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Marriage equality good for business in New England

The Washington Post
September 16, 2007
Since the freedom to marry came to Massachusetts in 2004, attendance at Boston's annual Gay Pride Day, a major attraction for visitors, has more than doubled, according to the Massachusetts tourism bureau. Last June, attendance exceeded 100,000, compared with 40,000 three years ago. Although Vermont tourism officials don't tally visitors according to sexual orientation, several innkeepers report a strong rise in their gay clientele since civil unions were legalized in 2000. [Link]

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BLOG: How to be against the freedom to marry, a tutorial

Fannie's Room
September 10, 2007
A blogger wittily refutes numerous arguments that opponents make against the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, including links to the sources of these arguments. [link]

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Corzine: NJ marriage equality inevitable

Gay City News
September 9, 2007
In a one-hour session with gay journalists, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine made clear that he sees full marriage equality for same-sex couples as inevitable in the Garden State. At Corzine's urging, the Legislature adopted a civil unions law last fall. While emphasizing his desire to have "a little more time" to judge how it's working, the governor was unambiguous in saying he would sign a marriage equality law if it came to his desk. [link]

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BLOG: My family is too valuable for your kind

Kmareka
September 9, 2007
"I am in a heterosexual marriage of twenty-five years, and in all those years 'gay marriage' was never to blame for any of our arguments. I think I speak for a lot of married couples when I say that there are issues closer to home we can fight about, if we are so inclined. Marriage is precious, the right to marry is a right that I value, and I would not deny equal rights to people who love someone of their own sex. It's easy to take marriage for granted, unless you are barred from it." [link]

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Moved With Partner, Woman Denied Unemployment Compensation

The Philadelphia Inquirer
September 7, 2007
This case once again shows that same-sex couples in long-term, committed relationships are not entitled to the benefits that non-gay married couples enjoy. The benefit in question is unemployment compensation, which a Pennsylvania woman was denied after she quit her job last year to follow her partner of eight years to Florida. The reason for the denial: She is not married. Her rebuttal: She didn't have that option. [Link]

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Here comes the judge

Pride Source
September 6, 2007
IA Judge Hanson spelled out clearly that there are not shades of equality under the constitution. Either you are equal, or you are not. The institution of marriage, Hanson wrote, is "so woven into the fabric of daily life and so determinative of legal rights and status" that denial of a marriage license "amounts to a badge of inferiority" imposed on gay couples and their children. [Link]

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PRESS RELEASE: CA legislature again passes bill giving same-sex couples choice to marry

Equality California
September 7, 2007
For the second time in two years, the California Legislature has passed legislation that would grant same-sex couples the ability to marry. With a 22-15 vote, the Senate on September 7 approved AB 43, authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by Equality California. [link]

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BLOG: Levers and fulcrum points: The death penalty and marriage equality

Daily Kos
September 4, 2007
"Whatever our national candidates do or don't do, we progressives need to take an integrated approach to social justice. We need to be unafraid and unashamed of our political views (and hash them out and debate them here if we must.) If our politicians cannot see this, that should not prevent us from nurturing a new political movement and investing in fresh leaders who do." [Link]

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BLOG: Activist judge enforces Constitution

Subject to Complete Defeasance
September 3, 2007
In this case, the judge noted that U.S. Supreme Court and Iowa Supreme Court have deemed marriage a fundamental right. On that basis he applied strict scrutiny and shot down the law because the purported state interests — (1) promoting procreation, (2) promoting child-rearing in a mother-father setting, (3) promoting stability in opposite-sex relationships, (4) conserving public and private resources, and (5) "promoting the concept or integrity of traditional marriage" — are not compelling. In addition, the means of promoting those interest, namely a total ban on same-sex marriages, isn't narrowly tailored to produce those results. For instance, the defense never managed to articulate exactly how precluding gays from marrying promotes procreation. [Link]

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OPINION: When judges rule, politicians drool

Mason City Globe Gazette
September 2, 2007
Hanson ruled that a law designed to marginalize a certain group of citizens has no place on the books. The Iowa Supreme Court may overrule him, but that message isn't going away. Fairness still means something, even in a country painted in dark shades of red and blue. Like it or not, history is on a long and arduous but constant arc toward greater acceptance and tolerance. You can slow it down, but you can't stop it. [Link]

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