Poll: Young voters disenchanted with Republican party’s stance on marriage, among others

San Francisco Chronicle
August 27, 2007
Young Americans have become so profoundly alienated from Republican ideals on issues including the war in Iraq, global warming, marriage for gay and lesbian couples, and illegal immigration that their defections suggest a political setback that could haunt Republicans "for many generations to come," the poll said. [link]

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COLUMN: Same-sex and worried about retirement

The Washington Post
August 26, 2007
Columnist Martha Hamilton writes about the financial difficulties many same-sex couples face because they cannot receive the tax breaks and retirement benefits that come with marriage. [Link]

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Midieval civil unions existed

Science Daily
August 25, 2007
In late medieval France, the term affrèrement -- roughly translated as brotherment -- was used to refer to a certain type of legal contract, which also existed elsewhere in Mediterranean Europe. These documents provided the foundation for non-nuclear households of many types and shared many characteristics with marriage contracts, as legal writers at the time were well aware, according to Allan A. Tulchin (Shippensburg University). [link]

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Zogby Poll: New Jerseyans say change civil unions law to real marriage equality

Garden State Equality
August 16, 2007
As New Jersey marks the six-month anniversary of the civil unions law this Sunday, August 19, a new statewide Zogby Poll shows majorities of voters favoring changing the law to full marriage equality for same-sex couples. By 63% to 31%, New Jersey voters say they'd be fine with the state legislature upgrading civil unions to marriage equality. By 72% to 21%, New Jersey voters say state legislators would be in no electoral danger if they enacted marriage equality. By 61% to 29%, New Jersey voters say they expect the state to enact marriage equality within just a couple of years. [Link]

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BLOG: Follow-up thoughts on the LGBT debate

The Nation
August 13, 2007

E. J. Graff writes, "In questioning the focus on marriage, Obama revealed his lack of knowledge on the issue and his lack of well-informed LGBT advisors. This discussion is over, except among academics, where it is--excuse the pun--academic. Marriage is a major goal. It's not the only thing worth talking about, but it cannot be dismissed."

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OPINION: Social justice tied up in gay rights

Rutland Herald
August 12, 2007
The defining civil rights struggle of this generation involves gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans who live in cities and towns throughout the country, engage in all walks of life, worship in a range of churches, and form families, both with and without children, that are central to our identity and purpose. Once again, questions about the assumptions and regulations surrounding our marriage laws are back on the table. It makes sense. Marriage is a central institution in our society; we know from history that you can't ignore the government's regulation of marriage if you're serious about advancing legal fairness and social justice. [link]

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BLOG: Winners and losers at the HRC/LOGO VisibleVote08 forum

August 10, 2007
Blogger Pam Spaulding does her usual excellent job of summarizing and commenting live from the forum. This is a must-read in conjunction with Evan Wolfson's post This week's gay debate: A prime-time opportunity for straight talk on marriage. [link]

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Democratic candidates address gay issues

August 9, 2007

Evan Wolfson said the good news in his view is that all the Democratic candidates support fairness for same-sex couples. "The bad news is they haven't yet grasped that equality in marriage is how you achieve that fairness," Wolfson added. "There is no substitute. They wouldn't trade their marriage for a civil union. Why should gay Americans?"

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Add your voice to the chorus calling for equality and dignity

Seattle Times
August 9, 2007
Even after Kate's passing, I still had to fight for recognition as her spouse. Since I was not her legal wife, the funeral director would not address me as Kate's family or let me make her funeral arrangements. Kate's mother had to sign the request for her cremation. The death certificate stated that she had never been married. Kate's voice could no longer speak out against these mounting indignities. Now that many presidential candidates are making the effort to listen to our stories, we must speak up about the gravity of the rights that anti-gay marriage amendments may take away. [link]

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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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