California’s Marriage Equality Debate Finds Support from International Organization Representing Het

Straight Spouse Network
April 24, 2008

The Straight Spouse Network publishes a position paper urging lawmakers to open civil marriage to same-sex couples. (Link)

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Some Young Religious Voters Steering Away From Anti-Gay Measures

Associated Press
April 25, 2008

The AP reports a growing number of religious youth are placing social justice issues, instead of divisive wedge issues, at the center of their moral and political decision making. (Link)

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Outspoken for Equality

Artvoice-Buffalo
April 24, 2008

Residents head to Albany to fight for ending the exclusion of lesbian and gay couples from marriage. (Link)

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Israel recognizes overseas adoption by gay couple, grants child citizenship

Haaretz
April 25, 2008

For the first time, Israel recognizes adoption by gay couple and grants child Israeli citizenship following court’s recommendation. (Link)

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Norway: Poll Shows Majority Support for Full Marriage Equality

Aftenposten
April 25, 2008

58 percent of Norwegians surveyed said they supported legislation for marriage equality, and 31 percent were against it. (Link)

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Ohio anti-marriage constitutional amendment back in court

Gay People's Chronicle
April 25, 2008
A court addresses whether the Ohio anti-marriage amendment will affect child custody, exemplifying the harmful scope of such discriminatory amendments. (Link)

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Gay and Lesbian Youth Want Long-Term Couple Relationships and Raising Children

Rockway Institute
April 23, 2008
"We seem to be witnessing the mainstreaming of lesbian/gay youth, with many of them wanting exactly what heterosexual youth have always wanted - the whole American dream complete with kids and the minivan. This should not be surprising when one considers that most lesbian/gay youth also have been raised in very mainstream heterosexual families with similar values and parental models." He continued, "Although some lesbian/gay adults may prefer less conventional lives, most agree that the primary issue is whether these youth will be given the equal legal rights to realize their couple and family aspirations just like their heterosexual peers." (Link)

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BLOG: NC: same-sex partners granted hospital visitation

Pam's House Blend
April 23, 2008
Some good news on the civil rights front...NC ensures gay hospital visitation rights. [link]

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OPINION: Amendment Two Erodes Rights, Protects No One

Daytona Beach News-Journal
April 23, 2008
George Griffin, president of the Volusia, FL chapter of the ACLU, writes about the anti-marriage amendment: “This is a mean-spirited amendment that will adversely affect gay, straight and retired couples.” [Link]

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Civil unions fall short, but panel neutral on next move

Burlington Free Press
April 22, 2008
A panel charged with studying Vermont's eight-year experiment with civil unions for same-sex couples found this separate track from marriage fails to provide the equality and fairness promised when the law was passed in 2000. [link]

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