BLOG: Freedom to Marry vs. Justification to Discriminate

Good As You
February 8, 2007

Earlier this week, we told you about an initiative in Washington that would turn the common argument that "marriage is about children" on its head, by requiring that heterosexual couples DO procreate in order to keep their marriage intact. Well, here's more on the conversation-starting proposal from Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson, and more attempts to justify discrimination from the Family Research Council's Charmaine Yoest. [Link]

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OPINION: For love or country?

Newsweek
February 5, 2007
An Idaho mother writes about her son, "In a matter of years Cameron will be gone. He is moving to a country where he will have the same civil rights that heterosexual couples enjoy, a country that will benefit from his immense talent and skill, a country that does want him no matter whom he wants to marry. We are close, and we will find a way to stay close, but it will not be the same easy back and forth we have now. Distance and borders will make it harder. I will miss him terribly, but it is not just me who will suffer. We will all be the poorer for his moving and the reasons that drove him." [Link]

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Freedom to Marry Voice of Equality Helps Bridge Gap

Get Underground
February 2, 2007
I'm beginning to understand that blacks assume a colonizer/colonized role when they view gays as "other," and attempt to deny them rights that they themselves fought hard to attain. Michael Eric Dyson, a scholar and ordained Baptist minister, wants us to resist such ways of thinking. "Ironically enough, blacks identify with mainstream sexual values — the very mainstream that has censored and castigated black heterosexuality — when they practice homophobia," Dyson says. "I am not arguing that homophobia has no homegrown black varieties; I am simply suggesting that such homophobia allows blacks to forge solidarity with a culture that has excluded them." [Link]

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MI court: No same-sex benefits

San Francisco Gate
February 2, 2007
A three-judge panel said a 2004 discriminatory measure against gay and lesbian couples also applies to same-sex domestic partner benefits. The decision reverses a 2005 ruling from an Ingham County judge who said universities and governments could provide the benefits. [Link]

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WY Senate passes ban on out-of-state gay people’s marriages

365Gay.com
January 31, 2007
The state's Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would ban Wyoming, which calls itself "The Equality State," from recognizing gay and lesbian couples' marriages performed in other states or countries where they are legal. [link]

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COMMENTARY: Spanish lessons

Advocate
January 30, 2007
How did Spain, a country with a long Catholic tradition, manage to implement marriage equality? A year after same-sex unions became legal, an on-the-ground analysis of how it happenedand what Americans can learn. [link]

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In South Africa, new law needs to be bolstered with education

The Star
January 28, 2007
Legalization had been expected to bring more gays out of the closet to lead normal lives, knowing they would have the same benefits as their non-gay brothers and sisters. However, some now fear being victimized by those who feel betrayed by the African National Congress-dominated government. [Link]

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Activists predict progress in NY, CA, WA, this year

Washington Blade
January 26, 2007

Evan Wolfson
, executive director of Freedom to Marry, said there is also reason for hope in Massachusetts.
"The new legislature has more pro-marriage legislators combined with a new pro-marriage governor. This will allow wiser heads to prevail. If it gets on the ballot, we will defeat it, but I would rather spend our resources for other states in their battles for marriage equality."

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WY bill would void marriages


Casper Star Tribune
January 25, 2007
Gay couples who marry in Massachusetts and move to Wyoming would suddenly find themselves single if some Wyoming legislators have their way: A bill has been introduced that would allow Wyoming to void same-sex marriages granted by other states. "I don't know where the fear of a mass influx of married gay people entering Wyoming and demanding recognition comes from," said the Rev. Bob Spencer, social change coordinator for Wyoming Equality. "I cannot envision hordes of (married gay) couples from Massachusetts, England, Canada, Amsterdam or any place like that thronging to Wyoming at any point in near future." [link]

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BLOG: Georgia gov: the people can vote on marriage equality, but not blue laws

Pandagon
January 23, 2007
What a monumental hypocritical bigot GOP Gov. Sonny Perdue is. He thought it was a great idea for the people to decide at the ballot box whether or not gays and lesbians have the right to marry (and an amendment passed easily in 2004), but when legislation that would allow a direct vote on whether beer and wine should be sold on Sundays — Perdue said that he'd pull out the veto pen. [Link]

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