Reflections on Massachusetts and Marriage Equality

Street Prophets
December 6, 2009
Danish Brethern writes about the Mass. Supreme Court decision that allowed gay couples to marry in the state, saying it "is not only simply a determination of legality, but an affirmation of the morality and justice behind recognizing the rights of homosexuals to be fully equal. [Link]

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Prop. 8 Foes Seek Initiative Sponsors’ Internal Records

Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2009
Lawyers for two couples told a federal appeals court Tuesday that they need access to internal communications from last year's Prop. 8 campaign to show that the anti-gay measure was designed to create "discriminatory animus" toward gay and lesbian people. [Link]

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Argentine couple vows to reverse marriage ban

Reuters
December 1, 2009
A gay Argentine couple vowed to keep fighting for the freedom to marry after a last-minute court ruling dashed their plans to hold Latin America’s first legal marriage of a same-sex couple on Tuesday. [Link]

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Argentina Halts 1st Latin American Marriage of a Same-Sex Couple

The Associated Press
December 1, 2009
National Judge Marta Gomez Alsina on Monday blocked what would have been Argentina's first marriage of a same-sex couple until the country's Supreme Court can consider the Nov. 20 marriage equality ruling by a Buenos Aires judge. [Link]

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How a California Judge Is Challenging Obama on LGBT Rights

Time
November 25, 2009
Michael A. Lindenberger discusses a federal judge's ruling that health benefits must be extended to the spouse of a lesbian federal employee: "By issuing such a stern challenge to the power of the Executive Branch, [Chief Judge] Kozinski managed to do what even the most sweeping state-court constitutional decisions on the freedom to marry have not: put the issue of equal treatment for gays to President Barack Obama in a way he will find hard to ignore." [Link]

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Why more than Marriage is at stake in the Federal legal challenge to Prop. 8

The American Prospect
November 23, 2009
Gabriel Arana discusses the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, including the fact that "it is only about marriage in the sense that Roe v. Wade was about privacy, or Brown v. Board of Education was about school choice. The case is really about the place of gay people in society." [Link]

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Marriage Equality Advocate Takes Solace In High Court Ruling

The Daily Politics (NY Daily News)
November 19, 2009
Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Alan Van Capelle is pleased by the fact that the New York Court of Appeals upheld two government orders to recognize out of state marriages between same-sex couples: "I think it continues to build momentum in our community and we’re proud of the individuals who took the right step in recognizing same-sex couples." [Link]

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COLUMN: Rationale Builds for Benefits Law for Same-Sex Couples

The Washington Post
November 24, 2009
Joe Davidson discusses separate rulings last week by two federal judges that the U.S. government must extend benefits to the same-sex spouses of federal employees, writing that these decisions bolster the rationale behind two proposed federal measures that would grant such protections. [Link]

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South Florida Man at Forefront of Effort to Legalize Adoptions by Same-Sex Couples

Palm Beach Post
November 22, 2009
The ongoing case of openly gay Martin Gill, who has mounted a legal challenge to Florida's ban on adoption by gay parents so that he may adopt two children he has fostered for nearly five years, could set precedent in Florida surrounding the state's controversial adoption law. [Link]

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Gay-Friendly GOP San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders To Testify For Olson/Boies

Joe. My. God.
November 29, 2009
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will testify in the federal suit aimed at repealing Prop. 8 that is being brought by Ted Olson and David Boies. Sanders changed his position to support marriage equality in a press conference with his openly lesbian daughter. [Link]

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