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Battle in the equality corral

Times-Standard
June 12, 2008
If you are on the corral fence, watching this battle, it is time to do the right thing. Talk to your friends and relatives, with the people you work or go to church with. Write letters to the papers. Link]

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Poll:  NYers support Gov on order respecting same-sex couples’ marriages

Quinnipiac University
June 12, 2008
New York State voters support 53 - 40 percent Gov. David Paterson's order to state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside New York. [Link]

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States at odds over honoring marriage

Stateline.org
June 11, 2008
States vary across the country as to whether they honor marriages with no gay exception, which can cause great harm to couples and their families as they travel and try to protect their legal rights. (Link)

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Norway Parliament votes for marriage equality

Pink News
June 11, 2008
Members of Parliament in Norway today approved a bill that will end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage by 84 votes to 41. Family Issues minister Anniken Huitfeldt noted, "The new law won't weaken marriage as an institution. Rather, it will strengthen it. Marriage won't be worth less because more can take part in it." (Link)

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COLUMNIST: Amendment 2 not about marriage

The News-Press
June 11, 2008
The amendment takes away current legal rights of people in relationships which are the "substantial equivalent" of marriage. This would hurt many Southwest Florida senior citizens, who set up their households together so they will not lose their Social Security benefits or other pensions. [Link]

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Gays Who Wed in California Won’t Have Equal Marriage Protections

San Jose Mercury News
June 11, 2008
Gay couples who marry in California in the upcoming months may find that they are not entitled to the same protections as straight couples, including tax breaks and divorce. [Link]

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COLUMN: Farewell, All You Old Homophobes

San Francisco Chronicle
June 11, 2008
Columnist Mark Morford writes that people under 45 are moving issues such as marriage for gay couples forward, and suggests that all generations should try to be open to new perspectives. [Link]

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Gay Newlyweds Advised Not to Sue

San Francisco Chronicle
June 11, 2008
LGBT advocacy groups released a memo that says that gay couples who marry in Calif. should get support from their local community, but refrain from filing lawsuits which could be harmful for marriage for gay couples. [Link]

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Washington’s domestic partners get more rights this week

Seattle Times
June 9, 2008
"It's an exciting step forward," said Josh Friedes, advocacy director of the gay-rights group Equal Rights Washington. "This new law provides a significant basket of new rights, nevertheless, the safety net for our families remain inadequate." [Link]

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Same Sex Couples Shouldn’t Forget to Make Legal Plans

The Desert Sun
June 9, 2008
We've been waiting our entire lives for equality, so the rush to exercise our new marriage rights is understandable. But couples may wish to hold off on getting married for a few weeks in order to make legal plans about their marriages and to be sure they understand just how marriage will affect them." [Link]

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