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MS lawmakers go after gay adoptive parents

Advocate
March 7, 2008
A bill in the Mississippi state Senate would bar cohabiting unmarried couples, including gay and lesbian couples, from adopting children. [link]

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California court ponders marriage case

Washington Blade
March 7, 2008
Questioning whether separate is equal, the California Supreme Court this week considered ending the exclusion of same-sex couples and their families from marriage. Said Evan Wolfson, "As several questions and answers underscored, California has already conceded these families exist, that they should have protections and responsibilities akin to married people. The state is trying to claim that they’re already being treated, quote unquote, equally. If all that is true, what is the reason to deny them the freedom to marry, especially in light of testimony and evidence that the denial makes their life harder?” [Link]

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Marriage for same-sex couples—it’s personal

Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2008
As the CA high court considers ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, couples who wed in the Bay Area savor the joy of the institution and discuss the difference between domestic partnership and marriage. (Link)

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Interpreting a Landmark Ruling As Big Step Toward Marriage Equality

The Edge
March 6, 2008
When a New York appellate court ruled that out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples were legal there, it marked a major step in the establishing of marriage equality in this country. But the victory, while certainly another step in the right direction, was maddeningly ironic: New York gays and lesbians who want to get married still can’t do so in their home state--which will, however, recognize them if done elsewhere. [Link]

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OPINION: State Supreme Court weighs marriage question

Sacramento Bee
March 6, 2008
Daniel Weintraub discusses the arguments made during the California Supreme Court’s hearing on marriage, noting the judges’ comments and questions, and the absurdity of the opposition’s statements. [Link]

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Need to End Exclusion from Marriage Gains Notice in State Court

New York Times
March 6, 2008
On the way home from work in Rochester, Patricia Martinez stopped at a liquor store and bought a small bottle of Champagne to celebrate her marriage to another woman. The wedding took place in Canada nearly four years ago, but it wasn't until Feb. 1 that a New York appellate court declared it valid in the state... Last week in Manhattan, a State Supreme Court justice, ruling in a divorce proceeding, recognized the Canadian marriage of two New York City women. Advocates for marriage say the two court decisions last month granting reciprocity in New York to marriages of same-sex couples in other jurisdictions simply underline what most people would consider common sense. [Link]

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Marriage for same-sex couples—it’s personal

Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2008
As the high court considers ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, couples who wed in the Bay Area savor the joy of the institution…"The world knows how to acknowledge a marriage," [state Sen. Sheila Kuehl] said. "They congratulate you. They send presents. They understand that it is a significant and joyful milestone. No one knows what to do with a domestic partnership registry." [Link]

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Expanded partnership rights headed for governor’s desk

Associated Press
March 5, 2008
The Legislature passed a measure Tuesday to expand the state’s domestic partnership law, granting same-sex couples more than 170 of the benefits and responsibilities given to married couples, including property and guardianship rights. The Senate gave final approval on a 29-20 vote after minimal debate. The bill now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is expected to sign it. [link]

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Exclusion From Marriage Is at Heart of California Case

New York Times
March 5, 2008
For almost four hours on Tuesday, the California Supreme Court heard arguments in the most important marriage case since Massachusetts’s highest court allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry there more than four years ago. But it took only 15 minutes for Justice Carlos R. Moreno to identify the central question. “Doesn’t this just boil down to the use of the m-word — marriage?” he asked…Lawyers for the same-sex couples seeking the right to marry said that marriage was a unique expression of love and commitment and that calling their unions anything else was a form of second-class citizenship. [Link]

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Over 500 watch historic hearing on live video

San Francisco Chronicle
March 5, 2008
In all, more than 500 people flocked to San Francisco's Civic Center on Tuesday to watch the state Supreme Court hearing on the freedom to marry via live video feeds that were piped into a library, a law school and a basement conference room in the courthouse because the courtroom was filled to capacity. [Link]

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