Matt Baume

Matt Baume, based in West Hollywood, Calif., is a Research and Communications Manager for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) in Los Angeles.

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Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.

Marriage News Watch: Calif. anniversary, waiting on Va. ruling, Colo. ban falls

Monday, July 14, 2014
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) marks the one year anniversary of the return of marriage equality in California. It was in late June 2013 that the AFER’s case to overturn Proposition 8 finally concluded and equality was restored. Now, we’re awaiting a ruling in AFER’s Virginia case... [ Read more → ]
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Marriage News Watch: Victory in Ky., more hearings from coast-to-coast

Monday, July 7, 2014
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), recaps a big victory in Kentucky, and numerous hearings coming up from one side of the country to the other. Plus, a battle of wills and a surprise move in Colorado. And one of the Prop 8 lawyers is headed back to court — this time, as a judge... [ Read more → ]
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Marriage News Watch: May 12, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014
This week in marriage equality news: Same-sex marriage comes to the Bible Belt after a judge struck down Arkansas’s gay marriage ban and same-sex couples started marrying. It’s back to court this week to as a federal appeals court considers the ruling that struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Ivan Hinton, right, gives his partner Chris Teoh a kiss after taking their wedding vows during a ceremony at Old Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

Marriage News Watch: May 5, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014
This week in marriage equality news: South Dakota's Attorney General says he'll fight a lesbian couple in court to stop them from having their marriage recognized. Alaska's highest court has ruled against the state's marriage ban after a deliberation of over a year and a half. We have several new lawsuits, plus a major ruling coming this week in Arkansas. [ Read more → ]
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Roundup: Marriage equality endorsed by key Republican figures

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Washington's anti-gay activists are falling way behind in fundraising, as the pro-equality side gears up for a huge television ad campaign. And support for marriage equality grows, with endorsements from key Republican figures including one of the Koch brothers. [ Read more → ]
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Conflict brewing over marriage equality in Democratic Party Platform

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
There's disagreement over marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform, with some party members resisting the move. We have a date for arguments in a new federal case to overturn Nevada's marriage ban. And an Iowa judge who upheld marriage equality has support from across the political spectrum, but is it enough to protect him from a new attack by anti-gay groups? [ Read more → ]
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Two years since Prop 8 victory: Case now headed to U.S. Supreme Court

Saturday, August 4, 2012
Today marks the two year anniversary of the American Foundation for Equal Rights’ first major legal victory. On August 4, 2010, the Federal District Court in California ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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Roundup: Dueling briefs in leadup to Supreme Court fight, flawed study on gay parenting

Monday, July 16, 2012
The Defense of Marriage Act has some powerful enemies, with strongly-worded opposition coming this week from some familiar names. A flawed study on LGBT parenting is also under attack, with its author now under investigation. All that and some good news coming out of Maine. [ Read more → ]
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Marriage roundup: Supreme Court showdown on the horizon

Thursday, July 12, 2012
All eyes are on the Supreme Court, with a big marriage showdown shaping up on the horizon. Two county clerks in Illinois have won right to defend the state's marriage ban. And equality gets a thumbs up from Methodists, and a thumbs down -- for now -- from Presbyterians. [ Read more → ]
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Round-up: Military benefits, Maryland opponents in debt, Spain ‘redefines’

Monday, July 2, 2012
A proposed new law would let the Army recognize the spouses of service-members for the first time ever. Anti-gay activists in Maryland collect enough signatures to force a referendum, but now they're tens of thousands of dollars in debt. And seven years after legalizing marriage equality, Spain finally lets gay and lesbian couples into the dictionary. [ Read more → ]
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