Now on the Hallmark aisle: Gay wedding cards

The Associated Press
August 21, 2008
The language inside the cards is neutral, with no mention of wedding or marriage, making them also suitable for a commitment ceremony. Hallmark says the move is a response to consumer demand, not any political pressure. "It's our goal to be as relevant as possible to as many people as we can," Hallmark spokeswoman Sarah Gronberg Kolell said. [Link]

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4,000 Law Professors Move Convention Next Door to San Diego Marriott Hotel

Californians Against Hate
August 20, 2008
The AALS issued a statement Monday saying that although it would adhere to its contract with the hotel to reserve a block of rooms for the conference, the meetings, seminars and other events would be held at a different location. [Link]

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Leading Companies in Bay Area to Discuss the Impact of Marriage Equality on the Workplace

Trading Markets
August 11, 2008
A panel including executives from Intuit, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Trucker Huss, and more, will speak to how organizations are adapting to changes in benefits, policies, and other areas based on the California Supreme Court ruling upholding the freedom to marry. In addition to updating company policies, many organizations have been proactive in taking a stance against Proposition 8. (Link)

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To Thee I Wed

Montery Herald
August 11, 2008
"I have been at the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce for 16 years," said chamber president Moe Ammar, "and I don't recall ever getting a phone call from someone interested in a gay wedding. Since the Supreme Court ruling, I have had six calls at this little chamber from same-sex couples who want to get married in our parks. Some have asked if our community is gay friendly. We were gay friendly long before the new law was passed." [Link]

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MA Now Competes for Wedding Business; CT Next?

Boston Edge
August 1, 2008
Discussing the economic benefit of marriage equality and if CT would be the next state to support fairness for all families, the Edge writes, "states allowing marriage equality are not only standing up for the civil rights of their citizens, but exhibiting sound business sense as well." (Link)

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UCLA’s Williams Institute releases new study showing enthusiasm for marriage among same-sex couples

MarketWatch
July 31, 2008
A new study published today by UCLA's Williams Institute finds that same-sex couples eagerly take advantage of the ability to marry or form civil unions when presented with the opportunity. More than 85,000 couples have already signed up for legal recognition in eleven states--40% of all same-sex couples in these states. [Link]

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COMMENTARY: Can ‘gay marriage’ save Jim Gibbons?

PolitickerNV.com
July 29, 2008
So constitutional arguments aside, why wouldn't we marry gays here? This must be where we draw the line in Nevada. Legal gambling? Definitely. Prostitutes? Let's give the Bunny Ranch a tv show. Throw in a steak-knife wielding member of the state legislature and you have a real party. [Link]

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Discriminatory marriage ban costing Nevada

Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 29, 2008
"Nevadans overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in 2002 that bans same-sex marriage, which could be coming back to bite us in the wallet, a few million times over." [Link]

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Prominent Los Angeles Family Law Firm Offers Top Ten Check List for Same-Sex Couples Marrying in Cal

Market Watch
July 23, 2008
Well known celebrity divorce attorneys say don't overlook these tips. [Link]

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Unwed couples financially vulnerable

The Times-Picayune
July 22, 2008
It's important for same-gender couples to choose service providers they trust and with whom they can be open about their relationship. Work with professionals who can help you find opportunities to establish legal safeguards where they do not exist. [Link]

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