Lawyers mull US Supreme Court appeal in Nebraska marriage case

365Gay.com
September 9, 2006
Attorneys who lost an appeal of Nebraska's broad ban on any recognition of same-sex relationships, called "the most extreme antigay family law in the nation," say they are still considering whether to appeal the case to the US Supreme Court. [link]

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PRESS RELEASE: Anti-gay group attacks domestic violence law in court

People for the American Way
August 29, 2006

An ultraconservative group argue a that Ohio's domestic violence law—which covers all couples, married or not—can't be applied to unmarried heterosexual couples because of the state's new constitutional provision prohibiting the recognition of the marriages of same-sex couples and prohibiting the recognition of "a legal status" for any unmarried couples "that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage." [link]

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It’s all about relationships

Gay Peoples' Chronicle
May 26, 2006
"Republicans, Democrats, LGBT friends and foes alike told the citizen lobbyists that the most important thing to do to influence lawmakers is to develop relationships, and communicate often." [link]

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Why we need to talk about marriage equality

Washington Blade
May 1, 2006
"Question your friend or your father about what they are saying — make them actually think about their words. Don't let go unchallenged a flippant brush-off comment about 'there's no need for gay marriage.' Put up your dukes and fight back." [link]

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Phone company uses anti-gay messages to sell service

Gay Peoples Chronicle
March 10, 2006
A long distance phone carrier and internet service provider uses an anti-gay scheme to to randomly telemarket homes through two conservative nonprofits. Making the automated calls on behalf of the charities keeps company exempt from the national Do Not Call list.

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The family values sideshow

Tom Paine
November 4, 2005
E.J. Graff asks, "When did lying become a family value?" She uncovers the lie family values folks say in support of anti-gay amendments: it won't harm gay and lesbian couples and their families by depriving them of job benefits or other protections through civil union or domestic partnership. Yet once the amendment passes, the same folks argue vehemently that any recognition of a same-sex couple's relationship is a "marriage in disguise" and attacks the sacred institution of marriage. Graff asks, "[H]ave they no shame?" and asks voters to be cautious at the polls. [Link]

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Federal DOMA bars FEMA from providing hurricane relief to same-sex couples

365Gay.com
September 1, 2005
Same-sex couples suffering from hurricane Katrina's destruction are being denied any relief in the form of family benefits, because the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" and the states's exclusion of gay couples from marriage prevent FEMA from providing it. Additionally, Louisiana has a constitutional amendment discriminating against same-sex couples that also prevents the state from recognizing any legal status for domestic partnerships or civil unions. Mississippi and Alabama also discriminate — through anti-gay measures adopted while government officials neglected work that might have saved lives. [link]

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One year after marriage ban, gays still seek marriage licenses in Missouri

365Gay.com
August 3, 2005
To mark the one year anniversary of the state's anti-gay marriage ban, discriminating against same-sex residents, gays peacefully line up at city halls and courthouses throughout the state, seeking marriage licenses. This peaceful protest "puts a face" to those discriminated upon who are just seeking for what is right and fair under the law. "We're committed couples. We want the same recognition that heterosexual couples enjoy. We don't want to devalue marriage, we want to enhance it." [link]

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State University System excludes couples from partner benefits

365Gay.com
May 9, 2005
A court ruling stated Montana's University System must provide benefits to domestic partners of its employees. Unfortunately, stringent restrictions require the couples to provide proof of partnership that many say are unreasonable. [link]

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Truth in Numbers

Boston Review
February/March 2005
Further analysis definitively refutes right-wing efforts to spin Bush's narrow victory as a repudiation of gay people or our freedom to marry. [link]

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