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CA Gov. vetoes bill granting same-sex couples the ability to marry

Equality California
October 12, 2007
Same-sex couples in California continue to be denied the dignity, benefits and responsibilities of marriage with the governor's veto today of legislation that would have given all committed couples the option to marry. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday vetoed the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act (AB 43), authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by Equality California. [Link]

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Panel on marriage opens hearings to overwhelming support for the freedom to marry

Rutland Herald
October 11, 2007
More than 75 people were in the auditorium at Johnson State College and a vast majority of them were in support of extending marriage to gay and lesbian couples. Only two people spoke out against marriage equality. Many speakers gave emotional testimony about falling in love with their partners for the first time and the emotional agony they experience because their unions — which Vermont legalized in 2000 — are not recognized by the federal government, most other states and many institutions and businesses. [link]

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‘Dear Abby’ supports the freedom to marry

The Washington Post
October 10, 2007
Jeanne Phillips, who formally took over the column when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease five years ago, thinks anything less than full marriage amounts to second-class citizenship. "If gay Americans are not allowed to get married and have all the benefits that American citizens are entitled to by the Bill of Rights, they should get one hell of a tax break." [Link]

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Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay

USA Today
October 10, 2007
Survey research of people ages 16-29 show a majority view Christianity as hypocritical and anti-gay; attitudes about gay people are driving a negative image of the faith. "The anti-homosexual perception has now become sort of the Geiger counter of Christians' ability to love and work with people," said said David Kinnaman, Barna Group president and author of the book, UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity. [Link]

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TV ad campaign attempts to sway the undecided

San Francisco Chronicle
October 9, 2007
"What if you couldn't marry the person you love?" reads the tagline to a 60-second TV spot that begins airing in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and other major California markets on Thursday. "Every day, gay and lesbian couples are prevented from marrying. Support the freedom to marry." [Link]

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MD Gov. open to signing marriage bill

Washington Blade
October 5, 2007
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, in an exclusive interview with the Washington Blade this week, indicated that he is amenable to signing a bill extending civil marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. [Link]

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Colombia court OKs health benefits for gay couples

Reuters
October 5, 2007
Gay couples in Colombia won the same social security rights as their straight counterparts in a court ruling called a major advance for gay people in this conservative Roman Catholic country. [Link]

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Sweden moving towards the freedom to marry for gay couples

Sveriges Radio International
October 4, 2007
Sweden's three opposition parties, the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party have put forward a motion in the Swedish Parliament to allow gay couples to legally marry. There is wide support in the parliament for the move, with the only party against the plans the Christian Democrats. [Link]

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GOP senator in VA, foe seeking gay vote

Washington Post
October 3, 2007
Republican incumbent Jeannemarie Devolites Davis and Democratic challenger J. Chapman Petersen practically fell over each other to win votes at a debate Thursday sponsored by Equality Fairfax, a nonpartisan group that seeks to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. "Everybody is equal," Davis told the small gathering in the sanctuary of the Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia. "Everybody should be treated with respect." When asked about a state constitutional ban on gay and lesbian couples' marriages approved by referendum last year, Petersen said, "The amendment was gratuitous." [link]

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OPINION: MD’s highest court rules against marriage equality: Why, in this area, litigation still mat

FindLaw's Writ
October 2, 2007
Despite the existence of pro- or anti-freedom to marry laws in nearly every state, litigation is still very relevant. This article provides a rundown of how it can be relevant in various states. [Link]

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