Rights for gay and lesbian people at the forefront in CA

The Union-Tribune
November 12, 2007
In the battle over gay equality, this fall was supposed to be a slow period, almost like a political time-out. Both sides were expected to spend the next few months preparing for a California Supreme Court decision on whether to overturn the state's ban on gay and lesbian couples' marriages. Instead, it's been anything but quiet. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: A flawed law

New York Times
November 11, 2007
The New York Times weighs in again, strongly, for marriage and makes clear that civil union/partnership, etc., is no substitute for equality under the law. Congratulations to our colleagues at Garden State Equality, for making the case so strongly in New Jersey. [link]

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Ruling spurs moms to seek legal protection

Morning Sentinel
October 31, 2007
A ruling by the Maine Supreme Court that focuses on adoption as a source of protection for children of same-sex couples is spurring couples to adopt. Same-sex couples cannot marry in Maine, which prevents them from receiving automatic protections for their families. [Link]

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Ireland moves toward marriage equality

Ireland.com
October 31, 2007
Green Party justice spokesman Ciarán Cuffe said the Government proposal would give cohabiting gay and lesbian couples, who register their relationship with a new agency, the same rights under the law as heterosexual couples. "This is a major step forward in Irish equality legislation," he said. [Link]

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Same-sex couples raising children less likely to be white, wealthy

San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2007
"There is an idea of LGBT families, when people think about it at all, there's this perception that it's affluent white folks, and the data show that's based on our own misperceptions," said Judy Appel, director of the Our Family Coalition in San Francisco. "We're in every neighborhood, every race, ethnicity and economic group. Our kids are playing in the playgrounds and parks with all other kids." [Link]

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NJ civil union law has fallen short in its first year, commission is told

New York Times
October 28, 2007
Jodi Weiner, an electrician from Montclair, said that when she tried to get health benefits for her partner of nine years, she was told that her union's plans did not cover civil unions. It was only when she mentioned that they had been married in Massachusetts that her partner was able to get benefits. [link]

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Gay Couples Left in a Legal Limbo

The Sacramento Bee
October 21, 2007

With the broadening view of human rights around the globe and acceptance of gay relationships, 19 countries now permit citizens or legal residents to sponsor same-sex permanent partners for legal residency. The United States is not among them. [Link]

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Woman in historic divorce case did not seek the spotlight

The Providence Journal
October 21, 2007
Ormiston, 60, and Chambers, 71, were together for a decade. "I was lucky to love and share a life with a very fine woman for all these years. It's clear to both of us we'll no longer go forward together, but I wish her well," Ormiston said. "Now it's up to the court to allow us the same right every other citizen has to end this marriage." [link]

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A Closer Look at “Values Voters”

ABC News: The Numbers
October 19, 2007
The phrase "values voters" reflects political branding that we should approach with caution. All voters have values. For some those values are expressed as opposition to abortion, marriage equality and stem-cell research. Others values are expressed as support for those same things. For yet others, "values" means hunger, homelessness, poverty or a host of other concerns. No one type of voter possesses "values" to the exclusion of others. [Link]

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BLOG: Psychologist takes on science-free anti-gay article

Pam's House Blend
October 18, 2007
Yesterday I posted an unbelievable press release by a San Diego-based licensed clinical psychologist named Trayce Hansen, who attempted to portray marriage equality as somehow dangerous to children. word got to Dr. Thomas Marra, also a practicing clinical psychologist and author, who decided he couldn't let Hansen's diatribe sit out there unchallenged. [Link]

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