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A new civil rights struggle

Washington Blade
August 21, 2008
A DC city council candidate writes, "The road to marriage equality in our city winds not just through the halls of Congress and the courts, but also through the homes and hearts of all our residents. I can, and will, do all in my power to pave the way." [Link]

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Santorum - He’s Back!

Gay City News
August 21, 2008
Rick Santorum, the Pennsylvania Republican former senator defeated in 2006 who famously warned that the 2003 Supreme Court sodomy ruling could open the door to "man-on-dog sex," is back - this time working to overturn the marriage equality ruling handed down by the California Supreme Court. [Link]

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JOSSIP: CNN & Conservative Zealots Agree

Jossip
August 21, 2008
"Congratulations, CNN! Thanks to your contention that gay marriage isn't real marriage — even though California agreed it is — you've slung yourself into the same category as the right-wing American Family News Network." [Link]

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Announcing Equality and the Celebration of Our Stories

The Huffington Post
August 21, 2008
GLAAD's Rashad Robinson writes, "I don't doubt that my mom is already thinking about what my future wedding announcement will look like, just as she is looking ahead to the day when the laws of our state and our nation finally catch up to the reality of gay and lesbian couples and their commitments. But one thing's for sure: newspapers in communities across the country are already there. They have provided each of us - LGBT and straight ally, family member and friend alike - with a way to advance the kind of cultural understanding and acceptance that paves the road to that change. We simply need to take the opportunity and announce our equality." [Link]

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Brazil congress rejects adoption for gay couples

International Herald-Tribune
August 21, 2008
Brazil's lower house of Congress has rejected part of a pending adoption law that would have allowed gay couples to adopt children. A Wednesday statement from the Chamber of Deputies says a measure giving gay couples the right to adopt was withdrawn because federal law doesn't recognize same-sex unions. [Link]

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New tribal law allows couple to plan wedding

The Register-Guard
August 21, 2008
Shannon Minter, an attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said the implications for sovereignty are probably limited, because the federal government has the legal right to deny recognition to same-sex couples' marriages under the Federal Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress in 1996. [Link]

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Children of lesbian families happy and healthy despite homophobia

Bay Windows
August 20, 2008
The 17-year-olds participating in the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) "demonstrate significantly higher social competence" and "significantly lower total problem behavior [than the standard population]. This is a very high indication of mental health," asserts Dr. Nanette Gartrell, principal investigator of the NLLFS and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco. "They are performing much better than the enormous [overall] population of teens out there." [Link]

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HRC Guide Advises Employers on Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Out In America
August 19, 2008
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released a guide advising employers on how to address marriage for same-sex couples in their spousal and partner benefits packages. Among the topics covered in "Marriage for Same-Sex Couples: Considerations for Employers" are taxation of health benefits, complications due to varied degrees of legal recognition of same-sex couples, and the impact of marriage equality in California and Massachusetts. [Link]

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Knights of Columbus tip the balance with big anti-gay donation

Los Angeles Times L.A. Now
August 20, 2008
It's official -- opponents of marriage equality have raised more cash in support of Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative, than gay marriage supporters, who have vowed to defeat the Nov. 4 ballot measure. [Link]

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Now on the Hallmark aisle: Gay wedding cards

The Associated Press
August 21, 2008
The language inside the cards is neutral, with no mention of wedding or marriage, making them also suitable for a commitment ceremony. Hallmark says the move is a response to consumer demand, not any political pressure. "It's our goal to be as relevant as possible to as many people as we can," Hallmark spokeswoman Sarah Gronberg Kolell said. [Link]

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