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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2008 Ballot Measures Opposing Marriage Equality: Why Time is on Our Side

GayWired.com
August 15, 2008
David Mariner writes, "As more voters are being asked to consider the question, and as we have the opportunity to engage more voters and interact with them, public opinion continues to move in our favor. It may be a long battle, but time is definitely on our side." [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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The World As It Should Be: What Michelle Really Said

Huffington Post
June 27, 2008
Steve Ralls blogs about what Michelle Obama really said about states needing to pursue equality for all families. (Link)

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COLUMNIST: Cross-border skirmishes

Bay Windows
June 19, 2008
"It is precisely because the fight for marriage equality is so important that we should wage it smartly and responsibly, which means working together. Let’s stop demanding shortcuts and cooperate in the slow and steady work of making real and lasting change." [Link]

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The State-by-State Marriage Race? (Second of Two Parts)

EDGE Boston
June 12, 2008
Wolfson says that as more people see same sex couples marrying and as they realize that no one losing out as a result, the movement towards marriage equality will gain generational momentum. [Link]

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The Marriage Race: Which State Will Be Next? Part 1

EDGE Boston
June 5, 2008
"The California ruling is of enormous importance both because it is so powerful and solid coming from a careful, cautious and highly respected court," said Evan Wolfson. "The influence that will that this decision will have in helping Americans to see families helped and no one hurt couldn’t be bigger," he said. [Link]

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Lambda Legal’s Safety Scale: Respect for Same-Sex Couples’ Relationships

Lambda Legal
April 2008

Thinking about traveling or moving to another state but wondering if they respect same-sex couples’ relationships? Check this scale to see where each state falls. (pdf Link)

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OPINION: MD’s highest court rules against marriage equality: Why, in this area, litigation still mat

FindLaw's Writ
October 2, 2007
Despite the existence of pro- or anti-freedom to marry laws in nearly every state, litigation is still very relevant. This article provides a rundown of how it can be relevant in various states. [Link]

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Non-gay Americans to “come out” for gay rights on October 7-13, 2007

PR Web
September 24, 2007
From Santa Rosa, California, to Montgomery, Alabama, to Augusta, Maine, overnight vigils will light up American cities over the course of seven nights, providing unprecedented visibility to heterosexual men and women with the conviction to stand up for their gay and lesbian friends and neighbors. These fair-minded straight folks are showing their elected officials that equality is not a secular issue, not a gay issue, not an urban elite issue, not an east coast or a west coast issue—it's an American issue This grassroots groundswell, dubbed Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights, was initiated by Soulforce and Atticus Circle, two Texas-based organizations with members across the nation. [Link]

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