Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska has become the latest Republican lawmaker to come out in support of the freedom to marry. Murkowski is the third sitting Republican Senator following Mark Kirk (IL) and Rob Portman (OH) to make the argument for marriage equality.
Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court
In June 2013, the United States Supreme Court will issue decisions on two cases critical to marriage equality.
DOMA/United States v. Windsor
The so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" or DOMA unfairly denies federal protections - like Social Security, veterans' benefits, health insurance and retirement savings - to committed same-sex couples who are legally married in their own states. When same-sex couples are legally married in a state, it’s wrong for the federal government to discriminate against their marriages and their children.
Prop 8/Hollingsworth v. Perry
Proposition 8 was found unconstitutional by the Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the basis it violates our nation’s fundamental concepts of liberty and equal treatment under the law. A law that violates the Constitution - and Americans’ basic freedoms - cannot stand.
Recent Blog Posts on Marriage Equality
A recent study found that the media's 'positive' stories about marriage equality outnumbered their 'negative' ones by more than a five-to-one margin. But why?
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The Supreme Court of the United States is set to rule on DOMA and Prop 8 by the end of June. We've waited for years for this historic landmark decision from SCOTUS. It could come any day now, and we will want to be gathered as a community.
In the spirit of increasing acceptance and inclusiveness, a prominent Jewish outlet, The Jewish Week, recently sought to feature a gay Jewish couple's wedding announcement, despite previous backlash from the Orthodox community.
Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life released a study which reflected a significant shift in the opinions of Americans in regards to marriage equality. The study breaks down groups affiliated by generation, political views, gender, and religion. Compared to 2001, when 57% of Americans opposed marriage equality, numbers have switched, and Americans in favor have reached over half the population. Only 43% of Americans are opposed to marriage equality at this time.
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering two cases related to marriage equality.