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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Equality lives happily ever after

Toronto Globe and Mail
June 9, 2008
On the anniversary of Canada's gaining marriage equality, Martha McCarthy writes, "Today, five years later, as the judgment continues to change lives here and internationally, I simply say: Indeed. How proud we all should be that the Canadian vision of equality and freedom has life and meaning."[Link]

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Nordic Myths

Box Turtle Bulletin
May 28, 2008
If there were a cause and effect between Norway’s birth rate outside of marriage and providing civil unions for same-sex couples, the data suggests that civil unions actually had a dramatic affect in slowing the rate of births outside of marriage. (Link)

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Canadian gay couple struggles with U.S. red tape

Washington Blade
May 2, 2008

A gay Canadian couple regret their move to the U.S. last year because they face visa and border-crossing problems that wouldn’t exist if they were able to marry in the U.S. (Link)

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Gay Marriage Costs Him Citizenship

Time Magazine
May 2, 2008

A Frenchman married in Netherlands loses his French citizenship because his spouse is a man. (Link)

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Australia to remove gay discrimination from 100 laws

Associated Press
April 30, 2008
Australia's new government plans to eliminate discrimination against gay couples in more than 100 laws, but even those in favor said it should go further and end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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