A Very Surreal Victory, Tempered By Two Things…

Pam’s House Blend
February 2, 2008
Well, what a great notice that came through on my listserv last night! New York Appellate Court rules that out out of state marriages must be recognized! Woo HOO! Yay for all NY couples who married in Massachusetts, or Canada - and yay for ME ! I got married in Canada last September! And we live in New York! But...wait a minute. My partner is here on a temporary visa. [Link]

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Florida to vote on anti-marriage amendment

Orlando Sentinel
February 2, 2008
Florida residents will vote in November on an anti-marriage constitutional amendment, state officials announced late Friday. The signature-petition drive launched three years ago by social-conservative groups managed to beat Friday's deadline to make the presidential-election ballot, the state Division of Elections said…Jon Kislak, chairman of the Florida Red and Blue group planning to fight the amendment, said he was "confident that voters will reject this amendment once they learn it can take away existing rights and benefits from millions of Floridians." [Link]

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Kentucky Governor threatens veto of bill barring same-sex partner benefits

GayPolitics.com
February 1, 2008
Following the passage of an anti-gay same-sex partner benefits bill by the Kentucky Senate, Gov. Steve Beshear has said he will veto the bill if it arrives on his desk... [Link]

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BLOG: New York Appellate Court Orders Recognition of Same-Sex Couple’s Canadian Marriage

Leonard Link
February 1, 2008
Prof. Arthur S. Leonard analyzes the New York court decision requiring recognition of marriages from out of state. [Link]

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Faculty opposes anti-marriage constitutional amendment

Ball State Daily News
February 1, 2008
The Ball State University Faculty Council voted to oppose the proposed gay marriage amendment Senate Joint Resolution 7. Beckie Adams, a professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, said the Faculty Council was strongly opposed to the state constitution amendment. [Link]

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Domestic partners two-timed

San Jose Mercury News
February 1, 2008
California's registered domestic partners are sailing in uncharted territory this tax season. For the first time, a landmark state law requires them to file their taxes as married couples — even though federal tax laws don't recognize such unions. [Link]

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Swedes support full marriage equality

Pride Source
January 31, 2008
Seventy-one percent of Swedes favor moving beyond the nation's 14-year-old registered-partnership law and granting gay couples access to full marriage, a new poll has found. [Link]

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Iowa Politicos Sue to Overturn Marriage Equality Ruling

The Advocate
January 31, 2008
Five Republican lawmakers in Iowa have filed court documents urging the state supreme court to overturn a Polk County judge's decision that struck down a marriage discrimination law. [Link]

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It’s Not a Mortal Sin to Work for Justice

Pioneer Press
January 30, 2008

My husband and I have been married 49 years. We are the parents of five grown daughters, one of whom is a lesbian. I speak with passion concerning our experience, which is marked by intense sadness because of the alienation my daughter and others like her continue to suffer, especially at the hands of the Catholic Church. [Link]

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The next ‘gay moment’?

In These Times
January 30, 2008
"On a recent flight across the country, my seatmates included a middle-aged couple. Like many fellow travelers in the past two years, they asked me what it meant that I wore a circular white button stating simply but emphatically in black, 'I do!'... And the conversation took a sudden and unprecedented turn. 'My son,' [the man] ventured, with a tight self-conscious smile, 'is gay. And I’m a Republican. But I’ve had employees at my company who had to go back to work, as old as I am, when their partner passed away. They had no more health insurance and no survivor’s benefits. That situation isn’t right,” he stated. 'And it needs to change.'" [link]

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