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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Pentagon balked on partner’s travel

Politico
April 1, 2008
Prior to the Easter recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to intervene with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in order to get Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s domestic partner on a military flight for a congressional fact-finding trip to Europe. [Link]

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OPINION: No separate but equal in marriage

New York Times
April 1, 2007
Gays are the only group for whom civil union law is intended. This being the case, the law does little more than create a second-class form of matrimony, which is not only entirely unnecessary but also counterproductive. [Link]

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UNITE-HERE Backs Marriage Equality

Pride at Work
March 31, 2008
UNITE HERE, the union representing workers in the textile, clothing, hotel and restaurant industries, has called for equal access to marriage and its benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers. [Link]

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NY Court Strikes Down Gay Pension Ruling

365Gay.com
March 31, 2008
A New York appeals court has vacated the ruling of a lower court that a gay man was not entitled to spousal health insurance benefits even though he and his spouse were lawfully married in Canada. [Link]

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More Taxing For Some

Hartford Courant
March 31, 2008
Tax time is taxing enough. But consider the plight of Jason Smith and his partner, Settimio Pisu of Guilford. The same-sex couple, as well as their peers, must file not one, not two, but three tax returns by April 15. That's because they are joined not in marriage, but by civil union, the only legal option for same-sex couples in Connecticut. Because there is no federal recognition of marriage for same-sex couples or unions, they must file separate returns as well as a joint return, which is used as a work sheet to calculate their Connecticut taxes. [Link]

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From the altar, a vow of protest

Baltimore Sun
March 31, 2008
A Baltimore rabbi joined a small but growing band of clergy who have decided that they won't sign any marriage licenses as agents of the state until it allows gays and lesbians to marry. Some rabbis and ministers in states including Virginia, Minnesota, Michigan and Connecticut have told their congregants that when it comes to weddings they are in the business of religious ceremonies - only - and they have redirected couples to the local courthouse for the paperwork. [Link]

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Politicians and church leaders back marriage equality in Iowa

Pink News
March 28, 2008
The fight for equality continues in the heart of rural America this week, as the Iowa Supreme Court considers a lawsuit brought by six same-sex couples denied marriage licences in the state. Senior attorneys from Lambda Legal, joined by former Iowa solicitor general Dennis Johnson, will argue that denying marriage to same-sex couples violates the equal protection and due process guarantees in the state's Constitution…At least 17 briefs will be filed with the Iowa Supreme Court by a wide array of local and national organizations and individuals on behalf of the six same-sex couples and their families. Supporters include doctors, social workers, scientists, historians and more than 200 clergymen and other faith leaders. [Link]

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Former Iowa Lt Govs Support Marriage Equality Case

365Gay.com
March 28, 2008
Two former Iowa Lieutenant Governors, one a Republican the other a Democrat, submitted a brief Friday to the state Supreme Court arguing that the court, not the legislature or voters, is the place to decide the constitutionality of marriage equality. "We are proud of Iowa's long history in ensuring fairness and equality for all Iowans," said former Lt. Govs. Joy Corning (R) and Sally Pederson (D) in a joint statement. [Link]

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