NJ civil union law has fallen short in its first year, commission is told

New York Times
October 28, 2007
Jodi Weiner, an electrician from Montclair, said that when she tried to get health benefits for her partner of nine years, she was told that her union's plans did not cover civil unions. It was only when she mentioned that they had been married in Massachusetts that her partner was able to get benefits. [link]

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Marriage equality good for business in New England

The Washington Post
September 16, 2007
Since the freedom to marry came to Massachusetts in 2004, attendance at Boston's annual Gay Pride Day, a major attraction for visitors, has more than doubled, according to the Massachusetts tourism bureau. Last June, attendance exceeded 100,000, compared with 40,000 three years ago. Although Vermont tourism officials don't tally visitors according to sexual orientation, several innkeepers report a strong rise in their gay clientele since civil unions were legalized in 2000. [Link]

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OPINON: Reunite This Family

The Boston Globe
August 27, 2007

Because Congress passed — and former President Clinton signed — the mean-spirited Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, no federal rights extend to gay and lesbian couples. The ability of a US citizen to sponsor a husband or wife for immigration to the United States, called a form I-130, is just one of them. "Same-sex couples are utterly shut out of that process," says Mary Bonauto, the lawyer who argued the Goodridge case before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that led to legalized gay marriages in the state. [Link]

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NM gay people married in MA face uncertainties

Washington Blade
August 3, 2007

The problems that gay couples from New Mexico and Rhode Island face in getting their Massachusetts unions recognized are unusual. "The right wing has carved a gay exception into that tradition of respect and stability," Evan Wolfson said. "New Mexico and Massachusetts are moving in the direction of treating committed same-sex couples the same as any other couple."
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NM gay people married in MA face uncertainties

Washington Blade
August 3, 2007
The problems that gay couples from New Mexico and Rhode Island face in getting their Massachusetts unions recognized are unusual. "The right wing has carved a gay exception into that tradition of respect and stability," Evan Wolfson said. "New Mexico and Massachusetts are moving in the direction of treating committed same-sex couples the same as any other couple." [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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Rep. Christine Canavan on the MA marriage vote

EDGE Boston
June 28, 2007
In an interview with Bay Windows on June 20 Canavan, who serves as Second Division Chair in the House, spoke for the first time since last week's ConCon about how, after three years of voting the way she believed the majority of her district wanted her to, she decided to follow her conscience. [Link]

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OPINION: Marriage equality digs roots, gains momentum

The Detroit News
June 25, 2007
An elderly Massachusetts woman felt her opposition to gay marriage melt away after "this lovely couple" moved in next door with their children. "If they can't be married in Massachusetts, they're going to leave — and then who would help me with my lawn?" she asked, urging her state lawmaker to also change and protect gay couples' right to marry by blocking a referendum designed to abolish that right. That lawmaker did change. [Link]

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OPINION: Republicans play key role in wins

Washington Blade
June 22, 2007
Thanks to Rep. Ross and all the others who voted against the constitutional amendment, we can celebrate a bi-partisan victory in Massachusetts — and it is a huge victory. Families in the Bay State are stronger, more secure and better because the freedom to marry will go on. Civil marriage equality is here to stay in Massachusetts, planting an anchor for other states to make similar progress. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Equality itself

Times Argus
June 21, 2007
In Massachusetts, as in Vermont, supporters of marriage equality gained ground when they put a human face on their cause. Gay and lesbian residents told stories about the relationships that mattered to them, about family, loyalty, commitment. When confronted with the human reality of gay relationships, it happens again and again that fear recedes. [Link]

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