OPINION: Marriage equality digs roots, gains momentum

The Detroit News
June 25, 2007
An elderly Massachusetts woman felt her opposition to gay marriage melt away after "this lovely couple" moved in next door with their children. "If they can't be married in Massachusetts, they're going to leave — and then who would help me with my lawn?" she asked, urging her state lawmaker to also change and protect gay couples' right to marry by blocking a referendum designed to abolish that right. That lawmaker did change. [Link]

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Senior same-sex couples navigate system that doesn’t recognize them

Concord Monitor
April 22, 2007
After 25 years together, Bill Twibill and Casper Kranenburg are linked by love, mutual respect and an inch-thick stack of documents that form a fragile facsimile of marriage they hope will allow them to care for each other as they age. Many gay men and lesbians worry that they'll still face discrimination in nursing homes and retirement communities. Married couples, for instance, are guaranteed rooms together, but that's not the case for same-sex couples. [Link]

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Why marriage matters: Gay elders

QueerSighted
March 27, 2007
Renea enjoys lunch daily at a Chicago senior center serving low income seniors. Her much younger lover who is 59 was laid off from her job of 15 years and after 8 months has still not found employment. Renea supports them both on her Social Security benefits. Among other things, Renea is terrified because she is much older than her lover and if she dies her lover will not be able to continue Social Security benefits the way that straight married couples do. Her lover will be destitute. At the moment her lover is just hungry. [Link]

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Another tactic in fighting discriminatory marriage initiatives

Washington Post
November 20, 2006
The campaign against the Arizona measure, Proposition 107, avoided almost any mention of gay and lesbian couples, except in small liberal pockets of the state. Instead, the message was about the section of the measure that would have banned government agencies from recognizing civil unions or domestic partnerships. That apparently struck home in the state's sizable senior-citizen enclaves, where many older couples do not marry because their retirement income would be affected. [Link]

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OPINION: Lesbian and gay marriages can reflect God’s covenant with creation

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 4, 2006
"It's love that makes a family. I witnessed the power of this love firsthand as a child when my uncle and his partner would visit from California. It wasn't until the 1990s that I learned my uncle had twice been sent to a sanitarium in his youth to be 'cured' of his homosexuality. When my uncle became bedridden for nearly a decade in his 80s after a series of strokes, his partner was at his bedside caring for him every day. The bond of their commitment is what marriage embodies and honors." [link]

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Love and activism in WI

The Advocate
September 15, 2006
Wisconsin couple Richard Taylor and Ray Vahey were coming up on 50 years together when Taylor died in July. In their last year together they decided to finally come out to family and friends and joined a very public fight against a constitutional marriage exclusion amendment. [link]

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Gay and lesbian seniors face great discrimination

Windy City Times
July 27, 2005
LGBT elders face unique problems that loosely fit into three categories: individual discrimination, abuse, and issues caused by the inability to marry one's partner. Discrimination and abuse are problems that can cause a LGBT senior to become isolated and even to go back into the closet. The issues associated with marriage stem from legal rights automatically conferred upon married couples that cannot be privately arranged or contracted for by same-sex couples and, for those rights for which contracts may be made, the high cost of attorneys is the reason many cannot do so. [Link]

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Ohio marriage supporters gain powerful ally — the AARP

Rainbow Network
October 5, 2004
The powerful 35 million member senior support and lobbying organization, the American Association of Retired People, has announced opposition to a state constitutional amendment. [link]

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