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Group backing marriage equality releases television ad in Ohio

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A group supporting same-sex marriage in Ohio is airing its first television ad as a federal appeals court prepares to hear oral arguments on the issue. The ad from the Why Marriage Matters Ohio campaign features a gay couple from the state who married last October in New York after 50 years together. The two men discuss their long-term relationship ...

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Marriage News Watch: State lawyers ignore public support for marriage equality

| Monday, July 28, 2014
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The rules have changed yet again this week in Colorado, with new rulings on marriage from multiple courts. New polls show growing support for equality in western states, but multiple Attorneys General have filed new briefs to stop gay and lesbian couples from marrying. And another Republican member of Congress has come out in favor of the freedom to marry...

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A Mormon mom’s story of unconditional love for her transgender son

| Saturday, July 26, 2014
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From Equality Utah and the Transgender Awareness Project comes the story of Grayson Moore, a self-described "sheltered, Utah Mormon boy," and his mother Neca Allgood, who realized Grayson was transgender long before he told her. In the video, Neca recalls how after they discussed her revelation: "I assumed (Grayson) would say 'I have a boy brain.' But he didn't. He said 'I have a boy's soul.'"

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Marriage Equality USA: Interview with Edith Windsor (Part 2)

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Richard Drew, APEdith Windsor at the offices of the New York Civil Liberties Union, in New York. When it comes to things like estate taxes, the federal recognition of same-sex marriage will help legally married gay and lesbian couples. That was the issue in the Supreme Court decision in the case of Windsor, who had to pay estate taxes after her lesbian spouse died.
Just over one year ago, Windsor v. United States became one of the most important court cases for the LGBT community. Since then, every one of more than a dozen court cases striking down same-sex marriage bans has used the Windsor decision at the core of their legal decision. In part two of Marriage Equality USA's three-part interview with plaintiff Edie Windsor, ...

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Susan Sarandon joins ‘Americans For Marriage Equality’ campaign

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Susan Sarandon voices her support for marriage equality in the latest video from the Human Rights Campaign's "Americans For Marriage Equality" campaign. Sarandon, who divorced in 1979 and later spent 21 years with former partner Tim Robbins, said, “While marriage might not be my thing, if it’s your thing you damn well ought to be able to have it equally and unequivocally.”

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VIDEO: Obama signs executive orders granting LGBT workplace protections

| Monday, July 21, 2014
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to LGBT workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” The signing ceremony in the East Room of the White House followed brief remarks by the President.

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Marriage News Watch: Another week, another win for marriage equality

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Carmine Caruso holds a rainbow flag during a rally in supports of same sex marriage in front of the Ada County courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, May 16, 2014. Idaho's gay marriage ban was overturned Tuesday when U.S. District Judge Candy Dale said the law unconstitutionally denied gay and lesbian residents their fundamental right to marry. On May 15, 2014, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay while it considers whether a longer stay is needed.
Another week, and another win for marriage equality. This time, it's Florida. But the freedom to marry is in jeopardy in Colorado. Meanwhile an appeals court has set a date for oral argument in two states, but then said never mind. And the Department of Justice has indicated its plans for addressing the freedom to marry before the Supreme Court...

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Florida newspaper: AG Pam Bondi is its ‘Loser of the Week’

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
The Tampa Bay Times calls out twice-divorced Florida Attorney Genderal Pam Bondi as its “Loser of the Week,” for immediately appealing a South Florida court ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban. Bondi “is becoming the face of opposition to marriage equality. All signs point to the tide of history rolling over Bondi, who is up for re-election in November.”

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An amazing mom and the story of her 6-year-old transgender daughter

| Friday, July 18, 2014
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The video of a Kansas City mother who shared the story of her transgender daughter is gaining international visibility -- translation, it's gone viral. Debi Jackson spoke recently at the Listen to your Mother show, a live traveling event prior to Mother’s Day where women tell five minute stories about motherhood...

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

| Monday, July 14, 2014
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.
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...

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