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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Colo. Senate gives initial OK to benefits for same-sex couples

The Denver Post
February 23, 2009
A bill that would grant the partners of Colo. gay and lesbian state employees health benefits passed its first vote before the full state Senate yesterday. Sen. Jennifer Viega, who sponsored the bill, said, "It would move us toward the 21st century." [Link]

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Marriage Back on the Ballot in Colorado?

Rocky Mountain News
February 10, 2009
Mark Wolf blogs about two young non-gay people from Colorado who are proposing a ballot measure for the 2010 that would allow marriage for gay couples in the state. [Link]

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Bill would extend insurance benefits to same-sex partners

Rocky Mountain News
January 15, 2009
A bill introduced Wednesday to the Colo. legislature could result in the state offering insurance benefits to partners of gay state employees. Openly gay Colo. Rep. Mark Ferrandino: "It's about equity and equality, and it's about competing in the marketplace as more and more employers offer it." [Link]

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OP-ED: A federal bailout for Prop. 8

Los Angeles Times
November 17, 2008
In 1992, by a 53%-47% split, Coloradans passed an amendment to their state Constitution that repealed laws in Aspen, Boulder and Denver that prohibited discrimination against gays. The amendment barred the state and its political subdivisions from adopting or enforcing any law "whereby homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices or relationships" are the basis of a claim of discrimination. Does this sound familiar? [Link]

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Green Street’s Director Featured in Marriage Equality Film

The Wesleyan Connection
April 17, 2008
When the Hartford-based organization Love Makes a Family (LMF) was looking for interesting stories about how same-sex couples met, Green Street Arts Director Janis Astor del Valle’s wife Amy Joy Myers sent in the unique story of their first meeting as childhood friends. [Link]

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