Domestic partners two-timed

San Jose Mercury News
February 1, 2008
California's registered domestic partners are sailing in uncharted territory this tax season. For the first time, a landmark state law requires them to file their taxes as married couples — even though federal tax laws don't recognize such unions. [Link]

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D.C.-area gay couples earn less than married counterparts

Washington Blade
December 18, 2007
New analyses show that local same-sex couples often earn less than married men and women. According to data recently released by the University of California’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation, married couples trump same-sex couples in nine of 16 categorical salary comparisons. Gary Gates, a Williams Institute senior research fellow, said the analyses “break down some very common stereotypes” of gays. “Same-sex couples are much more diverse than I think our media presentations would indicate,” he said. [Link]

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Same-sex couples raising children less likely to be white, wealthy

San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2007
"There is an idea of LGBT families, when people think about it at all, there's this perception that it's affluent white folks, and the data show that's based on our own misperceptions," said Judy Appel, director of the Our Family Coalition in San Francisco. "We're in every neighborhood, every race, ethnicity and economic group. Our kids are playing in the playgrounds and parks with all other kids." [Link]

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COLUMN: Same-sex and worried about retirement

The Washington Post
August 26, 2007
Columnist Martha Hamilton writes about the financial difficulties many same-sex couples face because they cannot receive the tax breaks and retirement benefits that come with marriage. [Link]

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BLOG: Corporate America: The new gay activists

The Huffington Post
July 16, 2007
Charting a course unplanned but nevertheless successful, Corporate America is shaping up to be the most persuasive gay activists of the decade. How are they doing it? With a simple three-step formula: credibility + education + action. It's a winning combination that actually fuels progress toward achieving equality in other arenas including politically charged topics like marriage. [Link]

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Why marriage matters: Gay elders

QueerSighted
March 27, 2007
Renea enjoys lunch daily at a Chicago senior center serving low income seniors. Her much younger lover who is 59 was laid off from her job of 15 years and after 8 months has still not found employment. Renea supports them both on her Social Security benefits. Among other things, Renea is terrified because she is much older than her lover and if she dies her lover will not be able to continue Social Security benefits the way that straight married couples do. Her lover will be destitute. At the moment her lover is just hungry. [Link]

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Finance guru Suze Orman talks about faith, power — and money

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 19, 2007
Suze Orman discusses the financial inequality she faces because she and her partner are excluded from marriage: "[Marriage] matters a big deal financially. It's not right that somebody like me, who has millions of dollars, that upon my death, my significant other is going to have to lose 50 percent of that to estate taxes. Why should I be punished? I have worked so hard to earn every penny that I've earned. Why should that happen?" [Link]

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Suze Orman on finances and marriage

New York Times
February 25, 2007
When asked if she would like to be able to marry her partner, Suze Orman replies, "Yes. Absolutely. Both of us have millions of dollars in our name. It"s killing me that upon my death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa." [link]

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Gay millionaires and allies poured unprecedented sums into the 2006 election — and it worked

Salon.com
November 29, 2006
Rep. Sue Kelly, N.Y.-19 , voted to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment. "When she made that vote," explained Adam Rose, who wrote a $500,000 check to Majority Action for the express purpose of unseating Sue Kelly in the November election, "I took a look at the political environment, and I said there's nothing I can do about who's president. There's nothing I can do about the fact that Republicans control both houses [of Congress]. However, here is one thing I can have an impact on." Rose's half-million meant that the once-safe incumbent was toppled in a race decided by fewer than 5,000 votes. [link]

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Tempe police, firefighter groups oppose anti-gay proposition

The Business Journal of Phoenix
October 11, 2006
The Tempe Officers Association and Tempe Firefighters Association have taken a stand against AZ's Proposition 107. The ballot question would prohibit gay & lesbian couples from marriage and bar governments from offering benefits and health insurance to unmarried couples both gay and non-gay. [Link]

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