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      Another Major Minn. Company Comes Out Against Marriage Ban

      by Patrick Condon

      Associated Press

      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

      EDGE Contributor

      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

      by Stephen Gray
      23 July 2012, 10:38am

      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

      Associated Press

      Wednesday Jul 25, 2012




      New Zealand Lawmakers to Debate Gay Marriage Bill

      Associated Press

      Thursday Jul 26, 2012




      Republicans join push for marriage equality in Maine

      by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
      24 July 2012, 10:26pm

      Twenty Republican leaders have joined a Republican group pushing for marriage equality in Maine.




      Petitions Challenging DOMA Piling Up

      by Justin Snow

      Metro Weekly

      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

      by James Park
      30 July 2012, 11:32pm

      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

      Associated Press

      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

      by Stephen Gray
      1 August 2012, 12:52pm

      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

      Associated Press

      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

      by Stephen Gray
      1 August 2012, 11:14am

      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

      Associated Press

      Wednesday Aug 1, 2012




      Catholic Bishop: Government should make incest legal if it really believes in equality

      by James Park
      5 August 2012, 11:23am

      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

      Associated Press

      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

      Associated Press

      Monday Aug 6, 2012




      US: Delaware governor says state could legalise marriage equality in 2013

      by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
      7 August 2012, 10:40pm

      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

      Associated Press

      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

      Associated Press

      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

      by Christopher Brocklebank
      17 August 2012, 12:40pm

      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

      by Christopher Brocklebank
      23 August 2012, 12:33pm

      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

      by James Park
      26 August 2012, 1:37pm

      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

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      26 August 2012, 9:06pm

      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

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      26 August 2012, 5:47pm

      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

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      26 August 2012, 1:05am

      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

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      27 August 2012, 8:55pm

      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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