Norway: Poll Shows Majority Support for Full Marriage Equality

Aftenposten
April 25, 2008

58 percent of Norwegians surveyed said they supported legislation for marriage equality, and 31 percent were against it. (Link)

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Uruguay Holds Latin America’s First Wedding for a Same-Sex Couple

Agence France-Presse
April 17, 2008
Uruguay on Thursday became the first nation in Latin America to marry a gay couple, after a law allowing couples living together to formalize their union went into effect at the start of the year. [Link]

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A Win For European Couples

Gay City News
April 3, 2008
The European Court of Justice, which rules on questions arising under European Union law, has held that the surviving partner of a German registered same-sex partnership may be able to claim a pension under the benefits plan maintained by that nation's theatrical industry union. The ruling has the potential of opening up claims for a broad range of benefits and rights for same-sex couples in legally recognized domestic partnerships in European nations that don't have full marriage equality. [Link]

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Pentagon balked on partner’s travel

Politico
April 1, 2008
Prior to the Easter recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to intervene with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in order to get Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s domestic partner on a military flight for a congressional fact-finding trip to Europe. [Link]

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MA Man Can’t Get Passport Under Married Name

The Sun Chronicle
March 21, 2008
The U.S. State Department denied a passport to an international AIDS counselor using his new married name because the department refuses to recognize his marriage to a man in Massachusetts. [Link]

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Norway to end exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage

Aftenposten
March 14, 2008
The Norwegian government put forth a long-expected bill to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage on Friday, clearing the way for same-sex couples to secure the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. [Link]

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Need to End Exclusion from Marriage Gains Notice in State Court

New York Times
March 6, 2008
On the way home from work in Rochester, Patricia Martinez stopped at a liquor store and bought a small bottle of Champagne to celebrate her marriage to another woman. The wedding took place in Canada nearly four years ago, but it wasn't until Feb. 1 that a New York appellate court declared it valid in the state... Last week in Manhattan, a State Supreme Court justice, ruling in a divorce proceeding, recognized the Canadian marriage of two New York City women. Advocates for marriage say the two court decisions last month granting reciprocity in New York to marriages of same-sex couples in other jurisdictions simply underline what most people would consider common sense. [Link]

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Gay-friendliness is not only about values

Haaretz.com
February 20, 2008
Israeli psychology professor Carlo Strenger writes that gay equality is more than an issue of morality and advocates for the economic importance of tolerance; cites research-specific examples. [Link]

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‘How can love ever be wrong?’: Partners of 15 years to wed in Canada next month

Manitowoc Herald Times
February 13, 2008
When Judy Stock is offered the chance to kiss her bride in a few weeks, she's going for it. Under the Canadian sky she'll stand, hand-in-hand with Leigh Robert, ready to validate the union the two formed 15 years ago. But why Canada? The answer is simple: It's legal. Unable to wed lawfully in Wisconsin, the women plan to hold an additional ceremony in April at a Sheboygan County church. But they're not willing to let the state hold them back from a white wedding. [link]

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Israel Grants Full Adoption for Gay Couples

The Advocate
February 13, 2008
Gay and lesbian couples in Israel will be allowed the same adoption rights as heterosexual couples, the Israeli government announced Tuesday. [Link]

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