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Labor Leaders in Md. Promoting Marriage Bill

Several Maryland labor leaders, including those from 1199 SEIU and Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO, have spoken out in favor of marriage equality in Maryland. Labor leaders say they plan in coming weeks to mobilize workers to lobby lawmakers in Annapolis.

Washington Post
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January 5, 2012

Margaret Court Defends Her Views on Gay Marriage

After being criticized for anti-LGBT comments, tennis player Margaret Court defended her views and said, "Well, I think it’s very sad because I think they’ve taken it in the wrong way. I mean, I make a stand for both my biblical side, and what I believe. And I think — it’s a choice. And I think there’s young people today that need to know it’s a choice in life."

The New York Times
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January 5, 2012

Roman Catholics Continue to Organize after Cardinal George's Anti-Gay Comments

In the days and weeks following Cardinal Francis George of Chicago’s comparison of the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan, Catholics have continued to organize and speak out. Many Catholics have found the Cardinal’s comments and the ensuing backlash to be an opportunity to educate the Roman Catholic hierarchy on the reality of LGBT Catholics. Dignity Chicago is one of several Dignity chapters celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Comments like those of Cardinal George’s are one of the reasons why the prophetic call of Dignity is as important now as it was 40 years ago.

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