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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Op-Ed: Marriage Equality, the Courts, and Religious Liberty: How Much of a Conflict

The League of Ordinary Gentlemen
November 19, 2009
Mark Thompson refutes claims by Rod Dreher that marriage equality will allegedly "undermine religious liberty." Thompson: "The freedom to marry, in and of itself, thus presents no greater a problem for religious liberty than does no-fault divorce." [Link]

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N.Y. Court: Married Same-Sex Couples Entitled to Benefits

The Associated Press
November 19, 2009
New York's top court on Thursday rejected the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund's legal challenge that sought to take away some government protections granted to same-sex couples married in other jurisdictions and now living in N.Y. [Link]

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New York Court Upholds Honoring Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

City Room (The New York Times)
November 19, 2009
The policy of honoring marriages on equal terms was upheld in a ruling today by the NY Court of Appeals, with a strong and repeated plea by the High Court to the Legislature to act on the underlying question of the freedom to marry in New York state. [Link]

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Texans: Are you really married? Maybe not.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
November 18, 2009
Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general, says that a 22-word clause in a 2005 state constitutional amendment banning marriage equality endangers the legal status of all marriages in the state. [Link]

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D.C. Marriage Equality Opponents Sue to Force Referendum

The Washington Post
November 19, 2009
Bishop Harry Jackson, represented by the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund, on Wednesday filed suit in D.C. Superior Court against the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics' decision to block a proposed ballot measure aimed at banning marriage equality in the District. [Link]

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Judge Orders Compensation for Gay Couple Who Were Denied Healthcare, Other Benefits

The Los Angeles Times
November 19, 2009
U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt on Wednesday ordered compensation for a Los Angeles man denied federal employee benefits for his husband because of the federal DOMA. [Link]

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Iowa Conservatives Still Focused on Marriage Equality

The Associated Press
November 17, 2009
Some anti-gay activists in Iowa say they plan to make marriage equality a central issue in next year's legislative elections and governor's race. The activists say they want to lobby lawmakers to change the state's constitution to ban marriage equality and possibly push to oust the Iowa Supreme Court justices whose decision lifted the state's marriage ban. [Link]

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