OPINION: Justice for NJ

New York Times
August 5, 2007
The NY Times editorial board concludes, “To eliminate any confusion, the New Jersey Legislature should do what it failed to do last winter: legalize gay and lesbian couples' marriages.” (Link)

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NM gay people married in MA face uncertainties

Washington Blade
August 3, 2007

The problems that gay couples from New Mexico and Rhode Island face in getting their Massachusetts unions recognized are unusual. "The right wing has carved a gay exception into that tradition of respect and stability," Evan Wolfson said. "New Mexico and Massachusetts are moving in the direction of treating committed same-sex couples the same as any other couple."
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NM gay people married in MA face uncertainties

Washington Blade
August 3, 2007
The problems that gay couples from New Mexico and Rhode Island face in getting their Massachusetts unions recognized are unusual. "The right wing has carved a gay exception into that tradition of respect and stability," Evan Wolfson said. "New Mexico and Massachusetts are moving in the direction of treating committed same-sex couples the same as any other couple." [link]

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Officials: RI can grant gay couples divorce

The Providence Journal
August 2, 2007
Rhode Island's governor and attorney general agree that a state court should be able to grant divorces to same-sex couples without deciding whether same-sex couples' marriages should be legal in the state. [link]

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Marriage developments in NM, OH

The Bay Area Reporter
August 2, 2007
There were two significant developments in the marriage arena last week: in one, gay couples in yet another state have the option of getting married; in another, a state's ban on gay and lesbian couples' marriages has been stopped from destroying laws meant to help end domestic violence but it may have made the possibility of civil unions more difficult. [link]

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In civil unions, new challenges over benefits

New York Times
August 1, 2007
New Jersey's civil union law is in reality a hodgepodge and that hundreds of people were struggling to persuade their bosses to treat their partners like spouses. (Link)

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Marriage front and center at CNN/YouTube debate

Bay Area Reporter
July 26, 2007

Senator Barack Obama (Illinois) drew ire from national Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson for interjecting into the discussion of marriage rights for gay couples the proposition that religious denominations should be free to refuse to perform ceremonies. "He implied that marriage is a religious term and denominations should be able to decide for themselves, but I'm for equality," said Wolfson. "But marriage is a governmental term that provides status a license. That's the distinction he should be drawing."
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NM remains in limbo over marriage

Free New Mexican
July 26, 2007

Gay New Mexicans can marry in Massachusetts, but it may not make much difference once the honeymoon is over and they're home. New Mexico hasn't outlawed same-sex marriages, but it hasn't endorsed them either. [link]

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Same-sex couples register vows in Olympia

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 24, 2007

Same-sex couples with mixed feelings lined up for domestic partner registration on Monday morning in Washington and "said the new set of legal rights that went into effect Monday morning — including hospital visitation, property inheritance and funeral planning — were steps in the right direction but still a far cry from full marriage equality." [link]

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EDITORIAL: First comes partnership, then comes marriage

The Seattle Times
July 24, 2007
The Seattle Times notes the importance of gaining some protections for same-sex couples with the new domestic partnership law in Washington, but presses activists to finish the job at the state Capitol by demanding full marriage equality: "The domestic-partnership law fortifies the argument for gay marriage. Supporters need to return to Olympia and push for what they should be civilly entitled to." [link]

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