OPINION: Social justice tied up in gay rights

Rutland Herald
August 12, 2007
The defining civil rights struggle of this generation involves gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans who live in cities and towns throughout the country, engage in all walks of life, worship in a range of churches, and form families, both with and without children, that are central to our identity and purpose. Once again, questions about the assumptions and regulations surrounding our marriage laws are back on the table. It makes sense. Marriage is a central institution in our society; we know from history that you can't ignore the government's regulation of marriage if you're serious about advancing legal fairness and social justice. [link]

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BLOG: Winners and losers at the HRC/LOGO VisibleVote08 forum

AMERICAblog
August 10, 2007
Blogger Pam Spaulding does her usual excellent job of summarizing and commenting live from the forum. This is a must-read in conjunction with Evan Wolfson's post This week's gay debate: A prime-time opportunity for straight talk on marriage. [link]

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Democratic candidates address gay issues

Advocate
August 9, 2007

Evan Wolfson said the good news in his view is that all the Democratic candidates support fairness for same-sex couples. "The bad news is they haven't yet grasped that equality in marriage is how you achieve that fairness," Wolfson added. "There is no substitute. They wouldn't trade their marriage for a civil union. Why should gay Americans?"
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Add your voice to the chorus calling for equality and dignity

Seattle Times
August 9, 2007
Even after Kate's passing, I still had to fight for recognition as her spouse. Since I was not her legal wife, the funeral director would not address me as Kate's family or let me make her funeral arrangements. Kate's mother had to sign the request for her cremation. The death certificate stated that she had never been married. Kate's voice could no longer speak out against these mounting indignities. Now that many presidential candidates are making the effort to listen to our stories, we must speak up about the gravity of the rights that anti-gay marriage amendments may take away. [link]

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BLOG: New IN guardianship case evokes memories of Kowalski battle

Leonard Link
August 7, 2007
Indiana's guardianship statute is specific as to who can be appointed a guardian for an incompetent adult, and same-sex partners are not on the list. (Indiana bars marriage for same-sex partners, and there is no legal recognition of a same-sex relationship under state law.) Under the state's guardianship law, first priority for appointment would be a person designated in a durable power of attorney. In other words, a little "gay family planning" on the part of Atkins and Conrad would have put Conrad first in line here. [Link]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why marriage is important

Rutland Herald
August 7, 2007
This September my civil union partner and I will celebrate 32 years of our long-term commitment. It would be so much easier to proclaim that we are a married couple, and more understandable, especially to those who live outside of Vermont and the United States. Try traveling to a state that does not recognize civil unions, which is 47 states in the United States. If you think civil unions are good enough, ask a gay friend or family member. [link]

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BLOG: Strengthening Families?

The Republic of T.
August 7, 2007

While we wait for whatever it is we're waiting for, the things that happened to gay and lesbian families are going to continue to happen, and with little or no remedies or even the possibility of legal recourse. So, either that's acceptable or it's not. And if it's not, then it's worth asking what's going to be done about it. Otherwise we're asking people to continue to live with injustice without remedy, and to do so indefinitely. [Link]

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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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