In NH, civil unions would give ‘same rights’ as marriage

The Seacoast
May 2, 2007
Federal rights and protections recognized worldwide, however, are not provided to gay couples. Depending on the individual states' marriage and civil union laws, or lack thereof, other states are not obligated to recognize the same rights provided by New Hampshire. "It's pretty good," said Rep. Jim Splaine, D-Portsmouth, who co-sponsored House Bill 437. "But it's not marriage." [link]

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BLOG: NJ civil unions after two months & why “marriage” still matters

The Huffington Post
April 24, 2007
Civil unions and domestic partnerships may seem fine on paper, but they just don't work in the real world. Same sex couples in New Jersey can attest to that. Of the 575 couples registered as of April 20, many have alerted the advocacy group Garden State Equality that employers and insurers are denying them protection — some 54 in all. That's a 10% rate of inadequate rights — "one of the most astonishing rates of failure for a civil rights law in our lifetime," according to Garden State Equality chair Steven Goldstein. Not to mention that those 54 are just the ones we know about. [link]

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Native returns to PA for marriage equality event

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 18, 2007
More states are taking steps toward marriage equality for same-sex couples, and even states with civil unions are coming to the realization that civil unions aren't enough. That's the word from Pittsburgh native son and national marriage equality advocate Evan Wolfson, who tomorrow (April 19) is slated to discuss the state of same-sex marriages in the United States at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave, East Liberty. [link]

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BLOG: Making the case for gay and lesbian families

BlueOregon
April 17, 2007
Previously, the Oregon Family Council had been pushing to amend HB 2007 to add "reciprocal benefits" for other kinds of domestic partnerships that would not be eligible for marriage — for example, sisters jointly operating a household. I wasn't aware that there were so many two-sister households pushing for domestic partnership status in Oregon. Did they ask OFC to advocate for them? As I wanted clarification, I called OFC for an explanation — are you against this bill, or do you just want it amended? Is the amendment bona fide, or just for a dilatory purpose? [link]

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BLOG: KS Attorney General OK’s Lawrence domestic partnership ordinance

Leonard Link
April 10, 2007
Kansas Attorney General Paul J. Morrison has issued an opinion letter to the City of Lawrence, which requested his advice as to whether a proposal to enact a domestic partnership registration ordinance for the city would be within its legislative powers, in light of the recently-enacted Kansas Marriage Amendment. [Link]

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Standing up for marriage equality

Record-Journal
March 29, 2007
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Connecticut chapter asserts that although civil unions mark a step forward, it is simply not enough. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Ocean State takes a step forward on marriage

The Sun Chronicle
March 4, 2007
Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch's advisory opinion for the state to recognize gay and lesbian couples' marriages performed in Massachusetts and, further, to bring marriage equality there, is a step in the right direction for the Ocean State. [link]

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RI steps toward recognizing gay and lesbian marriages

New York Times
February 22, 2007
Responding to a request for a legal opinion from the commissioner of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch said the state prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and did not explicitly prohibit same-sex marriage. "Rhode Island will recognize same-sex marriages lawfully performed in Massachusetts as marriages in Rhode Island," the seven-page opinion said. [link]

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BLOG: Marriage equality advocates gear up for battles in New England, other states

Page One Q
February 20, 2007

"It all comes down to one question: Either civil unions and marriage are the same, in which case why do we need two lines at the clerk's office, or they are not the same, in which case, what is the government withholding, and why should it," Evan Wolfson told PageOneQ. "And I think our opponents have no answer to that question."
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OPINION: The right to marry: who is really at risk?

Minnesota Daily
February 12, 2007
Today the GLBTA community celebrates National Freedom to Marry Day. Though it is not an election year where the right to have one's love legally recognized is at risk, the goal of educating people on GLBTA issues and facilitating open-ended discourse is as important as ever. Even those in the community who do not believe marriage is an institution of which they want to be a part, the ideal of social equality in the near future fuels their drive to fight for what they feel is right. [link]

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