HRC Guide Advises Employers on Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Out In America
August 19, 2008
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released a guide advising employers on how to address marriage for same-sex couples in their spousal and partner benefits packages. Among the topics covered in "Marriage for Same-Sex Couples: Considerations for Employers" are taxation of health benefits, complications due to varied degrees of legal recognition of same-sex couples, and the impact of marriage equality in California and Massachusetts. [Link]

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Poll shows Jerseyans like Corzine, ready for marriage equality

The Star-Ledger
August 19, 2008
When asked whether New Jersey should follow California and Massachusetts in allowing same-sex couples to get married, 50.1 percent said yes while 42.3 percent said no. "No one should doubt the meaning of these numbers," Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, said. "New Jersey wants to end discrimination in marriage and is ready for our public officials to do it right now."[Link]

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ZOGBY POLL:  NEW JERSEY WANTS TO DUMP CIVIL UNIONS

Garden State Equality
August 19, 2008
By 59 to 36 percent, New Jerseyans would be fine with public officials’ changing the civil union law to marriage equality. Indeed, when the poll goes out of its way to remind voters that New Jersey already has a civil union law, a majority of New Jersey still supports marriage for same-sex couples – 50.1 to 42.3 percent. And an astounding 69 percent of New Jerseyans say marriage equality is inevitable in the state. [Link]

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Marriage Equality USA Responds to Presidential Candidates’ Statements at Evangelical Forum

YubaNet
August 18, 2008
Molly McKay, Marriage Equality USA Media Director, writes, "Being a 'Christian' does not mean you cannot support marriage equality. There are many Christian denominations and leaders who marry same-sex couples in their churches and even more who support civil marriage and equal treatment under the law regardless of their own personal religious beliefs."[Link]

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GLAAD’s Announcing Equality Campaign Marks Six-Year Anniversary With Record 1,049 Inclusive Papers

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
August 18, 2008
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today announced that 1,049 daily U.S. newspapers now accept wedding announcements from gay and lesbian couples – a more than fifteen-fold increase since August 18, 2002, when The New York Times opened its Weddings/Celebrations pages to gay and lesbian couples following conversations with GLAAD leadership. (Link)

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Conn. Marriage Equality Candidates Score Important Victories

New England Blade
August 14, 2008
Six pro-marriage equality candidates in Connecticut scored important victories in Tuesday’s party primary elections, making clear, said Anne Stanback, executive director of Love Makes a Family and chair of the Love Makes a Family Political Action Committee, that voters in Connecticut support the idea of equality. “Quite simply, candidates who support marriage equality win in Connecticut elections,” said Stanback. “The symbolism of these races could not be more powerful. This confirms what we know — voters throughout the state will stand behind candidates who support marriage equality.” [Link]

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Minter: Calif. ruling changed more than marriage law

Pride Source
August 14, 2008
In an Aug. 2 interview with Los Angeles journalist Karen Ocamb, Minter said: "The fundamental-right-to-marry part of the holding was extremely significant, but the court's holding that sexual orientation is a suspect classification was stunning -- completely unprecedented... We are now living in a different legal world because of what the court did." [Link]

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ACLU: We Have Options

ACLU Blog
August 8, 2008
While lesbian and gay couples shouldn’t feel shy about planning weddings in California and Massachusetts where they can celebrate their commitments to each other in front of friends and family, there are some practical realities that couples should consider before picking up a marriage license. We’ve developed FAQs on getting married in California and Massachusetts that answer some of the questions couples are likely encounter. [Link]

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Straight Leaders Sought for Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights 2008

Soulforce
August 6, 2008
Atticus Circle and Soulforce are currently seeking straight people who are interested in organizing a Seven Straight Nights event in their communities. For more information, visit www.sevenstraightnights.org [Link]

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EQCA Raises Over $1.6 Million in 15 Minutes to Fight Antigay Ballot Initiative

The Bilerico Project
August 5, 2008
NCLR's Kate Kendell said, "I think there is every reason why we should defeat it. But no one can be cavalier. No one can be complacent. No one can be sanguine about it. It will take everything we have. People will have to write the biggest checks they've ever written, devote more volunteer hours than they ever have, have more difficult conversations than they've ever had for 90 days. For 90 days we have to give it everything." [Link]

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