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BLOG: New IN guardianship case evokes memories of Kowalski battle

Leonard Link
August 7, 2007
Indiana's guardianship statute is specific as to who can be appointed a guardian for an incompetent adult, and same-sex partners are not on the list. (Indiana bars marriage for same-sex partners, and there is no legal recognition of a same-sex relationship under state law.) Under the state's guardianship law, first priority for appointment would be a person designated in a durable power of attorney. In other words, a little "gay family planning" on the part of Atkins and Conrad would have put Conrad first in line here. [Link]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why marriage is important

Rutland Herald
August 7, 2007
This September my civil union partner and I will celebrate 32 years of our long-term commitment. It would be so much easier to proclaim that we are a married couple, and more understandable, especially to those who live outside of Vermont and the United States. Try traveling to a state that does not recognize civil unions, which is 47 states in the United States. If you think civil unions are good enough, ask a gay friend or family member. [link]

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BLOG: Strengthening Families?

The Republic of T.
August 7, 2007

While we wait for whatever it is we're waiting for, the things that happened to gay and lesbian families are going to continue to happen, and with little or no remedies or even the possibility of legal recourse. So, either that's acceptable or it's not. And if it's not, then it's worth asking what's going to be done about it. Otherwise we're asking people to continue to live with injustice without remedy, and to do so indefinitely. [Link]

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OPINION: Justice for NJ

New York Times
August 5, 2007
The NY Times editorial board concludes, “To eliminate any confusion, the New Jersey Legislature should do what it failed to do last winter: legalize gay and lesbian couples' marriages.” (Link)

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NM gay people married in MA face uncertainties

Washington Blade
August 3, 2007

The problems that gay couples from New Mexico and Rhode Island face in getting their Massachusetts unions recognized are unusual. "The right wing has carved a gay exception into that tradition of respect and stability," Evan Wolfson said. "New Mexico and Massachusetts are moving in the direction of treating committed same-sex couples the same as any other couple."
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NM gay people married in MA face uncertainties

Washington Blade
August 3, 2007
The problems that gay couples from New Mexico and Rhode Island face in getting their Massachusetts unions recognized are unusual. "The right wing has carved a gay exception into that tradition of respect and stability," Evan Wolfson said. "New Mexico and Massachusetts are moving in the direction of treating committed same-sex couples the same as any other couple." [link]

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Officials: RI can grant gay couples divorce

The Providence Journal
August 2, 2007
Rhode Island's governor and attorney general agree that a state court should be able to grant divorces to same-sex couples without deciding whether same-sex couples' marriages should be legal in the state. [link]

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Marriage developments in NM, OH

The Bay Area Reporter
August 2, 2007
There were two significant developments in the marriage arena last week: in one, gay couples in yet another state have the option of getting married; in another, a state's ban on gay and lesbian couples' marriages has been stopped from destroying laws meant to help end domestic violence but it may have made the possibility of civil unions more difficult. [link]

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In civil unions, new challenges over benefits

New York Times
August 1, 2007
New Jersey's civil union law is in reality a hodgepodge and that hundreds of people were struggling to persuade their bosses to treat their partners like spouses. (Link)

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Marriage front and center at CNN/YouTube debate

Bay Area Reporter
July 26, 2007

Senator Barack Obama (Illinois) drew ire from national Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson for interjecting into the discussion of marriage rights for gay couples the proposition that religious denominations should be free to refuse to perform ceremonies. "He implied that marriage is a religious term and denominations should be able to decide for themselves, but I'm for equality," said Wolfson. "But marriage is a governmental term that provides status a license. That's the distinction he should be drawing."
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