States of Celebration

All summer long, it has been amazing to see the marriage map changing day by day as weddings performed by county clerks in New Mexico and Pennsylvania have proven once again that the marriage equality landscape has completely changed since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings this June. Watching joyful couples lining up in county after county has been a wonderful reminder of the power we have on the local level to create national change – a lesson we learned almost a decade ago on the steps of San Francisco City Hall.

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MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA APPLAUDS CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT’S DISMISSAL OF PROP. 8 LAWSUIT

Ruling Means Same-Sex Couples in California Can Continue To Say “I Do”

San Francisco • 14 August 2013 ― Today Marriage Equality USA celebrates the California Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the Proposition 8 proponents’ last ditch effort to deny loving, committed same-sex couples the freedom to marry in California.

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Marriage Equality awards reception in L.A. tonight

SPEAKER JOHN PERÉZ AND SENATOR RICARDO LARA WILL ATTEND MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA LOS ANGELES AWARDS RECEPTION HONORING CONTROLLER RON GALPERIN AND OTHERS

DATE & TIME: Saturday, 10 August 2013, 4:00–7:00pm LOCATION: Traxx @ Union Station, 800 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles 90012 MEDIA CREDENTIALS: www.marriageequality.org/la-awards
Los Angeles • 5 August 2013 ― California Assembly Speaker John Peréz and California State Senator Ricardo Lara will be two of the special guests attending the inaugural Marriage Equality USA Los Angeles Awards Reception! Speaker Perez and Senator Lara will join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer, West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land, Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, GLAAD National Spokesperson Wilson Cruz, and Prop 8 plaintiffs Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami to honor City Controller Ron Galperin, the Latino Equality Alliance, and the Robert John Russo Gallery.

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The Importance of the Supreme Court Cases in Unexpected Places

By John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney,
Marriage Equality USA

It was perhaps one of the last things we thought we’d hear in a gay bar in the heart of the Castro. But at a recent Friday evening happy hour at Hi Tops, we saw two attractive young men eagerly approaching each other, and when we overheard their greeting to each other it went something like this: “Did you get your biography in yet? Yes, we just did it today! That’s great – so did we!  We’re so excited! Which adoption agency are you using…?” Definitely a sign of the times — on a Friday night in a gay bar in the Castro, among other things, gay couples were discussing their hopes and dreams for having kids and raising families. And we were even more surprised when we heard the two men remark that gay male couples tend to receive babies through adoption more quickly than straight couples.

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Winning Rhode Island and Beyond: Next Up, Delaware!

Winning Rhode Island and Beyond
By Thom Watson, Marriage Equality USA
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I was poised to write this column as a speculation about which state would be the tenth to recognize civil marriage equality for same-sex couples, joining nine other states and the District of Columbia where the freedom to marry is already guaranteed.

Would it be Delaware, where the House recently passed a marriage equality bill, just five days after the bill’s introduction?

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MEUSA 15th annual gala and awards

The Marriage Equality USA national gala and awards events are coming soon in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  Click the graphic below and make the jump to their website to find out more.

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