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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In South Africa, new law needs to be bolstered with education

The Star
January 28, 2007
Legalization had been expected to bring more gays out of the closet to lead normal lives, knowing they would have the same benefits as their non-gay brothers and sisters. However, some now fear being victimized by those who feel betrayed by the African National Congress-dominated government. [Link]

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Canadian Senate makes it official: Marriage equality nationwide

BBC News
July 20, 2005
The Canadian Senate followed the House of Commons with a vote for marriage, making Canada the fourth country in the world to end gay couples' exclusion from marriage nationwide. While thousands of same-sex couples have already married in the past two years in parts of Canada, parliament's historic vote means an end to marriage discrimination throughout the country, proves to people worldwide that everyone benefits when gay couples are treated equally, and puts Canada leagues ahead of its neighbor to the south. [Link]

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Spain, Canada Laws Provide Valuable Lesson for U.S.

PlanetOut
June 30, 2005

The progress of laws ending marriage discrimination in Canada and Spain has given gay advocates a chance to celebrate equality and recommit to the struggle at home. Prominent gay leaders such as Freedom to Marry executive director Evan Wolfson applauded the virtuous example saying, "The victories in these countries show that families are helped and no one is hurt when discrimination ends." [Link]

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