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Gay Marriage Under Threat In New Hampshire

by @ Thursday, November 5th, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Politics

With Tuesday’s successful repeal referendum in Maine, it appears that the forces opposed to marriage equality may be making a run at repealing New Hampshire’s gay marriage law:
DOVER — Now that gay marriage has been defeated in Maine, attention again shifts to New Hampshire, where lawmakers say momentum from Tuesday’s vote may fuel legislation to [...]

The Catholic Church And The Maine Gay Marriage Vote

by @ Wednesday, November 4th, 2009. Filed under Catholic Church, Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Religion

E.D. Kain passes on this bit of information regarding the campaign against gay marriage in Maine:
“The Catholic Church was a leading supporter of the repeal campaign, even asking parishes to pass a second collection plate at Sunday mass to help the cause.”
E.D. sums up my thoughts on this tidbit:
I support religious institutions’ beliefs, however wrong-headed [...]

Maine Referendum To Repeal Same-Sex Marriage Law Passes

by @ Wednesday, November 4th, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, In The News, Individual Liberty, Politics

Well, this sucks:
Maine voters repealed a state law Tuesday that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed, dealing the gay rights movement a heartbreaking defeat in New England, the corner of the country most supportive of gay marriage.
Gay marriage has now lost in every single state — 31 in all — in which it has [...]

Maine Gay Marriage Amendment Going Down To The Wire

by @ Wednesday, November 4th, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Politics

The vote on a referendum to repeal Maine’s same-sex marriage law is way too close to call:
PORTLAND, Maine — The ballot box showdown over Question 1 remained too close to call Tuesday night as the nation watched to see whether Maine voters would become the first to approve same-sex marriage at the polls.
With 69 percent [...]

The Legal Fight Over Gay Marriage: A Question Of Timing

by @ Tuesday, October 27th, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Politics, Supreme Court

As I noted two weeks ago, the California lawsuit seeking to overturn Proposition 8 passed it’s first hurdle when the Federal Judge hearing the case denied the Motion to Dismiss filed by proponents of the gay marriage ban.
Today’s New York Times notes, however, that the ultimate outcome of the case is by no means [...]

Quote Of The Day

by @ Friday, October 23rd, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty

“If I were putting money on the future of gay marriage, I would bet on it. The secular arguments against gay marriage, when they aren’t just based on bigotry or custom, tend to be abstract in ways that don’t find purchase in American political discourse. I say, ‘Institutional support for reproduction,’ you say, ‘I love [...]

World War II Vet: Marriage Equality Is Part Of What I Fought For At Omaha Beach

by @ Thursday, October 22nd, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty

Philip Spooner: World War II Vet, Husband, Father, Republican, Advocate For Gay Marriage:

H/T: Pajama Pundit

Poster Of The Day

by @ Thursday, October 15th, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, In The News, Individual Liberty

From Sunday’s march in D.C.:

Maine Referendum To Ban Gay Marriage Appears To Be In Trouble

by @ Thursday, October 15th, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Politics

There’s some interesting information buried in a recent poll of Maine residents:
Question 1, which would roll back legal gay marriage in the state, is trailing 52-43. Catholic voters support the measure, but only by a seven-point margin. Last month, Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage told me that she was confident that the [...]

Federal Lawsuit Challenging Proposition 8 Passes First Hurdle

by @ Thursday, October 15th, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Politics

Well, this is better news that I was expecting:
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge challenged the backers of California’s voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday to explain how allowing gay couples to wed threatens conventional unions, a demand that prompted their lawyer to acknowledge he did not know.
The unusual exchange between U.S. District Chief Judge [...]

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