Marriage Equality Moves Ahead, Thanks to Virginia Federal Judge Wright Allen

By: Saturday February 15, 2014 9:05 am

The push toward full marriage equality took another big step forward in Virginia on Thursday evening, just in time to make Valentine’s Day that much more happy for LGBTs and their allies. In a very readable, very well-written 41 page opinion, US District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen (Eastern District of Virginia) struck down Virginia’s prohibition on same sex couples getting married in Virginia and those who were married elsewhere having their marriages recognized within the state.

The whole thing is great, but the very best parts of her opinion were in the footnotes . . .

 

Marriage Equality, Nullification, and Impeachment, Missouri Edition

By: Saturday February 8, 2014 9:06 am

After the Supreme Court struck down DOMA in US v Windsor, same sex couples in states like Missouri that discriminate against them are treading through a maze of conflicting state and federal laws and regulations. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon has issued an executive order to cut through this mess with respect to filing state taxes, and the Missouri GOP has reacted in very predictable ways.

Can you say “articles of impeachment”? Sure you can.

Riley Hackford-Peer (and Others) Rally to #LetItStand in Salt Lake City

By: Sunday January 12, 2014 2:34 pm

A notable and particularly heartwarming speech was given by Riley Hackford-Peer in support of his two parents.

Nom’s Push for a Constitutional Amendment to Stop Marriage Equality Is Off to a Bad Start

By: Thursday January 9, 2014 5:59 pm

Exploiting the now old Duck Dynasty controversy, NOM is officially pushing for an anti-gay marriage equality constitutional amendment.

Lessons in PR Mismanagement, Vikings Edition

By: Saturday January 4, 2014 9:00 am

Chris Kluwe, the former Minnesota Vikings punter who publicly spoke out in favor of marriage equality while it was being hotly debated in Minnesota, dropped a PR bomb on his former coaches this past Thursday, summed up nicely in the headline he put on his piece at Deadspin: “I Was an NFL Player Until I Was Fired by Two Cowards and a Bigot.” The cowards in question are General Manager Rick Spielman and (now former) head coach Leslie Frazier, and the bigot would be special-teams coach Mike Priefer, and the reason Kluwe puts forward is their homophobic reactions to his public comments on marriage equality.

But lost in the story is another character who plays at least as big — and at least as troubling — a role: Vikings PR chief Bob Hagen.

Peter LaBarbera Fails to Ruin the Party for Illinois Marriage Equality Bill Signing

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 2:33 pm

There are times when you must admit that you have lost and fade away with a smidgen of dignity.

Helping NOM Keep Up With The Times

By: Sunday November 10, 2013 10:05 am

Since National Organization for Marriage has been writing about integrity recently, I thought I’d help them maintain theirs (!) by once again updating their marriage equality map.

Hawaii Becomes 16th Marriage Equality State

By: Saturday November 9, 2013 11:55 am

The Hawaii state House passed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 (SB 1) Friday evening on a vote of 30 to 19 with two excused.

The vote came after 22 years of statewide discussion.

Illinois State House Passes Marriage Equality Bill After Months of Delay

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 5:00 pm

Today the Illinois state House passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) on a vote of 61-54. The Illinois state Senate passed the bill in February on a vote of 34 to 21.

Hawaii Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill

By: Thursday October 31, 2013 7:35 am

Hawaii is halfway to becoming the 15th marriage equality state. Last night the Hawaii state Senate passed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act of 2013 (SB 1) on a vote of 20 to 4 with one abstention.

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