New York Times: Denied the freedom to marry, same-sex couple’s “lifetime cost of being gay” can ri

New York Times
October 4, 2009
Much of the debate over the Freedom to Marry has focused on God and Scripture, the Constitution and equal protection. Finances, however, are also a big issue. For years, we’ve heard from same-sex couples about all the extra health, legal and other costs they bear because they can't marry. So we set out to determine what they were and to come up with a round number — a couple’s lifetime cost of being gay can reach as high as $467,562 [Link]

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Nate Silver: Marriage Equality Ban is Underdog in Maine

FiveThirtyEight
October 1, 2009
Nate Silver re-visits his April analysis of marriage equality bans in all 50 states - and looks again at Maine. "Time to play oddsmaker: I'd lay about 3 to 1 against the [Maine] marriage ban passing. But it's liable to be fairly close -- clearly a winnable campaign for conservatives and a losable one for liberals, especially if the sort of complacency sets in that we saw in California. [Link]

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Study: Same-Sex Couples as Fit to Adopt as Heterosexuals

Reuters
September 25, 2009
Gay or straight, the sexual orientation of adoptive parents does not have an impact on the emotional development of their children, according to a new study. [Link]

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When Gay People Get Married, An Interview With Author M. V. Lee Badgett

LezGetReal
September 25, 2009
M.V. Lee Badgett recently published her book, When Gay People Get Married, What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, a work that was researched while living and working in The Netherlands. "I took advantage of the fact I could interview [married same-sex] couples... something that was relatively new for me in terms of research and quite revealing and really, a lot of fun." [Link]

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150,000 Same-Sex Couples Report Being Married

The Associated Press
September 21, 2009
Nearly 150,000 same-sex couples reported being married last year, many more than the number of actual weddings and civil unions, according to first-ever U.S. census figures. Analysts said the disparities are probably a reflection of same-sex couples in committed relationships who would get married if they could in their states. [Link]

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Census Count of Same-Sex Couples May Empower LGBT Community to Demand New Federal Initiatives

The Washington Post
September 13, 2009
The 2010 Census will not be the first in which same-sex couples have identified themselves as married, but it will be the first in which the raw numbers are publicly reported. Demographers expect hundreds of thousands to report they are spouses and need expanded services. [Link]

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Poll Finds Growing Support for Marriage Equality or Expanded Domestic Partnership Rights in Washingt

The Seattle Times
September 2, 2009
The Washington Poll released a report Wednesday showing public support for marriage equality or domestic partnerships for gay couples in Washington state increased between 2006 and 2008. In 2008, 66 percent of registered voters said they supported marriage equality (36.7 percent) or full domestic partnerships (29.3 percent). [Link]

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The Sky Isn’t Falling: It Turns Out Marriage Equality Has Not Destroyed the Institution of Marriage

AlterNet
August 15, 2009
M. V. Lee Badgett's book, When Gay People Get Married, shreds the conservative talking points on the freedom to marry. [Link]

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After 5 Years of Legal Marriage Equality, MA Still Has Lowest Divorce Rate in US

Talk To Action
August 23, 2009
Commenting on the August 20th Chicago Tribune story by Steve Chapman, which asked supporters and opponents of marriage equality to predict its social impact on states with the freedom to marry, Bruce Wilson points out that Massachusetts has already had marriage equality for half a decade - with absolutely no ill effects. [Link]

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Williams Institute Research Director Lee Badgett Publishes New Book on Marriage Equality

Sexual Orientation and the Law Blog
August 6, 2009
In her new book, "When Gay People Get Married - What Happens When Societies Legalize Marriage Equality," scholar M.V. Lee Badgett interviews married gay couples in the Netherlands. We find out how marriage has affected their lives. A reading is planned in LA on Sept. 17 with other cities and dates to follow. [Link]

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