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USA, Arizona/Florida: Former Marriage Equality Foe Launches Campaigns for Gay Marriage

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Arizona mapTim Mooney, a GOP strategist, is launching campaigns for marriage equality in Arizona and Florida. The Huffington Post reports:

Tim Mooney doesn’t fit the profile of a typical gay rights advocate. The Republican strategist worked on Utah’s campaign against same-sex marriage in 2004, and helped Rick Perry become governor of Texas. Yet Mooney is the unlikely figure behind a pair of under-the-radar ballot initiatives to legalize same-sex marriage in Arizona and Florida. The campaigns, called Equal Marriage Florida and Equal Marriage Arizona, began in June, just before the Supreme Court announced its landmark ruling on same-sex marriage.

Existing LGBT rights groups are suspicious:

Florida

In interviews with The Huffington Post, a dozen gay rights advocates noted that same-sex marriage remains unpopular among some demographic groups in both Florida and Arizona. They argued that the time is not yet right to bring the issue to a vote in those states, especially without enlisting the broader gay rights community to build support among voters. Some advocates go further, suggesting Mooney’s campaigns are aimed at draining resources from gay rights groups, or at opportunistically profiting from the gay rights movement’s momentum.

Only time will tell what Mooney’s motives are or if his campaigns will be successful. I say, the more, the merrier on the marriage equality bandwagon.

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USA, Florida: Binational Gay Couple Gets First Green Card

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Florida Gay Couple Gets Green CardThe long nightmare for same sex binational couples is finally over, and a couple in Florida has a green card to prove it. The Advocate reports:

Two men from Florida are the first binational, married, same-sex couple granted a greencard in the wake of DOMA’s death this week. The Supreme Court on Wednesday narrowly threw out the Defense of Marriage Act, which amongst its many injuries, made it impossible for those who marry a foreign-born same-sex person from sponsoring their spouse for a greencard (the reason: DOMA demanded the federal government not recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages). Two days later, a male couple from Florida, who married in a state or country where same-sex nuptials are recognized, benefited from SCOTUS’s decision, according to immigration attorney Lavi Soloway. The couple has not yet been identified by name.

We’re beyond thrilled for the happy couple.

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USA: Hawaii: Next for Marriage Equality?

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

HawaiiDemocrats in the Hawaii House are considering their next steps for full marriage equality. Watermark reports:

Hawaii House Speaker Joseph Souki says he will meet with fellow Democrat lawmakers to discuss the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s rulings on gay marriage. Souki said June 26 he expects the caucus will decide together how they want to proceed. Meanwhile, supporters of gay marriage quickly put together a rally at the Hawaii Capitol during afternoon rush hour to push lawmakers to go beyond a civil union law already in place.

Hawaii was one of the first states to consider marriage equality, back in the 90’s, before voters shot it down with the help of the Mormon Church.

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Florida, USA: Former GOP Governor-Turned-Democrat Crist Endorses Marriage Equality

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Charlie CristFormer GOP Governor Charlie Crist just announced his support for marriage equality on his Facebook page today. Towleroad.com reports:

“Some great news: On Tuesday, Delaware became the 11th state to allow marriage equality. And just a few days ago, Rhode Island adopted a similar measure, which followed victories last fall in Maine, Maryland and Washington. I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here.” Crist is potentially planning a run for governor of Florida as a Democrat.

That would be something, wouldn’t it? The former Republican Governor back as a gay marriage-supporting democrat in Florida?

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USA: Two Democratic Senators Comment On Marriage Equality

Friday, April 5th, 2013

a_560x375Two of the four remaining Democratic Senate hold-outs on marriage equality issued statements, but stopped short of an endorsement. First, Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said Friday that she personally supports marriage equality for gay couples, but that she would not take a public position in support same-sex marriage because of opposition among her constituents. Landrieu told CNN on Friday that she personally believes “people should love who they love and marry who they want to marry,” but that her obligation rests with the people of Louisiana who elected her.

The very dictionary definition of “chickenshit”. Of course, we expected no less from her – she’s one of the Democrats in Name Only, and has been a disappointment going back to Hurricane Katrina, if not earlier.

Next up, Arkansas’ Senator Mark Prior.

Also Friday, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, one of three remaining Senate Democrats who have not yet expressed support for marriage equality, responding to KFSM-TV, said, “I would put me down in the undecided category.”

