Norman Geras: Marriage as a right and as a meaning

normblog
August 2, 2009
The right to marry is not a claim right - such that you can insist on someone somewhere being obliged to marry you. But it is a liberty right; it entitles adults to get married if they can find willing partners. The LGBT community is today claiming this right, and to deny its very existence is as feeble a form of opposition as you'll find. [Link]

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Divided court narrowly upholds marriage ban in portugal

The Associated Press
July 31, 2009
The court's five judges narrowly ruled 3-2 against an appeal lodged by a lesbian couple two years ago. One of the women, Helena Paixao, said, "It shows there's a change coming. Bit by bit people will come around" and support the freedom to marry. [Link]

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Brazil attorney-general asks supreme court to recognize the freedom to marry

Vancouverite
July 31, 2009
Brazil Attorney-General Deborah Duprat asked the Federal Supreme Court (STF) Thursday to honor marriages between same-sex couples, with the same rights as all other marriages. Duprat argued that denying marriage equality is a breach of constitutional rights. [Link]

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Walter Cronkite: Defender of Marriage Equality

Edge
July 22, 2009
In a newspaper column he wrote for King Features Syndicate in 2003, when he was 86, Walter Cronkite wrote:
Conservatives, particularly those of the Christian right, are determined that the freedom to marry must be banned by federal law, even perhaps by amendments to our Constitution. But is it their right to impose their definition of morality on those who hold opposing views?

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End-of-Life Planning Complex For Same-Sex Parents

NPR
July 21, 2009
As a follow-up to a recent Tell Me More conversation focused on ways parents can plan ahead for their children in the event of a tragedy, the program explores the unique sensitivities faced by same-sex couples. [Link]

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NAACP Centennial Convention Seen as Possible Turning Point in LGBT Support

The Detroit News
July 22, 2009
At the recent centennial celebration of the NAACP's founding and courageous achievements, President Barack Obama challenged the nation's oldest civil rights group to throw itself in the coming 100 years into eradicating the "prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination" that still mar America. "The pain of discrimination is still felt in America...by our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights." [Link]

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The State of Marriage Equality: Part Two in a Three-Part Series

Find Law
July 21, 2009
As we described in Part One of this series, the battle over marriage equality in the United States has been hard-fought in legal, political, and social arenas. Here, in Part Two, we describe in detail the states in which same-sex couples can obtain formal recognition from the state – whether in the name of "marriage" or some alternative status – and the states in which recognition is banned. [Link]

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The State of Marriage Equality: Part One in a Three-Part Series

Find Law
July 7, 2009
There has been a whirlwind of activity on the marriage equality front in the past few months. Most notably, the number of states that honor the marriages of same-sex couples has tripled, from two to six. It is thus a good time to take stock of the current landscape, explain its origins, and offer predictions about the future. [Link]

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South African Rites

The New York Times
July 16, 2009
A self-described "middle-class white man" from South Africa tells of his experiences in applying for and receiving a marriage ceremony for he and his black partner of nearly two decades through a government-run Home Affairs office in Edenvale, near Johannesburg. [Link]

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Opinion: Gay Equality On A Winning Streak

The Hartford Courant
July 20, 2009
The tide is moving in the direction of fairness regarding marriage equality. Not too long ago, a nominee for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court would have been hectored by socially conservative senators about the marriage issue. But it took a back seat at the confirmation hearings last week for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. [Link]

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