AUSTRALIA:  New senator calls for marriage equality

The Australian
August 28, 2008
Labor's new senator Louise Pratt, who makes history as the first member of parliament with a transgendered partner, has used her maiden speech to break from ALP policy and call for marriage equality. [Link]

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Brazil congress rejects adoption for gay couples

International Herald-Tribune
August 21, 2008
Brazil's lower house of Congress has rejected part of a pending adoption law that would have allowed gay couples to adopt children. A Wednesday statement from the Chamber of Deputies says a measure giving gay couples the right to adopt was withdrawn because federal law doesn't recognize same-sex unions. [Link]

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The Economics of ‘Gay Marriage’

The Becker-Posner Blog
August 10, 2008
Conservative judge Richard Posner drops opposition to gay people's freedom to marry. [Link]

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Rowan Williams: Gay couples reflect the love of God

The Guardian
August 7, 2008
In the correspondence, an exchange with an evangelical Christian, the Archbishop of Canterbury argued that passages criticising homosexual activity were not aimed at people who were gay by nature. "An active sexual relationship between two people of the same sex might therefore reflect the love of God in a way comparable to marriage, if and only if it had about it the same character of absolute covenanted faithfulness."[Link]

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Non-gay couples add statement of support for gays to weddings

The Canadian Press
August 5, 2008
When Marisa Miller married David Wolfson last year, the couple added a statement to their vows that they both passionately believe in the right of all people to marry regardless of sexual orientation. [Link]

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The Hemisphere’s State of Same-Sex Partnership Recognition: Canada Very Much in the Lead

Council on Hemispheric Affairs
July 21, 2008
This overview ends with, "It is imperative that Latin American countries work to end discrimination towards same-sex couples... as part of a more inclusive commitment to democratic rights." [Link]

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Gay couples’ marriages are forever in Oklahoma

Macleans
July 16, 2008
First comes love, then comes marriage — and then, for many couples, comes divorce. Unless, that is, you're gay and you live in a state that doesn't recognize your union. Couples who find themselves in this predicament can face a terrible prospect: being unhappily married for life. [Link]

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Gay marriage: the key to happiness?

Los Angeles Times
July 7, 2008
Gregory Rodriguez writes an op-ed about a study which finds that countries whose people enjoy more freedom tend to be happier, concluding that marriage equality clearly promotes happiness in society. (Link)

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Constitutional Amendment to Ban Gay and Lesbian Couples’ Marriages in Puerto Rico Fails

The Plainsman Politico
June 16, 2008
Puerto Rico's house of representatives has denied a measure to toughen a ban against same-sex couples' marriages. [Link]

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Norway Parliament votes for marriage equality

Pink News
June 11, 2008
Members of Parliament in Norway today approved a bill that will end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage by 84 votes to 41. Family Issues minister Anniken Huitfeldt noted, "The new law won't weaken marriage as an institution. Rather, it will strengthen it. Marriage won't be worth less because more can take part in it." (Link)

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