Green Street’s Director Featured in Marriage Equality Film

The Wesleyan Connection
April 17, 2008
When the Hartford-based organization Love Makes a Family (LMF) was looking for interesting stories about how same-sex couples met, Green Street Arts Director Janis Astor del Valle’s wife Amy Joy Myers sent in the unique story of their first meeting as childhood friends. [Link]

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League fighting gay rights in Maine

Bangor Daily News
April 10, 2008
The Maine Civil Liberties Union, Equality Maine, and other LGBT organizations are fighting against a broad proposed anti-gay ballot measure in Maine. [Link]

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Politicians and church leaders back marriage equality in Iowa

Pink News
March 28, 2008
The fight for equality continues in the heart of rural America this week, as the Iowa Supreme Court considers a lawsuit brought by six same-sex couples denied marriage licences in the state. Senior attorneys from Lambda Legal, joined by former Iowa solicitor general Dennis Johnson, will argue that denying marriage to same-sex couples violates the equal protection and due process guarantees in the state's Constitution…At least 17 briefs will be filed with the Iowa Supreme Court by a wide array of local and national organizations and individuals on behalf of the six same-sex couples and their families. Supporters include doctors, social workers, scientists, historians and more than 200 clergymen and other faith leaders. [Link]

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Lawmakers to review civil union revisions

The Stamford Advocate
March 15, 2008
A state General Assembly committee is to revisit the state's civil unions law Monday, while a decision from the state Supreme Court about the legality of denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples is pending. Anne Stanback, executive director of Love Makes a Family, said some members of her organization plan to attend Monday's public hearing to argue that civil union "fixes" don't go far enough. "You can't really fix civil unions," she said. "The only way to give same-sex couples full protections and full equality is with marriage. We appreciate that they're trying to do everything that they can, but for us the bottom line is civil unions are an inadequate substitute for marriage." [Link]

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‘Decline to sign’ campaign launched

Bay Area Reporter
February 21, 2008
A coalition of groups supporting marriage equality is asking for volunteers to help defeat an effort write marriage discrimination into the California constitution. Equality for All, a coalition of LGBT and allied civil rights groups, is launching a "Decline to Sign" campaign to discourage people from signing petitions that support putting an anti-marriage initiative on the November ballot. [Link]

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New marriage battle ahead for MD

The Gazette
January 25, 2008
"This is the first time in recent history that the legislation has been introduced since the [appeals court] case. Now it’s time for the legislature to take this on. Legislators will have to go on the record with their positions and those opposing will have to say why they want to continue denying these rights," said Carrie Evans, director of policy and planning for Equality Maryland. "A month ago we were thinking we would be lucky to have 25 co-sponsors. On Friday we have 49 sponsors so we've exceeded expectations there. Do we have the votes on the floor today? No we don't, but we have a lot of people who support this bill and we will continue throughout the session to send in our people and our families to talk to lawmakers." [Link]

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Gay-rights activists enlist non-gay allies in struggle

Contra Costa Times
October 14, 2007
"The overall movement for LGBT equality is maturing, and the next step in that maturation as a movement is to compel our straight allies — friends, neighbors, co-workers, family members — not to just be supportive of us in private, but to publicly stand with us," said GLAAD President Neil Giuliano. [link]

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CA Gov. vetoes bill granting same-sex couples the ability to marry

Equality California
October 12, 2007
Same-sex couples in California continue to be denied the dignity, benefits and responsibilities of marriage with the governor's veto today of legislation that would have given all committed couples the option to marry. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday vetoed the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act (AB 43), authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by Equality California. [Link]

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OPINION: Continuing the fight

Washington Blade
September 28, 2007
Dan Furmansky, the Executive Director of Equality Maryland reflected on the disappointing decision in the Maryland marriage case: "Equality Maryland's staff and board members share your feelings of disbelief and shock. We are taking the time to be angry and sad, but rest assured, we are already moving ahead. As you have likely heard, we will be asking the Maryland General Assembly to pass the Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage Protection Act during the 2008 session." [Link]

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PRESS RELEASE: Religious, civil rights, and child advocacy groups support same-sex couples in legal

ACLU
September 26, 2007
"We are not treating all Californians equally if some can marry and others cannot," said Alice Huffman, President of the California Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "The law should protect all people equally, and all Californians should have the choice to marry," she said. "I am honored to join other civil rights leaders in calling on our state to end its ban on marriage for lesbian and gay couples." [Link]

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