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POLL: 60% support Marriage Equality in New Jersey

New Jersey will probably be one of the next states to legally recognize same-sex marriages and its denizens are quite ready for it. A new Quinnipiac poll finds that 60 percent of New Jersey voters support marriage equality, while only 31 percent are opposed.

ThinkProgress
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July 10, 2013

Gay rights in Southeast Asia: Fifty shades of pink

On the last Saturday in June the centre of Singapore’s very sober business district turned distinctly pink. Lesbians, gay men and others converged there for the annual celebration of what organisers call the “Freedom to Love”, also known as the “Pink Dot”, in honour of the “little red dot” that Singaporeans like to call their city-state.

The Economist
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July 10, 2013

Lambda Legal and ACLU to file marriage equality lawsuit in Virginia

Virginia is for lovers...that is, if Lambda Legal and the ACLU have anything to say about it. 

In the wake of the momentous victories for marriage equality handed down by the Supreme Court, Lambda Legal has announced that it has already set its sights on a new target--Virginia. Greg Nevins, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney in the group's Southern Regional Office, had this to say:

Towleroad
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July 9, 2013

Penalties await gay couples trying to marry in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS | A same-sex couple applying for a marriage license in Indiana, where gay marriage is expressly prohibited by law, could face up to three years in prison for submitting the application to their county clerk -- even if it's denied.

A 1997 state law declares it a Class D felony to submit false information on a marriage license application or lie about the physical condition, including gender, of a marriage license applicant.

NWI Times
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July 9, 2013

Mike Pence, Indiana Governor, apologizes for removal of gay marriage Facebook comments

Gov. Mike Pence admitted Friday that some angry constituents were right.

Some of the hundreds of comments that his staff deleted from the governor’s official Facebook page this week were targeted, Pence said, because they expressed disagreement with his opposition to gay marriage.

And that went beyond the office’s internal policy of removing only profane, inflammatory or uncivil comments, Pence concluded.

Indianapolis Star
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July 9, 2013

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