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API Faith Leaders Speak Out in Support of Equality

Nichi Bei Times
June 7, 2007

Rev. Yoshii pledged his support for LGBT persons and their families as well. He said that the issue is a personal one for API clergy. "We know about laws that have been used against us, to exclude us to, marginalize us, to not grant us civil rights," Rev. Yoshii explained. "That's why we come and stand in support of (the marriage rights) of same-sex couples." [Link]

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The kids are all right

Hour.ca
June 7, 2007
A study commissioned by the former federal Liberal government was finally released to the public in May after its author had to resort to Canada's Access to Information Act to get the Tories to release it. The report compares the results of almost 50 North American, European and British studies about families headed by gay and lesbian parents from North America, with the results of another 25 studies of single-parent families. The international studies span the past 30 years. [Link]

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BLOG: The hidden nastiness of anti-gay marriage bans

In This Moment
June 6, 2007
When we fought the Kansas ban on same sex marriage in 2005, I was struck by how vigorously our opponents claimed that the ban would never hurt a soul. [Link]

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Next stop: Marriage

The Phoenix
June 6, 2007
"Marriage," Betsy Smith, the executive director of Equality Maine, says confidently when asked what her group's plan is for the future. She even offers a timetable: three to five years. "We know civil unions don't work in a real world, only marriage works in a real world," says Equality Maine's Darlene Huntress, noting that, like New Jersey, Connecticut, and Vermont, New Hampshire actually started with a push for marriage. [Link]

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AUDIO: Evan Wolfson discusses Loving v. Virginia on TalkBack! with Hugh Hamilton

WBAI
June 4, 2007

June 12th marks the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark Supreme Court decision that advanced racial equality and the freedom to marry in America. Evan Wolfson discusses this landmark case and the celebration to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Loving decision spearheaded by a coalition of organizations including Freedom to Marry.
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[Civil unions spread, but gay people want to wed

Stateline
May 31, 2007
"Civil unions are nothing like marriage," Garden State Equality Director Steven Goldstein said. "The cockamamie contraption simply doesn't work. If civil unions were a person, they would be arrested for fraud." [link]

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Marriage equality is gaining favor in NY

New York Post
May 30, 2007
By a sizable 63-29 percent, voters between 18 and 34 years of age said they approved marriage equality. It was the first time the Siena College survey had asked a marriage question, so there were no past results for comparison. [Link]

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Celebrating recent LGBT legislative advances

Lambda Legal
May 30, 2007
Jon Davidson, Legal Director of Lambda Legal discusses the marriage-related achievements in early 2007, noting once recently passed laws go into effect "nearly 35 percent (34.7%) of same-sex couples live in states where some of the state law rights that spouses receive can be obtained by marrying or entering civil unions, reciprocal beneficiary relationships or domestic partnerships. What is perhaps most amazing about these figures is that NONE of this existed only seven years ago." Although these achievements deserve recognition, Davidson continues, "Same-sex couples still cannot marry in 49 states, and the federal government refuses to honor the marriages that same-sex couples validly enter." [link]

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BLOG: Stop calling my civil union a marriage

Blue Jersey
May 23, 2007
Ignoring the differences between civil unions and marriage doesn't make them go away. Pretending that civil unions are the same as marriage doesn't make it true. The latest news here in New Jersey is proving, just as Blue Jersey predicted, that civil unions are an inferior status that don't work in the real world, and aren't working in New Jersey. [link]

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BLOG: An update on Emma

Pam's House Blend
May 21, 2007
In a happy conclusion to the story about the GA family we posted yesterday, Emma is back home. Pam's House Blend comments, "I feel like the 'system' let a judge, a supposedly levelheaded steward of the law, enforce homophobia and tear a family apart. My heart goes out to Emma and Elizabeth. I hope that the hurt inflicted heals quickly. I wish good things for their reunited family." [Link]

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