Immigration law divides gay couples

Houston Chronicle
June 14, 2009
Joseph Racicot and his partner, Roland, will celebrate their eighth anniversary as a couple on Tuesday. They will spend their anniversary some 1,500 miles apart because under federal law, gay and lesbian U.S. citizens are not entitled to apply for legal status for their partners, even if their marriage is recognized by state law. “The bottom line is that we wouldn’t be going through this if, as an American, I had the right to sponsor my partner,” said Roland. [Link]

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Guam taking up same-sex civil unions

Associated Press
June 4, 2009

Guam's legislature is considering whether to allow same-sex civil unions in the Pacific island U.S. territory. (Link)

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Swedish government approves marriage equality

Washington Blade
April 1, 2009
According to Evan Wolfson, "By moving from domestic partnerships to marriage, Sweden is confirming that there is no substitute for full equality and that ending marriage discrimination is the best way to help families while hurting no one." Wolfson said the vote "shows where the world is heading" and that the United States "should be leading, not lagging" in the movement. [Link]

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Gays Win Marriage in Sweden

Sveriges Radio
April 1, 2009

Same-sex couples in Sweden will be allowed to marry as of May 1st. Following a parliamentary vote Wednesday afternoon, MPs voted by a huge majority to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in civil ceremonies. [Link]

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Binational, Same-Sex Couples Face Immigration Problems

San Jose Mercury News
March 29, 2009
Binational gay couples discuss how the so-called DOMA and non-inclusive federal immigration laws negatively effect their lives, affirming their support for a change in federal law that would grant gay partners the immigration protections afforded to straight married couples.[Link]

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Japan Allows Its Gay and Lesbian Citizens Marriage Abroad

Agence France-Presse
March 27, 2009

Although Japan's government does not recognize marriage for gay couples, it has approved a policy to allow Japanese citizens to marry same-sex foreign partners abroad. [Link]

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British PM Brown: CA Marriage Ban ‘Unacceptable’

On Top Magazine
March 6, 2009

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown supports the defeat of a California ban on gay couples marrying argued yesterday in the state's highest court, reports the BBC. (Link)

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown attacks US marriage ban

BBC News
March 6, 2009
Gordon Brown has condemned California's ban on gay marriage as "unacceptable" and warned people to be vigilant against all forms of discrimination. The prime minister said the ban, backed in a referendum in the US state in November, would "undo" much of recent progress made in tackling prejudice. [Link]

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OPINION: In praise of civil marriage
February 26, 2009
"Introducing civil marriage ceremonies that are equal and open to all is the only way to resolve the discrimination. If Catholic states such as Italy were able to introduce civil marriages, there is no reason this can't happen in the Jewish State: After all, the Catholic Church does not recognize divorce at all (as opposed to Judaism,) and therefore the introduction of civil marriage (and divorce) was a much more dramatic step in a Catholic state than it would be here." [Link]

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Australia to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in Some Transgender Cases

February 17, 2009
Towleroad reports that "Male-Female married couples in Australia in which a transgender individual makes a physical gender transition so that the couple becomes a same-sex couple will no longer have their marriages annulled by the Australian government later this year." [Link]

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