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NY State Senator Eric Adams speaks on the Marriage Equality Bill
NewYork State Senate
December 2, 2009

New York State senator Eric Adam, who represents the 20th Senate District (Brooklyn), speaking in support of passage of a marriage equality bill by the New York State Senate.

 

 


 

NY State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson speaks on the Marriage Equality Bill
NewYork State Senate
December 2, 2009

New York State senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, who represents the 36th Senate District (Mount Vernon), speaking in support of passage of a marriage equality bill by the New York State Senate.

 

 


 

NY State Senator Diane Savino speaks on the Marriage Equality Bill
NewYork State Senate
December 2, 2009

New York State senator Diane Savino, who represents the 23rd Senate District (Staten Island/Brooklyn), speaking in support of passage of a marriage equality bill by the New York State Senate.

 

 


 

VIDEO: Audience boos Brownback's proposal to ban gay marriages
Think Progress
September 5, 2007

At the Fox News GOP presidential debate tonight, correspondent Carl Cameron asked a New Hampshire woman whether she wanted gay and lesbian marriages banned. Her answer — "Absolutely not" — received cheers from the audience. When Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) then said he believes the nation should have a constitutional amendment banning gay peoples' marriages, the audience loudly booed.

 


 

VIDEO: Dems continue to overanalyze a very simple matter
Good As You
July 24, 2007

All in all, a conversation on our issues is always a good thing, as our message is the one that is right. Here's just hoping that as this campaign season rolls along, our potential civil rights "heroes" will realize that did, in fact, learn to walk years ago, therefore making these baby steps that they're taking towards full equality both silly and unnecessary.

 


 

VIDEO: NC pastor asks why religion is being used to deny marriage to gays and lesbians
Pam's House Blend
July 17, 2007

Rev. Reggie Longcrier, pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church in Hickory, NC, submitted a question on marriage equality for the CNN's YouTube Presidential debate. It's a powerful, short and simple video.

 


 

PODCAST: Professor Barbara Cox discusses the Loving decision on California Western School of Law's podcast Law in 10
Law in 10
June 12, 2007

Professor Barbara Cox joins Law in 10 on the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Virginia's law (Loving v. Virginia) prohibiting interracial couples from marrying. She talks about the significance of this decision and what we can all learn from it today.

 


 

PODCAST: MA Governor Patrick presents the case for marriage equality
The official website of the Governor of Massachusetts
June 7, 2007

On his official website, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick presented the case for why state legislators ought to vote down the proposed constitutional amendment aimed at taking away same-sex couples's freedom to marry.

 


 

VIDEO: Supreme Court oral arguments on same sex marriage case
Connecticut Network
May 14, 2007

Monday, May 14, when Senior Attorney Ben Klein appears before the Connecticut Supreme Court in Kerrigan & Mock v. Connecticut Dept. of Public Health. The case challenges Connecticut's exclusion of lesbian and gay couples from full marriage equality. After two and a half years, the eight plaintiff couples in the case finally have their day in court.

 


 

PODCAST: Minnesota Public Radio hosts marriage debate
Minnesota Public Radio
May 8, 2007

Richard Mohr, a professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of a number of books on gay rights, most recently, "The Long Arc of Justice: Lesbian and Gay Marriage, Equality and Rights," squared off with Dwight Duncan, a professor at Southern New England School of Law in Massachusetts, who got his degree at the Vatican. Mohr does a great job of articulating what marriage is really about. Broadcast: Midday, 05/08/2007, 12:00 p.m.

 


 

Rep. Toni Walker speaks movingly on justice at CT Judiciary Committee hearings on marriage equality
CT Blogger
March 27, 2007

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PODCAST: Next Steps towards Marriage Equality
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
December 8, 2006

Last Thursday GLAD attorney Ben Klein discussed GLAD's lawsuit for equal marriage in Connecticut on a conference call. GLAD filed briefs at the Connecticut Supreme Court just before Thanksgiving and they expect oral arguments in the spring. You can also listen to Ben's analysis by accessing the audio file on their website.

 


 

VIDEO: Oral arguments in MD
MD Court of Appeals
December 4, 2006

Video archive of oral arguments in the case of Frank Conaway et al. v. Gitanjali Deane et al. in the Court of Appeals of Maryland regarding the question: Does Maryland law prohibit the marriage of two persons of the same gender?

 


 

BLOG: State Auditor Elect regrets discriminatory marriage amendment vote
Eleventh Avenue South
November 13, 2006

Rebecca Otto, Minnesota's next State Auditor, told the CityPages last week that she regretted her vote for an anti-gay marriage amendment as a member of the Minnesota House in 2004.

 


 

VIDEO: NJ Supreme Court marriage equality case oral arguments
Supreme Court Argument Webcasts
February 15, 2006

The video archive of the Supreme Court's oral arguments in New Jersey's marriage equality case from February 15, 2006.

 


 

VIDEO: "Marriage Training Institute"
November 10, 2005
courtesy of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force

VIDEO: "Marriage Training Institute" at NGLTF's Creating Change Conference Non-gay leaders share key lessons learned in their work to engage constituents in the fight for the freedom to marry. Panel held at Freedom to Marry's "Marriage Training Institute" in Oakland, CA, 11/10/05, at the Creating Change Conference, a program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

 

 

VIDEO: Audience boos Brownback's proposal to ban gay marriages

Think Progress
September 5, 2007
At the Fox News GOP presidential debate tonight, correspondent Carl Cameron asked a New Hampshire woman whether she wanted gay and lesbian marriages banned. Her answer — "Absolutely not" — received cheers from the audience. When Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) then said he believes the nation should have a constitutional amendment banning gay peoples' marriages, the audience loudly booed.

VIDEO: NC pastor asks why religion is being used to deny marriage to gays and lesbians

Pam's House Blend
July 17, 2007
Rev. Reggie Longcrier, pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church in Hickory, NC, submitted a question on marriage equality for the CNN's YouTube Presidential debate. It's a powerful, short and simple video.

VIDEO: Rep. Toni Walker speaks movinglyon justice and marriage equality
VIDEO: NJ Supreme Court oral arguments in marriage case

Supreme Court Argument Webcasts
February 15, 2006
The video archive of the Supreme Court's oral arguments in New Jersey's marriage equality case from February 15, 2006.