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Families prepare for White House egg roll

365Gay.com
April 3, 2007
More than one hundred gay and lesbian families have signed up to take part in this year's annual White House Easter Egg Roll — twice the number that had signed on this time last year. [Link]

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In AK, same-sex couples are just trying to keep what they have

Juneau Empire
April 1, 2007
Instead of fighting to gain rights, Alaskan same-sex couples and their supporters are trying to keep ones they already have. They are also facing a campaign that some have described as not only hateful, but aimed at generating confusion among voters. (Link)

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Discriminatory marriage ban dies in MD, but so does trans rights bill

Washington Blade
March 30, 2007
Maryland lawmakers have killed an attempt to write discrimination against same-sex couples into the state constitution for the fourth consecutive year. But the overwhelmingly Democratic legislature failed to pass a measure to bar discrimination against the state's transgender residents and workers. [Link]

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Standing up for marriage equality

Record-Journal
March 29, 2007
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Connecticut chapter asserts that although civil unions mark a step forward, it is simply not enough. [Link]

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Profs lobby for marriage equality

Yale Daily News
March 29, 2007
Yale Law School professor Ian Ayres waited nine hours for his turn to speak — but for the opportunity to fight for what he called the most pressing civil rights issue of our time, he didn't mind the wait. Ayres testified with his wife, Quinnipiac University law professor Jennifer Brown, a Freedom to Marry steering committee member and Voice of Equality. [Link]

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Bi-national couple faces prosecution in HI

365Gay.com
March 28, 2007
A 65-year old Honolulu man has pleaded guilty for helping to arrange a marriage for his Chinese partner so that the man could remain in the US. [Link]

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Why marriage matters: Gay elders

QueerSighted
March 27, 2007
Renea enjoys lunch daily at a Chicago senior center serving low income seniors. Her much younger lover who is 59 was laid off from her job of 15 years and after 8 months has still not found employment. Renea supports them both on her Social Security benefits. Among other things, Renea is terrified because she is much older than her lover and if she dies her lover will not be able to continue Social Security benefits the way that straight married couples do. Her lover will be destitute. At the moment her lover is just hungry. [Link]

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BLOG: Who can marry whom?

Leonard Link
March 25, 2007
Is there same-sex marriage in the U.S. outside of Massachusetts? Well, it depends what you mean by "sex," I suppose, when you take into account the difficulties that most states have in accepting the reality of variant gender identity. [Link]

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VIDEO: Public Policy Lecture Series: Should State Legislatures Approve Same-sex Marriage?

Pace Law School
March 21, 2007

Evan Wolfson refutes the arguments David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values makes regarding parenting, drawing on the leading experts (American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Law Quarterly) who say ending discrimination in marriage would help families and hurt no one. This debate was held on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at Pace Law School.
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Finance guru Suze Orman talks about faith, power — and money

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 19, 2007
Suze Orman discusses the financial inequality she faces because she and her partner are excluded from marriage: "[Marriage] matters a big deal financially. It's not right that somebody like me, who has millions of dollars, that upon my death, my significant other is going to have to lose 50 percent of that to estate taxes. Why should I be punished? I have worked so hard to earn every penny that I've earned. Why should that happen?" [Link]

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