Winning Rhode Island and Beyond
By Thom Watson, Marriage Equality USA
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?
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.
So as it turns out, today is also the birthday of Marriage Equality USA’s Executive Director Brian Silva. Earlier today I wished one of my own senior officers a happy birthday in a blog post and we’ve decided to show some Queer Landia love to Mr. Silva as well! Special shout out to Christine Allen, also of MEUSA, for reaching out and helping to inspire more birthday blogging today!
This just in from our friends at Marriage Equality USA
NEW FIELD POLL SHOWS 59% OF CALIFORNIANS SUPPORT FREEDOM TO MARRY Poll Shows Californians Now Favor Marriage Equality by 25% Margin
San Francisco • 29 February 2012 ― Marriage Equality USA is thrilled that Californians now support the freedom to marry for lesbian and gay couples by a 59% – 34% margin, according to a new California Field Poll released today. “Today’s poll results mark a turning point in public opinion in favor of the freedom to marry for all loving, committed same-sex couples in California,” said John Lewis, Marriage Equality USA’s Legal Director. “Coupled with the Ninth Circuit’s opinion striking down Proposition 8 earlier this month and legislative victories in the states of Washington, New Jersey, and Maryland, the momentum in favor of marriage equality has never been stronger,” said Lewis.
Valentine’s Day is being marked around the world with a series of rallies and campaigns backing equal marriage rights and personal freedoms for gays.
Stuart Gaffney, Marriage Equality USA Media Director said: “The Ninth Circuit’s ruling that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional was an early Valentine to loving couples and fair-minded citizens everywhere.
“While the court’s ruling gives us renewed hope for the restoration of marriage equality in California soon, lesbian and gay people still can’t wed pending any further appeals. This Valentine’s Day, couples are again asking for marriage licenses — hoping that soon the endless appeals will stop, so the wedding plans can start.”
In the UK, Pride London delivered a Valentine’s Day card to Buckingham Palace this weekend asking the Queen to “kiss homophobia goodbye” in the Commonwealth countries which still criminalise gay acts.
Pride London said: “This Valentine’s Day people across the UK will enjoy the right to show their love for their partner whatever their sexual orientation – LGBT and beyond.
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I received this community announcement from Marriage Equality today and I wanted to pass the information along for all of our California readers! If you read the release all the way through there is information about events up and down the state on Tuesday…
SAME-SEX COUPLES, FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CLERGY TO GATHER AT 9:45 AM, TUESDAY, FEB. 7 AT NINTH CIRCUIT COURTHOUSE TO RECEIVE PROP. 8 RULING
WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 9:45 am
WHERE: James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse
95 7th Street (at Mission)
San Francisco, CA
Strong leadership is about strategic partnership. The most successful organizations are those that have leaders who make concerted efforts to partner with other like-minded leaders. I think we have a big problem with redundancy in the gay rights movement as a whole and news that these two fine organizations were merging caught my eye. Here is a segment of the joint, official statement lining out the new proposed partnership:
Today we are happy to announce that two of the strongest forces in this movement, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) and Marriage Equality New York (MENY), have formally agreed to merge. MENY will continue as a fully functioning chapter within MEUSA.