At least he’s keeping an open mind.

And an ex-GOP Senator came out for marriage equality too – a year too late. The Huffington Post reports:

“I think obviously this has evolved over time on the whole issue for the whole country and the nations,” Snowe, a moderate Republican, told CNN. “We’ve seen a sea change in society’s whole attitude on this particular issue and it’s only natural for government to be responsive to those changes.”

But better late than never.

And Dan Amira and Jonathan Chait look at the Final Four on the Dems side:

Well, Jon, it’s been a crazy month, but today, after Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp dropped out of the tournament, we’re down to the Final Four: Mark Pryor, Joe Manchin, Tim Johnson, and Mary Landrieu. The moderate powerhouses are the only remaining Democratic senators who haven’t come out in support of gay marriage — but only one can be the last Democratic senator not to support gay marriage. Let’s take a look at the field. Landrieu is an interesting case, don’t you think? You could argue she should have been knocked out last week.

Who do you think will be next?

Reason to Be Concerned About the Supreme Court and Marriage Equality?

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Reason to Be Concerned About the Supreme Court and Marriage Equality?For the “Yes, we should worry” side, here’s noted journalist Linda Hirshman, the author of Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution.

In 1996 Justice Anthony Kennedy, still rumored to be the swing vote this time, wrote a groundbreaking opinion in favor of the political rights of gays. In 2003, the Supreme Court threw out the remaining state laws making sodomy criminal. But the Court is so conservative and so evenly divided. Justice Kennedy has delivered an almost unbroken series of conservative votes in the last several years, swinging almost not at all between the factions.

It pays to remember that even after a series of cautious moves led to victory, when the women’s movement asked for inclusion of pregnancy in disability benefits – they lost decisively. The closest case to the Boies-Olson litigation in the women’s movement – Roe v. Wade — triggered a four decade backlash.

Authored By Linda Hirshman – See the Full Story at Joe.My.God

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USA: Obama Administration Under New Pressure to Take Position on Prop 8

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

USA: Obama Administration Under New Pressure to Take Position on Prop 8The Supreme Court will ultimately decide on two same-sex marriage cases, but the court’s attention-grabbing move has put the pressure on President Barack Obama to clarify his stance on the issue.

When Obama announced in May that he favored same-sex marriage — after previously supporting just civil unions — many took it as a full embrace of same-sex marriage rights. It wasn’t: his nuanced language stopped well short of endorsing the idea that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to marry for same-sex couples. He said the issue was best left to the states to decide in the near term.

However, the federal government has never taken a stand on the other, potentially more significant case that the justices added to their calendar on Friday: the legal challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage, approved in 2008. In 2010, a district court judge struck down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional and found a broad federal right to same-sex marriage. In February, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit also found the measure unconstitutional, but on narrower grounds.

Authored By Josh Gerstein – See the Full Story at Politico.com

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USA: The State of Marriage Equality

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

The State of Marriage Equality in the USSame-sex marriage initiatives scored big wins this month. In a historic turnaround that underscores America’s shifting attitudes about same-sex marriage, voters crossed party lines, age, race and faith. Marriage equality was the winner in four U.S. states — Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington — ending a 31-state losing streak in the election that returned Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency.

Pundits will continue to wax poetic about what is being called the “the single biggest night for gay rights in electoral history.” Having states approve marriage by a popular vote changes the narrative and underscores evidence of a remarkable shift in public opinion around same-sex marriage.

The number of states with legalized gay marriage increased by 50 percent overnight. Suffice it to say that the freshman class of 2037 will hear their political science professors refer to Nov. 6, 2012, as a red-letter day in the history of the gay rights movement.

Authored By Dr. William R. Kapfer – See the Full Story at The Huffington Post

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach, Carlsbad, California

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

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NC, USA: Charlotte Marriage Equality Debate Draws Big Crowd

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Charlotte Marriage Equality DebateNo consensus was expected at “Defining Marriage,” Thursday night’s town hall-like meeting on North Carolina’s proposed constitutional amendment on marriage. None was reached.

After weeks of being discussed in churches and argued anonymously online, the marriage debate moved uptown with a sprawling 100-plus minutes that pushed the boundaries on the civil exchange it was designed to be.

More than 300 people signed up ahead of time. But the actual crowd appeared to be twice that, shoving the McGlohon Theater in Spirit Square toward capacity.

Full Story from the Charlotte Observer

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