With no GOP help, the Democratic-led New Jersey Assembly narrowly approved legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, a measure that now goes to Republican Gov. Christie, who has vowed to "swiftly" veto it and instead wants a referendum on the issue. >>>
Two years ago, Washington voters backed a broad guarantee of legal rights for same-sex couples, endorsing the Legislature's passage of a domestic partnership law nicknamed "everything but marriage." Now, gay-marriage backers say the time has come to take that final step. This week, they'll roll out a campaign to make Washington the seventh state to legalize marriage for lesbian and gay couples. >>>
Nearly half of Americans support same-sex marriage and the
proportion who are accepting of homosexuality is increasing, University of Chicago researchers said on Wednesday. The results show a clear "trend toward greater tolerance regarding homosexuality," said Tom Smith of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. >>>
A House subcommittee Wednesday endorsed a bill that would repeal the state's gay marriage law and bring back a form of civil unions. The House Judiciary panel voted 3-1 to amend the bill, and to recommend that the full committee approve the new language. The full House cannot vote on the bill until 2012. >>>
Openly gay author and pastor Rev. Oyoung Wen Feng and his partner Phineas Newborn III are now legally married. The couple took advantage of New York's marriage equality law and married on August 31 – Malaysia's Merdeka (independence) Day – at the New York City Hall. In June, New York became the sixth US state to legalise same-sex marriages. >>>
A new play about the battle over same-sex marriage in California by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Milk"
is slated for a one-night-only reading on Broadway. Dustin Lance Black's play "8'' about Proposition 8 will be performed for a fundraiser at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Sept. 19. Casting will be announced later.
One day after the approval of same-sex marriage in Albany, State Senator Tom Duane was ready to take a victory lap in Harlem.
"I have two kinds of happiness. There is my public happiness, which is authentic happiness, and I have my private happiness, because now I have the opportunity to have my family recognized legally," said Duane.