Why we need to talk about marriage equality

Washington Blade
May 1, 2006
"Question your friend or your father about what they are saying — make them actually think about their words. Don't let go unchallenged a flippant brush-off comment about 'there's no need for gay marriage.' Put up your dukes and fight back." [link]

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Gay families join the White House Easter egg roll

New York Times
April 10, 2006
Some 200 gay families are planning to attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll next Monday to help the president understand that gay families exist in this country and deserve the rights and protections that all families need. [Link]

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Utah governor vetoes anti-gay parenting bill

365Gay.com
March 22, 2006
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has vetoed a bill that would prevent a court from awarding parental rights against the wishes of the biological or adoptive parent, in legislation stemmed from a case that made international headlines in 2004 when a judge awarded visitation rights to the former lesbian partner of the child's birth mother who claims to have turned straight after "getting religion". [link]

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The family values sideshow

Tom Paine
November 4, 2005
E.J. Graff asks, "When did lying become a family value?" She uncovers the lie family values folks say in support of anti-gay amendments: it won't harm gay and lesbian couples and their families by depriving them of job benefits or other protections through civil union or domestic partnership. Yet once the amendment passes, the same folks argue vehemently that any recognition of a same-sex couple's relationship is a "marriage in disguise" and attacks the sacred institution of marriage. Graff asks, "[H]ave they no shame?" and asks voters to be cautious at the polls. [Link]

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LETTER: Parent supports marriage equality

Freedom to Marry
October 10, 2005
In a brief email, Caroline Mallory responds to the radio segment on AM 580, WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL with Evan Wolfson. She expresses her frustration with the inequities her gay son faces and will continue to face without true equality under the law, as well as her hope behind the marriage equality movement. [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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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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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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