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Kansas’ exclusionary marriage amendment takes effect

365Gay.com
April 29, 2005
Last week the state amendment banning gays from marriage went into effect. The Attorney General said the amendment wouldn't affect private businesses from offering benefits and expected the same to be true for governmental entities. [Link]

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Opposing Leaders Debate Marriage Equality

Stanford Daily
April 21, 2005

Hundreds attended a debate between Freedom to Marry director Evan Wolfson and Traditional Values Coalition chairman Lou Sheldon. Those in attendance aligned with Wolfson; equal marriage reflects American values: love, commitment, fairness & freedom. [Link]

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Evan Wolfson Debates Traditional Values Coalition Leader

The Sacramento Union/AP
April 21, 2005

In a first-ever debate, Evan Wolfson faced off with anti-gay Rev. Lou Sheldon at Stanford Law School. The audience of students and community members agreed that the time to end marriage exclusion is now. [Link]

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Attorney General OKs married D.C. couples to file joint taxes

Washington Post
April 20, 2005
District Attorney General Robert Spagnoletti released an opinion saying married gay couples may file jointly on District tax returns. The decision forces District leaders to finally decide if gay unions will be recognized in the nation's capital. [Link]

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Kansas clergy sign-on to oppose anti-gay amendment

Kansas City Infozine
April 4, 2005
To prove not all churches support discrimination, over a hundred clergy from across the state have signed a declaration denouncing the state constitutional amendment banning gays from marriage and restricting the rights of all unmarried partners. [Link]

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Legislature kills anti-gay adoption ban but restrictive marriage amendment remains

365Gay.com
March 16, 2005
A House subcommittee voted down a bill that would have barred gays from adopting or serving as foster parents. Gay activists were pleased but are still apprehensive over an upcoming vote in the House on an amendment that would ban gays from marriage. [link]

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Equal marriage proponents and opponents rally at Indiana’s House

WTHR Eyewitness News
March 8, 2005
Indiana's House is undecided on an amendment to the State Constitution banning marriage for gay couples. In an effort to recruit lawmakers, amendment supporters spoke inside the Statehouse, while equal marriage proponents rallied outside. [Link]

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Ohio village stands against anti-gay State amendment

Solidarity Ohio
March 7, 2005
The village of Yellow Springs passed a resolution opposing the Ohio State amendment banning marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships for gay couples. The resolution also encourages community members to recognize the equality of all families. [link]

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Montana Senate endorses limited rights to gay couples

365Gay.com
March 3, 2005
The Senate approved legislation allowing residents to designate anyone, regardless of sexuality, as their next of kin. The bill also allows hospital visitation and authority to make medical decisions. The legislation now moves forward to the House. [link]

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Truth in Numbers

Boston Review
February/March 2005
Further analysis definitively refutes right-wing efforts to spin Bush's narrow victory as a repudiation of gay people or our freedom to marry. [link]

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