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Marriage Equality passed in the New York State Senate June 24th, 2011
Marriage Equality passed in the New York State Senate

What does this mean? Governor Cuomo must sign the bill. 30 days thereafter, legal same-sex marriage will be able to be performed in the State of New York. Same-sex couples will enjoy all benefits married couples enjoy provided by the State of New York. They will not enjoy those provided by the Federal Government. This means that same-sex married couples will still have to file as "single" on their federal taxes. What was negotiated? In order to gain the necessary votes, Democrats and Republicans provided exemptions for religious clergymen, affiliated non-for-profits and fraternal organizations that wish not to marry or provide services to same-sex couples. Why is this significant? New York has become the most populous State in the Union to recognize the performance of same-sex marriage. These are the facts.

What’s Holding up Marriage Equality in New York? June 21st, 2011
What’s Holding up Marriage Equality in New York?

The days are numbered in Albany this week. The Legislature breaks for summer recess as of Friday. A vote on Marriage Equality must take place between now and then. So what's holding it up still? Ostensibly, there is one remaining issue up for negotiation- exemptions for religious groups that do not wish to recognize same-sex unions. In the final bill, this may account for less that fifteen words, but they are critical none-the-less. There are rumors going around asserting that churches and clergy members would have to perform Marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples against their will. In fact, that is true... in states like Connecticut that mandate it, if a clergy member wishes to perform a service, the member must use the word "Marriage". In New York, the situation is wildly different. The Marriage Equality bill passed in the Assembly allows clergymen to excuse themselves if they personally oppose same-sex unions. The bill also stipulates that fraternal organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus, can not be compelled to rent their venues or provide services to same-sex unions. This is a particularly large concession considering fraternal organizations are commonly held to the same anti-discrimination standards that non-for-profits are. So what remains? Some ...

UPDATE: Newark Judge Suspends Marriage Deportation! May 7th, 2011
UPDATE: Newark Judge Suspends Marriage Deportation!

BornLikeThis' own Adam Banks published an article yesterday about a rally in Newark around the deportation hearing of a gay bi-national couple. Henry Velandia, a  Venezuelan native, married his American husband Josh Vandiver last year in Connecticut and was awaiting this hearing with dread, since it was supposed to be the last step before his deportation.  The immigration judge examining the case sided with the (now extremely) happy couple much to the rejoice of the protesters gathered outside. Believe it or not, this is the second marriage equality victory this week. The New York Times reported: On Thursday, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.intervened in a different immigration case involving a same-sex couple, suspending the deportation of a man from Ireland and sending his case back to the immigration appeals court, asking it to consider several possible grounds on which the Irishman might qualify for legal residency. The Newark judge who examined Henry and Josh's case cited Holder's Thursday intervention and postponed the deportation until December at the earliest, which we're definitely chalking up as a victory. I'm personally glad to see that the Obama Administration is being consistent with their statement earlier this year that they no longer would enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in ...

Rally in Newark Today – Stop the Deportation! May 6th, 2011
Rally in Newark Today – Stop the Deportation!

If you can get over to the Newark courthouse today, Josh and Henry face a deportation hearing, there is a rally to stop this unjust deportation. For more info see the Facebook page.  Josh and Henry's case today is a very big deal as the Attorney General issued a statement yesterday "vacating" a deportation in New Jersey.  From the Get Equal Press Release: On Friday, LGBT organizations from across the country will rally behind a gay bi-national couple who will endure deportation hearings, facing the stark reality of living under the Defense of Marriage Act. In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, GetEQUAL working with a host of other LGBT organizations -- including Stop the Deportations, All Out, Courage Campaign, Garden State Equality, Immigration Equality Action Fund, Marriage Equality USA, Out4Immigration, Princeton Equality Project, and Queer Rising -- to make clear that these deportations of LGBT spouses must stop immediately. The rally outside the Newark Federal Courthouse is taking place as Josh Vandiver of Colorado and Henry Velandia of Venezuela face deportation hearings before the court. Despite legally marrying in Connecticut in August 2010, Vandiver (a Ph.D. student at Princeton University) and Velandia (a salsa dancer, instructor, and founder of a Princeton-based dance studio) are facing a ...

Bill Maher Tells Obama, “It’s Your Turn” To Support Gay Marriage April 4th, 2011
Bill Maher Tells Obama, “It’s Your Turn” To Support Gay Marriage

In last week's episode of Real Time With Bill Maher, political comedian and gay rights supporter Bill Maher delivered a monologue telling President Obama that now that members of the Cheney, Bush, and McCain families have all declared their support for gay marriage, it's his turn. Maher also touches on the controversy sparked by Glee's gay kiss. Watch below.