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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Wisconsin School Employee Files Grievance Over Marriage Leave

Advocate
March 1, 2008
An elementary school secretary in Sheboygan, WI, filed a grievance with the school district, arguing its refusal to give her two days' paid leave after her marriage to another woman is discrimination, The Sheboygan Press reported Friday. [Link]

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God spoke via MA court

Washington Blade
February 29, 2008
The 2003 ruling on marriage equality was a turning point for me in learning to accept my lesbian daughter. [Link]

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OPINION: Marital Melee

The Trentonian
February 28, 2008
"Whatever the advisability or inadvisability of gay marriage, it would change the definition only for gays, by including them in marriage’s legal ambit. As for the others, 'the rest of society,' pardon us if we are being obtuse, but we fail to see how the definition of marriage would change for them. For the overwhelming majority of society, traditional opposite-sex marriage would still be traditional opposite-sex marriage, wouldn’t it?" [link]

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CA court set to hear marriage case

Washington Blade
February 28, 2008
“Believing you can do it is a prerequisite to getting it done,” said Evan Wolfson. “But hope alone is not enough and legal briefing is not enough. It’s our job to generate discussion in California so the judges are not just reading briefs but are feeling a sense that if they rule right, they will be sustained and history will vindicate them.” [Link]

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Freedom to Marry Voice of Equality Alice Huffman honored in CA

The Bay Area Reporter
February 28, 2008
At age 71, Alice Huffman has seen her fair share of bruising battles for equal rights in her lifetime. A longtime leader in the civil rights movement, Huffman has certainly paid her dues and earned the right to a peaceful retirement. Yet Huffman isn't sitting back on her laurels. She has become a key player in the LGBT community's fight for marriage equality. [Link]

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Toasting an Oscar Win, Hoping for Greater Rights

New York Times
February 25, 2008
It was part Oscar party and part civil rights rally. More than 300 people filled a theater here to standing-room-only capacity on Sunday evening to watch “Freeheld,” which won the Academy Award for best documentary short subject…According to Steven Goldstein, president of Garden State Equality, more than 2,400 couples in New Jersey have entered into same-sex unions, and about one-fourth of them have filed complaints with Garden State Equality over benefits. The group is an advocacy organization for gay, lesbian and transgender people in New Jersey. “I wish this film had a happy ending,” Mr. Goldstein shouted to the crowd after the credits rolled. “It does not. Our civil union law is failing; it is not respected like marriage.” [link]

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3 Gay Couples Settle in as Parents

The Journal News
February 24, 2008
Outside the three households, an American culture war rages over the rights of gay men and women to raise children. Inside, these three have been raising theirs for as long as a decade…Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, said the ruling [in NY to recognize out of state marriages by same-sex couples] will mean more to the children of gay couples than how the bills get paid. "Beyond the tangible legal consequences, there's the intangible security that matters a lot to kids," Wolfson said. "Children whose parents are married have a legal relationship to both parents and are given a strong, clear confirmation from society that they and their parents form a family and that family is worthy of respect." [Link]

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OPINION: Elusive Equality

New York Times
February 23, 2008
The Times editorial staff says N.J. civil unions provide inadequate protection for gay couples and that it will take "political courage," not "more dawdling," to end the exclusion of same-sex couples and their families from marriage. [link]

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Friends of the Court: Asian Groups Back Marriage Equality in CA

Bay Area Reporter
February 21, 2008

Amicus co-author and nationally recognized appellate lawyer, Kevin Fong, hopes that by reading the Asian Pacific American's amicus brief in support of the freedom to marry, the Court will "have a greater appreciation for what is at issue, by looking at the State's prior exclusionary marriage laws from the vantage point of a longer historical lens. Constitutional issues are much easier to see with 20/20 historical hindsight and perhaps the reaction we have today in examining how Asian Pacific Americans were previously restricted from the right to marry will allow the court to consider its role in protecting the fundamental Constitutional principles at stake as we again consider exclusionary marriage laws aimed at gays and lesbians today." [Link]

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