A Libertarian Case for Marriage Equality

Q and O
June 10, 2006
The Q and O blog explores the libertarian perspective on marriage equality, concluding with the notion that, "the ideal libertarian solution would be to have the government get out of the 'marriage' business altogether." [Link]

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Common Ground Among Conservatives on Marriage

National Review Online
October 25, 2005
Dale Carpenter covers ten points that conservatives agree on when it comes to marriage. He briefly discusses the intellectual conservatives, such as Andrew Sullivan and Jonathan Rauch, who have made the conservative case for marriage, embracing the idea that the commitment and stability of marriage would benefit same-sex couples, their relationships, society and the institution of marriage itself. [Link]

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Domestic partner benefits delayed by legal confusion

Yes Weekly
October 12, 2005
In Greensboro, NC officials must wait for guidance from the state attorney general to sort through conflicting legal opinions before moving forward with a proposal to extend domestic partner benefits to city employers. [link]

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Majority in favor of Rocky’s proposal extending benefits to gays

Deseret News
September 12, 2005

Opponents of equality threaten to file suit under a violation of Utah's marriage ban if Mayor Rocky Anderson's vow to sign a proposal extending health-care benefits to domestic partners in Salt Lake City, UT is fulfilled. Anderson, a leader in the fight for equal rights, has the backing of the majority (54%) of his constituents and is prepared to take the case on in the courts. Utah's marriage ban (Amendment 3) does not prevent the denial of rights to domestic partners, only to those not married. [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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Ohio village stands against anti-gay State amendment

Solidarity Ohio
March 7, 2005
The village of Yellow Springs passed a resolution opposing the Ohio State amendment banning marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships for gay couples. The resolution also encourages community members to recognize the equality of all families. [link]

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Montana Senate endorses limited rights to gay couples

365Gay.com
March 3, 2005
The Senate approved legislation allowing residents to designate anyone, regardless of sexuality, as their next of kin. The bill also allows hospital visitation and authority to make medical decisions. The legislation now moves forward to the House. [link]

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Here Comes the Groom: A Conservative Case for Marriage Equality

New Republic
August 28, 1989
Andrew Sullivan's landmark essay addresses anti-marriage arguments, and concludes by asking: "What goal is advanced by framing the law to encourage [gay] relationships to be unfaithful and insecure?" [Link]

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