Gay rights take center stage in N.Y.

A new phase in the politics of the gay rights movement that could have an even larger impact on the 2012 cycle has begun.

In New York, well-funded gay rights groups will seek to make support for the freedom to marry as mandatory in blue America as allegiance to the Second Amendment is in red America — and to make opposition just as politically suicidal.

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9th Circuit Perry v. Schwarzenegger hearing: analysis and discussion

Adam Bink gives a summary of reactions from across the political spectrum to yesterday's Prop 8 Oral Arguments.

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Get Busy Winning

Gill Action Fund deputy executive director Bill Smith: "For those who have been panicking about this month’s election returns, take a deep breath. Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated."

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Editorial: Fair Courts in the Cross-Fire

The New York Times editorial board criticizes campaigns against justices around the country, including an anti-gay campaign against the three Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of marriage for lesbian and gay couples in the state.

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Denver council backs federal law to allow gay and lesbians to seek legal residency for partners

The Denver City Council went on record Monday as supporting proposed federal legislation that would allow gay people to seek legal residency in the United States for their partners living in other countries.

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Massachusetts likens DOMA to Colorado initiative that Supreme Court struck down

For the second time in three weeks, a federal judge in Boston heard arguments in a lawsuit that asks the court to strike down a significant part of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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Dobson’s successor, Daly, gives Focus on the Family new focus

Jim Daly of Focus on the Family: "There's a lot of people in the U.S. [who] basically come to the conclusion that this [the freedom to marry] is something between two adults. I will continue to defend traditional marriage, but I'm not going to demean human beings for the process."

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The Lesson of Danny and Marilyn

The Advocate
October 2009
Advances in Iowa and Colorado—where it took a coordinated and determined coalition of progressive voters and donors to oust antigay state representative Danny Carroll and Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave -- are a perfect model for the first step in winning full federal equality. But what comes next? The Gill Action Fund’s Tim Gill and Patrick Guerriero have it all mapped out. [Link]

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Designated beneficiary rules grant unmarried pairs in Colorado decision-making power

The Denver Post
July 1, 2009
In April, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed a bill that gives unmarried couples the right to enter into "designated beneficiary agreements," which guarantee many of the rights usually reserved for husbands and wives. The law goes into effect today. These rights apply to both opposite sex and same sex couples. Colorado and Hawaii are the only states that offer these types of agreements. Colorado's law is based on Hawaii's "reciprocal beneficiaries" program, which began in 1997. The main difference is that in Colorado, one person can designate another as a beneficiary even if that designation is not reciprocated. Beyond the added legal security, the law is seen as an important step toward bringing same-sex couples equal rights. [Link]

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Boy Spearheads Marriage Rally

Denver Post
May 17, 2009

Ethan McNamee -- a 9-year-old Colo. boy -- led the organization of an LGBT equality rally (with the support of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado) that took place at the Denver Capitol Saturday. The idea first came to Ethan thanks to his neighbors, a lesbian couple he described as "the nicest people in the world." He didn't think it was right they aren't allowed to get married. [Link]

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