Equality California’s Geoff Kors Named to Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

April 16, 2009

Selected by Capitol Weekly as one of the state’s “most visible grassroots activists”

Sacramento – Geoff Kors, Executive Director of Equality California (EQCA) was selected this week as one of Capitol Weekly’s Top 100, a list of the most influential and effective non-elected political leaders in California, in recognition of EQCA’s successful work sponsoring and passing legislation advancing the rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.

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Video: David Perry Interviews Andrea Shorter from Equality California

April 16, 2009

NYC Council Speaker Quinn: Take Action to Pass Marriage Equality Bill in New York!

April 16, 2009

Dear New Yorker,

Today I was honored to be part of an historic event as Governor David Paterson stood with advocates, elected officials, labor leaders and religious leaders to announce that he is introducing a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York State.

As I said in my remarks, it was a thrilling moment. A video of my remarks can be viewed here.

Now the hard work begins. The bill must pass the State Assembly, and we face an even greater uphill climb in the State Senate.

Please join with advocates in contacting our state lawmakers and asking them to take action on marriage equality.

Find your State Assemblymember by clicking here. Find your State Senator by clicking here.

We are going to have to roll up our sleeves and fight for every vote. But I am hopeful that our legislators will recognize that New Yorkers must not be left behind on the march to equality.

Thank you.

Christine C. Quinn

Video: NY Governor Paterson Introduces Marriage Equality Bill

April 16, 2009

We Are Tearing Families Apart, When We Should Be Uniting Them

April 16, 2009

by Steve Ralls | The Huffington Post

Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado are, by all accounts, a picture-perfect family. The two have been together – happily – for more than two decades. They have adorable 12-year-old twins. They married in 2004. And they are hard-working, productive members of their community in Pacifica, California, where they have built a loving home that also includes Jay’s mother, Renee.

So why is the United States government spending so much time – and so much taxpayer money – tearing this family apart?

Simply put, because Shirley and Jay are a lesbian couple.

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Big Wins Re-Energize Gay Marriage Activists

April 16, 2009

by Liz Halloran | National Public Radio

Same-sex marriage advocates have racked up big recent victories in Iowa and Vermont, where legislators on April 7 approved a same-sex marriage measure by overriding a gubernatorial veto. They joined Connecticut and Massachusetts as states where gay marriage is recognized.

Similar efforts are well under way in a handful of other states, including New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine and New York,…

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State By State: The Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage

April 16, 2009

Gay rights activists around the nation are challenging state bans on same-sex marriage — in state courts and through the legislature. Here, a look at how the legal battle is playing out, state by state.

Same-sex Marriage Spotlight on Maine

April 16, 2009

Crowd anticipated for Augusta hearing
by Judy Harrison | Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine will be front and center next week in the nation’s deliberations over same-sex marriage.
The state will enter the national spotlight a few short weeks after the Iowa Supreme Court overturned laws barring same-sex couples from marrying. Vermont lawmakers recently passed a bill similar to the one proposed in Maine.

At least 2,000 supporters and opponents are expected to turn out Wednesday, April 22, at the Augusta Civic Center for a hearing on LD 1020, a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in Maine. A hearing on a competing measure, LD 1118, which would extend the rights and benefits of married couples to people on the Maine Domestic Partner Registry, will be held at the same time.

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Paterson Unveils Same-Sex Marriage Bill

April 16, 2009

by Jeremy W. Peters AND Sewell Chan | The New York Times

Gov. David A. Paterson on Thursday announced that he would introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, drawing on the soaring oratory of the civil rights movement to call on the Legislature to add New York to the four states that have already authorized such unions.

Comparing the status of gay men and lesbians with that of blacks, Jews, women, disabled people and other groups who were historically excluded from full political and social equality, Mr. Paterson said he would lead the movement to authorize same-sex marriage in the Empire State. “We have a crisis of leadership today,” he declared. “We’re going to fill that vacuum today.”

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Washington Legislature Expands Gay Partnerships

April 16, 2009

by Rachel La Corte | AP

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Same-sex domestic partners would have all the rights and benefits that Washington state offers married couples under a bill passed Wednesday by the state Legislature.

The Democratic-controlled House approved the Senate-passed measure on a mostly party-line 62-35 vote after nearly two hours of debate. It next goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who said she will sign it into law.

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