Gay Marriage

10:30 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Polls Show Obama's Support For Gay Marriage Influencing Blacks

President Obama is seen on a monitor in the White House briefing room May 9. In an interview with ABC, he said he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 10:27 am

In this space earlier this month, I wrote about whether President Obama would face a backlash from African-Americans for his endorsement of same-sex marriage. (He hasn't.) I made mention of a random field experiment in which 285 black people in Cook County, Ill., were polled about gay marriage.

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8:49 am
Fri May 11, 2012

New Republic: On Gay Marriage There's no Downside

A supporter of President Barack Obama holds a placard on May 10, 2012 near a private residence where Obama was attending a campaign fundraiser in Seattle. Obama voiced his support of gay marriage May 9, 2012 during an interview.
Mandel Ngan AFP/GettyImages

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 8:09 am

Ruy Teixeira is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and editor of America's New Swing Region: Changing Politics and Demographics in the Mountain West.

Will Obama's Wednesday embrace of same-sex marriage equality hurt him in November? The short answer is: possible, but not likely.

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5:19 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Protest Against Texas' Gay Marriage Ban Leads to Arrests

County clerk Dana DeBeauvoir addresses a same-sex couple seeking a marriage license this Valentine's Day.
Photo courtesy Kit O'Connell

Three people were arrested today at the Travis County Clerk’s office while protesting Texas' prohibition on gay marriage. 

After numerous gay and lesbian couples applied for marriage licensees in protest, three activists locked arms and refused to leave, leading to their arrest.

The incident was one of several statewide actions coordinated by GetEqual TX this Valentine’s Day. “Our mission is to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and our allies to take bold action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way,” the organization writes on its website. The protest also had local support from Occupy Austin.

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3:44 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

The Nation: The Romantic-Industrial Complex

Syrian demonstrators hold up a balloon for Valentine's Day in front of a portrait of President Assad, during a rally to show their support for their leader Damascus on Feb. 14, 2012. In the U.S., some fear that Valentine's Day has become serious business.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 8:35 am

Samhita Mukhopadhyay is the Executive Editor of and the author of Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life.

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1:45 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Mayor Leffingwell Speaks Out in Support of Gay Marriage

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell has joined nearly 80 mayors from across the country in supporting same-sex marriage.
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Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell has joined dozens of mayors in support for same-sex marriage.

“I’m proud to stand with the gay and lesbian community and defend their right to equal marriage,” Leffingwell says in a press release. “The tide is changing in America and I hope that by joining this loud chorus, I can play a small role in helping set us on a path to full marriage equality in our country in my lifetime.”

Leffingwell is one of several officials listed among the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. An offshoot of the broader Freedom to Marry campaign, founded in 2003 by Evan Wolfson, some 80 American mayors have signed a pledge in support of gay marriage. Houston Mayor Annise Parker is one of the five mayors comprising the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry board. She’s joined by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, and Los Angeles Mayor  Antonio Villaraigosa .

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12:38 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Appeals Court Says State Can't Challenge Travis County Lesbians' 2010 Divorce

Image courtesy bloomsberries

A Travis County lesbian couple who were married in Massachusetts cannot have their divorce blocked by Attorney General Greg Abbott, Texas' 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled today.  (Read the decision here.)

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