Green Street’s Director Featured in Marriage Equality Film

The Wesleyan Connection
April 17, 2008
When the Hartford-based organization Love Makes a Family (LMF) was looking for interesting stories about how same-sex couples met, Green Street Arts Director Janis Astor del Valle’s wife Amy Joy Myers sent in the unique story of their first meeting as childhood friends. [Link]

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Gay couples having trouble obtaining divorces

Associated Press
April 15, 2008
Gay couples had to struggle mightily to win the right to marry or form civil unions in certain states. Now, some are finding that breaking up is hard to do, too. [link]

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Just when we thought we were safe, League launches new attack

Kennebec Journal
April 15, 2008
David B. Offer writes, “Just when we thought the world, or at least Maine, was safe from another bigoted campaign against gay men and women, the League is launching a new referendum effort to repeal every law providing protection to people who have long faced discrimination.” [Link]

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Immigration Not an Option for all Couples

OC Register
April 14, 2008

Binational same-sex couples seek ways to stay together, even though their unions are not recognized under federal immigration law. [Link]

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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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