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Australia to remove gay discrimination from 100 laws

Associated Press
April 30, 2008
Australia's new government plans to eliminate discrimination against gay couples in more than 100 laws, but even those in favor said it should go further and end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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Seminary chief: Anti-marriage bill a ‘step back’

Lancaster New Era
April 29, 2008

Riess W. Potterveld, president of Lancaster Theological Seminary, testified in front of the Pennsylvania legislature and said, "Clearly, what is proposed in Senate Bill 1250 is a step backward into language of denial, devaluing, delegitimizing and in its simple wording, in my opinion, conceals a wellspring of toxic and prejudicial feeling." (Link)

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New Yorkers push for marriage bill in legislature

Star Gazette
April 30, 2008

More than 2,000 people gathered at the NY Capitol to urge the legislature to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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Sunday Forum: Marriage in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 27, 2008

In addressing the Pennsylvania legislature, City Councilman Bruce A. Kraus says we must have the moral courage to stand up for equal rights and vote against the anti-marriage constitutional amendment. (Link)

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Gay Civil Unions or Partnerships Not Full Equality, Says Bishop

UK Gay News
April 29, 2008

Freedom to Marry Voice of Equality Gene Robinson launches his book in the UK. (Link)

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How Marriage Discrimination Affects Transgender Persons

Over the weekend, the New York Times published a story about the challenges faced by transgender persons as a result of the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The story highlights the confusion and insecurity faced as a result of the patchwork of state laws surrounding both marriage/partner recognition and transgender recognition. The couples profiled also pose the question of why they should have to ‘downgrade’ to a civil union after being married, reaffirming the inequality of civil unions to marriage.

Learn more about Why Marriage Matters to Transgender Persons

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Oyster Bay gay couple denied marriage license

Newsday
April 29, 2008

A couple is denied a marriage license while surrounded by allies, an act meant to prompt movement of the marriage bill in the NY Senate: "We are law-abiding citizens," said Pinello, a government professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "We pay our taxes. We have no other choice left." (Link)

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Press Release: Equality for All Campaign Predicts Failure of Initiative Banning Marriage for Gay and

Equality California
April 25, 2008

The Equality For All campaign pledged that an anti-marriage initiative will be defeated if it does qualify for the ballot in California. (Link)

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Getting married for health insurance

Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2008
Seven percent of Americans say they or someone in their household decided to tie the knot in the last year so they could receive healthcare benefits, a poll finds. (Link)

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Through Sickness, Health and Sex Change

New York Times
April 27, 2008

A married couple explains the difficulties faced as a result of one of them going through a sex-change operation and discusses the need for national marriage equality. (Link)

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