Study says same-sex couples have increased in New Mexico

Las Cruces Sun News
April 13, 2008
The number of same-sex couples in New Mexico has increased about 35 percent between 2000 and 2005, a study released last week showed. [link]

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A Red Carpet for Gay Weddings

New York Times
April 11, 2008
When Vermont enacted same-sex civil union legislation in 2000, it was the first state to do so, and gay and lesbian couples who came to Vermont found only a smattering of florists, wedding planners, inns, resorts and other vendors for civil unions. But since 2000, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and New Hampshire have legalized same-sex civil unions or marriages…Throughout the Northeast, competition has spiked among wedding sites, hotels, resorts and inns as the travel industry has realized that same-sex ceremonies can draw scores of guests, who turn these destinations weddings into weekend stays. [Link]

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League fighting gay rights in Maine

Bangor Daily News
April 10, 2008
The Maine Civil Liberties Union, Equality Maine, and other LGBT organizations are fighting against a broad proposed anti-gay ballot measure in Maine. [Link]

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CA: Commentary—It’s Becoming Predictable Every Election Season

The California Majority Report
April 8, 2008
California Assemblymember Lloyd Levine writes in support of the Decline to Sign campaign fighting to keep the anti-marriage initiative off the ballot. [Link]

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BLOG: Commentary: Inequality is Inconvenient

The Republic of T
April 8, 2008
Terrance reflects on the answer to the question, "Are you married?" He writes, "there are a thousand different ways in which the answer to that question can impact our lives and our families, because we can’t legally marry, and the law can’t figure out what to do do with us, or how to define us, and hasn’t caught up with us as we forge ahead with our lives, making commitments to each other, and creating our families as we go. In those cases, we don’t often get the benefit of the doubt." [Link]

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Wedding Plans: 500 Day Update

Live Journal
April 7, 2008
A different sex couple preparing for their wedding plans their favors to be donations “to either the Human Rights Campaign or Freedom to Marry in support of equal marriage rights for LGBTQ couples. This is, by far, one of the most serious elements of our wedding; everything else is pretty silly and fun. However, we do want to show our support for the many gay and lesbian guests we'll have in attendance who are denied the rights we will enjoy as man and wife.” [Link]

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Anti-marriage measure dealt blow

The Arizona Republic
April 4, 2008
The Arizona state legislature undercut efforts to add an amendment banning marriage between gay couples when some representatives changed the measure to tie in expanded legal protections for domestic partners. [Link]

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United Church of Christ sees donation gain after supporting marriage equality

Bay Area Reporter
April 3, 2008
Donations to the connectional ministries of the United Church of Christ increased by over a million dollars in 2007 following its endorsement of marriage equality in 2005. [Link]

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A Win For European Couples

Gay City News
April 3, 2008
The European Court of Justice, which rules on questions arising under European Union law, has held that the surviving partner of a German registered same-sex partnership may be able to claim a pension under the benefits plan maintained by that nation's theatrical industry union. The ruling has the potential of opening up claims for a broad range of benefits and rights for same-sex couples in legally recognized domestic partnerships in European nations that don't have full marriage equality. [Link]

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Think Evangelicals Vote in Lockstep? Meet the Routhe Family

Campaigns & Elections
April 1, 2008
Shifting demographics are affecting the views and votes of evangelical Christian voters, moving some to adopt more nuanced views of issues, including marriage equality. Peter Ilyan, who describes himself as a Christian environmental evangelist says, "So now when James Dobson says it's only gay marriage and abortion we should care about? One of our jokes is that gay married couples have the fewest abortions of anybody." [Link]

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