OP-ED: Iowa’s Family Values

New York Times
April 8, 2009
Steven W. Thrasher writes, "When the good state of Iowa conferred the dignity of civic recognition on my parents' relationship -- a relationship some members of their own families thought was deviant and immoral, that the civil authorities of Nebraska had tried to destroy, and that even some of my mom's college-educated friends believed would produce children striped like zebras -- our family began. And by the time my father died, their interracial marriage was seen just as a marriage, and an admirable 45-year one at that." [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Separation Anxiety

The Washington Post
March 16, 2009
"The Uniting American Families Act would allow gay and lesbian Americans and permanent residents to sponsor their foreign-born partners for legal residency in the United States. The bill, introduced last month in the Senate by Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and in the House by Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), would add 'permanent partner' and 'permanent partnership' after the words 'spouse' and 'marriage' in relevant sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act. If passed, it would right a gross unfairness." [Link]

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TALKING TO MEDIA: PFLAG Moms Speak Out

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Colombia Rules Gay Couples Must Be Granted Same Rights as Straight Unmarried Couples

Advocate.com
January 29, 2009
In a historic decision handed down Wednesday, Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled same-sex couples must be granted the same rights as heterosexuals in common-law marriages. The court's decision means Colombia's gay couples will be awarded dozens of rights that straight, unmarried couples have enjoyed for years and follows other recent rulings that have won the nation's same-sex couples inheritance, pension, health, and social security rights. [Link]

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Gay rights leaders plan $1-million war chest to defend judges who back marriage equality

Los Angeles Times
November 26, 2008
At a virtual town hall meeting, Calif. LGBT leaders announced plans to build a fund to defend justices threatened with recall for ruling in favor of marriage equality, put a new marriage ballot question before voters in 2010, and improve outreach to African American and Latino communities. [Link]

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Minorities Fear Trend From California Marriage Ban

Reuters
November 24, 3008
African American, Latino and Asian American groups said in a brief filed in opposition to Prop. 8: "The entire purpose behind the constitutional principle of equal protection would be subverted if the constitutional protection of unpopular minorities were subject to simple majority rule. This case is not simply about gay and lesbian equality." [Link]

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EDITORIAL: A stand for marriage equality

El Dario La Prensa NY
November 17, 2008
The editorial board of El Dario La Prensa NY, the largest and oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in New York City, and the oldest Spanish-language daily in the United States, writes, "Latinos have fought too hard and long for equal rights. This is why we must rally around a sector of our community that remains even more discriminated against--gays and lesbians." [Link]
Read more about why marriage matters to Latinos.

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Commentary: Latinos should see marriage equality as a civil right

CNN Commentary
November 8, 2008
Fernando Espuelas discusses how the Latino community was targeted by the Yes on 8 campaign in California and how many unfortunately voted to take away rights: "The irony of Latino support for Prop. 8 is sad. That a community that continues to struggle for basic rights would deny them to another is particularly baffling." (Link)
Learn more about what's going on in the Latino community.

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California Latino Voters Opppose Anti-Gay Prop. 8

William C. Velasquez Institute
October 30, 2008
In a groundbreaking internet poll, the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI), a national Latino non-partisan public policy organization, found that California Latino voters oppose Proposition 8 46%-51%. (Link)
Learn more about the ever-increasing support for marriage equality.

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