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The next ‘gay moment’?

In These Times
January 30, 2008
"On a recent flight across the country, my seatmates included a middle-aged couple. Like many fellow travelers in the past two years, they asked me what it meant that I wore a circular white button stating simply but emphatically in black, 'I do!'... And the conversation took a sudden and unprecedented turn. 'My son,' [the man] ventured, with a tight self-conscious smile, 'is gay. And I’m a Republican. But I’ve had employees at my company who had to go back to work, as old as I am, when their partner passed away. They had no more health insurance and no survivor’s benefits. That situation isn’t right,” he stated. 'And it needs to change.'" [link]

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Una prohibición que roba el futuro

El Nuevo Dia
30 de Enero de 2008
El Senado acaba de aprobar una resolución para prohibir constitucionalmente el matrimonio entre parejas del mismo sexo. De ello lograrse, Puerto Rico quedará rezagado comparado con otros países desarrollados que permiten las uniones homosexuales y hasta el matrimonio gay. Hasta en España, de donde proviene gran parte del derecho puertorriqueño, se les permite a las parejas homosexuales casarse. [Link]

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Indiana Senate Passes Anti-Marriage Amendment

365Gay.com
January 30, 2008
Indiana's Senate has approved a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. The Senate vote sends the measure to the House, which is controlled by Democrats. Speaker Patrick Bauer (D) has said repeatedly that an amendment is not needed because same-sex marriages are already banned under Indiana law. [Link]

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Evidente efecto de dominó

El Nuevo Día
January 25, 2008

El director ejecutivo de Freedom to Marry, en Nueva York, Evan Wolfson, indicó a este diario que “los puertorriqueños gay, sus seres queridos y sus familias necesitan el matrimonio y un trato justo bajo la ley como cualquier otra persona”. “La Cámara de Representantes debe detener ese ataque cruel y divisivo a las parejas del mismo sexo y sus hijos, así como el Gobernador debe reconsiderar su decisión de permitir que el referéndum se lleve a cabo”, dijo Wolfson
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Bloomberg a wildcard in presidential race

Washington Blade
January 25, 2008

Evan Wolfson said a Bloomberg presidential candidacy could benefit the cause of same-sex marriage rights. “Having an independent candidate coming out in an unequivocal way for the freedom to marry may tug the debate in the right direction,” Wolfson said. “That will make it easier for the other candidates to follow.”
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Drive kicks off to ban foster care by partners

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
January 25, 2008
The Arkansas Family Council is launching a petition drive in hopes of passing a law that would ban gay and unmarried couples from adopting or becoming foster parents. A coalition of doctors, ministers, children’s advocates and others officially organized to campaign against the proposal. [Link]

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New marriage battle ahead for MD

The Gazette
January 25, 2008
"This is the first time in recent history that the legislation has been introduced since the [appeals court] case. Now it’s time for the legislature to take this on. Legislators will have to go on the record with their positions and those opposing will have to say why they want to continue denying these rights," said Carrie Evans, director of policy and planning for Equality Maryland. "A month ago we were thinking we would be lucky to have 25 co-sponsors. On Friday we have 49 sponsors so we've exceeded expectations there. Do we have the votes on the floor today? No we don't, but we have a lot of people who support this bill and we will continue throughout the session to send in our people and our families to talk to lawmakers." [Link]

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Europe: Gay Adoption Ruling Advances Family Equality

Human Rights Watch
January 24, 2008

In a ruling that could have far-reaching consequences the European Court of Human Rights said Tuesday that the exclusion of individuals to adopt children simply because of their sexual orientation is discriminatory and in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights. [Link]

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For My Wife

The Advocate
January 23, 2008
When a flash flood killed the renowned audiobook narrator Kate Fleming, her partner, Charlene Strong, endured firsthand the cruel consequences of having been unable to marry and secure legal protections. Now she is making a documentary to tell their story and change the law--in memory of the woman who was her wife in every way but legally. [link]

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Gay couples as committed as non-gay couples

Reuters
January 22, 2008
In two new studies that compared same-sex and heterosexual couples using different factors and methods to assess their happiness, scientists found few differences. [Link]

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