Gay supporters, activists vow to continue fight against Prop. 102

The Arizona Republic
November 10, 2008
Activists say battles will continue in Arizona over issues related to same-sex couples: inheritance rights, medical decision-making and burial rights, to name a few of the estimated 300 rights that Arizona automatically confers on married couples. (Link)
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Marriage equality remains on agenda

Star Bulletin
November 10, 2008
Following the 2008 election, the Hawaii paper states, " Legislators should reconsider their stance as gay marriages gain acceptance." (Link)

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Gay Leaders in Utah Plan 5-Bill Attack in Legislature

New York Times
November 10, 2008
Leaders of Utah's largest group supporting equal rights for gay people announced a proposal on Monday to increase the rights of same-sex couples in the state, saying they saw a silver lining in the passage last week of Prop 8 in California. (Link)
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Lawmakers join call to overturn Prop. 8

AP via San Jose Mercury News
November 10, 2008
Forty-four members of the California Legislature filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support one of the three lawsuits seeking to invalidate Proposition 8. The case, brought on behalf of gay couples who have not yet married, argues the ban should be tossed out because voters did not have the authority to make such a dramatic change in state law. [Link]

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NH lawmakers face more debate over marriage equality

Associated Press
September 28, 2008
New Hampshire lawmakers will be debating at least two bills dealing with marriage for same-sex couples when they return to Concord in January. (Link)

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Dino Rossi, WA GOP candidate says he’d veto a marriage equality bill if elected governor

SeaQwa.com
September 23, 2008
In an interview with the Seattle Times last week, the Republican candidate for governor said he would veto a bill authorizing marriage equality in the state. (Link)

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D.C. may take up marriage equality bill in ‘09

Washington Blade
September 17, 2008
If Democrats expand their majority in Congress and California voters preserve the freedom to marry, a marriage equality bill is likely to be approved by the D.C. City Council as early as April 2009, according to activists and City Hall insiders. (Link)

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Conn. Marriage Equality Candidates Score Important Victories

New England Blade
August 14, 2008
Six pro-marriage equality candidates in Connecticut scored important victories in Tuesday’s party primary elections, making clear, said Anne Stanback, executive director of Love Makes a Family and chair of the Love Makes a Family Political Action Committee, that voters in Connecticut support the idea of equality. (Link)

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AZ panel will probe handling of marriage debate

The Arizona Daily Star
August 6, 2008
Members of the Ethics Committee rejected a request by Sen. Ben Miranda, D-Phoenix, to seek testimony from Senate Majority Leader Thayer Verschoor, R-Gilbert, when the panel hears evidence next week about whether Harper broke ethics rules. Miranda wants to know whether Verschoor and Harper planned ahead of time to cut off debate on the last night of the legislative session to clear the way for a vote on a measure to write discrimination against gay and lesbian couples into the Arizona constitution. [Link]

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Power surge

Bay Windows
August 6, 2008
Eleni Carr, vice-chair of the Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth and chair of the commission’s government relations committee, said the marriage amendment debate helped pave the way for the successful effort to increase funding for state LGBT youth programs. "There was almost a way that the marriage debate really just opened the door and opened everyone's eyes to how much discrimination and oppression our community faces," said Carr. [Link]

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