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Another Major Minn. Company Comes Out Against Marriage Ban
by Patrick Condon
Sunday Jul 15, 2012
The legal, business information and media company Thomson Reuters said Friday that an amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota would be bad for business.
Prominent companies including General Mills and St. Jude Medical spoke out earlier against the proposed amendment, which goes to the voters in November. Minnesota already has a law against gay marriage, but gay marriage opponents say the amendment is necessary to put the ban in the state constitution.
Advocates Weigh in on Lesbian Marriage Immigration Case
by Les Spindle
Saturday Jul 21, 2012
A class-action suit filed by three residents of Irvine, California poses the latest of many challenges to Homeland Security’s ongoing discriminatory practices on the rights of green-card applicants who are married to same-sex spouses. Plaintiffs in the case are Jane DeLeon, a Philippines citizen whose employer is sponsoring her application; her 20-year partner, U.S. citizen, Irma Rodriguez, who DeLeon married in California prior to the passage of Proposition 8; and DeLeon’s son, 25-year-old Martin Aranas.
Liberia: Senate votes to criminalise gay marriages
The Liberian senate is reported to have approved a bill criminalising gay marriages in the west African state, but it is unclear whether the president would sign it into law.
Scottish Government to Back Same-Sex Marriage
Wednesday Jul 25, 2012
New Zealand Lawmakers to Debate Gay Marriage Bill
Thursday Jul 26, 2012
Republicans join push for marriage equality in Maine
Twenty Republican leaders have joined a Republican group pushing for marriage equality in Maine.
Petitions Challenging DOMA Piling Up
by Justin Snow
Tuesday Jul 31, 2012
Last week the Supreme Court received its fourth petition in less than a month asking the high court to review the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.
On July 16, lawyers for Edith ’’Edie’’ Windsor filed the petition with the hope that the Supreme Court will consider the 83-year-old window’s case challenging Section 3 of DOMA on the grounds that it violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause by blocking same-sex couples from enjoying federal benefits.
US: Democrats move to adopt same-sex marriage as official party platform
The Democrats are expected to back same-sex marriage part of their official party platform. The move comes little more than three months after President Barack Obama confirmed his own personal support for gay couples being granted the right to marry.
Dems Move to Formally Back Gay Marriage
by Julie Pace
Tuesday Jul 31, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic Party is moving to include support for gay marriage in the official party platform for the first time, a Democratic official said Monday, marking a key milestone for advocates of same-sex unions.
The party’s platform drafting committee voted to include language backing gay marriage during a weekend meeting in Minneapolis, the official said. Democratic delegates will formally approve the platform during the party convention in Charlotte, N.C., in early September.
Minn. Sunday School Students Raise Money For Gay Marriage With Lemonade Stand
by Jason St. Amand
Web Producer / Staff Writer
Wednesday Aug 1, 2012
Last weekend, children from the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis set up a lemonade stand to support marriage equality during the church’s fundraiser, the Golden Valley (Minn.) Patch reported.
Church officials called the event the "Lemonade Stand-ing on the Side of Love." Young Sunday school students charged thirsty customers a quarter for a glass of lemonade. All of the proceeds went to the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance, an organization that is fighting against a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would ban gay marriage.
Connecticut federal court finds DOMA unconstitutional
A US federal court in Connecticut has become the latest to find the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbids recognition of gay marriages at the national level, unconstitutional.
Gay Marriage Ban Backers Seek Supreme Court Review
by Lisa Leff
Tuesday Jul 31, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Backers of California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to overrule a federal appeals court that struck down the measure as unconstitutional.
Lawyers for the coalition of religious conservative groups that sponsored the ban, known as Proposition 8, petitioned the Supreme Court to review the lower court’s finding that the 2008 amendment to the state constitution violated the civil rights of gay and lesbian Californians.
US: Supreme Court asked to hear Proposition 8 appeal
Proponents of Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on gay marriages in the US state of California, have asked the Supreme Court to overturn two lower judgements that it was unconstitutional.
Conn. Judge: US Gay Marriage Law Unconstitutional
Wednesday Aug 1, 2012
Catholic Bishop: Government should make incest legal if it really believes in equality
A senior Catholic Bishop in Scotland has stunned equal rights campaigners by suggesting that if the Scottish Government truly believed in equality it would make incest and polygamy legal.
US to Weigh Gay Relationships in Deportation Cases
by Amy Taxin and Lisa Leff
Monday Aug 6, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amid pressure from Democratic lawmakers, Homeland Security officials reiterated Friday that a foreigner’s longstanding same-sex relationship with a U.S. citizen could help stave off the threat of deportation.
Binational gay couples are eligible for consideration under a federal program designed to focus resources away from low-priority deportation cases and let officials spend more time tracking down convicted criminals, said Marsha Catron, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.
Gay Rights Group Donates $250,000 to Maine’s Gay Marriage Fight
Monday Aug 6, 2012
US: Delaware governor says state could legalise marriage equality in 2013
The governor of Delaware is confident that his state will legalise marriage equality in 2013.
Federal Judge Rules Against Hawaii Gay Marriage
by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
Thursday Aug 9, 2012
HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge ruled Wednesday against two Hawaii women who want to get married instead of enter into a civil union, handing a victory to opponents of gay marriage in a state that’s been at the forefront of the issue.
Dems Draft Platform Backs Gay Marriage
Friday Aug 10, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) - A draft of the Democratic Party’s official party platform includes support for gay marriage for the first time, months after President Barack Obama said he was in favor of same-sex unions.
The party platform draft includes support for "marriage equality" and efforts to bring "equal treatment under law for same-sex couples," according to a person who has seen the draft language. The person spoke on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of a platform committee meeting in Detroit on Saturday.
Seattle lawyers issue complaint against anti-marriage equality groups
A Seattle law firm has filed a complaint against two anti-marriage equality groups for not declaring the source of their funding.
Bishop of Buckingham: ‘Church should get its head around gay relationships and be @Out4Marriage’
[There’s a print article under the video]
The Bishop of Buckingham has become the most senior member of the Church of England to join the Out4Marriage campaign to introduce equal same-sex marriage in the UK. But a spokesman for the Church says that his message of equality is not the official view of the Church of England.
Northern Ireland: Retired Church of Ireland cleric backs calls for marriage equality to be legalised
A retired senior Church of Ireland cleric has called for marriage equality to be made legal.
Scottish Catholic Church: Today we can save marriage from ‘subversion’ by gays
The Catholic Church in Scotland has declared today ‘National Marriage Sunday’ and has this morning had a letter read out in 500 Catholic parishes condemning the Scottish government’s plans to legislate for equal same-sex marriage
Catholic Cardinal calls for objective debate over gay marriage and abortion
An Irish Catholic Cardinal has called for a calm and reasoned debate over gay marriage and abortion, but said the church was not prepared to move their position on the latter.
Same-sex marriage bill to be introduced in France this October
New legislation which will be introduced into the French Parliament as early as October will allow gay couples to marry.
Republican Mayor of San Diego speaks out in favour of equal marriage
In a TV advert which is to be broadcast during the Republican National Convention, The Mayor of San Diego, California, has spoken urging voters to support equal marriage for all.
Supporters of deportee protest immigration office
A group of people opposed to the deportation of a Mexican man from Detroit, gathered outside a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office today to protest in favour of his release.
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