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Minnesota Enacts Marriage Equality

Minnesota Enacts Marriage Equality

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “Today we have the power, the awesome power to make dreams come true,” said out gay Senator Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, just moments before the Minnesota Legislature concluded its debate on a marriage equality bill on May 13. Later in his speech, he added, “Vote yes for love.” The measure […]

Delaware, Rhode Island Adopt Marriage Equality

Delaware, Rhode Island Adopt Marriage Equality

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  | Democratic Governor Jack Markell, on May 7, made Delaware the 11th state to allow same-sex couples to marry when he signed legislation the State Senate approved earlier in the day on a 12-9 vote. In her remarks in favor of the bill, Senator Karen Peterson, a Stanton Democrat, came out as a […]

Marriage Victories in Rhode Island, France; Action Pending in Illinois, Delaware, UK

Marriage Victories in Rhode Island, France; Action Pending in Illinois, Delaware, UK

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Rhode Island State Senate has cleared away the last major hurdle to that state becoming the 10th in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry. In a 26-12 vote on April 24, the Senate approved a version of marriage equality legislation somewhat different than the one adopted earlier this […]

Majority of US Senate On Board With Marriage Equality

Majority of US Senate On Board With Marriage Equality

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With announcements during the first week of April from Democrats Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Tom Carper of Delaware, and Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois that they now support the right of same-sex couples to marry, 54 members of […]