Navajo Lesbian Speaks Out About Same-Sex Marriage

NativeOUT News
April 24, 2006
For the past couple of days I have been bombarded with images & talk about weddings, commitments, marriages and celebrations with dozens of family members present. All the while I am thinking to myself, "Will I ever get to have such a ceremony, an opportunity to voice aloud my declaration of love before my family and friends?" Probably not! Why? It is because I am a lesbian and in our current Navajo society our rights and declarations have been grossly overlooked, unacknowledged, and recently made unconstitutional. [Link]

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Unjust Constitutional Amendments

The Hill
April 12, 2006

"The Constitution was never amended to take away rights from a group of Americans," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, who Wolfson called the amendment a ploy for short-term political gain; he said Republicans would use the amendment as a distraction and an attack point in some races this fall. [Link]

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Immigration is an LGBT Issue

The Advocate
April 10, 2006
In this opinion piece, Cesar Chavez's granddaughter Christine urges the consideration of LGBT persons in the overarching struggle for immigration reform. Given the major restrictions still barring same-sex bi-national couples from enjoying full equality, Chavez's message is important and timely. [Link]

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Gay families join the White House Easter egg roll

New York Times
April 10, 2006
Some 200 gay families are planning to attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll next Monday to help the president understand that gay families exist in this country and deserve the rights and protections that all families need. [Link]

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Basic Fair Treatment

Southern Voice
April 7, 2006
"Most Americans assume they can get married anywhere they choose without
discriminatory or unfair barriers. Unfortunately gay couples still do not have
that basic fair treatment." [Link]

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Mass. Court Limits Marriage Law

Washington Post
March 30, 2006

The legal bedrock of the court's original decision remained intact -- namely, that Massachusetts gay couples have an unfettered right to marriage. [
Link]

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Marriage Equality Moves Forward

TomPaine.com
March 29, 2006

Not only are we seeing the American people moving swiftly (in historical terms) toward marriage equality, but, in fact it turns out that even the third Wolfson considered unreachable on any reasonable timeline are not so adamant. [
Link]

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Activists Meet with Dem Senators

Southern Voice
March 24, 2006

Eight Democratic senators listened to complaints last week from activists that they and their party colleagues have hindered progress on gay rights. Instead of pandering to voters whose support they are unlikely to get, Democrats should make the case for marriage equality in a way that will move the issue forward. [Link]

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Fild Poll: Support for Marriage Equality in CA Continues to Grow

San Francisco Chronicle 
March 22, 2006

Poll shows that opposition to marriage equality is lower than expected (51%), there has been a sharp decline in strong opposition, and the long-term trend towards ending marriage discrimination continues. [Link]

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Utah governor vetoes anti-gay parenting bill

365Gay.com
March 22, 2006
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has vetoed a bill that would prevent a court from awarding parental rights against the wishes of the biological or adoptive parent, in legislation stemmed from a case that made international headlines in 2004 when a judge awarded visitation rights to the former lesbian partner of the child's birth mother who claims to have turned straight after "getting religion". [link]

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