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    Feb 18, 2013

      MN Gov Dayton Endorses Gay Marriage in State of State Address 2-6-2013


      While most of Dayton’s speech focused on the budget, his brief mention of support for same-sex marriage marked a step forward for that issue’s prospects at the Capitol. Dayton has previously supported same-sex marriage but had been reluctant to endorse a planned legislative push on the issue in 2013.


      Dayton stopped short of definitively demanding a gay marriage bill on his desk this year. But after the speech, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk — who also had been tentative about a gay marriage push in the Legislature this year — said a bill could start moving at the Capitol in April, after lawmakers finish the budget. Bakk also said he would vote to legalize gay marriage if it gets to the Senate floor.





      Freedom to Marry pledges $2 million for state marriage campaigns

      February 7, 2013

      By Michael K. Lavers on February 7, 2013


      Freedom to Marry on Thursday announced it hopes to raise $2 million for various state same-sex marriage campaigns around the country this year.

      The group said it will invest an initial $800,000 through the “Win More States Fund” to groups in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey and Rhode Island fighting to allow gays and lesbians to tie knot.





      Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury warns that equal marriage supporters are ‘on wrong side of eternity’

      by Corinne Pinfold
      11 February 2013, 12:42pm


      The Right Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, has once again preached an attack on the government’s equal marriage bill, less than a week after it was supported by MPs in the House of Commons.





      House of Lords may stage an anti-equal marriage rebellion

      by Corinne Pinfold
      11 February 2013, 12:33pm


      More than half the Conservatives in the House of Lords are planning to vote against the same-sex marriage bill alongside “dozens” of Labour and Liberal Democrat peers, according to the Telegraph.





      [Called Out Editors’ note – Really?  What age specifically?  We’re past our teens by more than a little bit and we haven’t grown out of it yet.]

      Tory MP: Same-sex marriage will damage youth who will grow out of a ‘normal gay phase’

      by PinkNews.co.uk Staff Writer
      10 February 2013, 2:56pm


      Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling, Sir John Stanley, has claimed that homosexuality is a ‘normal phase’ for youngsters before become heterosexual in later life.





      Anti-gay group targets National Cathedral over gay marriage

      February 11, 2013

      By Lou Chibbaro Jr. on February 11, 2013


      An organization started by religious right figure Ralph Reed is circulating an online petition demanding that the federal government halt all “current or future” funds for the Washington National Cathedral because of its recent decision to perform same-sex weddings.


      In a statement released on Friday, the Faith and Freedom Coalition noted that in recent years the National Cathedral has received a $700,000 grant from the National Park Service’s “Save America’s Treasure’s” program, which funds efforts to preserve and maintain historic buildings.


      “With this policy change, taxpayers are being asked to subsidize gay marriage ceremonies for a church that can readily access millions of their own,” the group said in its statement.





      Marriage equality supporters seek to repeal Oregon’s ban on gay marriage

      Associated Press


      SALEM, Ore. — Supporters of same-sex marriage said Monday they’re aiming at a vote next year to reverse Oregon’s ban on gay marriage, which was approved in 2004.


      The state’s leading gay-rights group, Basic Rights Oregon, said it’s formed a campaign organization to get a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot. The group will need to collect at least 116,000 valid signatures.





      French Assembly Passes Gay Marriage, Adoption Bill

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Feb 12, 2013


      France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday approved a sweeping bill to legalize gay marriage and allow same-sex couples to adopt children, handing a major legislative victory to President Francois Hollande’s Socialists on a divisive social issue.





      Gay Marriage Backers Plan Oregon Vote in ’14 to Reverse Ban

      by Jonathan J. Cooper

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Feb 12, 2013


      Supporters of same-sex marriage said Monday they’re aiming at a vote next year to reverse Oregon’s ban on gay marriage, which was approved in 2004.

      The state’s leading gay-rights group, Basic Rights Oregon, said it has formed a campaign organization to get a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot. The group will need to collect at least 116,000 valid signatures.





      French National Assembly approves equal marriage bill

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      12 February 2013, 4:20pm


      The French National Assembly approved the country's equal marriage bill (Image: James Cridland)

      France took a step closer to legalising equal marriage and adoptions for same sex couples, as its National Assembly approved a bill to do so, during its second reading today.





      Update: Cincinnati teacher sacked for refusing to recant statement supporting equal marriage

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      11 February 2013, 5:06pm


      The Assistant Principal at a Catholic school in Cincinnati has been sacked, for refusing to recant statements he made in support of equal marriage for gay people.





      US: Mayor of Atlanta admits that he was ‘wrong’ to oppose equal marriage in the past

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      13 February 2013, 4:29pm


      The Mayor of Atlanta, who recently announced he had changed his stance to support equal marriage, has said he feels he “was wrong” to have opposed equal marriage in the past, in favour of civil unions.





      Illinois Senate Passes Marriage Bill

      by Sara Burnett

      Associated Press

      Thursday Feb 14, 2013


      Illinois moved closer Thursday to becoming the 10th state in the nation where same-sex couples can legally wed, after the Senate voted to lift a ban on gay marriage.





      Associated Press reaffirms that gay married couples are ‘partners’ rather than ‘husbands’ and ‘wives’ in face of criticism

      by Corinne Pinfold
      15 February 2013, 5:44pm


      A spokesman for the Associated Press (AP), the foremost authority on journalistic style and standards, has reaffirmed that it will be sticking to guidelines published on 11 February that state reporters should “generally” not refer to same-sex married couples as “husbands” or “wives”.





      US: Illinois Senate passes equal marriage in Valentine’s Day vote

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      14 February 2013, 9:23pm


      Updated 10:44pm - The Illinois Senate has approved a bill to legalise same-sex marriage – although it still has to pass the House before it becomes law.





      Thailand: Public hearings on civil unions begin

      by Corinne Pinfold
      13 February 2013, 7:01pm


      A series of public hearings held by a joint team of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department and the House committee on Legal Affairs, Justice and Human Rights - began in Thailand last week.





      Same-Sex Marriage/Civil Union Bills Filed In Legislature

      By Joey Palacios


      As some states across the U.S. approve same-sex marriage by voters or legislatures, many are asking when conservative Texas will move forward on the issue. Several lawmakers filed bills this week that can be seen at least symbolic victories of progress.


      In 2005, Texas voters approved a ban on same-sex partnerships, marriages and civil unions with 76 percent approving the ban. The resolution was known was Proposition II.  A couple years before that, in 2003, a bill by former state Sen. Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio passed the legislature altering the Texas Family Code limiting the union to one man and one woman; what was known as the Texas Defense of Marriage Act.



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