Same-Sex Pairs Make it Legal

The Oregonian
February 5, 2008
After a judge ruled against a hold in Oregon on domestic partnerships which the legislature passed in 2006, 300 couples registered the first day; Williams Institute says the state can anticipate 4,500 registrations over the next three years. [link]

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Group To Rekindle Rights for Same-Sex Couples Debate In Minnesota

WCCO
February 4, 2008
When state lawmakers open the new session next week a new group will try to rekindle the debate over whether same-sex couples should have the same rights as men and women who are married. Project 515 focuses on 515 state laws that it says discriminate against same-sex couples and families. Some affect couples in their professional lives, others in times of tragedy. [link]

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ACT wants resolution to gay stand-off

The Age
February 4, 2008
The ACT government has told a gay-rights rally it expects a disagreement with the commonwealth over its plan to allow same-sex civil unions to be resolved by the end of March, but neither side are giving any ground. The ACT also used the rally to announce plans to give gay couples equal access to parental leave. [Link]

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‘We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby’

Mail Tribune
February 3, 2008
When they fell in love 29 years ago, they were afraid to hold hands in public, worried that their relationship could prompt the loss of their jobs or even physical violence against them. But on Monday, Fanda Bender and Sheila Gam of Talent plan to register as domestic partners, part of what they hope will be a wave of gay and lesbian couples around the state acting on a state law and federal court decision that cleared the way for such partnerships. "We've come a long way, baby," Bender said. [link]

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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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State Court Recognizes Marriages From Elsewhere

New York Times
February 2, 2008
A New York appellate court ruled Friday that valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples must be legally recognized in New York, just as the law recognizes those of heterosexual couples solemnized elsewhere. Lawyers for both sides said the ruling applied to all public and private employers in the state. While it is good and right that marriage should be honored, not destabilized, New Yorkers should not have to leave their home to get married. [Link] Read the decision (pdf).

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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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