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Former NAACP Head Speaks Out in Support of Marriage Equality

Washington Blade
January 23, 2006
"As someone who was raised to believe in traditional marriage, it does not mean others cannot have beliefs," Mfume said. "I recognize [civil union] laws don't cover all the benefits and all the rights that could and should be accrued to same-sex couples." [Link]

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Black faith leaders to converge in Atlanta to discuss homophobia in black churches

Washington Blade
January 20, 2006
"These anti-marriage proponents are pandering to the black church for their own agenda." [Link]

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DC council to vote on civil unions

365Gay.com
January 2, 2006
This week, the DC council will vote on allowing civil unions. The measure, authored by council member-at-large Phil Mendelson (D), has gained widespread support and would give unmarried couples some of the broadest domestic partner rights in the country. One councilor is considering a competing bill that would legalize marriage. The civil union bill is scheduled for vote on Wednesday. [Link]

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Court ruling stalled for resolution by governor, Legislature; city to comply

Anchorage Daily News
January 1, 2006
The nine couples who successfully won the lawsuit where the Alaska Supreme Court unanimously ruled it unconstitutional to discriminate against domestic partners in the workplace, still cannot enroll their partners in their health plans two months later. The ACLU has asked the court to give the city and legislature a deadline for compliance, while opponents stall and try to fight ways to challenge the ruling instead of executing it. (Link)

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Maine’s gay rights law takes effect

Associated Press (Express Gay News)
December 28, 2005
Maine became the last New England State to protect same-sex couples from discrimination as a law that voters refused to repeal last month quietly went into effect on Wednesday. 55 percent of Maine voters rejected a proposal to repeal a legislatively enacted law to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, credit, public accomodations and education. [Link]

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University regents discuss benefits change to include domestic partners

Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 3, 2005
On Friday, NV regents discussed taking an unprecedented step to extend system benefits to domestic partners. The proposal came before a committee three years ago and never hit the full board's agenda until Friday's meeting. Regents said they wanted a chance to review a more detailed plan and would revisit for a possible vote in March 2006. Jim Richardson, NV Faculty Alliance says, "We believe faithful, monogamous partners deserve these benefits." Same-sex relationships must also be respected and recognized. [link]

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Kansas Chief Justice defends the courts and Mass. marriage ruling

Associate Press (365Gay.com)
December 2, 2005
Supreme Court Chief Justice Kay McFarland says "people accuse judges and appellate courts throughout the nation of being 'activists' when they don't like rulings in high-profile cases." The job of the court is to "uphold the law, not do what's popular." She says people should know better, and applauds the Mass. court for simply doing its job. [Link]

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Proposition 2 is already changing Texas

Dallas Morning News
November 20, 2005
As predicted by Hall and others, the passing of the state's anti-gay amendment is (already) changing the state. Many foresee a "brain drain" as people have stated that they will be leaving the state to move to a place where tolerance overcomes hate. Others are choosing not to return to Texas, as they raise families and want their kids to grow up with tolerance. Companies also refuse to move their business to the state in fear that the circumstances may turn away the best possible employees for the company. Though some revel in the state's conservative image, others are embarassed and say the state has entered a "disastrous path," with the current economic situation already posing a great challenge to residents. [link]

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The family values sideshow

Tom Paine
November 4, 2005
E.J. Graff asks, "When did lying become a family value?" She uncovers the lie family values folks say in support of anti-gay amendments: it won't harm gay and lesbian couples and their families by depriving them of job benefits or other protections through civil union or domestic partnership. Yet once the amendment passes, the same folks argue vehemently that any recognition of a same-sex couple's relationship is a "marriage in disguise" and attacks the sacred institution of marriage. Graff asks, "[H]ave they no shame?" and asks voters to be cautious at the polls. [Link]

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COMMENTARY: Reasons to vote ‘no’ to Prop. 2

Galveston County Daily News
November 2, 2005
Tillotson covers several reasons why governmental conservatives should not support Texas' anti-gay amendment: marriage has already been restricted to non-gay couples by the state legislature since 2003; the language is too broad; conservatives like their laws aimed at real problems, not imaginary ones; constitutions work best when it protects the individual and embrace the true definition of equality, justice and freedom; and conservatives believe in freedom, not hate. [link]

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