Overview of New Report on Marriage Showdown

The CQ Researcher Blog
September 27, 2008
Supporters of marriage equality say the growing number of same-sex couples in legally protected relationships is eroding opposition to gay couples' marriages. “We’re seeing a growing public understanding that ending gay couples’ exclusion from marriage helps families and harms no one,” says Evan Wolfson. [Link]

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Study sees more N.H. interest in gay marriage

New Hampshire Business Review
September 16, 2008
“Marriage clearly gets the most enthusiastic response from same-sex couples, as we're seeing in California,” said M. V. Lee Badgett, research director of the Williams Institute and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. [Link]

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Study: Relationships of legally recognized gay couples last longer

365Gay.com
August 26, 2008
“There are many ways that a legal couple status may support a relationship - more family understanding, acceptance by friends and co-workers, greater commitment that results from a public declaration, and enhanced legal protections in the form of healthcare benefits and community property,” said Robert-Jay Green, executive director of the Rockway Institute. [Link]

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Census Snapshot - New York City

Williams Institute
August 26, 2008
According to Census 2000, the nearly 26,000 same-sex couples in New York City are, in many ways, similar to married couples. They live throughout every borough, with 62% living outside of Manhattan. They are racially and ethnically diverse, have partners who depend upon one another financially, and actively participate in the city and state economy. [Link]

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Study finds shift in gay demographic

365Gay.com
August 5, 2008
The researchers said that two-thirds of younger gay people expect to be partnered with kids at some point in their adulthood, while less than a third of gays 35 and older expect the same. And overall, gay people rank marriage equality as the number one issue about which they’re passionate, followed by the environment, health care and the economy. [Link]

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Belief in God, parenthood prompt gay partners to make commitment

EurekAlert!
July 30, 2008
Which gay and lesbian couples are more likely to legalize their relationship and hold a commitment ceremony? Those with children and strong religious beliefs, says a new University of Illinois study. [Link]

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UCLA’s Williams Institute releases new study showing enthusiasm for marriage among same-sex couples

MarketWatch
July 31, 2008
A new study published today by UCLA's Williams Institute finds that same-sex couples eagerly take advantage of the ability to marry or form civil unions when presented with the opportunity. More than 85,000 couples have already signed up for legal recognition in eleven states--40% of all same-sex couples in these states. [Link]

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Discriminatory marriage ban costing Nevada

Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 29, 2008
"Nevadans overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in 2002 that bans same-sex marriage, which could be coming back to bite us in the wallet, a few million times over." [Link]

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Marriage Equality: Sound Business to the Tune of Billions

EDGE Boston
July 9, 2008
Two new reports from The Williams Institute show that marriage equality could pump tens of millions of dollars into state economies like Calif., where marriage equality just became legal, and NJ, where marriage equality is viewed as likely, reports online news source Business Pundit. [Link]

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OP-ED: Facts Show That Same-Sex Couples Are Fine Parents

Sacramento Bee
June 19, 2008
Stanford sociology professor Michael J. Rosenfeld says Census data shows "children raised by same-sex couples are just as likely...to make normal progress through elementary school, given the same levels of parental education and income." [Link]

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