CT marriage case is breaking new ground

New York Times
May 15, 2007
Connecticut's highest court became the first in the nation to hear arguments over whether the establishment of civil unions created a fundamentally inferior status for gays and lesbians. (Link)

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AR town to recognize gay couples, no rights though

Today's THV
May 14, 2007
Gay couples can register with Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and receive a certificate acknowledging their relationships. However, it's not a legal document and does not bestow any of the rights and responsibilities of marriage on the partnerships. [Link]

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BLOG: Analyzing the CT marriage arguments

Leonard Link
May 14, 2007
Handicapping the outcome? This is a difficult one. What can be said is that the marriage equality advocates in this case gave it their best shot, that Klein lived up to his excellent reputation as the winner of the first AIDS discrimination case decided by the US Supreme Court, and that if the battle is lost in the short term in this case, it will not be for lack of the best possible representation. [Link]

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Connecticut’s Ban on Gay Marriages Doesn’t Stop Families From Forming

New London Day (Reprinted by Love Makes A Family)
May 13, 2007

When 4-year-old Kailey wanted to see a picture of the "pretty dress" her mother wore when she got married, Eileen Ego and Corrine Frost knew it was time to have a talk with their daughter. Kailey's two moms, who have been together for 15 years, worried about explaining to their daughter why her parents are not married. [Link]

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Civil unions law adds complexity to benefits plans in NH

New Hampshire Business Review
May 11, 2007
Although ERISA preempts state laws that relate to benefits, laws relating to insurance are not preempted. As a result, it is expected that the New Hampshire Insurance Department will rule that if an employer offers medical insurance coverage for married employees, the civil union law requires the employer to offer similar coverage to those in a civil union. But employers that provide self-insured medical, dental and other benefits to employees are not subject to the same state insurance laws because ERISA does cover them. Therefore, they will not be obligated to provide the same coverage to employees in civil unions as they do to married employees — although they could do so on a voluntary basis. [link]

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DC fourth grader inspires his moms with touching tribute

Washington Blade
May 10, 2006
A fourth grade student at Francis Scott Key Elementary in Northwest D.C., wrote an essay taking a stand for marriage equality and families. [Link]

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BLOG: It’s official: OR gov signs civil unions, anti-discrimination

Daily Kos
May 9, 2007
Hooray! It ain't marriage and it ain't portable, but if you're gay and one of you lives in Oregon, now at least you can get most of the same STATE rights and benefits as married couples routinely do...and that's a great thing. A long time coming, and another reminder that ELECTIONS MATTER. These bills died in 2005 despite a Dem-led Senate and Governor's mansion; the House was still led by the GOP. In 2006 control flipped and—like magic, NOT!—now suddenly they are law. [link]

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PODCAST: Minnesota Public Radio hosts marriage debate

Minnesota Public Radio
May 8, 2007
Richard Mohr, a professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of a number of books on gay rights, most recently, "The Long Arc of Justice: Lesbian and Gay Marriage, Equality and Rights," squared off with Dwight Duncan, a professor at Southern New England School of Law in Massachusetts, who got his degree at the Vatican. Mohr does a great job of articulating what marriage is really about. Broadcast: Midday, 05/08/2007, 12:00 p.m [link]

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Gay couples learn that civil union isn’t the same as marriage

Concord Monitor
May 6, 2007
In the seven years since Vermont became the first state to create civil unions, couples have uncovered countless ways in which their unions differ from non-gay marriage. Because the federal government doesn't acknowledge civil unions, same-sex couples miss out on the federal benefits afforded non-gay married couples. And because many states have conflicting laws, a couple's rights can evaporate when they cross the state line. [link]

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13 resign from Nebraskan diversity team after lesbian speaker canceled

KETV
May 4, 2007
"Because my partner isn't male, my family doesn't count. It isn't a family," Gillespie said. "(I was going to speak) so they could be a little more aware when they're discussing their own issues with their own children, so we could stop perpetuating bias and prejudice." When the co-chairs of the committee were told by HHS administrators that Gillespie could not participate, they and 11 others resigned from the committee. [link]

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