Battle over the freedom to marry plays out in the Cherokee Tribe

Washington Post
August 1, 2005
A historical hearing in Oklahoma's Cherokee courts will take place on Tuesday to legalize marriage between same-sex couples after Kathy Reynolds and Dawn McKinley of Oklahoma moved to become the first same-sex couple to marry under Cherokee law. Cherokee law did not exclude same-sex couples from marrying, but the couple was stopped short upon the actual filing of their marriage application, after they requested and received, without incident, a marriage application from the tribe last year, and held a wedding ceremony performed by a licensed minister certified by the Cherokee Nation. [Link]

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Gay and lesbian seniors face great discrimination

Windy City Times
July 27, 2005
LGBT elders face unique problems that loosely fit into three categories: individual discrimination, abuse, and issues caused by the inability to marry one's partner. Discrimination and abuse are problems that can cause a LGBT senior to become isolated and even to go back into the closet. The issues associated with marriage stem from legal rights automatically conferred upon married couples that cannot be privately arranged or contracted for by same-sex couples and, for those rights for which contracts may be made, the high cost of attorneys is the reason many cannot do so. [Link]

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Canadian Senate makes it official: Marriage equality nationwide

BBC News
July 20, 2005
The Canadian Senate followed the House of Commons with a vote for marriage, making Canada the fourth country in the world to end gay couples' exclusion from marriage nationwide. While thousands of same-sex couples have already married in the past two years in parts of Canada, parliament's historic vote means an end to marriage discrimination throughout the country, proves to people worldwide that everyone benefits when gay couples are treated equally, and puts Canada leagues ahead of its neighbor to the south. [Link]

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TV Networks Pull Biases in Exchange for Inclusion of Same-Sex Couples

New York Blade
July 8, 2005

After meeting with officials from the Gay & Lesbian Association Against Defamation (GLAAD) and encountering many protests over the show's anti-gay tone in its beginning episodes, ABC decided to pull its 6-episode reality show, "Welcome to the Neighborhood." This follows a decision by NBC to revise applicant requirements allowing same-sex couples to enter it's "Today Hosts a Hometown Wedding" contest. Equality supporters like Freedom to Marry executive director Evan Wolfson applaud GLAAD's work in allowing the American public to view the reality of loving same-sex couples seeking marriage rather than the scare tactics from the opposition.

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Spain, Canada Laws Provide Valuable Lesson for U.S.

June 30, 2005

The progress of laws ending marriage discrimination in Canada and Spain has given gay advocates a chance to celebrate equality and recommit to the struggle at home. Prominent gay leaders such as Freedom to Marry executive director Evan Wolfson applauded the virtuous example saying, "The victories in these countries show that families are helped and no one is hurt when discrimination ends." [Link]

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Church Leader Endorses the Freedom to Marry

Houston Voice
June 29, 2005

Rev. John H. Thomas, head of the United Church of Christ, publicly endorsed a proposed resolution supporting the freedom for same-sex couples to marry. Thomas said the UCC should affirm the rights of GLBT Americans to have marriages "equal in name, privileges and responsibilities to married heterosexual couples." The announcement comes just days before the annual meeting of the General Synod in Atlanta.

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US Supreme Court Sees New Round of Issues, Including Gay Rights

Congressional Quarterly
June 27, 2005

While speculation on the composition of the nation's highest court continues, one thing remains clear, the nine justices have a slew of new issues to tackle. Since 2003's 
Lawrence v. Texas decision, the court has shyed from taking on other gay rights cases; however, it's certain the court must eventually address discriminatory legislation against gays including the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and the exclusion of marriage. [Link]

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Straight, Not Narrow: How Straight Couples Can Support Gay Marriage

New Haven Advocate
June 15, 2005
Profs. Ian Ayres and Jennifer Brown write, "Massachusetts' innovation gives all of us some choices. Supporters of gay rights, regardless of sexual orientation, may want to reward the state for its progressive stance. Instead of the negativism of boycotts, a grassroots campaign should declare a marriage 'buycott.' [Link]

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OPINION: A majority doesn’t make bigotry right in Tennessee

The Chattanoogan
May 30, 2005
Whiteman discusses the pitfalls of following the 'majority' by recalling women's suffrage, slavery, the Holocaust and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. He praises the 'minority' who refuse to support putting anti-gay bigotry in the state constitution. [link]

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Freedom To Marry Head Responds to Gays’ First Marriage Anniversaries

PlanetOut Network
May 17, 2005

Evan Wolfson is hopeful about the influence of marriages in Massachusetts over time. He says it serves as "[A] standard of equality that others will aspire to and define themselves by," adding it is a "living example of fairness and family values." [

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