THE WEEKLY HOOT

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Puerto Rico Will Stop Defending In Court Its Ban On Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

On Monday, the Puerto Rican Justice Department officially announced in court documents that it will not defend the territory’s laws banning marriage for same-sex couples. The announcement comes a year after couples filed a lawsuit in federal court. That suit is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First District. Now plaintiffs and law teams involved in the suit are awaiting word from the Appeals Court as to when marriage equality will become law in the island territory.
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Kerry Washington Delivers Powerful Speech In Support of LGBT Rights

“Scandal” star Kerry Washington was the recipient of the Vanguard award from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). She delivered a powerful speech in which she said, “We can’t say that we believe in each others’ fundamental humanity and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each others existence and the truth of each others hearts. We must be allies.”
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Twin Brother of Gay Eagle Scout Starts Online Petition Against Discriminatory BSA Policy

August Easton-Calabriaand, a straight Eagle Scout, has started an online petition in support of his gay twin brother, Liam, who is also an Eagle Scout, and against the Boy Scouts of America’s policy, which does not allow openly gay members to participate in the organization once they turn 18. The petition, found on Change.org, has already garnered more than 20,000 signatures in less than a week.
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Wall Street Journal/NBC Poll Finds Record Support for Marriage Equality 

A new survey released from the news partnership shows that 59% of Americans support the right to marry for same-sex couples. This is the highest number the poll has recorded, and it is nearly double the 30% support reported in 2004. Support has grown in most demographic groups including among Hispanics, women, and people who lack college degrees.
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President Obama Invokes LGBT Rights Movement in Selma Commemoration

President Obama, along with Michelle Obama and President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, visited Selma, Alabama on Monday to commemorate the 50th university of the Selma Marches led by Martin Luther King, Jr. In a speech delivered Monday, President Obama noted, “Ask your gay friend if it’s easier to be out and proud in America now than it was 30 years ago. To deny this progress — our progress — would be to rob us of our own agency; our responsibility to do what we can to make America better.”
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Republican-Led Florida Legislation To Strike Down Ban Against Same-Sex Parent Adoption

On Wednesday, the Florida House acknowledged that same-sex couples have the right to adopt children, and the legislature supported a bill that struck down the state’s current ban on that right. The vote came years after a court decision ruled the ban unconstitutional and Governor Charlie Crist refued to appeal the decision.
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Tie The Knot Teams Up With Freedom to Marry

On Monday, Tie The Knot announced all proceeds raised during the month of March will be donated to Freedom to Marry, one of the leading organizations at the forefront of the marriage equality fight. Freedom to Marry has been changing the hearts and minds of millions of Americans over the years to get us beyond the tipping point in favor of marriage equality. Tie The Knot is grateful for all the work they are accomplishing and is proud to support such a great organization.
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Marriage Equality Oral Arguments Scheduled

As briefs regarding the constitutionality of marriage were being prepared for submission to the United States Supreme Court, the high court issued the date on which it will hear from both sides of the argument: April 28, 2015. Lawyers from numerous organizations and firms involved in the multiple suits will be present for what many believe will be the final court hearing regarding the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples. A decision in the cases is expected by the end of June 2015.
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Marriage Equality Oral Arguments Scheduled

More than 300 Republican lawmakers, operatives, and consultants have filed a brief with the United States Supreme Court urging the court to rule in favor of marriage equality. Led by former chair of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani signed onto the brief. Mehlman orchestrated a similar filing when lawyers argued against California’s Proposition 8 in 2013.
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Alabama State Supreme Court Defies United States Supreme Court

Discrimination is alive and well in the southern state of Alabama where the state’s supreme court issued a decision to halt the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A federal judge had ordered the state to issue such licenses and the United States Supreme Court denied the state’s request to hold that federal order. After a few short weeks of marriage equality for the state, not a single county is now issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Some counties are not issuing any marriage licenses at all.
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Marriage Equality Will Not Begin in Nebraska on Monday

Despite a historic federal court ruling on Monday which struck down Nebraska’s discriminatory marriage bans, the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit has decided to put that ruling, which was to go into effect on Monday, March 9, on hold. Three appellate judges appointed by Republican presidents granted the state’s request to hold off on marriage equality until pending the disposition of the appeal.
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We are excited that in just a few weeks time, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of marriage equality, hopefully for the final time.

We are thrilled that today a federal judge ruled in favor of marriage equality in Nebraska – yet another court victory for marriage equality advocates.

There could not be a better time to announce that Tie The Knot has pledged its support to Freedom to Marry and the tireless work this great organization has done to get us beyond the tipping point for marriage equality. For the month of March, all proceeds raised by Tie The Knot will be donated directly to Freedom to Marry!

So, get shopping to support marriage equality and look good while doing it!

Freedom to Marry has been a leading organization at the forefront of the marriage equality debate producing strategic communications plans, events, and campaigns to change the hearts and minds of millions of Americans to support the right to marry for all loving couples.

We could not be more grateful for the work Freedom to Marry has accomplished over the years, and we believe with your support we can help them achieve our mutual goal of bringing marriage equality to every corner of America.

Visit The Tie Bar today to see our new spring collection, which just launched last week, and to buy a bow tie to support Freedom to Marry.

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Marriage Equality Proponents File Briefs with the United States Supreme Court

Oral arguments at the Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of marriage equality are just months away, and today, lawyers involved in lawsuits from four midwest states filed briefs arguing for the freedom to marry on behalf of the plaintiffs. The 4 lawsuits come from the 6th Circuit which overturned marriage equality victories earlier this year. The briefs filed today from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee are the first set of briefs filed; friends of the court briefs are expected to be filed next followed by briefs by the defendants in the case. Oral arguments are scheduled for the week of April 27 with a decision expected late in June.
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9-Year Old Maggie Writes Letter to Congress Demanding Marriage Equality

To no surprise to her parents, Maggie, a third grader in Texas, penned a short, simple, and powerful letter to congress asking that the legislative body grant the right to marry to all loving couples. “Would you like it if someone let you get married to a person you loved of your own gender?” she asked. “No. So why are you not letting people do that!” Maggie is so adamant about social justice, she gave Congress an ultimatum: solve the issue immediately or expect more letters all year long.
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A Documentary To Be Released About LGBT Athletes

Director Malcolm Ingram’s new documentary, Out to Win examines thelives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world. To tell the story, he has interviewed dozens of subjects for the film, including Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, Wade Davis, Brittney Griner, David Kopay, Charline Labonté, Conner Mertens, and John Amaechi. Watch the trailer >

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