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Equality news round-up: state marriage equality campaigns, and more

Washington marriage

By Scottie ThomastonGoal Thermometer

– The Washington Blade has the new written guidelines protecting same-sex binational couples.

– Corporations are coming out in support of the Uniting American Families Act. Immigration Equality (who also filed a now-stayed challenge to Section 3 of DOMA, Blesch v. Holder) is leading the effort to get businesses on board.

– In a new ad, a Washington state Republican explains why she supports marriage equality. Also in Washington, the standard anti-gay attacks are beginning.

– A new poll in Maine shows 55% of Mainers support marriage equality.

– A report on the campaign for marriage equality in Washington.


  • 1. Gregory in SLC  |  October 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

    And that's a bad thing? ; )

    “We stand on the dangerous precipice of being the only state in the history of our country to approve same-sex marriage by public vote of the citizens,” warns Joseph Backholm of Preserve Marriage Washington.

  • 2. Seth from Maryland  |  October 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

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    another debate on REF 74, our side stood strong and responed to the questions alot better then the other side

  • 3. Gregory in SLC  |  October 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    like the debate….one gripe: "only does one thing…..validate loving committed couples" Is "loving and committed" a requirement for opposite sex unions? We want EQUALITY! Go Washington!

  • 4. Seth from Maryland  |  October 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Dear Abby Comes Out Against Minnesota Marriage Ban Dear Abby columnist Jeanne Phillips (daughter of the original "Abby") devoted Tuesday's advice column to supporting marriage equality in Minnesota.

  • 5. Seth from Maryland  |  October 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Advises Dear Abby:

    My mother, Pauline Phillips, the founder of the Dear Abby column, taught me as a young girl that when we are faced with a tough decision that affects another person, it is important to consider how we would want to be treated. No one would want to be told that it is illegal to marry the person they love, but that is exactly what this amendment would do. I was raised to believe that each and every one of us has intrinsic value. Excluding some citizens from their basic rights and freedoms because of who they are is wrong.
    So please take my advice; VOTE NO on the marriage amendment in November – and please encourage everyone you know to do the same. Special interests who are trying to pass this amendment will pump millions of dollars into Minnesota. Minnesotans United for All Families needs your help to tell the truth about why this amendment is wrong. Please rush a donation today – before the October 13 midnight deadline – to help Minnesotans United meet their goal and defeat this hurtful amendment. Time is running out! Thank you for standing up for all families. Love is love, regardless of gender.

  • 6. Seth from Maryland  |  October 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    wow, i wonder if this is has a big impact because this is a national column that alots people around here in Maryland including my wife and around the country read

  • 7. Seth from Maryland  |  October 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

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    Very WELL MADE

  • 8. _BK_  |  October 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Agreed. This one gets the blood flowing (for me, at least).

  • 9. Seth from Maryland  |  October 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    oh man , when my wife and me saw it today , we felt the passion coming out in that ad, im so ready to vote for 6,

  • 10. Stefan in CA  |  October 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

    To me, the Maine poll showing 55% in support of marriage equality has little meaning. Polls have done very little for the marriage equality group. I wouldn't even be comfortable with a 20% lead because of the differences of what people say, then do in a voting booth. If you want any chance of winning these battles, get ads out debunking the lies and deceptions put forth by NOM and their allies. They should have been airing BEFORE the anti-gay ads hit. They have last minute big $$$ flowing in and it's only going to get worse. Pay attention to history and hit them before they hit you. Sure, the ad above is good, but you really need to tell people that what they're being told by the other side is not true. It's the only way you'll have a chance. If you don't focus on directing your efforts at debunking what the other side is saying, people will think that there's some truth to what they're hearing.

  • 11. Gregory in SLC  |  October 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Agree! Wish we could get past MAJORITY voting on minority rights…but for now gotta keep fighting/educating.

  • 12. Stefan  |  October 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    To be fair the polling results now being shown in Washington and Maine are much higher then we saw in California or Maine in 2009 at this point prior to election day.

    BTW, the latest Maine poll actually showed support for Question 1 at 56.6%.

  • 13. Mike in Baltimore  |  October 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm


    The polling in California was in 2008, as that was when the election took place, not in 2009.

  • 14. grod  |  October 20, 2012 at 6:29 am

    On September 14th, Maine's Press Herald opinion piece takes on viewpoint of the Maine Catholic Church.

  • 15. grod  |  October 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Oct 21: Scott Thistle of Lewiston’s Sun Journal reports that some Catholics support Question 1. He quotes former Maine Gov. John Baldacci, a Catholic who once opposed same-sex marriage: He can’t support the church's position on same-sex marriage. Maine people, he said, are accepting and inclined to live and let live. Thistle also quotes Baldacci as saying that the referendum question before voters does nothing to erode that separation of church and state. Churches are still free to practice their beliefs, including not marrying same-sex couples.… .

  • 16. Mike Ho.  |  October 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    <img src=""/&gt; Nice ad for that Washington republican!<img src=""/&gt;

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