Marriage equality moves forward in Washington, New Jersey

Staff Reports

Marriage equality took center stage again on Monday, with progress on both coasts.

In Washington state, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed her state’s same-sex marriage bill into law.

Across the country, in New Jersey, the state Senate voted to approve a marriage equality bill, despite vows by their governor to veto the measure.

And a new poll suggests that a majority of NJ voters say same-sex marriage should be decided by popular referendum. But in that same poll, a slim majority said gay couples couples should be allowed to wed.


Group organizes against NC marriage amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina doesn’t just hurt gay people — it hurts everyone. That was the message on Monday night at a rally at Salem College to urge people to register to vote and defeat the amendment, which is on the May 8 ballot.

Australia Condemns Russia’s Anti-Gay Propaganda Bill

Australia has joined the growing international backlash against St. Petersburg, Russia’s anti-gay propaganda bill, which has passed a second reading. The measure would impose fines of over $15,000 on groups or individuals that “promote” homosexuality and pedophilia to minors.

The least LGBT-friendly Countries in Eurpoe

Business Insider lists what it considers “The 13 Least Gay-Friendly Countries In Europe,” based on, among other things: anti-discrimination and anti-hatred/violence laws, existence of legal procedures for gender recognition for trans people, and legal recognition of same-sex couples and parenting rights.


On Tuesday, openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and other progressive clergy are expected to protest MSNBC, citing the news network’s continued on-air promotion of Tony Perkins, spokesman for the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council.

The group Faithful America says Perkins has appeared this year on MSNBC more often than on FOX News — about once per month in 2011, and eight times in two weeks last month, counts Think Progress.

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