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AP News Analysis: Social issues fail signature ct.

Associated Press
July 12, 2008
An anti-family campaign in Arkansas which is trying to gather enough signatures to ban adoption by gay and lesbian couples is failing as a result of the public's opposition to discrimination. (Link)

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FAMILY FINANCE: Marriage equality a financial boost

Newsday
July 13, 2008
In response to a reader's question, the details of how marriage equality protects families financially is discussed. (Link)

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Cooking the Family Numbers in the 2010 US Census

Leonard Link
July 13, 2008
The blog discusses the U.S. Census Bureau's decision to not count marriages of same-sex couples, the problems this will cause, and the simple argument that, "a marriage is a marriage, and should be counted as such." (Link)

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Why Prop. 8 is a losing proposition

Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2008
Arnold Steinberg, a Republican political strategist and analyst, discusses how the momentum of public opinion now favors equality and that the anti-marriage proposition in California will likely be defeated. (Link)

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U.S. Census Bureau won’t count marriages by gay and lesbian couples

Mercury News
July 12, 2008
The U.S. Census Bureau, reacting to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and other mandates, plans to edit the 2010 census responses of same-sex couples who marry legally in California, Massachusetts or any other state. They will be reported as "unmarried partners," rather than married spouses, in census tabulations. (Link)

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How Far Does N.Y. Marriage Recognition Reach?

Leonard Link
July 10, 2008
"Will a New York court find that the changing social and legal context for the contract requires a broad interpretation of its terms to include a contingency that was not anticipated by the parties when the contract was made?" [Link]

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How Much Is That Marriage In The Window?

Pajama's Media
July 9, 2008
Gay couples can use private contracts to replace pieces of the protections and responsibilities that marriage brings, but it doesn't come cheap, they better not move to another state, and there can be no accidents or changes in fortune. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Marriage is nobody’s business but the couple’s

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
July 10, 2008
Teen council members write, "No matter how orthodox and strict your own ideology may be, you still should not impose it, and the thousands of laws and customs that come with it, upon anyone else." [Link]

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Hopes to Repeal Old Law

The Boston Globe
July 10, 2008
Mass. lawmakers will vote on legislation that would repeal a 1913 law that bars non-resident gay couples from marrying in the state. The repeal requires a simple majority to pass. [Link]

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The Case for a Right of Marriage Recognition: Why Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Should Protect Sa

Findlaw
July 9, 2008
Steve Sanders writes, "I believe scholars, legislators, and judges accept the status quo for same-sex marriages because of a lingering, perhaps subconscious, belief that they are not quite 'real' marriages. From such a belief, another belief follows: that the people who enter into such marriages have no legitimate expectation they will be treated with the deference the law accords to virtually all other marriages. But our law should not tolerate different classes of marriages, some more favored than others." [Link]

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