In Massachusetts, a test run for marriage equality

Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2008

As California becomes the second state to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, Massachusetts residents and lawmakers talk about the benefits of living in a state which upholds the freedom to marry, “a positive case study” for California. (Link)

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Same-sex divorce case takes a new turn

Providence Journal
May 1, 2008

Following a state Supreme Court ruling which said a Rhode Island same-sex couple who got married in Massachusetts couldn’t get divorced in Family Court, one of the women is asking if she can get divorced in another state court — Superior Court. (Link)

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Young Gay Rites

New York Times Magazine
April 27, 2008

A look at young gay men who marry in Massachusetts, the only state in which committed gay and lesbian couples can marry. (Link)

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MA Man Can’t Get Passport Under Married Name

The Sun Chronicle
March 21, 2008
The U.S. State Department denied a passport to an international AIDS counselor using his new married name because the department refuses to recognize his marriage to a man in Massachusetts. [Link]

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Same-sex breakup perplexes courts

St. Joseph News-Press
March 17, 2008
A lesbian married in Massachusetts has filed for an annulment from her partner in a Missouri court, creating a legal challenge in a state that has an anti-gay constitutional amendment. Increasingly, such cases are popping up in courts across the country, and as they do, will turn public sentiment against the “gay exception” in both marriage and divorce. “I think people in Missouri are fair, and the more they learn and hear about real couples like this and ask themselves, do they really hate gay relationships so much that they won’t let gay people out of them?” Evan Wolfson said. [link]

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Marriage Equality Attracting Skilled Workers To MA

365Gay.com
March 3, 2008
Massachusetts is reaping huge financial gains as a result of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. [Link]

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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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