Don’t Deny Federal Rights to Legally Married Couples, Gay or Non-Gay

CQ Researcher
September 2008
As part of a larger publication entitled Gay Marriage Showdown, Evan Wolfson writes about how, in part, "Marriage is not 'defined' or 'defended' by who is denied it. In the United States, we don't have second-class citizens, and we shouldn't have second-class marriages." [Link]
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McCain’s Q&A: ‘I hope gay and lesbian Americans will give full consideration to supporting me’

Washington Blade
October 1, 2008
Blade: Del Martin died on Aug. 27. She and Phyllis Lyon, her partner of 55 years, got married in the first legal gay union in California in June —affording Phyllis many of the basic protections and rights granted to married couples, such as hospital visitation and estate planning issues. Do you envision a time when all GLBT citizens will have similar basic rights? During your administration?
McCain: I respect that Del and Phyllis spent a lifetime together. As I stated earlier, however, I believe that issues regarding marriage and family laws are best decided by the states and not the federal government. [Link]

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Asian Pacific American Legal Center Calls for Passage of UAFA, Repeal of DOMA

Indybay
September 30, 2008
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC) called for an end to immigration discrimination against same-sex binational couples in a detailed report, “A Devastating Wait: Family Unity and the Immigration Backlogs.” [Link]

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L.A. City Council to support federal marriage bill

The Desert Sun
September 10, 2008
A proposed federal bill that would eliminate language defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is expected to gain support today from the Los Angeles City Council. [Link]

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Even in MA, CA, Marriage Equality Not Equal at Tax Time

EDGE Boston
September 4, 2008
Even when states such as Massachusetts and California offer their residents marriage equality, when it comes to federal taxes gay families are still separate--and unequal. [Link]

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Taxing Civil Rights Gains

Social Science Research Network
August, 2008
Anthony C. Infanti writes, "In this article, I take a novel approach to the question of what constitutes a 'tax.' I argue that the unique burdens placed on same-sex couples by the federal and state 'defense of marriage' acts (the DOMAs) constitute a tax on gay and lesbian marriages." [Link]

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From Public Enemy No. 1 to gay rights advocate?

Washington Blade
August 22, 2008
Former Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) was once a vocal opponent of gay rights. He now supports a partial repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. However, Barr knew that if he were to get the nomination of the Libertarian Party, he had to change his mind on DOMA. [Link]

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Should You Believe in Obama?

Advocate
September 9, 2008
His promises to gay people -- full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, a reversal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” immigration rights for same-sex couples, a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and passage of the Matthew Shepard Act, which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to federal hate-crimes laws -- go further than any presidential nominee in history. [Link]

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Love in exile: One year later, Brazilian spouse still blocked from returning

Bay Windows
August 13, 2008
While immigration law allows spouses of American citizens to obtain legal permanent residency, under DOMA Coco and Oliveira are not considered spouses. The couple is considering filing a legal challenge to overturn DOMA in federal court, but Coco told the crowd at the vigil that he and Oliveira have become activists by necessity, not by choice. [Link]

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Married Mass. Couple Still Separated by Immigration Laws

New England Blade
July 31, 2008
In February, Tim Coco, of Haverhill, Mass. was preparing to file an “I-130 Petition for Alien Relative,” on behalf of his husband, Genesio “Junior” Juanario Oliveira, whom Coco had seen once in the six months since immigration officials had order Oliveira back to his native Brazil, and six months later, the couple are still waiting to be reunited. [Link]

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