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EDITORIAL: Ocean State takes a step forward on marriage

The Sun Chronicle
March 4, 2007
Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch's advisory opinion for the state to recognize gay and lesbian couples' marriages performed in Massachusetts and, further, to bring marriage equality there, is a step in the right direction for the Ocean State. [link]

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Marriage ripe for decision in 2 courts

Stateline.org
March 1, 2007
All eyes now are on the highest courts in California, Connecticut and Maryland, where decisions on the constitutionality of marriage discrimination are likely this year. California and Connecticut are appeals that will test whether civil unions or domestic partnerships are legally inadequate substitutes for matrimony. [link]

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Suze Orman on finances and marriage

New York Times
February 25, 2007
When asked if she would like to be able to marry her partner, Suze Orman replies, "Yes. Absolutely. Both of us have millions of dollars in our name. It"s killing me that upon my death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa." [link]

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RI steps toward recognizing gay and lesbian marriages

New York Times
February 22, 2007
Responding to a request for a legal opinion from the commissioner of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch said the state prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and did not explicitly prohibit same-sex marriage. "Rhode Island will recognize same-sex marriages lawfully performed in Massachusetts as marriages in Rhode Island," the seven-page opinion said. [link]

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WY panel kills anti-gay bill

Casper Star Tribune
February 22, 2007
House Speaker Roy Cohee, R-Casper, cast the tie-breaking vote in committee Thursday to kill a bill that would have barred Wyoming from recognizing gay and lesbian marriages from other states. [link]

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OPINION: We can have both: ERA and marriage equality

Women's eNews
February 21, 2007
Instead of seeking to extricate the ERA from contemporary legal arguments about marriage equality, let's honor the history of lesbian's work for women's rights. Let's support lesbians in the quest for marriage equality and embrace them fully and openly in the movement to pass the ERA. [Link]

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Marriage emphasized at reception

Windy City Times
February 21, 2007
The Sixth Annual Freedom to Marry Reception was hosted Feb. 15 in Chicago. The free reception was sponsored by Lambda Legal, Merrill Lynch, and The Aragon Ballroom, and spotlighted efforts to support equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. [Link]

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BLOG: Marriage equality advocates gear up for battles in New England, other states

Page One Q
February 20, 2007

"It all comes down to one question: Either civil unions and marriage are the same, in which case why do we need two lines at the clerk's office, or they are not the same, in which case, what is the government withholding, and why should it," Evan Wolfson told PageOneQ. "And I think our opponents have no answer to that question."
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China holds first Freedom to Marry Day protest

Pink News
February 19, 2007
On Valentine's Day, Beijing's gay population protested for marriage equality. This was the Freedom to Marry Day event in China. In addition, many by-standers supported the protesters. "I think it's only fair; it's everybody's right to get married," Liu Peng, one of the crowd who watched the protest, told the Advocate. "I support them. I think it's great." [Link]

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Couples gather for gay rights

The Daily Texan
February 19, 2007
It was unusually warm at the end of a week that charted record low temperatures only days before. More than 100 people welcomed a resurgence of sunshine Saturday at the City Hall plaza for the culmination of national Freedom to Marry Week. [link]

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