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Judge Says Gay Marriage in New Jersey Can Begin in Two Weeks – NYTimes.com

New Jersey moves closer to fairness and justice for all,  as its leadership speaks from the bench.   According to today’s NY Times NJ gay couples will be able to legally consecrate their loving bond and achieve a measure of long awaited equality under the law.

“A New Jersey judge on Thursday cleared the way for same-sex marriages to start in two weeks, dismissing the state’s request to prevent the weddings until after a legal appeal of the court decision allowing them is completed.

“There is no ‘public interest’ in depriving a class of New Jersey residents their constitutional rights while appellate review is pursued,” wrote Judge Mary C. Jacobson of State Superior Court in Mercer County, who also wrote the decision last month that ordered the state to allow same-sex marriages. “On the contrary, granting a stay would simply allow the State to…”

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Gay Marriages Get Recognition From the I.R.S. – NYTimes.com

The United States of America today heard from the one state that matters–the federal government, our nation state, regarding fairness and equality for all its citizens under the federal tax code.

“All same-sex couples who are legally married will be recognized as such for federal tax purposes, even if the state where they live does not recognize their union, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.

It is the broadest federal rule change to come out of the landmark Supreme Court decision in June that struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, and a sign of how quickly the government is moving to treat gay couples in the same way that it does straight couples.”

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Election-Day Victories for Same-Sex Marriage – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Follow the fats on gay marriage at the Pew Foundation web…  It’s one of the best places for clear and sober facts on this important civil rights issue….

“On Nov. 6, 2012, supporters of same-sex marriage won key victories at the ballot box in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington state. In Maine, voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing gay marriage, just three years after they had voted to invalidate a same-sex marriage law. Maine becomes the first state to legalize gay marriage by popular vote. In Maryland and Washington state, voters rejected efforts to invalidate statutes legalizing gay marriage that had been enacted earlier in 2012. Those laws will now take effect as originally planned. Finally, in Minnesota, voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have written a same-sex marriage ban into the state’s constitution, leaving in place an existing statutory ban.”

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Behind Gay Marriage Momentum, Regional Gaps Persist | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Want to cut to the facts on the gay marriage story?  The Pew Foundation website has a nice read …

“Supporters of same-sex marriage won key victories in several states Tuesday, including the first instances in which laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally were approved by voters.

This comes at a time when support for same-sex marriage has been on the rise. Across four Pew Research Center surveys this year, 48% of Americans say they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while 43% are opposed. Just four years ago, in the 2008 election cycle, 51% opposed making same-sex marriages legal and 39% supported it.

The steep recent trend has continued over the course of …”

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A Widow’s Victory, and a Defeat for DOMA : The New Yorker

In a closely watched constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan struck down, on Thursday, the part of the law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where they are legal, such as New York. The broad ruling is closely aligned with the arguments made by the Obama Justice Department, which early last year joined with gay-rights advocates and urged federal courts to strike …

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Appeals Court Rules Against Defense of Marriage Act – NYTimes.com

A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that gay Americans are a class of people who deserve the same kinds of constitutional protections as many other victims of …

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N.F.L. Players’ Support of Same-Sex Marriage Alters Homophobic Image of League – NYTimes.com

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been a consistent supporter of legalizing same-sex marriage. In 2011, he filmed his own video backing this November’s ballot initiative in …

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Opinions on Gay Marriage Unchanged After Obama Announcement – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Overview

Reports that the Democratic Party may add support for gay marriage to its party platform are in keeping with a significant shift of opinion on this issue among Democrats nationwide. Just four years ago, in 2008, only half (50%) of Democrats favored allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while 42% were opposed. Support for gay marriage among Democrats has jumped to 65% today, more than double the percentage that is opposed (29%).

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted June 28-July 9, 2012, among 2,973 adults, finds that the partisan divide over gay marriage continues to widen. Just 24% of Republicans now favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, which is only slightly higher than the percentage of Republicans who supported gay marriage in 2008 (19%).

Independent support for gay marriage has grown substantially since 2008. More independents today favor (51%) than oppose (40%) gay marriage; four years ago independents were divided evenly (44% favor, 45% oppose).

While President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage earlier this year drew significant news coverage and public interest, its effect on public opinion has been limited. Two consecutive national surveys conducted since May 9, when Obama made his announcement, show 48% in favor of allowing gay marriage and 44% opposed. This is virtually unchanged from a survey conducted in April, before the president’s statement.

But Obama’s announcement may have rallied the Democratic base – particularly liberal Democrats – to the issue. Democrats supported gay marriage by a 59% to 31% margin in April – that stands at 65% to 29% today. Most of this shift has come among liberal Democrats, 83% of whom now support gay marriage, up from 73% earlier this year.

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Opinions on Gay Marriage Unchanged After Obama Announcement – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Reports that the Democratic Party may add support for gay marriage to its party platform are in keeping with a significant shift of opinion on this issue among Democrats nationwide. Just four years ago, in 2008, only half (50%) of Democrats favored allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while 42% were opposed. Support for gay marriage among Democrats has jumped to 65% today, more than double the percentage that is opposed (29%).

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Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, Noted Psychiatrist, Apologizes for Study on Gay ‘Cure’ – NYTimes.com

The simple fact was that he had done something wrong, and at the end of a long and revolutionary career it didn’t matter how often he’d been right, how powerful he once was, or what it would mean for his …

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