Stance on Marriage Brings Surprises for Paterson

New York Times
June 16, 2008
Gov. David A. Paterson has unexpectedly discovered that some of the people who are most grateful to him for issuing the order to state agencies to honor marriages of same-sex couple sare, in fact, parents with a gay son or a lesbian daughter. [Link]

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When Father’s Day is a double celebration

MSNBC
June 13, 2008
Dads Devin and Geoffrey discuss the ordinariness of their family life with their three adopted children, but they note their desire for marriage equality so they can access the dignity and respect, protections and responsibilities of marriage.
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With love and pride, Governor Deval Patrick’s daughter comes out publicly

Bay Windows
June 12, 2008
"Because, of course, he didn’t know that I was gay then," the 18-year-old recalls. "So, for someone so publicly to fight for something that doesn’t even affect him was just like, ’That’s my dad,’ you know?" she says with a laugh. "That’s all I could think. I was very, very proud to be part of this family, and this state in general." [Link]

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Children speak out: parents’ civil unions not enough

The Montclair Times
June 12, 2008
“I told my parents that I don’t want them getting a civil union … It feels like paying a parking ticket,” said Adam Pollack, referring to the paperwork involved in the civil union process in the Municipal Building. [Link]

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APA Groups Applaud Calif. Supreme Court’s Decision to Legalize Same-Sex Marriages

Pacific Citizen
May 20, 2008
Proponents say the historic 4-3 decision positively affects thousands of Asian Pacific American families and their children. (Link)

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Survey shatters stereotypes of same-sex duos

Mercury News
May 22, 2008
Loving and committed couples who will marry in California next month are likely to have been together for long periods of time, be raising children, and be from diverse ethnicities, according to census data. (Link)

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Marriage is not about gender or race, but love and family

San Jose Mercury News
May 20, 2008

Marla Scharf talks about growing up when her parents were prohibited from marrying in numerous states across the nation because they were an interracial couple, and honors the CA Supreme Court upholding the freedom to marry for same-sex couples saying, “I believe that our nation's promise of 'justice and liberty for all' applies to every person in the same way.” (Link)

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Israel recognizes overseas adoption by gay couple, grants child citizenship

Haaretz
April 25, 2008

For the first time, Israel recognizes adoption by gay couple and grants child Israeli citizenship following court’s recommendation. (Link)

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Group Behind Anti-Adoptions Begs For Cash

365Gay.com
March 24, 2008
An umbrella group of social conservatives trying to gather enough signatures to force a referendum that could ban couples who are not married from adopting children in Arkansas has launched a desperate appeal for money. [Link]

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The Impact of Minnesota’s Discriminatory Laws Only Is Amplified During Economic Uncertainty -unce

Lavendar Magazine
March 21, 2008
Just about every Minnesota family is feeling the uncertainty of today’s economy. Unemployment rose throughout the state late last year, and home foreclosures in the Twin Cities are at an all-time high. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Minnesota’s 12-month job growth was the third worst in the country in December. For about one out of five Minnesota households, a sluggish economy just adds to the financial uncertainty they face every day. In an economic downturn, plans for savings and financial stability take on a whole new meaning for the nearly 20 percent of Minnesota households that are led by same-sex couples. [link]

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