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Conservative Family Opens Their Door to Same-Sex Family, Victims of Katrina

Time Magazine
September 19, 2005
Conservative Forrest King was told by the American Red Cross and FEMA that the best way to help Hurricane Katrina victims is to donate money rather than opening one's doors to possible murderers, smokers, etc. Nonetheless, after witnessing the suffering of victims, his family has decided to welcome into their home the Meehan-Hoo family, a lesbian couple with three children, ages 5, 7 and 9. "The adults are same-sex, and I don't care," he says. "They're Americans first." [Link]

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Katrina’s aftermath, same-sex couples will be hit the hardest

El Observador
September 12, 2005
The devastation and suffering already caused by hurricane Katrina is just the beginning of what's to come for those who have lost their homes. Many will have to rebuild their lives from scratch, with those in the gay and lesbian communites having the greatest difficulty. The lack of government protection and support to gays due to their denial of marriage, will result in the lack of any goverment aid to same-sex couples and their families. Many will not be able to make medical decisions, if needed, have no right to insurance monies, and no guarantee of inheritance to start over with in the tragedy of losing their loved one. In addition, children are the ultimate victims as they will have no choice but to face the undue burdens and challenges ahead as a result of the government's refusal to help and protect their families under the same law as their neighbors. [Link]

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Majority in favor of Rocky’s proposal extending benefits to gays

Deseret News
September 12, 2005

Opponents of equality threaten to file suit under a violation of Utah's marriage ban if Mayor Rocky Anderson's vow to sign a proposal extending health-care benefits to domestic partners in Salt Lake City, UT is fulfilled. Anderson, a leader in the fight for equal rights, has the backing of the majority (54%) of his constituents and is prepared to take the case on in the courts. Utah's marriage ban (Amendment 3) does not prevent the denial of rights to domestic partners, only to those not married. [link]

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OPINION: State of marriage took precedence over state of Louisiana

OpEdNews
September 3, 2005
Even before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans papers condemned George W. Bush for caring more about a constitutional amendment to discriminate against gay couples than preventing disasters and protecting Louisiana lives. His budget proposal "recommended slashing $34 million from the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, leaving the city with a $581 million shortfall for flood control and coastal erosion improvement projects." [Link]

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Anti-gay measure blocked in North Carolina

365Gay.com
September 2, 2005
For the second year in a row, the North Carolina legislature rejected a proposed constitutional amendment attacking same-sex couples. "This is a huge victory for LGBT North Carolinians," said Equality North Carolina spokesperson Ian Palmquist, "but our work is far from over." [link]

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Federal DOMA bars FEMA from providing hurricane relief to same-sex couples

365Gay.com
September 1, 2005
Same-sex couples suffering from hurricane Katrina's destruction are being denied any relief in the form of family benefits, because the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" and the states's exclusion of gay couples from marriage prevent FEMA from providing it. Additionally, Louisiana has a constitutional amendment discriminating against same-sex couples that also prevents the state from recognizing any legal status for domestic partnerships or civil unions. Mississippi and Alabama also discriminate — through anti-gay measures adopted while government officials neglected work that might have saved lives. [link]

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NTERVIEW: Author Evan Wolfson brings a lawyer’s clarity to the discussion of same-sex marriage “righ

BuzzFlash
August 15, 2005

BuzzFlash interviews Evan Wolfson, author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry and head of Freedom to Marry. A review in the Oregonian said it best: "Armed with Wolfson's arguments, you could sell anyone with an IQ over room temperature on the wisdom and humanity of marriage equality." [Link]

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Supreme Court Nominee’s Positions on Gay Equality Matters

San Francisco Chronicle
August 11, 2005

The recent discovery revealing Supreme Court Justice nominee John Roberts' pro bono work on the groundbreaking Romer vs. Evans case, striking down an anti-gay ballot initiative in Colorado, brings up questions on both sides of the fence. Gay rights groups wonder whether or not Roberts truly believes the Romer case ruling was correctly decided, and whether he believes the Constitution contains a right to privacy. Evan Wolfson, head of Freedom to Marry, comments, "Everybody's in favor of judicial restraint, but what does that mean? If it means not acting as a check against majoritarian excesses or upholding constitutional rights against improper government action, then restraint is not something admirable." [Link]

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Cherokee Court Clears Way for Lesbian Marriage

AP Wire Service
August 3, 2005
In 2005, a Cherokee tribal court dismissed a lawsuit impeding one lesbian couple's pursuit of their marriage's being granted tribal recognition. Though Cherokee same-sex couples are still unable to obtain full marriage rights, this case was an important step in the direction towards marriage equality. [Link]

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Majority of Americans Support Rights for Same-Sex Couples

365Gay.com
August 3, 2005

A recent poll from the Pew Research Center reveals that more Americans have moved on the side of fairness and equality, favoring same-sex couples to have the same rights as married couples. "This is exactly what the right wing is afraid of," says Evan Wolfson," executive director of Freedom to Marry and author of 
Why Marriage Matters. "If we stick with the conversation and persist in engaging the non-gay public on marriage equality the public will move to fairness." [Link]

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