now fully supports marriage equality.

Glee’s Darren Criss was also at the GLAAD Awards, and did a gay version of Carly Raye Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe”. On Top Magazine reports:

“We still wish we could go; The law said don’t ask, don’t tell; Then we watched as it fell; It’s a brand new day; So, now I have a new wish; Two guys, two chicks they can kiss and feel that true wedding bliss; ‘Cause it’s a brand new day; You start proposing, feel that big emotion for life-long devotion; This is where we’re going baby.” Hey, hey Supreme Court we say no; Hey, so goodbye DOMA, and so long Prop 8; Send out your invites for the wedding day; So long DOMA, and goodbye Prop 8.”

In Arizona, former Congressman Jim Kolbe is calling on the Senate to add same-sex couples to the immigration reform bill. Kolbe was the second openly gay Republican to serve in Congress. Towleroad reports:

The 11-term congressman from Arizona is expected to talk about the hardship of the current system on his relationship with his partner of eight years, Hector Alfonso, a Panamanian native. Alfonso is now in the U.S. on a green card, but the couple were forced apart for a year because a previous visa expired and the federal government doesn’t grant any legal status to gay couples. Kolbe is planning to marry on May 18, in Washington D.C.

Another proud, out gay man, actor Neil Patrick Harris, wants to move his family to New York after the final season of his sitcom. StarPulse.com explains:

Currently NPH lives in California with his partner, David Burtka, and their two-year-old twins, but they are planning to sell up and move to the East Coast as soon as Harris’ hit TV comedy comes to an end next year. Harris admits he wants to live in a state which recognizes gay marriage and hopes to make the move soon so his children can be enrolled in school in the Big Apple.

And finally, gay activist and former presidential candidate Fred Karger and several pro-marriage equality NFL players are joining a boycott against Amway for supporting The National Organization for Marriage. Edge Boston reports:

In 2012, Karger turned his sights on the Amway, the giant direct-sales conglomerate that some have called a cult. Its conservative owners, the powerful DeVos family, have given a recorded $500,000 to the National Organization for Marriage. Karger’s vocal protest to Amway has gotten some big-time results: Top NFL players have noticed and vow to join his boycott… Actress Jane Lynch, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and former Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo have all lent their names and star power to the cause.

What Marriage Equality Supporters Are Saying – 4/15/13

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Suze Orman BookHere’s our latest installment of the things our allies are saying. Let’s start with Suze Orman. The Washington Blade reports:

CNBC host Suze Orman on Monday said the Defense of Marriage Act “unnecessarily” costs gays and lesbians millions of dollars. “The social and civil discrimination that goes on when it comes to gay marriage is absolutely inexcusable,” she said. “The financial discrimination just really really adds injury to insult.”… “For many people that are in my situation, it is absolutely ridiculous that upon my death K.T. is going to have to pay estate tax on the majority of my estate and I’m going to have to pay estate tax on the majority of her estate,” Orman said. “If we were married and recognized on a federal level, we would not owe one penny.”

Spiderman’s Andrew Garfield smacked down foes of marriage equality. Gay Star News reports:

In an interview with The Times, the 29-year-old Amazing Spiderman actor said: ‘Of course I’m in favor of marriage equality. Same-sex couples should have the same rights as anybody else. ‘There is no argument against equality. How can anyone argue against compassion and understanding?’

And On Top Magazine reports that Julie Chen and Larry King think marriage equality will be the law of the land in the US within four years:

“The Supreme Court currently is talking two major issues: Gay marriage and the protection in marriage law which [President Bill] Clinton signed and now is against. What are your views? Or how do you think it’s going to go?” King asked. “I think gay marriage will become legal in this country in a matter of less than four years,” Chen answered. “I agree,” King said. “The flow is coming, right?”

What Marriage Equality Supporters Are Saying – 4/12/13

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Gay WeddingWe thought we’d flip the script tonight and bring you some of the great things our supporters are saying.

Let’s start with Kid Rock, who is (surprise) a republican. Pink News reports:

Rock singer Kid Rock has said that he supports equal marriage, and has spoken out to say that he was “fucking embarrassed to be a Republican”, because of some party policies… In the interview with Rolling Stone, he said: “Athletes and musicians make astronomical amounts of money,” and said that, against party policy, he supports equal marriage, and abortion rights.

On Leno, singers Tegam and Sarah supported marriage equality during their performance. Spin reports:

Even after months of persistent promotion (the Canadian two-piece weren’t shy about reaching for Top 40 glory on their latest LP), “Closer” still thrills with its irrepressible rhythm and buoyant refrain. What makes this performance truly unique, though, is how Tegan and Sara proudly rep for same-sex marriage by lighting and decorating their stage show to reference the Human Rights Campaign’s red and pink equal sign. Suddenly, a line like “Here come the dreams of you and me,” speaks to an ambition greater than pop chart success.

