Thursday, March 28, 2013
Marriage equality supporters turned out in droves Wednesday as the court heard arguments on the law's constitutionality.
Thursday, March 28
By Lauren Kirkwood and Anamika Roy, Capital News Service Chants calling for equality rang out across the front steps of the Supreme Court Wednesday, as marriage equality supporters gathered to wave American flags and carry colorful signs while the court inside heard a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. Music blared over loudspeakers, and at one point the crowd began singing the national anthem. Many carried signs with messages like, “Sexuality is genetic, bigotry is a lifestyle," and “Don’t make me choose between my love for my wife & my love for my country.” Wednesday marked the second day of demonstrations outside the court on same-sex marriage issues—supporters also gathered Tuesday in opposition to Proposition 8, which bans gay …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The women gathered Thursday in Silver Spring to share their ideals on what is fair and equal for families in Maryland.
Montgomery County moms in support of gay marriage have just a few words for voters: vote yes for question six. Also known as the Civil Marriage Protection Act, this bill was signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and is pending voter approval Tuesday, Nov. 6. If majority of residents support the measure, it will go into full effect Jan. 2, 2013.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
CASA of Maryland’s advocacy for next month's referendum on same-sex marriage has sparked the ire of religious leaders
Polls say one thing, but religious leaders say another on the question of whether Hispanic-Americans in Maryland will support same-sex marriage in next month's landmark referendum. National and statewide polling of Latinos has shown a steady turn in favor of same-sex marriage. The Pew Research Center published a poll last week that shows “rapidly growing support” for gay marriage among Hispanics nationwide, with 52 percent for and 34 percent against. It is the first time that a Pew poll showed a majority of Latinos in favor of same-sex marriage. That support divides along religious lines. An April poll commissioned by the National Council of La Raza found that 79 percent of atheist or agnostic Latinos support same-sex marriage, 67 percent …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
"Chefs for Equality" event will raise funds to support the campaign to win Maryland's referendum next month on same-sex marriage.
Gov. Martin O'Malley and "Project Runway" host Tim Gunn will be among the guests of honor later this month for an event to support same-sex marriage in a referendum vote in Maryland, reports The Huffington Post. Human Rights Campaign and food columnist David Hagedorn are co-hosting the $300-a-ticket "Chefs for Equality" fundraiser Oct. 24 at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. The event also features a special auction in which each table of eight will feast on a unique five-course menu prepared by a who's-who of DC chefs. Read more about it on The Huffington Post.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Tell us. Is the poll on track with your view?
A new poll suggests Americans are becoming more positive about same-sex marriage, according to Patch Blog, Same-Sex Marriage Support Grows But Not Because of Obama. The blog points to a survey of 2,973 Americans taken between June 28-July 9, 2012. "The study found that while the partisan divide on the issue 'continues to widen,' support for same-sex marriage continues to increase among most groups." Read more here: Same-Sex Marriage Support Grows But Not Because of Obama
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The company has received major backlash after its president made anti-gay marriage remarks in several interviews.
Everyone’s favorite childhood puppets are taking a stand for gay marriage. The Jim Henson Company—creator of the Muppets—announced recently that it would no longer do business with Chick-Fil-A following recent anti-gay marriage comments made by the popular chicken company’s president, Dan Cathy. “The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors,” the organization, whose namesake grew up in University Park and attended University of Maryland, wrote on its Facebook page. “Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received…
Friday, June 1, 2012
Were the judges right?
A federal appeals court in Boston ruled Thursday that the Defense of Marriage Act — which defines marriage as between one man and one woman — is unconstitutional because it denies benefits to same-sex couples that heterosexual couples receive. The justices stayed the ruling pending an anticipated decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, Bloomberg reported. According to the Huffington Post: "The court didn't rule on the law's more politically combustible provision, which said states without same-sex marriage cannot be forced to recognize gay unions performed in states where it's legal. It also wasn't asked to address whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry." The judge who wrote the unanimous decision was appointed by President…
Friday, May 11, 2012
Del. Heather Mizeur helped push through gay marriage legislation in Maryland this year.
Gay rights advocates were dealt a win Tuesday when President Barack Obama endorsed same sex marriage. Takoma Park resident Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20), who has long been vocal about gay marriage rights and who helped shepherd the state's Marriage Equality Act to approval this past legislative session, applauded Obama for making the commitment. "Our president put into words what thousands of LGBT couples already know: that marriage equality is about the power of love and commitment overcoming the forces of fear; that every committed couple should be treated equally under the law; and that every family should be able to protect their children," Mizeur wrote to supporters in an email. With the signature of Gov. Martin O'Malley, …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Maryland representatives gear up to discuss gay marriage for the 2012 legislation session.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
By Jessica Talson, Capital News Service The contentious legislative battle over same-sex marriage ended only a few months ago, but opponents and advocates have already started preparing to fight for their cause in the 2012 legislative session. Gov. Martin O'Malley has stepped out from the behind-the-scenes role he played during the 2011 legislative session and has promised to sponsor a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. O'Malley has already spent time with advocacy groups and spoke at a fundraiser for Equality Maryland. "The governor and the advocacy groups have formed a much stronger partnership this year," said Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for O'Malley. "We're organizing a much stronger effort this year and we're getting ahead of it …
Friday, March 11, 2011
A combination of factors, including a so-called mandate from the Senate not to amend the bill, contributed to the bill being sent back to committee, said one delegate.
Friday, March 11, 2011
By Maggie Clark and David Saleh Rauf Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS -- The Maryland House of Delegates on Friday effectively killed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage by sending the measure back to committee where it's not expected to resurface this year. After more than two hours of impassioned debate, House members voted to bounce the proposal back to the House Judiciary Committee, a 22-member panel that wrestled with the measure for days before sending it to the full House last week. Friday's action all but puts an end to one of the most emotionally-charged proposals the legislature will debate this session. Several lawmakers on the House floor cried or fought back tears as they listened to colleagues tell personal stories. …