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The Marrying Man

The Advocate
March 21, 2008
Four years after he pushed marriage equality forward in the national debate, Gavin Newsom is waiting for his answer in the California supreme court. So are we. Newsom noted his thoughts at the time of the marriages in San Francisco: “the ultimate assessment was: So what? We talk about principles. And if you can’t stand for what you believe in, what’s the point?” [Link]

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MA Man Can’t Get Passport Under Married Name

The Sun Chronicle
March 21, 2008
The U.S. State Department denied a passport to an international AIDS counselor using his new married name because the department refuses to recognize his marriage to a man in Massachusetts. [Link]

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The Impact of Minnesota’s Discriminatory Laws Only Is Amplified During Economic Uncertainty -unce

Lavendar Magazine
March 21, 2008
Just about every Minnesota family is feeling the uncertainty of today’s economy. Unemployment rose throughout the state late last year, and home foreclosures in the Twin Cities are at an all-time high. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Minnesota’s 12-month job growth was the third worst in the country in December. For about one out of five Minnesota households, a sluggish economy just adds to the financial uncertainty they face every day. In an economic downturn, plans for savings and financial stability take on a whole new meaning for the nearly 20 percent of Minnesota households that are led by same-sex couples. [link]

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Baltimore City Council backs equality

The Advocate
March 20, 2008
The Baltimore city council became the fourth Maryland jurisdiction to pass a resolution supporting the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. The resolution was passed by a 9-3-3 vote on Monday. [Link]

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Anti-marriage constitutional amendment advances in PA

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 19, 2008
After nearly two years, the anti-marriage debate is back on the front burner in the state Capitol. By a 10-4 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday advanced a bill to write marriage and relationship recognition discrimination into the constitution. The bill now goes to the Appropriations Committee before consideration by the full Senate. It would have to be passed by the General Assembly in two consecutive sessions and then approved by voters in a referendum. [link]

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Tales Told of Unequal Unions

New Haven Independent
March 18, 2008
Bureaucratic confusion and a “single mom” talk turned a glorious moment — the birth of her son — into a trying time for Holly Robinson, who offered her tale to support an effort to fight discrimination against couples in civil unions. [Link]

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Civil Unions Aren’t Enough

New York Times
March 17, 2008
A Connecticut legislative committee holds a hearing to discuss how the state’s civil union law has not delivered equality for same-sex couples and their families. (Link)

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Same-sex breakup perplexes courts

St. Joseph News-Press
March 17, 2008
A lesbian married in Massachusetts has filed for an annulment from her partner in a Missouri court, creating a legal challenge in a state that has an anti-gay constitutional amendment. Increasingly, such cases are popping up in courts across the country, and as they do, will turn public sentiment against the “gay exception” in both marriage and divorce. “I think people in Missouri are fair, and the more they learn and hear about real couples like this and ask themselves, do they really hate gay relationships so much that they won’t let gay people out of them?” Evan Wolfson said. [link]

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Lawmakers to review civil union revisions

The Stamford Advocate
March 15, 2008
A state General Assembly committee is to revisit the state's civil unions law Monday, while a decision from the state Supreme Court about the legality of denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples is pending. Anne Stanback, executive director of Love Makes a Family, said some members of her organization plan to attend Monday's public hearing to argue that civil union "fixes" don't go far enough. "You can't really fix civil unions," she said. "The only way to give same-sex couples full protections and full equality is with marriage. We appreciate that they're trying to do everything that they can, but for us the bottom line is civil unions are an inadequate substitute for marriage." [Link]

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Norway to end exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage

Aftenposten
March 14, 2008
The Norwegian government put forth a long-expected bill to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage on Friday, clearing the way for same-sex couples to secure the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. [Link]

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