As marriage battle looms, CA gay people look back

Reuters
February 13, 2008
The trajectory of the battle for gay rights from Milk's era to today was on the minds of the movie extras for "Milk." If the upcoming California court ruling legalizes gay and lesbian couples' marriages, many supporters will see it as an epic victory and the climax of the work that Milk began. [Link]

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Iowa Court Issues Decision in Lambda Legal’s Historic Lawsuit: Same-Sex Couples Must Be Allowed to M

Lambda Legal
August 30, 2007

In a powerful, closely reasoned 63-pp. decision, an Iowa trial court struck down the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The court found that the denial of marriage harms couples and their kids, while helping no one and serving no legitimate government interest. The ruling is a victory for families and fairness in America's heartland. [link] Read the decision here.

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Midieval civil unions existed

Science Daily
August 25, 2007
In late medieval France, the term affrèrement -- roughly translated as brotherment -- was used to refer to a certain type of legal contract, which also existed elsewhere in Mediterranean Europe. These documents provided the foundation for non-nuclear households of many types and shared many characteristics with marriage contracts, as legal writers at the time were well aware, according to Allan A. Tulchin (Shippensburg University). [link]

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Celebrating recent LGBT legislative advances

Lambda Legal
May 30, 2007
Jon Davidson, Legal Director of Lambda Legal discusses the marriage-related achievements in early 2007, noting once recently passed laws go into effect "nearly 35 percent (34.7%) of same-sex couples live in states where some of the state law rights that spouses receive can be obtained by marrying or entering civil unions, reciprocal beneficiary relationships or domestic partnerships. What is perhaps most amazing about these figures is that NONE of this existed only seven years ago." Although these achievements deserve recognition, Davidson continues, "Same-sex couples still cannot marry in 49 states, and the federal government refuses to honor the marriages that same-sex couples validly enter." [link]

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COMMENTARY: Marriage still overcoming past

Examiner
April 19, 2007
When Maryland's highest court heard oral arguments in the lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples in December, James and Colette Roberts paid attention. These Marylanders, married in 1959, could not have done so in the Free State at that time because state law prohibited interracial marriages until 1967. [Link]

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Number of ‘out’ gay and lesbian couples increasing

The Daily Reveille
March 7, 2007
Evan Wolfson says communities in the United States would be stronger if people supported all families including the ones with LGBT citizens. "The conversation about how gay people are being unfairly treated has gotten much greater in the years, and people have understood how important it is to reach out to their neighbors and say, 'We're here, we're part of this community, and we want fair treatment for our families,'" he said. [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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COMMENTARY: Spanish lessons

Advocate
January 30, 2007
How did Spain, a country with a long Catholic tradition, manage to implement marriage equality? A year after same-sex unions became legal, an on-the-ground analysis of how it happenedand what Americans can learn. [link]

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PODCAST: WI State Senator Mark Miller on civil rights and marriage

Forward Forum
July 29, 2006
Excerpts from an interview by John Quinlan on the public affairs radio program, Forward Forum, which aired on July 29, 2006 on WXXM, The Mic, 92.1 (www.themic921.com) in Madison, WI. State Senator Miller reflects on the parallels between laws that had historically prohibited interracial marriage and current prohibitions against marriage for same sex couples. He draws on his own experiences in the late 1960s, early in his marriage to Jo Oyama-Miller, his Japanese-American wife, when the young couple lived lived in Alabama—a state where it was still technically illegal for them to be married. The 13 minute clip also includes excerpts from a speech that then State Rep. delivered on the floor of the WI State Assembly March 4, 2004.
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