Same-sex couples register vows in Olympia

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 24, 2007

Same-sex couples with mixed feelings lined up for domestic partner registration on Monday morning in Washington and "said the new set of legal rights that went into effect Monday morning — including hospital visitation, property inheritance and funeral planning — were steps in the right direction but still a far cry from full marriage equality." [link]

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Domestic partners line up for rights with reservations

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 20, 2007
Paul Thomasson and his partner, Paul Phelps, took time Friday to get their registration form notarized and plan to register by mail. Thomasson's parents asked if they could hold a reception after their son and Phelps registered as domestic partners. Phelps declined, saying the process was a "half-step" of legal rights. "You would not celebrate after visiting your attorney and executing a living will and deciding what (your partner) will do after you die, as callous as it sounds," Phelps said. [link]

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NM same-sex couples can marry in MA

GLAD
July 20, 2007
July 18, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, via the Department of Public Health and Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, issued a corrective notice to all Massachusetts city and town clerks authorizing them to allow same-sex couples from New Mexico to apply for marriage licenses. [link]

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BLOG: Oregonians for relationship equality, straight up

Loaded Orygun
July 11, 2007
There are a lot of us, more than you may think—all believing that if some of us are still held back, then the fight for liberty is not over. We know that families come in all varieties and it is our strong belief that ALL Oregon families deserve to have the rights, responsibilities and protections necessary to keep each other safe in times of crisis. [link]

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The choir doesn’t even have the sheet music

Huffington Post
July 11, 2007
Joan Garry discusses her civil union ceremony and the uneducated responses of her friends "Now, you're married — just like us," highlighting the need for public education, especially to those we assume already 'have the sheet music,' on the separate and unequal status of civil unions, and the continuing exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. [link]

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BLOG: Stop calling my civil union a marriage

Blue Jersey
May 23, 2007
Ignoring the differences between civil unions and marriage doesn't make them go away. Pretending that civil unions are the same as marriage doesn't make it true. The latest news here in New Jersey is proving, just as Blue Jersey predicted, that civil unions are an inferior status that don't work in the real world, and aren't working in New Jersey. [link]

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BLOG: It’s official: OR gov signs civil unions, anti-discrimination

Daily Kos
May 9, 2007
Hooray! It ain't marriage and it ain't portable, but if you're gay and one of you lives in Oregon, now at least you can get most of the same STATE rights and benefits as married couples routinely do...and that's a great thing. A long time coming, and another reminder that ELECTIONS MATTER. These bills died in 2005 despite a Dem-led Senate and Governor's mansion; the House was still led by the GOP. In 2006 control flipped and—like magic, NOT!—now suddenly they are law. [link]

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Gay couples learn that civil union isn’t the same as marriage

Concord Monitor
May 6, 2007
In the seven years since Vermont became the first state to create civil unions, couples have uncovered countless ways in which their unions differ from non-gay marriage. Because the federal government doesn't acknowledge civil unions, same-sex couples miss out on the federal benefits afforded non-gay married couples. And because many states have conflicting laws, a couple's rights can evaporate when they cross the state line. [link]

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Native returns to PA for marriage equality event

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 18, 2007
More states are taking steps toward marriage equality for same-sex couples, and even states with civil unions are coming to the realization that civil unions aren't enough. That's the word from Pittsburgh native son and national marriage equality advocate Evan Wolfson, who tomorrow (April 19) is slated to discuss the state of same-sex marriages in the United States at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave, East Liberty. [link]

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Suze Orman on finances and marriage

New York Times
February 25, 2007
When asked if she would like to be able to marry her partner, Suze Orman replies, "Yes. Absolutely. Both of us have millions of dollars in our name. It"s killing me that upon my death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa." [link]

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