Tales Told of Unequal Unions

New Haven Independent
March 18, 2008
Bureaucratic confusion and a “single mom” talk turned a glorious moment — the birth of her son — into a trying time for Holly Robinson, who offered her tale to support an effort to fight discrimination against couples in civil unions. [Link]

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Civil Unions Aren’t Enough

New York Times
March 17, 2008
A Connecticut legislative committee holds a hearing to discuss how the state’s civil union law has not delivered equality for same-sex couples and their families. (Link)

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Lawmakers to review civil union revisions

The Stamford Advocate
March 15, 2008
A state General Assembly committee is to revisit the state's civil unions law Monday, while a decision from the state Supreme Court about the legality of denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples is pending. Anne Stanback, executive director of Love Makes a Family, said some members of her organization plan to attend Monday's public hearing to argue that civil union "fixes" don't go far enough. "You can't really fix civil unions," she said. "The only way to give same-sex couples full protections and full equality is with marriage. We appreciate that they're trying to do everything that they can, but for us the bottom line is civil unions are an inadequate substitute for marriage." [Link]

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Top CT court hears the case for marriage equality

New York Times
May 20, 2007
Like three other couples who are plaintiffs, Ms. Conklin and Ms. Peck have not entered into a civil union and are holding out for marriage. "A civil union carries a second-rate status for our relationship," Ms. Peck said. "Carol is the love of my life, and I want to marry her." [Link]

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CT marriage case is breaking new ground

New York Times
May 15, 2007
Connecticut's highest court became the first in the nation to hear arguments over whether the establishment of civil unions created a fundamentally inferior status for gays and lesbians. (Link)

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BLOG: Analyzing the CT marriage arguments

Leonard Link
May 14, 2007
Handicapping the outcome? This is a difficult one. What can be said is that the marriage equality advocates in this case gave it their best shot, that Klein lived up to his excellent reputation as the winner of the first AIDS discrimination case decided by the US Supreme Court, and that if the battle is lost in the short term in this case, it will not be for lack of the best possible representation. [Link]

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Connecticut’s Ban on Gay Marriages Doesn’t Stop Families From Forming

New London Day (Reprinted by Love Makes A Family)
May 13, 2007

When 4-year-old Kailey wanted to see a picture of the "pretty dress" her mother wore when she got married, Eileen Ego and Corrine Frost knew it was time to have a talk with their daughter. Kailey's two moms, who have been together for 15 years, worried about explaining to their daughter why her parents are not married. [Link]

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Standing up for marriage equality

Record-Journal
March 29, 2007
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Connecticut chapter asserts that although civil unions mark a step forward, it is simply not enough. [Link]

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Profs lobby for marriage equality

Yale Daily News
March 29, 2007
Yale Law School professor Ian Ayres waited nine hours for his turn to speak — but for the opportunity to fight for what he called the most pressing civil rights issue of our time, he didn't mind the wait. Ayres testified with his wife, Quinnipiac University law professor Jennifer Brown, a Freedom to Marry steering committee member and Voice of Equality. [Link]

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Marriage ripe for decision in 2 courts

Stateline.org
March 1, 2007
All eyes now are on the highest courts in California, Connecticut and Maryland, where decisions on the constitutionality of marriage discrimination are likely this year. California and Connecticut are appeals that will test whether civil unions or domestic partnerships are legally inadequate substitutes for matrimony. [link]

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