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Legislature kills anti-gay adoption ban but restrictive marriage amendment remains

365Gay.com
March 16, 2005
A House subcommittee voted down a bill that would have barred gays from adopting or serving as foster parents. Gay activists were pleased but are still apprehensive over an upcoming vote in the House on an amendment that would ban gays from marriage. [link]

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Equal marriage proponents and opponents rally at Indiana’s House

WTHR Eyewitness News
March 8, 2005
Indiana's House is undecided on an amendment to the State Constitution banning marriage for gay couples. In an effort to recruit lawmakers, amendment supporters spoke inside the Statehouse, while equal marriage proponents rallied outside. [Link]

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Ohio village stands against anti-gay State amendment

Solidarity Ohio
March 7, 2005
The village of Yellow Springs passed a resolution opposing the Ohio State amendment banning marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships for gay couples. The resolution also encourages community members to recognize the equality of all families. [link]

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Montana Senate endorses limited rights to gay couples

365Gay.com
March 3, 2005
The Senate approved legislation allowing residents to designate anyone, regardless of sexuality, as their next of kin. The bill also allows hospital visitation and authority to make medical decisions. The legislation now moves forward to the House. [link]

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Truth in Numbers

Boston Review
February/March 2005
Further analysis definitively refutes right-wing efforts to spin Bush's narrow victory as a repudiation of gay people or our freedom to marry. [link]

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Anti-gay bill blocked by New Mexico’s House

New Mexican
February 16, 2005
State legislation banning gay couples from marriage was indefinitely tabled in a House Committee hearing. Opponents of the anti-gay legislation said the Land of Enchantment "need[s] to project an image of tolerance." [link]

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Gay Couples Across the U.S. Asked for Marriage on Valentine’s Day

Planetout
February 15, 2005

Raising awareness for equal marriage, U.S. gay couples spent Valentine's Day at marriage bureaus. Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, said, "the more we talk about it, the more fair-minded Americans will embrace ending our exclusion from marriage." 
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Idaho marriage amendment fails

365Gay.com
February 2, 2005
Eight Republican senators joined with six Democrats striking down the proposed anti-gay amendment to the State's constitution. This is the second consecutive year such a proposal has been defeated. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: The Ohio amendment strikes back

Toledo Blade
January 24, 2005
A vaguely worded amendment + some sharp lawyers = unintended consequences: a legal attack on domestic violence protections. All Ohio residents will pay the price defending against new challenges to laws no one suspected would be vulnerable. [link]

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Okay, we lost Ohio. The question is why?

Washington Post
December 5, 2004
The GOP put on a strong mobilization effort, but that's not what tipped the Ohio election. They did not turn Gore voters into Bush voters by offering a ride to the polls. Instead, it was skillful exploitation of public concern over terrorism by the Bush team -- coupled with Democrats' inability to draw clear, powerful contrasts on the economy and health care -- that pushed Bush over the finish line. [link]

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