Barrett L. Brick, a government lawyer and gay rights advocate who successfully campaigned to include anti-homosexual violence as a staple of the State Department’s annual human rights report, died Sept. 22 in Bethesda, Md.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) inserted himself into the New Jersey governor’s race on Monday, knocking Republican incumbent Chris Christie for vetoing legislation last year that would have allowed same-sex marriages in the Garden State.
After 35 years together, Jim Scales, 68, and William Tasker, 60, married shortly after midnight on Tuesday, becoming one of the first same-sex couples in Maryland to wed under the state’s new marriage equality law.
The owner of Annapolis' iconic old-fashioned trolleys that are often synonymous with the city's wedding scene, said he is abandoning the wedding industry, rather than be forced to serve same-sex couples when Marylard's marriage equality law takes effect next month.
Pro-equality groups raised more than $34 million in the four states, mostly from small donors. Anti-marriage equality campaigns raised $12 million, of which nearly two-thirds ($8 million) came from just three sources: the National Organization for Marriage, the Catholic Church and its affiliate the Knights of Columbus.
One of the state’s more famous gay couples – Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller – got married on Sunday and held their “Big Gay Wedding Reception” at Q Nightclub and collected “suggested donations” to support Freedom to Marry organization.