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Lambda Legal’s Safety Scale: Respect for Same-Sex Couples’ Relationships

Lambda Legal
April 2008

Thinking about traveling or moving to another state but wondering if they respect same-sex couples’ relationships? Check this scale to see where each state falls. (pdf Link)

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MI high court says gay partners can’t get health benefits

Associated Press
May 7, 2008

An anti-marriage constitutional amendment prevents governments and universities in Michigan from providing health insurance to the partners of gay workers, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. (Link)

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Ordinary, Like Us

Independent Gay Forum
May 7, 2008

Jennifer Vanasco discusses the “very ordinary” findings of a recently released report which said young gay and lesbian people want to be married and have kids. (Link)

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Michigan ruling stirs advocates in Florida

Miami Herald
May 8, 2008

Opponents of an anti-marriage amendment in Florida point to a Michigan court decision against allowing health benefits for domestic partners as an example of what the proposed amendment in Florida will do to further discrimination and inequality. (Link)

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Legislative committees hear testimony on marriage bills

Providence Journal
May 8, 2008

For the 10th year running, the executive director of Marriage Equality RI, Jenn Steinfeld, testified in support of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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How Do You Stop an Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment?

The Stranger
May 7, 2008

Dan Savage writes, "By asking straight people to sacrifice something to protect the sacred sanctity of the institution of marriage." (Link)

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Mildred Loving, a pivotal figure in civil rights history, is remembered

Washington Blade
May 6, 2008
Said Evan Wolfson, "The defenders of the discriminatory laws invoked the Bible, invoked their own view of morality and made similar kinds of claims about the disastrous consequences if interracial couples were treated the same." (Link)

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After the primaries: LGBTs split in Indiana and North Carolina

Windy City Times
May 7, 2008

In response to a question about the discriminatory DOMA from six LGBT publications in Indiana, Barack Obama said DOMA is a well-settle law. Evan Wolfson pointed out that, "No, it is an open question as yet unresolved by the U.S. Supreme Court." (Link)

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Court Decision Is Victory For Marriage Backers

New York Sun
May 7, 2008
Marriage equality advocates have won a partial victory in New York, as the state's highest court has left in place a lower court ruling that recognized a lesbian couple as being married. (Link)

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R.I. lawmakers to hear testimony on marriage, divorce

The Boston Globe
May 7, 2008

Rhode Island House lawmakers plan to debate bills concerning the recognition of out-of-state marriages in Rhode Island courts. (Link)

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