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By Matt Baume

A big win for marriage in New Hampshire, and California Democrats pledge to help the campaign to stop an anti-gay measure in North Carolina. But with alarming poll numbers out this week, will that help be enough?

Anti-gay activists got a smackdown last week in New Hampshire, where the legislature overwhelmingly rejected a bill to eliminate marriage equality. It was huge bi-partisan success, with a majority of Republicans and all but one Democrat voting to protect LGBT couples’ rights. Anti-gay politicians could try again next year, but so far their momentum has dwindled with every attempt.

And fresh off our success in New Hampshire, Ohio organizers are pushing for marriage. Thousands rallied in Cleveland this weekend, and over 200 couples staged a mass wedding. Earlier this year, organizers had attempted to overturn the state’s Constitutional ban on marriage. But the Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected their petition on technical grounds. Now Freedom to Marry Ohio has announced that they expect to resubmit a revised petition later this week. Additional rallies are planned for the evening of Wednesday, April 11th.

The California Democratic Party has pledged its support to the campaign to defeat an anti-gay constitutional amendment in North Carolina. Our side will need all the help it can get to win that election: a poll last week shows voters supporting the anti-marriage amendment 58 to 36 percent. 

But a Michigan tribe is considering an amendment to their constitution that would legalize marriage equality. The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians is currently accepting public comment on the measure.

And finally this week a marriage equality bill has passed an initial round of debate in Finland, and now heads to committee. The bill’s chances of passing this year aren’t great. Despite widespread public support for marriage equality, conservative MPs have held back marriage reforms for Finland for the last few years.

Those are the headlines. Don’t forget to subscribe to this channel for weekly marriage news updates, and do your part for marriage equality by sharing this video with family and friends.

4 Comments

  • 1. Sagesse  |  March 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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  • 2. Theo McKinney-Ewing  |  March 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    And one must wonder in NC, how truthful pro-marriage equality voters are being when interviewed…

    Add to this, that the NoM disclosures full effect in black churches in NC, the ones who remember 1968, the whiff of pandering to racism as a political move may prove volatile and flammable enough to turn people sour against a "law' that will change nothing for anyone's marriage, whether it "passes" or not.

    The Death of DOMA which is also looming clear on the Antigay's final horizon will make the point moot…by as early as 2015. nationwide.

    Like it or not.

  • 3. Seth from Maryland  |  March 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Marriage Equality In Illinois Could Bring In $8 Million In Tax Revenue | According to a study by the Williams Institute, legalizing same-sex marriage could add between $39 and $72 million to the state economy over three years, and generate between $4.5 and $8 million in tax revenue. The study only takes into account spending by Illinois couples, some of whom have already entered into civil unions, and does not include spending by couples from elsewhere in the nation who might travel to the state to get married.

  • 4. Seth from Maryland  |  March 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    In Finland so far already 76 out of 200 MPs had signed their support for the draft bill, although many others are expected to vote for it, including Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, its starting to look like there may be a good chance it may pass

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