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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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"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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Gay Unions Shed Light on Gender in Marriage

New York Times
June 10, 2008
A growing body of evidence shows that same-sex couples have a great deal to teach everyone else about marriage and relationships. [Link]

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Marriage Equality Makes Cents

Ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage not only provides more financial stability and safety for families, but it also makes good economic sense. Marriage equality stimulates the economy by enabling people to care for one another, thereby taking burdens off the government, while also increasing wedding and travel spending and acting as a recruiting tool for businesses.

Massachusetts experienced economic benefits over the past four years of marriage equality, newspapers and a recent study by UCLA's Williams Institute discuss the expected boom in California, and state governments in Connecticut, Vermont, and New York, and even the Congressional Budget Office, have all noted the economic benefits of providing fairness for all families.

Learn more about the economics of marriage
Protect marriage in California

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New Study: Fiscal Impact of Marriage Equality in CA

UCLA's Williams Institute
June 9, 2008
The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law released a new research study analyzing the economic gains, an approximate $64 million boost in direct spending over the next three years, that same-sex couples' weddings will bring to California. (Link)

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