Sunday, February 20, 2011

“Gay Marriage…latest polling on the question in Maryland found majority support for it.” - Andrew A. Green, February 19, 2011 – The Baltimore Sun

Congratulations to Jim Rosapepe, whose announcement Thursday that he will support the gay marriage legislation moving through the legislature makes him the crucial 24th vote in the Senate, and to the seven senators who voted in the Judicial Proceedings Committee to endorse the bill. These are crucial developments, but much more needs to be done before marriage equality is the law of the land in the Free State…

What would happen in a statewide vote on the issue is anyone's guess. Gay marriage has suffered a string of defeats at the ballot box in other states, but the latest polling on the question in Maryland found majority support for it. Public opinion is steadily moving in that direction, and supporters appear to have the energy and momentum on their side. This week's developments were crucial but small steps, with many more to go. Still, those eager to see all of the state's residents treated equally under the law have good reason for optimism that this will be the year. Photo 
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Gay marriage approved by Maryland Senate committee; full passage expected –
by John Wagner
February 17, 2011 - The Washington Post

CATHOLICS Now Favor Allowing Gays And Lesbians To Marry Legally, 
October 6, 2010 - Pew Research Center

New York state of mind: Bush daughter, Catholics support allowing NY same-sex couples to marry
by Robert P. Jones,
February 3, 2011 – The Washington Post

New Hampshire residents want gay marriage to stay: survey
by Lauren Keiper
February 9, 2011 - Reuters

Gay Couples - 143 Catholic theologians in Germany demand broad church reforms, abandoning vow of celibacy
by Juergen Baetz,
Associated Press, February 4, 2011
Los Angelus Times

CATHOLIC | PERU: GAY MARRIAGE Becomes Presidential Election Issue – by Isabel Guerra,
Translated by Stephen Cairns,
February 1, 2011 – Global Voices

Cross-party Catholic Leadership Gay Marriage Support | New England Republicans warming to, or at least ignoring, gay marriage
by Rob Anderson,
January 13, 2011 – The Boston Globe

Israel's first openly gay judge appointed
by Aviad Glickman,
February 20, 2011 – Israel News

Attorney Dori Spivak, former Civil Rights Association chairman, appointed TA Labor Court judge. 'Appointment had nothing to do with sexual preferences, he deserves it,' his partner says

Attorney Dori Spivak was appointed on Friday as a judge in the Tel Aviv Labor Court. He is the first openly gay judge appointed in Israel.

Spivak, the deputy director of the Tel Aviv University's law clinics, is a veteran activist for gay rights. He is also the former chairman of the Association for Civil Rights Israel (ACRI) and legal advisor to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community…
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New Ways Ministry discusses gay marriage during conference
By Frederick N. Rasmussen,
February 19, 2010 - The Baltimore Sun

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