Equality news round-up: Washington state has its marriage equality ballot initiative language, and more
August 3, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
- New Hampshire Democrats think the decision to add marriage equality to the national Democratic Party plank will help win elections.
- A former VP of the Knights of Columbus writes an op-ed asking the organization not to donate money to anti-gay marriage initiatives in Maine and elsewhere:
I was and still am deeply proud to see the fruits of our hard work change this world for the better. This is why I was so disheartened to learn that millions of dollars raised through our insurance programs for charity were being used to fund discriminatory political campaigns.
In 2009, the Knights of Columbus was the third-largest donor in the drive to repeal marriage equality here in Maine. The Knights of Columbus has donated more than $1 million to the National Organization for Marriage, which is now in its third year of investigation by Maine’s ethics commission for allegedly violating the state’s campaign-finance disclosure laws.
I fear the Knights of Columbus could jeopardize its charitable work if it continues to support an organization that might be breaking political laws.
- A man was arrested in Dallas, protesting anti-gay marriage laws.
- Marriage equality could bring lots of money to Ohio.
- Washington state’s ballot language for their marriage equality initiative is here.