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Divorcing gay couples create new legal issues

San Francisco Gate
September 25, 2006
Gay and lesbian couples in the United States cannot marry anywhere except MA, but many states that legally recognize same-sex couples now send them to divorce court if they break up. The legal questions are new because there was never such disconnect between states and the federal marriage laws until VT instituted civil unions in 2000, and only 113 of those unions have been dissolved. [link]

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EDITORIAL: The anti-family amendment

The Roanoke Times
September 19, 2006
When a state's attorney general interprets the marriage amendment one way and a hundred-plus attorneys view it another, Virginians can be sure of one thing: Much time, money and brainpower will clog the state's courts for years to come if that amendment passes in November. [link]

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AK Court: policy holds lesbian and gay couples to higher standards

Juneau Empire
September 19, 2006
Following an action filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and nine Alaska couples, the high court ruled that denying gay and lesbian couples rights extended to married couples deprives them of equal protection guaranteed under the Alaska Constitution. As drafted, benefits for same-sex couples would require the partners to swear they have been in "exclusive, committed and intimate relationships" for at least a year. (Link)

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Five Minutes With Julian Bond

Campus Progress
September 15, 2006
"This is not a game where if the gay people win, the black people lose. When somebody else gains their civil rights, I like to feel the army protecting my civil rights has been broadened and extended." [Link]

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Love and activism in WI

The Advocate
September 15, 2006
Wisconsin couple Richard Taylor and Ray Vahey were coming up on 50 years together when Taylor died in July. In their last year together they decided to finally come out to family and friends and joined a very public fight against a constitutional marriage exclusion amendment. [link]

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REPORTS FROM THE FRONT: A Labor Day Look at Marriage Equality

Freedom to Marry
September 13, 2006
A look at conferences held September 2006 that make that crystal clear the growing realization of the need for marriage equality in the workplace: the Pride at Work national conference and the annual Out and Equal conference. [Link]

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Fired professor stands firm in support of marriage equality

Deseret Morning News
September 12, 2006
Jeffrey Nielsen believes gay people should be allowed to marry and have children more now than he did in June when the stance cost him his job at Brigham Young University. Nielsen said he didn't know any gay men or women when he wrote an opinion piece that appeared June 4 in a Salt Lake newspaper that opposed the anti-gay-marriage position of LDS Church leadership, but now he knows hundreds. [link]

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Lawyers mull US Supreme Court appeal in Nebraska marriage case

365Gay.com
September 9, 2006
Attorneys who lost an appeal of Nebraska's broad ban on any recognition of same-sex relationships, called "the most extreme antigay family law in the nation," say they are still considering whether to appeal the case to the US Supreme Court. [link]

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Michigan Dems: Repeal Proposal 2

PrideSource
September 7, 2006
Saying that Proposal 2 "adds discrimination to our State Constitution," the party has called for its repeal. In addition, as it did in 2004, the party's platform calls for a number of other progressive actions, including recognizing the adoption rights of same-sex couples. [Link]

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Marriage foe defeated in Florida Republican gubernatorial primary

The Advocate
September 6, 2006
State CFO Tom Gallagher was soundly defeated in his race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination after positioning himself almost exactly the same as President Bush. Gallagher's abandonment of his previously more moderate stances on social issues for far-right positions — including opposing the freedom to marry and equal adoption rights for lesbian and gay couples — was seen as instrumental to his loss. [Link]

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