Prop. 8 Suit Closing Arguments May Be Televised

February 25, 2010

by Bob Egelko | San Francisco Chronicle

Despite a rebuff from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Bay Area’s federal judges are again proposing to allow cameras in their courtrooms, a plan that could lead to telecasting of closing arguments in a suit challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Secretary of the Navy Tells Senate He Supports DADT Repeal

February 25, 2010

by Philip Ewing | Navy Times

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told Senate lawmakers Thursday he thinks gays and lesbians serve should be permitted to serve openly in the military, even as the Navy’s top admiral kept his views to himself and the Marine Corps’ top general repeated that he believes “don’t ask, don’t tell” should stay in place.

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Australian Gay Marriage Bill Rejected

February 25, 2010

by Julie Bolcer | The Advocate

The Australian senate rejected a marriage equality bill Thursday, just days before this weekend’s large Mardi Gras celebration in Sydney.

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Same-Sex Marriage is Coming to the District

February 25, 2010

by Jonathan Capeheart | Washington Post

You probably didn’t hear this late last week, but a motion was denied to block Washington’s same-sex marriage law from going into effect at the conclusion of Congress’s 30-day legislative review period. That means in six days — March 3 — same-sex couples in the District will be able to legally wed. Washington would become the sixth jurisdiction to permit gay marriage and the first below the Mason-Dixon Line.

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Statement from Maryland’s Gov. Martin O’Malley on Attorney General’s Same Sex Marriage Recognition Opinion

February 25, 2010

Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today following an opinion released by Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler on the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages in Maryland:

“I want to thank Attorney General Gansler for his hard work and thoughtful consideration.  Having reviewed the 45-page opinion, we will be guided by the Attorney General’s thorough analysis and legal advice on this matter.

“I am confident that the Attorney General and his office will provide all necessary advice to State agencies on how to comply with the law, and I expect all State agencies to work with the Attorney General’s office to ensure compliance with the law.”


Gay Marriage Makes Gain in Maryland

February 25, 2010

from the Associated Press

State agencies in Maryland should recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states until the legislature or courts decide otherwise, Maryland’s attorney general said Wednesday in a long-awaited legal opinion.

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