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Gay Newlyweds Advised Not to Sue

San Francisco Chronicle
June 11, 2008
LGBT advocacy groups released a memo that says that gay couples who marry in Calif. should get support from their local community, but refrain from filing lawsuits which could be harmful for marriage for gay couples. [Link]

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Washington’s domestic partners get more rights this week

Seattle Times
June 9, 2008
"It's an exciting step forward," said Josh Friedes, advocacy director of the gay-rights group Equal Rights Washington. "This new law provides a significant basket of new rights, nevertheless, the safety net for our families remain inadequate." [Link]

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Same Sex Couples Shouldn’t Forget to Make Legal Plans

The Desert Sun
June 9, 2008
We've been waiting our entire lives for equality, so the rush to exercise our new marriage rights is understandable. But couples may wish to hold off on getting married for a few weeks in order to make legal plans about their marriages and to be sure they understand just how marriage will affect them." [Link]

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Equality lives happily ever after

Toronto Globe and Mail
June 9, 2008
On the anniversary of Canada's gaining marriage equality, Martha McCarthy writes, "Today, five years later, as the judgment continues to change lives here and internationally, I simply say: Indeed. How proud we all should be that the Canadian vision of equality and freedom has life and meaning."[Link]

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Quote of the Week

"Today, five years later, as the judgment continues to change lives here and
internationally, I simply say: Indeed. How proud we all should be that the
Canadian vision of equality and freedom has life and meaning."


Martha McCarthy on the fifth anniversary of marriage equality in Canada (June 10)

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No charges against gay couple seeking marriage license

Newsday
June 10, 2008
Charges against a gay couple from Roslyn who refused to leave Oyster Bay Town Hall when their request for a marriage license was denied were dismissed yesterday. Judge Fred Hirsh said the couple posed no threat to the community and had cooperated with authorities. [Link]

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S.F. couple ready to be first again

San Francisco Chronicle
June 10, 2008
Mayor Gavin Newsom said Monday that Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon's wedding, which he will officiate, will be the only one held in City Hall that day. Martin and Lyon have been together more than five decades, and they were the first couple to marry four years ago.[Link]

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Attorneys: CA’s landmark decision

The Desert Sun
June 10, 2008

Shannon Minter, the legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Geoff Kors, Equality California executive director, sat down with The Desert Sun recently to discuss the landmark decision. [Link]

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LGBT Organizations Urge Couples Marrying in California to “Make Change, Not Lawsuits”






PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: June 10, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT:
Evan Wolfson, Executive Director
212-851-8418
evan@freedomtomarry.org
Mobile: 646-263-5552

NEW YORK - Four LGBT legal organizations and five other leading national LGBT groups have issued a statement entitled “Make Change, Not Lawsuits.” The statement explains that while couples who go to California to marry should ask friends, neighbors and institutions to honor their marriages, they generally shouldn’t sue. The statement says that ill-timed lawsuits are likely to set the fight for marriage back, and that there are other ways to fight which are more likely to win.


Access the advisory online at: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pdfs/ca_joint_advisory.pdf

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Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Launched in 2003, Freedom to Marry is headed by Evan Wolfson, nationally recognized as a central "architect of the marriage equality movement." Freedom to Marry guides and focuses this social justice movement on a nationwide level, serving as a strategy and support center for national, state, and local partners, a catalyst that drives and shapes the national debate on marriage equality, and an alliance-builder fostering support from non-gay allies.

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Same-Sex Couples Face Another Growing Hurdle—Divorce

The Wall Street Journal
June 10, 2008
Some gay and lesbian couples joined by marriage in Massachusetts or Canada, or under civil unions from, say, Vermont, contend with legal limbo in other states. [Link]

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