As many Catholic leaders have done, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori required all parish priests to read a letter from him this past Sunday denouncing marriage equality and encouraging parishioners to vote no on Maryland’s Question 6. When Father Richard T. Lawrence read the letter this past weekend at Baltimore’s St. Vincent de Paul church, he then added his own thoughts, breaking from Lori and the Vatican to suggest that voting for marriage equality may be the Catholic thing to do.
Maine GOP House Member Stacey Fitts is telling voters in a pro-marriage equality ad "I've always been a Republican. I voted against same-sex marriage in 2009. But I know some gay people. And I've talked with them. And with my family. Deciding who you marry is the most import decision you'll ever make. I don't believe the government should tell anybody who they can love or who they can marry."
The Vitts embody a movement within that movement. They are among the increasing number of heterosexual couples who are using their weddings to advocate for gay marriage. While much of the heat and light in this election season has centered on four states with ballot measures on same-sex marriage — Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington — social change is being advanced by newlyweds using the moral and religious force of the wedding ceremony.
"My familial ties are one of the many reasons that I’ve become involved in raising money to help push through Referendum 74 (R-74), to approve the February 2012 bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state of Washington. If Washington State can pass this referendum, we’d be the first state to pass gay marriage by a popular vote. The opposition is very strong but the thing that gives me hope for the future is that marriage equality is polling at about 80 percent among people under the age of 25.
Minnesotans will vote whether to add a ban on marriage equality to the state constitution on Nov. 6. With that in mind, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's D.C. and St. Paul offices dressed as rainbows — a symbol of gay pride — to urge a vote against the amendment.
More than 300 gay marriage supporters waved signs and cheered Thursday at a get-out-the-vote rally in a final campaign push before next week’s statewide same-sex marriage referendum.The rally in Portland’s Monument Square featured speeches from campaign organizers, a lesbian couple, pastors and other supporters who urged attendants to show up at the polls and encourage others to do the same on Election Day.
Former Republican Gov. Dan Evans says he supports marriage equality in Washington state.
In a statement provided Thursday by Washington United for Marriage, Evans said that approving Referendum 74 “just seems right and reflects the fundamental value of fairness that we treasure here in Washington.”
On November 6, Washingtonians will vote approve or reject the February 2012 bill that would legalize marriage equality in the state, known as Referendum 74. GLAAD is working with Washington United for Marriage to urge voters to APPROVE the referendum. If passed, it would make Washington one of the first states to approve marriage equality by a public referendum.