Macy’s Ad Supports Marriage Equality

Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2008
Macy's ran a full page ad supporting marriage equality that reads, "First comes love. Then comes marriage. And now it's a milestone every couple in California can celebrate." (Link)

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Schwarzenegger says marriage equality good for economy

Sacramento Bee
May 21, 2008
The Republican governor said Tuesday in San Francisco he hopes gay couples come to California for wedded bliss. (Link)

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Study says marriage equality would boost Iowa’s economy

Quad-City Times
April 17, 2008
A UCLA study says ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in Iowa would be a boon to the state economy. [Link]

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Marriage Equality Makes Financial Sense

Business Week
April 14, 2008
Most people in this country take for granted the financial safety net marriage creates for the couples who enter into it. Being denied marriage and its associated legal and financial protections affects same-sex couples and their families at every stage of life. It’s not only unfair; it’s not good business sense. [Link]

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A Red Carpet for Gay Weddings

New York Times
April 11, 2008
When Vermont enacted same-sex civil union legislation in 2000, it was the first state to do so, and gay and lesbian couples who came to Vermont found only a smattering of florists, wedding planners, inns, resorts and other vendors for civil unions. But since 2000, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and New Hampshire have legalized same-sex civil unions or marriages…Throughout the Northeast, competition has spiked among wedding sites, hotels, resorts and inns as the travel industry has realized that same-sex ceremonies can draw scores of guests, who turn these destinations weddings into weekend stays. [Link]

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More Taxing For Some

Hartford Courant
March 31, 2008
Tax time is taxing enough. But consider the plight of Jason Smith and his partner, Settimio Pisu of Guilford. The same-sex couple, as well as their peers, must file not one, not two, but three tax returns by April 15. That's because they are joined not in marriage, but by civil union, the only legal option for same-sex couples in Connecticut. Because there is no federal recognition of marriage for same-sex couples or unions, they must file separate returns as well as a joint return, which is used as a work sheet to calculate their Connecticut taxes. [Link]

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Geography of taxes

Washington Blade
March 28, 2008
Regardless of your political affiliation, one debate that usually inflames passions in the Washington Metro Area is whether it’s best to live in D.C, Virginia or Maryland. The question becomes more important if you are a same-sex couple. For example, let’s say you’ve saved $1 million in your retirement account, which you planned to leave to your partner at death. In which jurisdiction would the taxes be the lowest on your estate: D.C., Virginia or Maryland? If you said D.C., you’d be wrong. Maryland? No, guess again. The answer is Virginia. Yep, that’s right, the anti-gay Commonwealth. [link]

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The Impact of Minnesota’s Discriminatory Laws Only Is Amplified During Economic Uncertainty -unce

Lavendar Magazine
March 21, 2008
Just about every Minnesota family is feeling the uncertainty of today’s economy. Unemployment rose throughout the state late last year, and home foreclosures in the Twin Cities are at an all-time high. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Minnesota’s 12-month job growth was the third worst in the country in December. For about one out of five Minnesota households, a sluggish economy just adds to the financial uncertainty they face every day. In an economic downturn, plans for savings and financial stability take on a whole new meaning for the nearly 20 percent of Minnesota households that are led by same-sex couples. [link]

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Study: Gay couples in AZ lack resources

Arizona Republic
March 4, 2008
Gay and lesbian couples in Arizona generally make less money, are less likely to own a home and have fewer resources to raise children than their married counterparts, according to a new study by the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles. The results of the study being conducted state by state are shattering many long-held stereotypes. [Link]

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Marriage Equality Attracting Skilled Workers To MA

365Gay.com
March 3, 2008
Massachusetts is reaping huge financial gains as a result of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. [Link]

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