NM remains in limbo over marriage

Free New Mexican
July 26, 2007

Gay New Mexicans can marry in Massachusetts, but it may not make much difference once the honeymoon is over and they're home. New Mexico hasn't outlawed same-sex marriages, but it hasn't endorsed them either. [link]

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Same-sex couples register vows in Olympia

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 24, 2007

Same-sex couples with mixed feelings lined up for domestic partner registration on Monday morning in Washington and "said the new set of legal rights that went into effect Monday morning — including hospital visitation, property inheritance and funeral planning — were steps in the right direction but still a far cry from full marriage equality." [link]

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EDITORIAL: First comes partnership, then comes marriage

The Seattle Times
July 24, 2007
The Seattle Times notes the importance of gaining some protections for same-sex couples with the new domestic partnership law in Washington, but presses activists to finish the job at the state Capitol by demanding full marriage equality: "The domestic-partnership law fortifies the argument for gay marriage. Supporters need to return to Olympia and push for what they should be civilly entitled to." [link]

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Domestic partners line up for rights with reservations

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 20, 2007
Paul Thomasson and his partner, Paul Phelps, took time Friday to get their registration form notarized and plan to register by mail. Thomasson's parents asked if they could hold a reception after their son and Phelps registered as domestic partners. Phelps declined, saying the process was a "half-step" of legal rights. "You would not celebrate after visiting your attorney and executing a living will and deciding what (your partner) will do after you die, as callous as it sounds," Phelps said. [link]

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NM same-sex couples can marry in MA

GLAD
July 20, 2007
July 18, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, via the Department of Public Health and Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, issued a corrective notice to all Massachusetts city and town clerks authorizing them to allow same-sex couples from New Mexico to apply for marriage licenses. [link]

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BLOG: Oregonians for relationship equality, straight up

Loaded Orygun
July 11, 2007
There are a lot of us, more than you may think—all believing that if some of us are still held back, then the fight for liberty is not over. We know that families come in all varieties and it is our strong belief that ALL Oregon families deserve to have the rights, responsibilities and protections necessary to keep each other safe in times of crisis. [link]

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The choir doesn’t even have the sheet music

Huffington Post
July 11, 2007
Joan Garry discusses her civil union ceremony and the uneducated responses of her friends "Now, you're married — just like us," highlighting the need for public education, especially to those we assume already 'have the sheet music,' on the separate and unequal status of civil unions, and the continuing exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. [link]

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KY lawmakers to consider partner benefits ban in special session

365Gay.com
July 3, 2007
Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher is calling for a special session of the legislature and said Tuesday he wants it to consider a new attempt to ban domestic partner insurance at state run colleges and public agencies. [Link]

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OPINION: Domestic partnerships aren’t marriages

Sacramento Bee
July 1, 2007
As a same-sex couple, we cannot marry in California, and if we married elsewhere, California would refuse to recognize that marriage. Instead, we have that better-than-nothing, twilight-zone status conferred by California's domestic partner legislation. This legislation gives us many of the same rights and benefits as married couples, but the two statuses have different procedural protections, social meanings and legal effects. [Link]

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DP benefits uncertain in WI budget vote

The Bay Area Reporter
June 28, 2007
An 8-8 vote on whether to pay for domestic partnership benefits for state employees set the stage in the Wisconsin legislature for a showdown divided strictly along party lines, with Democratic Governor Jim Doyle looking like the sole chance for the measure to survive the 2007-2008 budget negotiations.[link]

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