EDITORIAL: VA Court of Appeals does the right thing for common sense and custody laws

Washington Post
November 30, 2006
For more than two years, Janet Miller-Jenkins has been blocked from seeing her 4-year-old daughter because of a nasty custody dispute with her ex-spouse, who has been defying a court order to allow regular visits. This week, the Virginia Court of Appeals issued an opinion that should be utterly unremarkable: It held that under federal law, Virginia courts must honor the custody orders of their sister courts in Vermont, where Ms. Miller-Jenkins and her ex were joined and where they asked a court to dissolve their union. [link]

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Marriages discussed in SC

Anderson Independent Mail
October 23, 2006
"I see many different kinds of families, adoptive families, grandmothers raising grandchildren, single mothers and gay and lesbian couples raising families," Ms. Leong said. "Who's to say one of these families is better than the other? This is my family we're talking about." [link]

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Children of lesbian and gay parents speak out about the freedom to marry

Freedom to Marry
October 11, 2006
With National Coming Out Day upon us, COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) and Freedom to Marry are working together to ensure that the voices of these young people who are being directly harmed by discrimination in marriage are heard. [Link]

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OPINION: Lesbian and gay marriages can reflect God’s covenant with creation

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 4, 2006
"It's love that makes a family. I witnessed the power of this love firsthand as a child when my uncle and his partner would visit from California. It wasn't until the 1990s that I learned my uncle had twice been sent to a sanitarium in his youth to be 'cured' of his homosexuality. When my uncle became bedridden for nearly a decade in his 80s after a series of strokes, his partner was at his bedside caring for him every day. The bond of their commitment is what marriage embodies and honors." [link]

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Love and activism in WI

The Advocate
September 15, 2006
Wisconsin couple Richard Taylor and Ray Vahey were coming up on 50 years together when Taylor died in July. In their last year together they decided to finally come out to family and friends and joined a very public fight against a constitutional marriage exclusion amendment. [link]

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Lawyers mull US Supreme Court appeal in Nebraska marriage case

365Gay.com
September 9, 2006
Attorneys who lost an appeal of Nebraska's broad ban on any recognition of same-sex relationships, called "the most extreme antigay family law in the nation," say they are still considering whether to appeal the case to the US Supreme Court. [link]

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Michigan Dems: Repeal Proposal 2

PrideSource
September 7, 2006
Saying that Proposal 2 "adds discrimination to our State Constitution," the party has called for its repeal. In addition, as it did in 2004, the party's platform calls for a number of other progressive actions, including recognizing the adoption rights of same-sex couples. [Link]

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Adults’ Sexual Orientation and State Determinations Regarding Placement of Children

Family Law Quarterly
Fall 2006

Michael Wald writes in unequivocal support for gay and lesbian parents and a systematic rejection of the principal arguments made against them. [Link]

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OPINION: Love, marriage and ... lutefisk?

Winona Daily News
August 20, 2006
If you think same-sex marriages are a corruption of family values, we're a society that allows crack-heads, criminals, and Ozzy Osbourne to marry and have kids. Are a couple of antiquers from San Francisco really more of a threat to children than Britney Spears? [link]

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Hope in CO, SD, WI

Stateline.org
August 11, 2006
"The public is talking about (same-sex parented) families and how denying them the right to marry hurts them, and that continues to move public opinion in our favor," said Evan Wolfson, director of a group, Freedom to Marry, and one of the first lawyers to sue for same-sex couples' right to marry in Hawaii in the 1990s. [link]

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