Tag Archives: marriage equality

Marion Barry Endorses Gay Marriage

Former mayor and current Washington DC City Councilman Marion Barry has come out in favor of gay marriage there. D.C. Council Member Marion Barry said that he would vote for a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the city, if such a measure is introduced. It’s the first time the former mayor has publicly revealed his position on a marriage bill. ...

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Conservative CA Paper Endorses Marriage Equality

The Orange County Register, the conservative voice of California’s most notoriously conservative county, has published an editorial in support of gay marriage. Our preference would be for the government not to be involved in marriage, the most fundamental of institutions in a civil society. Why two people who want to be married should be required to get a license from ...

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HomoQuotable – Jonathan Rauch

“Re-enter your childhood, but imagine your first crush, first kiss, first date and first sexual encounter, all bereft of any hope of marriage as a destination for your feelings. Re-enter your first serious relationship, but think about it knowing that marrying the person is out of the question. “Imagine that in the law’s eyes you and your soul mate will ...

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Joe Bruno Announces Retirement

Oh, happy day! New York State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno (R-Brunswick), long the greatest obstacle to getting LGBT rights advanced in the state, has announced that he will not seek reelection. Bruno’s decision will end a more than three-decade career that led him to become one of the most powerful men in state government, and the defacto leader of ...

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CA Supes Asked To Remove Anti-Gay Marriage Ballot Item

Led by Equality California, a coalition of gay rights groups have petitioned the state Supreme Court to remove the anti-gay marriage initiative from the November ballot. Gay-rights advocates asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to remove a proposed state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage from the November ballot, saying it would destroy fundamental rights that cannot be legally altered ...

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2700 CA Licenses In Two Days

California’s county clerks did a week’s worth of business in the first two days of legal gay marriage: In the two days since same-sex couples have been allowed to wed in California, the number of marriage licenses issued statewide has surpassed that of an entire typical June week, according to a Times survey of the state’s 58 county clerks. Just ...

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HomoQuotable – Armistead Maupin

“The sad truth is that gay rights has always been the disposable card of liberal politics. The very fact of our existence is still “controversial” even to those who make a noise about being our friends. We’re still the fly in the ointment, the “divisive issue” that can lose an election. Just look at the weak-kneed response from the Clinton ...

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Defending The Sacred

This cartoon was published in 2004 during the Massachusetts marriage battle. Not much has changed, has it?

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Haters Fail Again In CA

Another failure by the Liberty Counsel in their desperate last minute bid to stop California’s gay marriages: A California state appeals court on Tuesday refused a motion by a conservative group to halt the rush by same-sex couples to marry. The Campaign for California Families argued that marriage licenses should not be issued until the legislature amends dozens of state ...

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Marriage Step-By-Step

Veteran gay reporter Rex Wockner has posted a nice marriage photo essay from San Diego, following gay couples from paying for their license right up to saying their vows. Sweet. UPDATE: Rex’s partner has posted video of San Diego’s first gay wedding (the guys pictured above).

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The Hate Truck

These idiots were among the mere dozens of protesters at SF’s City Hall yesterday and were far, far outnumbered by those celebrating. Photo by Storm Bear, from the Bilerico gay marriage photosite.

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Meet The Tyler-Olsons

Robin Tyler and Diane Olson were the first couple married in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon. Fabulous shot by LA Times photographer Luis Sinco.

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Hitched!!!

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Watch Online: First Gay Weddings In CA

You can watch today’s historic gay marriages in California online here. Ceremonies began at 5PM California time.

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The Last Father’s Day

The Family Research Council ran this bit of loveliness in some California newspapers over the weekend.

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Westboro To Picket First Gay Wedding
In San Francisco

Fred Phelps and his Westboro loonies will be picketing at San Francisco City Hall today to picket the wedding of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, the couple that was first to marry there back in 2004 and who will repeat their history ceremony legally today at 5:00PM. But in a way, having a raving nutjob like Phelps there may actually ...

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The Fundies Are Getting Desperate

Check this out: A conservative Christian legal group on Thursday made a last-ditch effort to stop gay marriage from becoming legal in California by asking a midlevel appeals court to temporarily prohibit county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Virginia-based Liberty Counsel, in a petition with the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, argued that ...

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Marriage Equality For Norway

Norway, which first granted its LGBT citizens the right to civil unions way back in 1993, today legalized same-sex marriage. Members of Parliament in Norway today approved a bill that will allow same-sex couples to marry by 84 votes to 41. The new law will make marriage gender neutral. The Scandinavian country already allows gay and lesbian couples to enter ...

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More On The “Don’t Sue” Memo

Many of you were puzzled or angered by yesterday’s joint statement from a broad coalition of LGBT groups who are asking that out-of-state gays that marry in California not return to their home states and begin filing lawsuits requesting recognition. Today’s Los Angeles Times sheds some light on the story. The memo cautioned that the U.S. Supreme Court has traditionally ...

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“Make Change, Not Lawsuits”

A broad coalition of nine major LGBT rights and legal groups have issued a joint statement asking out-of-state gay couples married in California NOT to then sue the federal government, their home states, or their employers for recognition of their marriage status. Four lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal organizations and five other leading national LGBT groups today issued ...

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