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Equality news round-up: will marriage equality be included in the Democratic Party platform?, and more

Marriage equality

By Scottie Thomaston

– There is a toolkit to help gain more support to pass the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA.

– Some Eagle Scouts are returning their medals because of the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy.

– Vietnam may allow gay couples to marry.

– Here is a profile of Colorado Springs and its gay population.

– Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation has denied a license name change for legally married gay couples.

– Over the weekend, the drafting committee for the Democratic Party platform held meetings on the possible inclusion of marriage equality. The Washington Blade reports that a marriage equality plank was included in the draft.

– An internal review of Mark Regnerus’ flawed study found even more flaws.


  • 1. davep  |  July 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I just saw this pop up on Yahoo news – although still in draft, the Washington Blade is reporting that the Democratic party is adding civil marriage equality to its platform:

  • 2. Sagesse  |  July 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm


  • 3. bob  |  July 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    About time!

  • 4. davep  |  July 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    ….. aaaand… marriage equality news from New Zealand:

  • 5. davep  |  July 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    …. and more New Zealand news, an anti-marriage equality web site created by none other than the hate group "Focus on the Family" is in trouble for using a song by the band Train on the site without the band's permission. The band has been notified. Info:

  • 6. Seth from Maryland  |  July 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

    POLL: Marriage Equality Support Surges Among Democrats | A new survey from the Pew research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life shows support for marriage equality continues to increase, especially for Democrats. Polls have consistently shown marriage equality is a winning issue, and Pew similarly found that 48 percent of Americans support the freedom to marry while 44 percent oppose it. Among Democrats, support dramatically increased from 50 percent in 2008 to 65 percent in 2012, while Republican support only increased slightly from 19 percent to 24 percent. Support has increased among all age groups, but particularly those born after 1980, 63 percent of whom now support marriage equality. Attitudes on the nature of sexual orientation are also shifting, but more slowly, with 51 percent now believing orientation cannot be changed and 41 percent believing it’s something people are born with.

  • 7. Dwight  |  July 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

    It is long overdue

    I dont happen to be gay, but am a strong supporter of equal rights, you folks have my wife and my support!

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