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With love and pride, Governor Deval Patrick’s daughter comes out publicly

Bay Windows
June 12, 2008
"Because, of course, he didn’t know that I was gay then," the 18-year-old recalls. "So, for someone so publicly to fight for something that doesn’t even affect him was just like, ’That’s my dad,’ you know?" she says with a laugh. "That’s all I could think. I was very, very proud to be part of this family, and this state in general." [Link]

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California’s Marriage Rush

Time Magazine
June 11, 2008
Dean Logan, acting registrar-recorder and county clerk in Los Angeles County, says it's impossible to know for sure how many couples will show up at his offices next week. Just in case of such an onrush, county offices will be open late and on Saturdays for at least the next two weeks, and maybe longer. [Link]

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Children speak out: parents’ civil unions not enough

The Montclair Times
June 12, 2008
“I told my parents that I don’t want them getting a civil union … It feels like paying a parking ticket,” said Adam Pollack, referring to the paperwork involved in the civil union process in the Municipal Building. [Link]

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Battle in the equality corral

Times-Standard
June 12, 2008
If you are on the corral fence, watching this battle, it is time to do the right thing. Talk to your friends and relatives, with the people you work or go to church with. Write letters to the papers. Link]

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Poll:  NYers support Gov on order respecting same-sex couples’ marriages

Quinnipiac University
June 12, 2008
New York State voters support 53 - 40 percent Gov. David Paterson's order to state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside New York. [Link]

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States at odds over honoring marriage

Stateline.org
June 11, 2008
States vary across the country as to whether they honor marriages with no gay exception, which can cause great harm to couples and their families as they travel and try to protect their legal rights. (Link)

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Norway Parliament votes for marriage equality

Pink News
June 11, 2008
Members of Parliament in Norway today approved a bill that will end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage by 84 votes to 41. Family Issues minister Anniken Huitfeldt noted, "The new law won't weaken marriage as an institution. Rather, it will strengthen it. Marriage won't be worth less because more can take part in it." (Link)

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COLUMNIST: Amendment 2 not about marriage

The News-Press
June 11, 2008
The amendment takes away current legal rights of people in relationships which are the "substantial equivalent" of marriage. This would hurt many Southwest Florida senior citizens, who set up their households together so they will not lose their Social Security benefits or other pensions. [Link]

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Gays Who Wed in California Won’t Have Equal Marriage Protections

San Jose Mercury News
June 11, 2008
Gay couples who marry in California in the upcoming months may find that they are not entitled to the same protections as straight couples, including tax breaks and divorce. [Link]

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COLUMN: Farewell, All You Old Homophobes

San Francisco Chronicle
June 11, 2008
Columnist Mark Morford writes that people under 45 are moving issues such as marriage for gay couples forward, and suggests that all generations should try to be open to new perspectives. [Link]

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