And actor Harrison Ford discussed the parallels between Jackie Robinson and marriage equality. Towleroad.com reports:

“Do you see any parallels between Jackie Robinson’s struggle for racial acceptance and the current battle for marriage equality?” Ford: “I think there’s a metaphor you can reach for, according to your own interests and your own understanding and your own issues. … Certainly the marriage issue conveniently falls into that category.”

California, USA: Prop 8 Supporters Submit Amicus Brief to Supreme Court

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

"Simpsons" Actress Yeardley Smith Gives $25K to Prop 8 FightAnti-gay marriage proponents submitted an opening brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday arguing for the defense of a traditional definition of marriage in regards to upholding Prop 8 in court.

The brief states, “…if it was reasonable for California to [uphold marriage] for 158 years before the California Supreme Court’s ruling in the Marriage Cases, it is also reasonable for California to draw the same line, for the same reasons, after the 142-day hiatus caused by that short-lived decision. And if it is rational for Congress and 40 other States to distinguish between opposite-sex couples and other types of relationships for purposes of marriage, surely it is rational for California to do so as well.”

The brief argues that the state’s highest court should uphold the legality and rational basis of the amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. It also argues that the courts should refuse to give in to mounting pressure calling for a court-appointed end to the public debate on the definition of marriage.

Authored By Chris Huqueriza – See the Full Story at Dot429

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Colorado, USA: Civil Unions Supporters Begin Mail Campaign Against GOP

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Colorado Civil Unions Supporters Begin Mail Campaign Against GOPA Colorado pro-civil unions group targeting vulnerable Republicans began its efforts Tuesday with a lawmaker whose narrow victory two years ago gave the GOP control of the House and the fate of legislation for same-sex couples.

The organization called “Fight Back Colorado” said that Jefferson County Rep. Robert Ramirez will be the first lawmaker targeted with mailers to voters. The group formed in June with the goal of helping defeat Republicans who oppose civil unions.

Ramirez never voted on the legislation, but the group notes that he was at a rally to support traditional marriage the day after the bill was defeated during a special session in May.

See the Full Story at the Star Herald

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Maryland, USA: Dream Act, Marriage Equality Supporters Join Forces

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Dream Act, Marriage Equality Supporters Join Forces in MarylandProminent supporters of two issues facing referendum are joining forces to make sure both measures are upheld in November.

Both the Maryland Dream Act, which offers in-state college tuition to some undocumented immigrants, and a law allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state have been petitioned to the ballot by opponents.

The Familia es Familia [Family is Family] Maryland campaign, scheduled to kick off Tuesday in Langley Park, is an alliance between the immigrant-rights group CASA of Maryland and gay-rights advocates Equality Maryland.

Authored By Daniel Leaderman – See the Full Story at Gazette.net

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California, USA: Prop 8 Supporters Fined for Not Properly Reporting Donations

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

California, USA: Prop 8 Supporters Fined for Not Properly Reporting DonationsMore than $1 million in contributions to the organizers behind 2008’s ballot initiative to ban marriage equality in California were not properly reported to state authorities.

The California Fair Political Practice Commission ordered ProtectMarriage.com: Yes on 8 to pay $49,000 in fines after failing to report some of the contributions received for the campaign.

Authored By Michelle Garcia – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Maryland, USA: Marriage Equality Supporters Ramp Up Efforts

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Maryland Marriage Equality Supporters Ramp Up EffortsIt’s been a busy couple of days for supporters of marriage equality in the Free State.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the coalition of labor, religious, and community organizations working to uphold Maryland’s marriage-equality law at the ballot box, launched a newly designed website July 11 in advance of a November referendum aimed at repealing the law.

The website, now tailored to a more general audience than when supporters of marriage equality were focused on passing the bill through the Maryland General Assembly, is video- and photo-heavy in order to illustrate the human side of the marriage-equality fight.

Authored By – See the Full Story at Metro Weekly

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Minnesota, USA: Marriage Equality Supporters Outraise Opponents 2-1

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Minnesota, USA: Marriage Equality Supporters Outraise Opponents 2-1The chief group opposing the constitutional gay marriage ban on Minnesota’s November ballot has raised more than three times as much money in campaign donations as the main group pushing for the ban.

Minnesotans United for All Families, which opposes the proposed gay marriage ban, raised $3.1 million from January through mid-June of 2012 alone _ easily dwarfing the $1.4 million gay marriage foe Minnesota for Marriage has received since it began raising funds in mid-2011.

In all, Minnesotans United has raised $4.6 million to defeat the ban. The group has spent about $3 million of that total, while Minnesota for Marriage has spent about $900,000 so far.

Full Story from The LaCrosse Tribune

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