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March 15, 2013
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  • New pope blamed devil for marriage equality push
    Pope Francis, elected this week to lead the Roman Catholic Church, once forcefully opposed legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in his native Argentina, saying the effort was "a move by the father of lies," a biblical reference to the devil. The new pope also once called adoption by gays "discrimination" against children. In 2003, however, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio said the church should speak with "respect" and "understanding" toward individuals when discussing its teachings on sexuality. LGBT advocates have called on the Church under Francis to tone down its anti-gay rhetoric, which they said harshened under Pope Benedict XVI. The Huffington Post (3/13), The Washington Post/The Fix blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Politics and Policy 
  • Colo. civil unions enacted under gay House speaker
    Legislation establishing civil unions for same-sex couples cleared the Colorado House this week by a vote of 39 to 26, reaching final passage under the leadership of Speaker Mark Ferrandino, the first openly gay lawmaker to lead the chamber. The bill was blocked last year when Republican state Rep. Frank McNulty was speaker, but Democrats took control of the chamber and the number of openly gay and lesbian lawmakers doubled in the November elections. "Elections have consequences," McNulty said. The Denver Post/The Associated Press (3/12), (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GOP senator comes out for marriage equality
    Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said this week his son coming out as gay led him to reconsider his opposition to marriage equality. "I've come to the conclusion that for me, personally, I think this is something that we should allow people to do, to get married, and to have the joy and stability of marriage that I've had for over 26 years," Portman told CNN. Portman is the first Republican in the Senate to announce his support for legal marriage for same-sex couples, a move applauded by Log Cabin Republicans and Freedom to Marry. CNN (3/15), BuzzFeed (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • State marriage bans are unconstitutional, Obama says
    President Barack Obama this week told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that he cannot imagine how any state ban on marriage for same-sex couples could pass constitutional muster. The comments represent a further evolution for the president, who last year said he believed the decision about whether to allow marriage equality should be left up to individual states. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)/Poliglot (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will age influence Supreme Court's marriage decisions?
    Attorney David Boies, who this month will argue in front of the Supreme Court that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, said he fears the advanced age of some of the Court’s justices could work against him. Older justices grew up in a time of "extreme hostility to homosexuals," Boies said, which could make it harder for them to put aside their own biases. Boies will argue alongside conservative lawyer Theodore Olson, with whom he brought the lawsuit. USA Today (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LGBT conservatives, allies meet at CPAC
    Though LGBT groups were not invited to participate by organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference, the gathering this week still featured an independent panel that brought together LGBT conservatives and allies who hope changing the GOP's stance on LGBT issues will broaden the party's appeal. "I think we’ve forgotten that in order to win the next election, we have to convince people who didn’t vote for us last time," said Jennifer Rubin, a conservative blogger for the Washington Post. The Daily Beast (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Zealand reportedly set to allow same-sex couples to marry
    A marriage equality bill that would also allow same-sex couples to adopt is moving swiftly through the national parliament in New Zealand, according to this report. Members of Parliament backed the legislation by a 2-to-1 margin at its first reading, surprising opponents who complained the bill was being rushed. The New Zealand Herald (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Some of us don't get that opportunity."
--Democratic Colorado State Sen. Pat Steadman, whose partner passed away last year, answering a reporter's question about whether he would take advantage of the state's new civil unions law, as quoted by the Associated Press.

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