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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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Marriage Equality Begins in Alabama

Monday was the first day for marriage equality in Alabama, and as you would expect, it was met with much controversy. State officials had asked the United States Supreme Court to stay the proceedings in Alabama until there was national resolution on the issue. The high court rejected that request. The state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, Roy More, then barred state probate judges from issuing licenses saying they were not parties in the federal court order issued a week earlier. On Thursday, a federal judge clarified and ordered that all government officials in the state must provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples. As of 12pm EST today, 39 counties were issuing licenses to same-sex couples, 14 were only issuing to straight couples, and 14 were not issuing licenses at all.
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Supreme Court Hints It Will Rule In Favor of Marriage Equality

The question of marriage equality is before the Supreme Court of the United States, briefs in various cases are due in the coming months, oral arguments will be held by summer, and a decision will follow soon thereafter. Though many had believed the high court would hold off on answering any legal question regarding marriage equality until a national resolution had been reached, the court all but issued it’s decision on Monday when it allowed marriage equality to begin in Alabama. In a 7-2 vote, the court refused to stop marriages occurring in the Southern state signaling it will likely rule for national marriage equality in the summer. Justices Scalia and Thomas dissented saying that Monday’s decision was a precursor of events to come – negative events in their opinions.
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HRC and Power Lawyer Robbie Kaplan Team Up for “The People’s Brief”

It is likely that the April oral arguments regarding marriage equality before the Supreme Court will be the final time the issue is before the court, and the nation’s largest organization focused on LGBT equality wants every American to be part of history. The Human Rights Campaign has teamed up with Robbie Kaplan, the lawyer who successfully defeated section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in Windsor, to create an amicus brief that will be turned in to the Supreme Court ahead of oral arguments. Sign the brief now and be part of history >

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Alabama judges rules in favor of marriage equality for a second time 

Last Friday, District Judge Callie V.S. Granade made a historic ruling striking down Alabama’s discriminatory marriage ban. This week, she’s done it again with a second ruling. One of the plaintiffs in the second case is about to undergo surgery, and his spouse risks being unable to take care of him as they are not recognized as legal spouses.
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Mississippi would see an economic benefit with marriage equality

Mississippi is currently in the middle of a federal appeals case regarding marriage equality, but researchers across the country in California at the Williams Institute are having their say in the fight. The University of California, Los Angeles based organization predicts that $10.8M in revenue would be generated for the state in the first three years. The study reports that nearly half of all same-sex couples living in the southern state would marry in the first three years, and tourism may see a spike.
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Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson search for the perfect dress on tonight’s “Say Yes To The Dress.”

Openly gay WNBA star Brittney Griner and her fiancée, Glory Johnson, will appear on tonight’s episode of “Say Yes To The Dress” as couple prepare for their big day. Griner made headlines in August when she documents her proposal to Johnson. Make sure to catch tonight’s episode! What better way to end the week?
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President Obama makes history in State of the Union address

During his penultimate State of the Union address, President Obama declared marriage equality “a civil right” after years of evolving his stance on the issue. “I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country,” he said, “a civil right now legal in states that 7 in 10 Americans call home.” President Obama also made history on Tuesday night becoming the first president to ever mention the bisexual and transgender community in a State of the Union address.
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Colin Farrell continues his campaign for marriage equality in Ireland

Just months before the Irish citizenry vote on a referendum to legalize marriage equality in the country, Colin Farrell sat down with Irish TV network RTE to discuss his continued support for the campaign for marriage equality. “Same-sex couples are already parents in Ireland… without same-sex marriage being legalized, without the constitution being changed to support this demographic of our community, it’s the children who are going to be left in the dark if there’s a separation,” he said. A recent poll shows 76% of adults support the freedom to marry in the island country.
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New poll shows Republicans should support marriage equality

A poll conducted by Zogby Analytics shows that 35% of poll-takers would be less likely to support a Republican candidate who vocally advocated against marriage equality. 31% of those questioned stated they would be more likely to support such a candidate. Though the numbers are not staggeringly different from each other, poll conductors say it’s enough to influence the outcome of an election. With Republicans trying to gain votes in various minority communities, advisors are saying the party can’t afford to lose the electorate on an issue with an outcome that is all but certain.
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