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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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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

Gay marriage foe switches sides, another DOMA suit, positive polling

Monday, June 25, 2012
One of the star witness who testified in favor of Prop 8 has switched sides, joining the majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry. Also this week, there's yet another DOMA lawsuit, more encouraging surveys in battleground states, and new ads Minnesota. [ Read more → ]

Roundup: MT GOP wants to imprison gays, flawed study on gay parenting

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A new study tries to show that the kids of gay and lesbian parents are worse off than the kids of straight parents. We'll take a look at all of the problems with that study, and there's a lot of them. Montana Democrats endorse marriage equality, while Montana Republicans call for throwing gay couples in jail. [ Read more → ]

Another victory against DOMA, same-sex couples sue for marriage equality in Illinois

Monday, June 4, 2012
Another major blow to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last week, and twenty-five couples sue for marriage in Illinois. [ Read more → ]

Obama’s support of marriage equality proving to have a major impact

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
President Obama's leadership on marriage equality is proving to have a major impact, form national organizations and local polling. Anti-equality forces set a record, but it's probably not one they wanted. And DOMA is ruled unconstitutional in a fifth federal case. [ Read more → ]

Leaked GOP memo reveals supports for same-sex marriage

Monday, May 21, 2012
A leaked memo urges an about-face for anti-equality Republicans. A civil unions bill dies in Colorado, for now. But access to marriage expands in Rhode Island, and more new surveys confirm the ever-growing public support for equality. [ Read more → ]

Special Report: 2012′s biggest marriage equality milestones so far

Thursday, May 10, 2012
A mid-year update on everything that's happened with marriage equality so far in 2012 -- From Obama's endorsement to a Prop 8 victory to North Carolina, this has been an intense year for marriage -- and it's not even half-over. Here's what's you need to know about what's happened so far and what's coming next... [ Read more → ]

All eyes on Colorado civil unions, North Carolina marriage vote

Monday, May 7, 2012
Civil unions are close to passing in Colorado, but there's only a few days left before the legislature adjourns. We're getting down to the wire on Amendment One in North Carolina. The Prop 8 play is getting new legs as an audiobook. And the guys behind "We Are Young" have some strong words for marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Civil unions close in Colorado, only a few days until N.C. votes on marriage equality

Monday, April 30, 2012
Civil unions advance in Colorado, but old foes are joining forces in Maine. There's just a few days left until North Carolina votes on an extreme constitutional amendment, and the race is getting closer and closer every day. [ Read more → ]

After decades of pressure, ENDA continues to languish — What gives?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
After decades of pressure, ENDA continues to languish. There was some real optimism back in 2010 that it would pass during the lame duck session after the November elections. Everyone knew that Republicans would be big winners in that election, and so many in the community held on to a slim hope that departing Democratic lawmakers would find the courage to support the bill ... Now, with marriage issues on ballots from Maine to Washington, we’ll see more progress on marriage in 2012 than we ever have in any prior year. But when it comes to employment, it seems like we’ve stagnated... [ Read more → ]

Colorado searches for civil union sponsor, early voting begins on NC marriage ban

Monday, April 23, 2012
Civil unions head to the Senate in Colorado, but nobody seems to be quite sure who's going to sponsor the bill once it reaches the House. Early voting's begun in North Carolina, just in time for a big TV ad buy starting this week. And the bumpy road to repealing Ohio's marriage ban just got bumpier... [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ more vulnerable than ever

Monday, April 9, 2012
The Obama administration changes course in the fight to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Signature gathering is about to start in Ohio. And voters in North Carolina say they support relationship recognition -- so why are they also saying they'll vote to take it away? This week's Marriage News Watch report is here... [ Read more → ]

California Democrats to help fight anti-gay measure in North Carolina

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A big win for marriage in New Hampshire, and California Democrats pledge to help the campaign to stop an anti-gay measure in North Carolina. But with alarming poll numbers out this week, will that help be enough? [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay marriage vote looms in N.C., and a close call in Washington state

Monday, March 19, 2012
It's coming down the wire in North Carolina, where an anti-gay ballot measure is looking an awful lot like the Prop 8 fight all over again. Meanwhile Denver Republicans vote to support civil unions, we'll get a vote this week on ending marriage equality in New Hampshire, and President Obama speaks out against an anti-gay ballot measure. [ Read more → ]

New polling reveals increasing support for marriage equality

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- There's been a ton of new polling data from around the country, and it's all encouraging. And more bad news for the National Organization for Marriage: they're under investigation by the Minnesota Elections Board, and the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to play along with their attempts to hide donors. [ Read more → ]

Almost too many equality victories to count!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Another crazy week: Maryland’s legislature passes a marriage bill, a lawsuit widens in New Jersey, the governor of Hawaii comes out for equality, and a huge victory in a federal case against DOMA. Lately we’ve racking up so many wins, it’s getting hard to keep up. [ Read more → ]

Proposition 8 rehearing: What it Means

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Big news in the Prop 8 case -- the Proponents have officially challenged our Ninth Circuit victory. So let's talk about what that means for the Prop 8 case, what comes next, and when we can finally start getting married again... [ Read more → ]

Three states make major advances towards full marriage equality

Monday, February 6, 2012
Another crazy week, with news in the Prop 8 case and major advances in Washington, Maryland, and New Jersey. And yet another court has slapped down NOM's attempts to hide their donors. This week's Marriage News Watch is here... [ Read more → ]

Why voting on rights is a lousy idea…

Monday, January 30, 2012
Maine, Washington, and Maryland are all closer than ever to marriage equality, but the Governor of New Jersey thinks that civil rights should be put to a popular vote -- whether it's marriage today, or school desegregation in the 1950s. This week's Marriage News Watch report is here... [ Read more → ]

State legislatures moving fast on marriage equality bills

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Washington, Colorado, New Jersey -- state legislatures are moving even faster than we thought on marriage equality. But it's not all good news. Meanwhile, Canadian turmoil calls thousands of marriages into question, and preparations continue for the impending decision in the Prop 8 case. [ Read more → ]
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