Supporters of same-sex marriage across the South told reporters that they left the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals feeling optimistic Friday, as counsel for gay and lesbian plaintiffs from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas spent the morning in the New Orleans court arguing against same-sex marriage bans in the three states.
North Carolina polls are open for early voting in the primary election, and the rights of unmarried couples are being put to a public referendum.
The Defense of Marriage Act denies a host federal benefits to those gay and lesbian couples who have legally married in DC and the six states that recognize same-sex marriage. Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on a repeal of that discriminatory law.
The overwhelming majority of my generation rejects the Republican agenda. Four in five of us support expanded access to birth control for women who can’t afford it, and a solid two-thirds of us support LGBT marriage equality and the availability of abortion care, according to a new national poll of the millennial generation by the Public Religion Research Institute. I am taking that to the polls in 2012.