North Carolina marriage discrimination amendment sought

The News and Observer
July 9, 2008
Opponents of marriage equality are making another attempt to amend the state's constitution to include marriage discrimination in North Carolina. (Link)

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In Maryland, Less Bingo, More Health Coverage Start Today

Washington Post
July 1, 2008
Gay and lesbian couples will have new rights, as 189 laws take effect in Maryland. (Link)

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New York State Senate Shakeup Might Help Move Marriage Equality

Advocate
June 25, 2008
New York’s senate majority leader, Joseph Bruno, a 32-year institution in the state senate, announced his retirement Tuesday just as the GOP and Democrats gird for an election season that will determine the fate of the chamber and, potentially, New York’s marriage equality bill. (Link)

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With little fanfare, Paterson changes marriage debate

Times Union
June 20, 2008
NY Gov. Paterson's announcement to honor out of state marriages with no gay exception, simply upholding longstanding state law, was done with little fanfare and has resulted with little outspoken opposition in Albany. (Link)

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Marriages an inspiration, not ‘disaster’

Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2008
Eric Zorn discusses how his marriage was not affected by marriage equality in California, and indeed he is honored to share the institution with more loving and committed couples. (Link)

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States at odds over honoring marriage

Stateline.org
June 11, 2008
States vary across the country as to whether they honor marriages with no gay exception, which can cause great harm to couples and their families as they travel and try to protect their legal rights. (Link)

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Fighting Same-Sex Policy Seems to Be Uphill Battle

New York Times
May 30, 2008

Legal challenges to Gov. David A. Paterson’s directive to honor marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions are likely to face an uphill fight, legal experts said, because the law has existed in NY for a long time and was already reaffirmed by various courts in the state. (Link)

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The End Of The Culture War?

The Nation
May 26, 2008
The Nation notes the actions of the CA legislature, governor, and the recent Supreme Court decision in California which have all supported the freedom to marry and says, "marriage [equality] has become a thoroughly mainstream proposition."
(Link)

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Legislative committees hear testimony on marriage bills

Providence Journal
May 8, 2008

For the 10th year running, the executive director of Marriage Equality RI, Jenn Steinfeld, testified in support of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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Anti-gay marriage ban likely dead in PA Senate

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 7, 2008

Faced with staunch opposition in the House, Pennsylvania Senators who sponsored anti-marriage legislation asked to table the bill indefinitely. (Link)

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