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NY Gov.: No gay exception on marriage

Windy City Times
June 4, 2008
What Paterson did is declare that his administration would follow and enforce a law that already exists in the state and has for a long time. That law says that the state will honor marriages licensed in other states, even if those marriages wouldn't be licensed in New York. Legally, Paterson changed nothing. [Link]

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Legal effects of marriage for same-sex couples

San Francisco Chronicle
June 5, 2008
In a footnote to its decision allowing gay couples to get married, the California Supreme Court identified nine differences between state laws governing marriage and domestic partnerships. [Link]

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The justices who changed history

Gay.com
June 4, 2008
Six of the seven California Supreme Court justices whose decision granted couples in that state the freedom to marry were appointed by Republican governors, who lauded their conservative credentials. Gay.com profiles these justices. [Link]

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Supreme Court Denies Rehearing, Stay in Marriage Cases; Decision to become final on June 16 at 5:00

YubaNet
June 5, 2008
The California Supreme Court today filed an order in the Marriage Cases (S147999; decision filed May 15, 2008), denying requests to stay its decision until after the November 2008 election and denying petitions for rehearing. [Link]

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Paterson backs gay rights

The Buffalo News
June 4, 2008
The editorial staff opines that NY Gov. Paterson's directive to honor marriages moves New York in the right direction. (Link)

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Majority say marriage private choice

USA Today
June 4, 2008
According to a USA Today/Gallup Poll, six in 10 Americans (63%) say the government should not regulate whether gays and lesbians can marry the people they choose. (Link)

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History warns against policies of hate, prejudice and exclusion

The Syracuse Post-Standard
June 4, 2008
In a letter to the editor, a non-gay ally writes, "I believe that it will certainly take time, but that the vast majority of us who think for ourselves and lead reflective lives will not allow the civil rights issue of this era to go unnoticed." [Link]

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CA marriage amendment may backfire on GOP

Los Angeles Times
June 4, 2008
Tim Rutten notes that California Republicans shouldn't be so sure about backing marriage discrimination on the November ballot. (Link)

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Let wedding bells ring

Los Angeles Times
June 4, 2008
The editorial staff opines, "the state Supreme Court should let the marriages go ahead this month as planned. Gays and lesbians have waited plenty long for their rights to be recognized, and those rights should not be held hostage to the convenience of attorneys general across the nation." (Link)

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A Series of Unstoppable Events: The Fight for Marriage Begins Again

Gay Wired
June 4, 2008
Sarah Whitman writes, "Whether you look to the Stonewall Riots or the more recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court rules on Goodridge vs. The Department of Public Health, change cannot be stopped. And like the Brown vs. the Board of Education case, it is about more than marriage rights. It is about human rights. It is about equality on every level." [Link]

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