Dear Abby is her own woman

San Francisco Chronicle
April 14, 2008
Jeanne Phillips who writes the infamous Dear Abby column has supported marriage equality for over 20 years, but recently her position was highlighted by the press. In response, Phillips said, "All of a sudden, there was this firestorm of publicity, 'Dear Abby believes in gay marriage,' " Phillips says. "I said to people, if you read my column with any form of understanding, you would understand that this is no surprise." [Link]

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Legal unions still have shortfalls for gays

Detroit News
April 14, 2008
Columnist Deb Price gives various examples of the shortfalls of civil unions and domestic partnerships: “Though a good start, the patchwork of protections for gay couples remains a fragile safety net.” (Link)

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Marriage Equality Makes Financial Sense

Business Week
April 14, 2008
Most people in this country take for granted the financial safety net marriage creates for the couples who enter into it. Being denied marriage and its associated legal and financial protections affects same-sex couples and their families at every stage of life. It’s not only unfair; it’s not good business sense. [Link]

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Study says same-sex couples have increased in New Mexico

Las Cruces Sun News
April 13, 2008
The number of same-sex couples in New Mexico has increased about 35 percent between 2000 and 2005, a study released last week showed. [link]

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A Red Carpet for Gay Weddings

New York Times
April 11, 2008
When Vermont enacted same-sex civil union legislation in 2000, it was the first state to do so, and gay and lesbian couples who came to Vermont found only a smattering of florists, wedding planners, inns, resorts and other vendors for civil unions. But since 2000, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and New Hampshire have legalized same-sex civil unions or marriages…Throughout the Northeast, competition has spiked among wedding sites, hotels, resorts and inns as the travel industry has realized that same-sex ceremonies can draw scores of guests, who turn these destinations weddings into weekend stays. [Link]

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League fighting gay rights in Maine

Bangor Daily News
April 10, 2008
The Maine Civil Liberties Union, Equality Maine, and other LGBT organizations are fighting against a broad proposed anti-gay ballot measure in Maine. [Link]

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CA: Commentary—It’s Becoming Predictable Every Election Season

The California Majority Report
April 8, 2008
California Assemblymember Lloyd Levine writes in support of the Decline to Sign campaign fighting to keep the anti-marriage initiative off the ballot. [Link]

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BLOG: Commentary: Inequality is Inconvenient

The Republic of T
April 8, 2008
Terrance reflects on the answer to the question, "Are you married?" He writes, "there are a thousand different ways in which the answer to that question can impact our lives and our families, because we can’t legally marry, and the law can’t figure out what to do do with us, or how to define us, and hasn’t caught up with us as we forge ahead with our lives, making commitments to each other, and creating our families as we go. In those cases, we don’t often get the benefit of the doubt." [Link]

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Wedding Plans: 500 Day Update

Live Journal
April 7, 2008
A different sex couple preparing for their wedding plans their favors to be donations “to either the Human Rights Campaign or Freedom to Marry in support of equal marriage rights for LGBTQ couples. This is, by far, one of the most serious elements of our wedding; everything else is pretty silly and fun. However, we do want to show our support for the many gay and lesbian guests we'll have in attendance who are denied the rights we will enjoy as man and wife.” [Link]

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Anti-marriage measure dealt blow

The Arizona Republic
April 4, 2008
The Arizona state legislature undercut efforts to add an amendment banning marriage between gay couples when some representatives changed the measure to tie in expanded legal protections for domestic partners. [Link]

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