Seminary chief: Anti-marriage bill a ‘step back’

Lancaster New Era
April 29, 2008

Riess W. Potterveld, president of Lancaster Theological Seminary, testified in front of the Pennsylvania legislature and said, "Clearly, what is proposed in Senate Bill 1250 is a step backward into language of denial, devaluing, delegitimizing and in its simple wording, in my opinion, conceals a wellspring of toxic and prejudicial feeling." (Link)

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New Yorkers push for marriage bill in legislature

Star Gazette
April 30, 2008

More than 2,000 people gathered at the NY Capitol to urge the legislature to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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Justice Scalia on Laws Changing to Adapt to Society

The Wall Street Journal
April 27, 2008
When asked if values change and society adapts, Justice Scalia replied affirmatively noting the example of legislatures ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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Another year of mixed results in state legislatures

Washington Blade
April 23, 2008

As the 2008 legislative session winds to a close in states across the country, activists are encountering another mixed bag of results, with progress in New Jersey generating much excitement. (Link)

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Norway: Poll Shows Majority Support for Full Marriage Equality

Aftenposten
April 25, 2008

58 percent of Norwegians surveyed said they supported legislation for marriage equality, and 31 percent were against it. (Link)

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Pentagon balked on partner’s travel

Politico
April 1, 2008
Prior to the Easter recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to intervene with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in order to get Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s domestic partner on a military flight for a congressional fact-finding trip to Europe. [Link]

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Vermont panel prepares report on marriage

Rutland Herald
March 26, 2008
A legislative committee charged with hearing Vermonters' views on full civil marriage for same-sex couples will release its long-awaited report next month. Recent polls have shown increased support for marriage equality. [link]

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Signs Of Spring: The Marriage Debate

Hartford Business
March 24, 2008
It’s become another rite of spring — the annual debate in the legislature about ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. [Link]

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Baltimore City Council backs equality

The Advocate
March 20, 2008
The Baltimore city council became the fourth Maryland jurisdiction to pass a resolution supporting the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. The resolution was passed by a 9-3-3 vote on Monday. [Link]

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Expanded partnership rights headed for governor’s desk

Associated Press
March 5, 2008
The Legislature passed a measure Tuesday to expand the state’s domestic partnership law, granting same-sex couples more than 170 of the benefits and responsibilities given to married couples, including property and guardianship rights. The Senate gave final approval on a 29-20 vote after minimal debate. The bill now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is expected to sign it. [link]

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