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Love conquers all, regardless of gender

Tuscon Citizen
April 19, 2008
Rekha Basu emotionally recounts her attendance at a wedding of a same-sex couple saying, “Love is full of surprises: intimacy and distance, control and vulnerability, security and jealousy. But sometimes the surprise is to the outside observer.” [Link]

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Group pushes for marriage equality

Utica Observer Dispatch
April 18, 2008
For Melissa Clark, there has been frustrations, disappointments and discrimination throughout her life. But she has refused to let anything hold her back. Melissa Clark is a transgender woman. At Friday's Pride along the Mohawk meeting to push for equal marriage rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Clark said she was ready for yet another uphill battle. [Link]

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Study says marriage equality would boost Iowa’s economy

Quad-City Times
April 17, 2008
A UCLA study says ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in Iowa would be a boon to the state economy. [Link]

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Uruguay Holds Latin America’s First Wedding for a Same-Sex Couple

Agence France-Presse
April 17, 2008
Uruguay on Thursday became the first nation in Latin America to marry a gay couple, after a law allowing couples living together to formalize their union went into effect at the start of the year. [Link]

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Green Street’s Director Featured in Marriage Equality Film

The Wesleyan Connection
April 17, 2008
When the Hartford-based organization Love Makes a Family (LMF) was looking for interesting stories about how same-sex couples met, Green Street Arts Director Janis Astor del Valle’s wife Amy Joy Myers sent in the unique story of their first meeting as childhood friends. [Link]

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Gay couples having trouble obtaining divorces

Associated Press
April 15, 2008
Gay couples had to struggle mightily to win the right to marry or form civil unions in certain states. Now, some are finding that breaking up is hard to do, too. [link]

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Just when we thought we were safe, League launches new attack

Kennebec Journal
April 15, 2008
David B. Offer writes, “Just when we thought the world, or at least Maine, was safe from another bigoted campaign against gay men and women, the League is launching a new referendum effort to repeal every law providing protection to people who have long faced discrimination.” [Link]

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Immigration Not an Option for all Couples

OC Register
April 14, 2008

Binational same-sex couples seek ways to stay together, even though their unions are not recognized under federal immigration law. [Link]

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Dear Abby is her own woman

San Francisco Chronicle
April 14, 2008
Jeanne Phillips who writes the infamous Dear Abby column has supported marriage equality for over 20 years, but recently her position was highlighted by the press. In response, Phillips said, "All of a sudden, there was this firestorm of publicity, 'Dear Abby believes in gay marriage,' " Phillips says. "I said to people, if you read my column with any form of understanding, you would understand that this is no surprise." [Link]

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Legal unions still have shortfalls for gays

Detroit News
April 14, 2008
Columnist Deb Price gives various examples of the shortfalls of civil unions and domestic partnerships: “Though a good start, the patchwork of protections for gay couples remains a fragile safety net.” (Link)

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