Last year, we had the pleasure of meeting Cathy Marino-Thomas, then head of Marriage Equality New York, in the midst of the final hours before the state’s legislature ultimately passed its marriage equality law. Since then, Maryland’s governor signed a similar law, and several other states have made progress on the issue. And this November, some voters will be called upon to cast a ballot potentially restricting the rights of their fellow Americans. Also since the last time we talked to Ms. Marino-Thomas, she moved up in the world to become the co-president of Marriage Equality USA. She’s on State of Belief this week to give us an update on marriage equality. Click here for extended interview and transcript.

Word from Welton: Religion Never Trades in Violence and Hate
This week, we were rapt in shock as we learned of the violent riots in the Middle East and northern Africa, and of the deaths of four American diplomats. On Wednesday, Welton stood alongside Imam Mohamed Magid of the Islamic Society of North America, Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, and other religious leaders to mourn the victims, condemn the violence and the hate that incited it. Listen in to some of what Welton had to say.

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