Refuting the Naysayers: 1st Anniversary of Marriage in Iowa and Other “Unlikely” VictoriesFreedom To Marry Logo

By Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, Freedom to Marry

April 3rd is the first anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional.

As happy couples and their delighted loved ones begin celebrating personal anniversaries, the milestone marks yet another moment in the marriage movement when critics said we couldn’t – but we did.

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Dialing for Cocktails to Help EQCAEQCA

A recent statewide poll has shown a six-point increase in support of marriage equality in the last year. But that’s not enough for Team Sac – and you can help make that increase even better.

Who is Team Sac? They are a dedicated group of volunteers that work the phone booths at EQCA’s canvassing office here in Sacramento. Led by Sacramento Field Manager Jennie Reiken they get together and, well, make phone calls.

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Shut up, Pope, part IIThe Pope

By Mark Segal

Pope Benedict XVI just happens to be one of my favorite people. After all, thanks to a column I wrote about him last year, this column was honored as the best newspaper column in America in our circulation category.

That column, called “Shut up, Pope,” covered his holiness’ travels through AIDS-ridden Africa spewing abstinence and urging the non-use of condoms — a deadly message in an area of poverty, lack of education and sexual misinformation.

Read more: Shut up, Pope, part II


Catholic League's Misleading Ad Smears GaysBill Donahue

The Catholic League and its President Bill Donohue have placed a full-page ad in the New York Times, trying to deflect blame for the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church by smearing the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

The ad, which was placed March 30, came under immediate attack from LGBT groups, including Truth Wins Out, which has been monitoring the scandal.

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Lawsuit Settled On Behalf of Bullied Gay Teen

A gay teenage student identified only as J.L has reached an out-of-court settlement in a case filed because of the continued student-on-student harassment and bullying he received in his upstate NY high school while school administrators took no action to prevent it.

The U.S. Justice Department and the New York Civil Liberties Union reached the settlement in the matter of J.L. v. Mohawk Central School District, which alleged violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, both of which prohibit discrimination based on sex, including discrimination based on gender stereotypes.

Read more: Lawsuit Settled On Behalf of Bullied Gay Teen


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