Matt Baume

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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How the conversation on marriage equality changed over the past two decades

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Public opinion on marriage equality has completely flipped since the 1990s, faster than just about any other social change in the last century. So what happened? ...

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1. The president doesn’t get to veto Supreme Court rulings. 2. Rick Santorum will never be president.

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With the Supreme Court due to rule on marriage any day now, Presidential "candidate" Rick Santorum says he would fight back against a pro-equality ruling. So do couples need to worry about the possibility that Santorum could stop them ...

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Will North Carolina be the next state to ‘turn away the gays?’

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A bill to allow North Carolina officials to refuse to serve any couple they don't like is several steps closer to passing, even after the governor vetoed it. ...

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Marriage News Watch: May 18, 2015

Texas state capitol in Austin.
Texas is setting itself up for a showdown with the Supreme Court. A bill to defy the court's rulings died in the House last week, but anti-gay politicians could find a sneaky way to revive it. ...

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Marriage News Watch: May 11, 2015

Todd, left, and Jeff Delmay, celebrate as they leave the courthouse after having attended a hearing in which a Miami-Dade Circuit Judge cleared the way for gay and lesbian couples to marry, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Miami.
Texas lawmakers vote this week on whether the state should officially defy the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage, while Alabama and Minnesota are debating bills to undermine marriage equality. ...

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Marriage News Watch: May 4, 2015

Demonstrators gather at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on March 30, 2015, to protest against a bill that opponents say allows discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Oral arguments are done, and now we can make a few predictions about how the U.S. Supreme Court might rule in June. ...

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Marriage News Watch:
April 27, 2015

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We'll have oral argument before the Supreme Court this week. Ted Cruz has introduced two new bills in Congress to stop marriage, but they may backfire on him. And the National Organization for Marriage has lost yet another court case. ...

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Marriage News Watch: April 20, 2015

Marriage equality opponents rally outside the Texas state capitol in Austin on Monday, March 23, 2015.
I've rounded up the weirdest Supreme Court briefs that argue in favor of preventing gays and lesbians from marrying. Some are full of mistakes, others have baffling arguments. And at least one is incredibly sexist, and signed by a member ...

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Marriage News Watch: April 6, 2015

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Michigan says that they don't want to let gay people get married because that would be demeaning to gay people and Kentucky says that their marriage ban isn't discriminatory, since LGBTs are free to get straight-married... ...

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Marriage News Watch: March 30, 2015

Suzanne Bryant, left, and Sarah Goodfriend, right, pose with their marriage license following a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Texas has won the right to have gays and lesbians fired for taking medical leave. The state's also working on a sneaky work-around to stop marriage equality, just in case the Supreme Court overturns the state's ban. ...

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