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    Aug 22, 2012

      The Called Out editors have been having quite an interesting time of it.  We could tell you about it, but it would sound like a badly written soap opera.  Meanwhile, over the next few days, we’re going to try to get caught up.  Here are the marriage articles from when we started falling behind, up through the end of June.



      Equality advocates slightly ahead on Minnesota marriage question

      by Stephen Gray
      6 June 2012, 3:16pm

      The opponents of a measure which would introduce a constitutional ban on marriages for gay couples in Minnesota have edged slightly ahead, according to a recent poll.




      5 Reasons Gay Marriage Losing Streak May Be Over

      by Mike Baker

      Associated Press

      Thursday Jun 14, 2012

      OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Opponents of gay marriage have an unblemished track record in U.S. elections, chalking up 32 victories in 32 public votes.

      They’ve won in blue states and red ones, among the most heavily religious areas and among the least-churched. North Carolina punctuated the winning streak just last month by comfortably approving a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex unions.

      Gay marriage supporters are optimistic that they can end their losing ways this year, with four states voting on the issue in November. They’re particularly encouraged by the prospects in Washington and Maine. Meanwhile opponents have taken steps to maintain their unflawed record and believe their side will be motivated to hold the status quo.




      Denmark: Equal marriage laws for gay couples come into effect today

      by Stephen Gray
      15 June 2012, 10:23am

      Denmark’s new laws allowing gay couples to marry in the state church have come into effect today.




      Editorial: Minnesota's United Methodists take a brave stand

      Updated: June 5, 2012 - 10:51 PM

      They buck denomination, oppose gay marriage ban.




      General Mills opposes ban on equal marriage, angers anti-equality groups

      by Edmund Broch
      16 June 2012, 10:43pm

      The international food giant, General Mills, has publicly declared it opposes a proposed constitutional amendment to ban equal marriage in Minnesota, and has consequently angered anti-equality groups in the state.




      Poll: Record 64 percent support for equal marriage in Scotland

      by Edmund Broch
      17 June 2012, 9:00am

      A new survey of Scottish people suggests that almost two in three support equal marriage, with only one in four expressing opposition, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal.




      NY Marriage Act Lawsuit Seeks Health Care Benefits

      Associated Press

      Wednesday Jun 20, 2012





      Ill. Prosecutors Refuse to Defend Gay Marriage Ban

      by Tammy Webber

      Associated Press

      Thursday Jun 21, 2012

      CHICAGO (AP) - Twenty-five Illinois couples were prepared for a long legal fight when they joined lawsuits challenging the state’s ban on gay marriage. Turns out they won’t get one - at least not from the attorneys who would normally be responsible for defending the state’s laws.

      Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez have refused to defend the 16-year-old ban, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, saying it violates the state constitution’s equal protection clause.




      Concerns Voiced on Maine Gay Marriage Wording

      by Clarke Canfield

      Associated Press

      Thursday Jun 21, 2012

      PORTLAND, Maine - The proposed wording of a ballot question asking Maine voters if they want to legalize same-sex marriage is inaccurate and misleading, gay marriage supporters said Wednesday.

      Maine’s secretary of state announced last week that the proposed wording for the November referendum reads, ’’Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry?’’

      The question should also include wording about how clergy, churches, and other religious institutions will not be required to perform or host same-sex marriages if Maine voters approve the measure, said Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage, a coalition in support of the proposal.




      NYC Backs Gay Widow’s Suit Against Marriage Law

      Associated Press

      Thursday Jun 21, 2012




      Australian state government reverses same-sex civil union rights

      Also plans to ban gay couples from having a child through surrogacy

      By Brody Levesque

      BRISBANE, Australia — Conservative lawmakers in the parliament of the Australian state of Queensland have voted to redefine civil partnerships, downgrading them to the lessor class of “registered relationships,” and said they also plan to ban same-sex couples from having children through surrogacy.

      After a sometimes heated debate Thursday, the conservative Liberal National Party majority, which took control of the Parliament from the Labor Party earlier this year, voted to extensively alter the provisions of the Civil Partnerships Act 2011 which took effect in February.




      Queensland ‘downgrades’ civil partnerships and will ban gay surrogacy

      by Stephen Gray
      22 June 2012, 10:38am

      The Australian state of Queensland will remove gay couples’ ability to have children through surrogacy and downgrade civil partnerships to the class of ‘registered relationships’, after a debate in Parliament last night.




      Washington state looks set to back equal marriage in referendum

      by Edmund Broch
      21 June 2012, 10:39pm

      In a sign that Washington may be one of the first states to buck the trend on equal marriage referenda, a new poll suggests that voters in the state might approve the measure during the presidential elections this November.




      Maine: Equal marriage advocates seek to amend ballot question

      by Stephen Gray
      21 June 2012, 6:47pm

      Supporters of marriage equality rights for gay couples in Maine have said they will ask for the ballot question on marriage to be put to voters later this year to be amended before it is finalised.

      A popular vote will take place in




      Southern Baptists opposed to viewing equal marriage as a civil rights issue

      by Stephen Gray
      21 June 2012, 3:47pm

      The US Southern Baptist Convention has adopted a resolution at its annual conference criticising marriage equality advocates who have adopted the ‘rhetoric of the civil rights movement’ and drawn comparisons between discrimination against gay couples and racism.




      Anti-gay marriage group ‘Keep Marriage Special’ says UK Government will legalise incest next

      by James Park
      24 June 2012, 3:12pm

      A new campaign against same-sex couples marrying, Keep Marriage Special, has claimed in glossy leaflets that the next logical step will be legalising incest and polygamy. Out4Marriage has branded the group’s claims “extremist and confused”.




      Scotland: New poll shows majority of population support same-sex marriage

      by Dan Littauer
      30 June 2012, 1:01pm

      A major poll by Stonewall Scotland has revealed that the majority of the Scottish population support the introducing of equal same-sex marriage. A majority also believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face prejudice in society.


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