Marriage equality is ‘coming closer’ in Israel

The Jewish Chronicle
January 18, 2008
In what is being heralded as a “first step towards civil marriage” in Israel, same-sex and mixed-faith couples are being offered partnership cards. [Link]

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Gays & the Church

Pittsburgh Tribune Review
January 16, 2008
As a gay man who has been partnered for 19 years, married in Canada in 2005 and parent of a 2-year-old, I can tell you that we are not attacking Catholics or marriage. We don't want anything more than what all other committed couples have: the tax, health, pension, visitation and death protections that are a part of marriage. These are not special rights. They are protections offered by the government, not the Catholic Church. [link]

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Ireland moves toward marriage equality

Ireland.com
October 31, 2007
Green Party justice spokesman Ciarán Cuffe said the Government proposal would give cohabiting gay and lesbian couples, who register their relationship with a new agency, the same rights under the law as heterosexual couples. "This is a major step forward in Irish equality legislation," he said. [Link]

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Colombia court OKs health benefits for gay couples

Reuters
October 5, 2007
Gay couples in Colombia won the same social security rights as their straight counterparts in a court ruling called a major advance for gay people in this conservative Roman Catholic country. [Link]

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Sweden moving towards the freedom to marry for gay couples

Sveriges Radio International
October 4, 2007
Sweden's three opposition parties, the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party have put forward a motion in the Swedish Parliament to allow gay couples to legally marry. There is wide support in the parliament for the move, with the only party against the plans the Christian Democrats. [Link]

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Right wing group gives up fight against marriage equality in Canada

Canada.com
September 27, 2007
Dave Quist, executive director of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, said his organization is ditching their fight against gay couples' marriages, and pushing instead for tax breaks and other incentives to make marriage and child rearing more attractive options. [link]

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Pride Agenda’s marriage ambassadors take the lead in NY

Gay City News
June 21, 2007
Edith Windsor keeps working the phones. But this spring, she and Spyer decided that Thea couldn't wait any longer. With the help of three of Spyer's home care attendants, the couple flew to Toronto on Memorial Day weekend. The judge who married them, Windsor told the Toronto Globe and Mail, said that "we had married for all the people who died before same-sex weddings were possible." [Link]

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The kids are all right

Hour.ca
June 7, 2007
A study commissioned by the former federal Liberal government was finally released to the public in May after its author had to resort to Canada's Access to Information Act to get the Tories to release it. The report compares the results of almost 50 North American, European and British studies about families headed by gay and lesbian parents from North America, with the results of another 25 studies of single-parent families. The international studies span the past 30 years. [Link]

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China holds first Freedom to Marry Day protest

Pink News
February 19, 2007
On Valentine's Day, Beijing's gay population protested for marriage equality. This was the Freedom to Marry Day event in China. In addition, many by-standers supported the protesters. "I think it's only fair; it's everybody's right to get married," Liu Peng, one of the crowd who watched the protest, told the Advocate. "I support them. I think it's great." [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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