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  • Latest Action: Nov 10, 2011 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 228.

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    • On February 01, 2012, by okwolffcub - Keep up the good fight. I say equal rights for all. Never actually been married, but just from observations, things DO certainly appear to be biased in the direction of the "traditional"/Christian/anti-gay aspect toward the laws governing marriage. It may just be a simple piece of paper to a lot of people, but to those being descriminated against with the biased laws that are in use, it can be an extremely grueling process. DADT needs to be repealed as well! Some of these laws, it actually dosen't matter about your personal life (which regardless of status/lifestyle, or lack thereof); it's overly intrusive nonetheless. Someone's personal life, is definately THEIR business. Therefore, ANY descrimatory laws, DO need repealed and put a stop to! Wish all involved, minus the pro prop-8 groups, the best of luck!

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      As noted by okwolffcub, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 01, 2012, "Keep up the good fight. I say equal rights for all. Never actually been married, but just from observations, things DO certainly appear to be biased in the direction of the "traditional"/Christian/anti-gay aspect toward the laws governing marriage. It may just be a simple piece of paper to a lot of people, but to those being descriminated against with the biased laws that are in use, it can be an extremely grueling process. DADT needs to be repealed as well! Some of these laws, it actually dosen't matter about your personal life (which regardless of status/lifestyle, or lack thereof); it's overly intrusive nonetheless. Someone's personal life, is definately THEIR business. Therefore, ANY descrimatory laws, DO need repealed and put a stop to! Wish all involved, minus the pro prop-8 groups, the best of luck!"
    • On November 03, 2011, by MichaelDSP - sigh, held over again. I don't know what the hell Leahy is waiting for. They know it'll get filibustered in the Senate so they might as well just get it to the floor to at least legitimately debate the issue.

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      As noted by MichaelDSP, a user on OpenCongress.org, on November 03, 2011, "sigh, held over again. I don't know what the hell Leahy is waiting for. They know it'll get filibustered in the Senate so they might as well just get it to the floor to at least legitimately debate the issue."
    • On February 01, 2012, by okwolffcub - Descriminatory laws hurt a lot of people.. Not just those, who the laws are initially targeted toward. People should keep these factors in mind, before just trying to get the things passed. Brings to mind the whole bandwagen mindset, just because everyone is jumping off a cliff, does that mean the rest should just blindly follow?

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    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • Daily Kos: Top Comments: The Missing Step/Broken Step Edition - June 26, 2012 by rss@dailykos.com (Noddy) - The Respect for Marriage Act was passed by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on November 10, 2011, and has been placed on the Senate Calendar. Please be assured that should S. 598 come before the full Senate for ...

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      As noted by rss@dailykos.com (Noddy) on June 26, 2012, "The Respect for Marriage Act was passed by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on November 10, 2011, and has been placed on the Senate Calendar. Please be assured that should S. 598 come before the full Senate for ..." (/url?q=http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/25/1103008/-Top-Comments-The-Missing-Step-Broken-Step-Edition&sa=U&ei=7zDrT4mBOqrW2AXirID7CA&ved=0CEEQmAEwCA&usg=AFQjCNFr3rHphO5AjNGP71XrUgXAS_wTDg)
    • Bills in the US Congress to watch AND TO LOBBY FOR « Seattle NOW - May 22, 2012 by seattlenow - S. 598: Respect for Marriage Act of 2011. SUPPORT - Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], 31 Co-Sponsors including Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray - Reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on November 10, 2011 ...

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      As noted by seattlenow on May 22, 2012, "S. 598: Respect for Marriage Act of 2011. SUPPORT - Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], 31 Co-Sponsors including Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray - Reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on November 10, 2011 ..." (/url?q=http://nowseattle.org/2012/05/21/bills-in-the-us-congress-to-watch-and-to-lobby-for/&sa=U&ei=6BTBT-aFPKmWsQKqnrXpCQ&ved=0CDAQmAEwAg&usg=AFQjCNFe-nXsOEll_8TKnnsvoBQ6FTEfbA)
    • Bills in the US Congress to watch AND TO LOBBY FOR « Seattle NOW - May 22, 2012 by seattlenow - S. 598: Respect for Marriage Act of 2011. SUPPORT - Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], 31 Co-Sponsors including Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray - Reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on November 10, 2011 ...

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      As noted by seattlenow on May 22, 2012, "S. 598: Respect for Marriage Act of 2011. SUPPORT - Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], 31 Co-Sponsors including Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray - Reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on November 10, 2011 ..." (/url?q=http://nowseattle.org/2012/05/21/bills-in-the-us-congress-to-watch-and-to-lobby-for/&sa=U&ei=qXe-T7iFEu-r2AWq6JGjDw&ved=0CCwQmAEwAQ&usg=AFQjCNGoiDAksUyRMEZUASER7u6gnKA64Q)

    Highly Rated News Articles

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      As noted by NorthJersey.com on July 10, 2012, "In a Friday incident, two males allegedly carted a safe out of Aaron's, 598 Bloomfield Ave., according to Sgt. Anthony Servidio. They entered through the rear of the business. The scarf-wearing man spoke Spanish and demanded money. The suspects then ..." (http://www.northjersey.com/news/161939185_Bloomfield_police__Robbers_take_the_safe.html)
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      As noted by The Business Journal on July 02, 2012, "For the large company category, Full Sail is dominating its competition - Darden Restaurants - with 14,265 votes to Darden’s 598 votes. The same can be said for Buca di Beppo as it leads Florida Hospital with 20,431 votes to 503 votes. Tuesday will begin" (http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/socialmadness/2012/07/last-day-to-vote-in-round-two-of.html)
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