MARRIAGE EQUALITY

NORTH CAROLINA: RISE UP AGAINST AMENDMENT ONE!

A chorus of voices have arisen over the past few months to warn North Carolinians of the harms of Amendment One. Watch this video, share it, and vote AGAINST Amendment One on Tuesday, May 8th.

“8″: A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality

West Coast Premiere of “8”

An unconstitutional proposition.
An unprecedented decision.
An all-star cast.

a new play by
DUSTIN LANCE BLACK

Benefit Reading for Marriage Equality

Presented by
American Foundation for Equal Rights,
Broadway Impact &
Presenting Sponsor Bryan Singer

directed by
ROB REINER

Featuring an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others, “8″ is a play written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and directed by acclaimed actor and director Rob Reiner. It is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER ) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8 [LINK], a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.

Here is the video of the historic live stage reading:

It Does Get Better and Here’s Some Proof



NJ Gay Marriage Bill Advances to Governor’s Desk

NJ Gov Chris Christie

Gay rights advocates are celebrating in New Jersey, even though their victory will be short-lived. The state Assembly today passed a bill to legalize gay marriage 42-33, with every Republican in the chamber voting against it, reports the Star-Ledger. Because the state Senate already passed it, the legislation now goes to the desk of Gov. Chris Christie, who has promised a “very swift” veto, notes AP.

“Today, the Legislature has brought us to the promised land,” said the leader of the gay rights group Garden State Equality. “We know the governor won’t let us enter, but we finally behold the view of our dreams and we will never turn back.”

By John Johnson, Newser Staff

Young Conservatives Don’t Care About Gay Marriage

as published in The Chicago Tribune

The GOP presidential candidates have all addressed it passionately, hoping to appeal to the conservative base, but the issue of gay marriage ranks low on the list of priorities for young voters at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Rick Santorum Mitt Romney

“We’re worried about getting jobs after graduation,” says Lindsay Matera, a freshman at Roger Williams University. “Gay marriage isn’t as important of an issue for me.”

Nick Moon looks to Mitt Romney as the man with the economic credentials to turn the country around and criticizes peers who argue that Romney’s not conservative enough on social issues.

“Social issues are important to recognize and acknowledge, but they shouldn’t take precedent over economic, military, and foreign policies of a candidate,” 18-year-old Nick Moon says.

In the wake off a three-state caucus loss, Romney’s CPAC speech focused on his credentials as socially conservative GOP candidate.

“I know conservatism because I have lived conservatism,” Romney said during his speech.

He promised to defend the defense of marriage act, but his appeal didn’t impress young supporters who say they are attracted to Romney’s business background.

“I don’t really care about the social stuff,” Millersville University student Jordan Smith says. “I think it’s big government when the government tells you who you can and cannot marry and that’s not conservative.”

by Lauren Fox

A Republican Speaking Up for Marriage Equality

Maureen Walsh (R)

Washington State Representative Maureen Walsh, of Walla Walla gave a heartfelt speech this week in support of legalizing same-sex marriage, she was talking to 97 of her colleagues in the Legislature.

The measure passed, and is now waiting for the governor’s signature, which is expected on Valentine’s Day.

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