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Church Leader Endorses the Freedom to Marry

Houston Voice
June 29, 2005

Rev. John H. Thomas, head of the United Church of Christ, publicly endorsed a proposed resolution supporting the freedom for same-sex couples to marry. Thomas said the UCC should affirm the rights of GLBT Americans to have marriages "equal in name, privileges and responsibilities to married heterosexual couples." The announcement comes just days before the annual meeting of the General Synod in Atlanta.

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US Supreme Court Sees New Round of Issues, Including Gay Rights

Congressional Quarterly
June 27, 2005

While speculation on the composition of the nation's highest court continues, one thing remains clear, the nine justices have a slew of new issues to tackle. Since 2003's 
Lawrence v. Texas decision, the court has shyed from taking on other gay rights cases; however, it's certain the court must eventually address discriminatory legislation against gays including the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and the exclusion of marriage. [Link]

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Straight, Not Narrow: How Straight Couples Can Support Gay Marriage

New Haven Advocate
June 15, 2005
Profs. Ian Ayres and Jennifer Brown write, "Massachusetts' innovation gives all of us some choices. Supporters of gay rights, regardless of sexual orientation, may want to reward the state for its progressive stance. Instead of the negativism of boycotts, a grassroots campaign should declare a marriage 'buycott.' [Link]

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OPINION: A majority doesn’t make bigotry right in Tennessee

The Chattanoogan
May 30, 2005
Whiteman discusses the pitfalls of following the 'majority' by recalling women's suffrage, slavery, the Holocaust and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. He praises the 'minority' who refuse to support putting anti-gay bigotry in the state constitution. [link]

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Freedom To Marry Head Responds to Gays’ First Marriage Anniversaries

PlanetOut Network
May 17, 2005

Evan Wolfson is hopeful about the influence of marriages in Massachusetts over time. He says it serves as "[A] standard of equality that others will aspire to and define themselves by," adding it is a "living example of fairness and family values." [
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Evan Responds to Gays’ First Marriage Anniversaries

Freedom to Marry head responds to gays' first marriage anniversaries
PlanetOut Network
May 17, 2005


Evan Wolfson is hopeful about the influence of marriages in Massachusetts over time. He says it serves as "[A] standard of equality that others will aspire to and define themselves by," adding it is a "living example of fairness and family values."[Link]

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Colorado’s gay families: we’re not second-class citizens

Vail Daily
May 16, 2005
Two local couples invite a reporter into their homes and daily lives to show Colorado residents the hardships gay couples must face because they are denied the fundamental right to marriage. Both families hope for more compassionate Colorado. [Link]

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State University System excludes couples from partner benefits

365Gay.com
May 9, 2005
A court ruling stated Montana's University System must provide benefits to domestic partners of its employees. Unfortunately, stringent restrictions require the couples to provide proof of partnership that many say are unreasonable. [link]

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Navajo President’s Veto Praised by Gay Advocates

Indian Country Today
May 5, 2005
Navajo President Joe Shirley Jr. struck down a proposed ban against gays from marriage which "violates a central Navajo belief in goodwill." Navajo Sherrick Roanhorse applauds the president's veto citing the traditional Navajo way honors all people. [Link]

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Married gay couple not allowed to file joint tax return in DC

Washington Post
May 4, 2005
Under pressure from Republican Senator, the DC local government replied to an inquiry from a couple married in Massachusetts, telling them that unlike other married couples they may not file a joint return. [Link]

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