Gay lawyer spearheads Panama same-sex marriage efforts

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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PANAMA CITY — A gay Panamanian lawyer who once lived in D.C. is leading efforts to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in his country.

Iván Chanis Barahona is working on behalf of a gay couple legally married in the U.K. who is seeking formal recognition of their marriage in Panama. He is also among the lawyers who is litigating a second lawsuit challenging the provision of Panamanian law that bans same-sex couples from marrying.

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9 years later, marrage equality lawsuit still pending

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Tulsa, Okla. (AP) – Two same-sex couples who sued for the right to marry in conservative Oklahoma knew it would be a struggle, but they couldn’t have expected that nine years later, they would still be awaiting their day in court.

Their federal lawsuit is the longest-running active lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act, according to national gay marriage advocacy group Freedom to Marry.

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Marriage equality advocates launch campaign in Pennsylvania

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Pittsburgh (AP) – Proponents of same-sex marriage are launching a campaign to legalize it in Pennsylvania – the last holdout among the Northeast states.

News conferences trumpeting the “Why Marriage Matters” campaign, sponsored by the national advocacy group Freedom to Marry and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, are slated for this week in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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Marriage equality push gathering steam in New Jersey

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Four national groups advocating for recognizing same-sex marriage are teaming up in New Jersey, saying that the state is primed to allow gay couples to wed.

The New Jersey United for Marriage campaign is based on the efforts that secured gay marriage rights in Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota.

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Equality Florida, ACLU target overturning Amendment 2

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In 2008, more than 60% of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that prevents same-sex marriages from being performed or recognized in the Sunshine State. But after rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court in June declared a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and dismissed Proposition 8 in California, Floridians are hopeful that someday marriage equality could arrive in our state.

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s marriage ban may be the most viable option, but according to Equality Florida, that option must be pursued with care.

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