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Gay and Lesbian Youth Want Long-Term Couple Relationships and Raising Children

Rockway Institute
April 23, 2008
"We seem to be witnessing the mainstreaming of lesbian/gay youth, with many of them wanting exactly what heterosexual youth have always wanted - the whole American dream complete with kids and the minivan. This should not be surprising when one considers that most lesbian/gay youth also have been raised in very mainstream heterosexual families with similar values and parental models." He continued, "Although some lesbian/gay adults may prefer less conventional lives, most agree that the primary issue is whether these youth will be given the equal legal rights to realize their couple and family aspirations just like their heterosexual peers." (Link)

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BLOG: NC: same-sex partners granted hospital visitation

Pam's House Blend
April 23, 2008
Some good news on the civil rights front...NC ensures gay hospital visitation rights. [link]

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OPINION: Amendment Two Erodes Rights, Protects No One

Daytona Beach News-Journal
April 23, 2008
George Griffin, president of the Volusia, FL chapter of the ACLU, writes about the anti-marriage amendment: “This is a mean-spirited amendment that will adversely affect gay, straight and retired couples.” [Link]

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Civil unions fall short, but panel neutral on next move

Burlington Free Press
April 22, 2008
A panel charged with studying Vermont's eight-year experiment with civil unions for same-sex couples found this separate track from marriage fails to provide the equality and fairness promised when the law was passed in 2000. [link]

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McCain Should Copy Schwarzenegger, Reagan

Detroit News
April 21, 2008
My nominee for best ex-actor in a very supportive role: Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a few simple sentences, the muscular Republican governor of California did some heroically heavy lifting for all Americans who believe in equal marriage rights for those of us who're gay. [Link]

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BLOG: The Politics of Anti-Marriage Amendments

Box Turtle Bulletin
April 21, 2008
Arizona became the first state in the union to defeat an anti-marriage amendment in 2006…Now legislators in the Arizona House appear poised to approve a measure to put another anti-marriage amendment on the ballot for 2008. Some of those legislators who are reportedly leaning towards approving the measure represent districts which voted against the 2006 proposal, bucking the wisdom of their own constituents. [Link]

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The Joy of Marriage Was Ours, for a While

New York Times
April 20, 2008
Torie Osborn writes about getting married to her former partner in San Francisco: “The astonishing outpouring of support from our straight friends taught me a profound lesson: getting married is a rite of passage into a wide circle of shared humanity. (Link)

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Love conquers all, regardless of gender

Tuscon Citizen
April 19, 2008
Rekha Basu emotionally recounts her attendance at a wedding of a same-sex couple saying, “Love is full of surprises: intimacy and distance, control and vulnerability, security and jealousy. But sometimes the surprise is to the outside observer.” [Link]

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Group pushes for marriage equality

Utica Observer Dispatch
April 18, 2008
For Melissa Clark, there has been frustrations, disappointments and discrimination throughout her life. But she has refused to let anything hold her back. Melissa Clark is a transgender woman. At Friday's Pride along the Mohawk meeting to push for equal marriage rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Clark said she was ready for yet another uphill battle. [Link]

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Study says marriage equality would boost Iowa’s economy

Quad-City Times
April 17, 2008
A UCLA study says ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in Iowa would be a boon to the state economy. [Link]

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