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Arizona state senator slams opponents over anti-marriage vote

GayPolitics.com
July 15, 2008
Victory Fund's blog interviews Arizona State Senator Paula Aboud about the controversial actions taken by state senators in Arizona to push through a vote on an anti-marriage amendment ballot measure for the November 2008 ballot. (Link)

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Mass. Senate Votes To Let Out-Of-State Gays Marry

The Boston Channel
July 15, 2008
The Massachusetts Senate has voted to repeal a 1913 law used to bar out-of-state gay couples from marrying here. The House is expected to vote this week. [Link]

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Repeal Would Let Out-of-State Gays Marry in Mass.

Mercury news
July 15, 2008
Democratic leaders of the House and Senate and Gov. Deval Patrick support a repeal of a 1913 Mass. law which prevents out-of-state gay couples from marrying; the law could come up to a vote as soon as July 15. [Link]

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A long way since 1913

The Boston Globe
July 15, 2008
"...Repealing the misbegotten 1913 law is the right move, even if it doesn't yield a dime. For the measure only underscores the parallel between interracial marriage and same-sex marriage. By repealing it, the Legislature will send a powerful message: Marriages that once seemed so threatening to so many people can become part of the social fabric over time." [Link]

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The ‘Pro-Family’ Scam

Huffington Post
July 13, 2008
Wayne Besen writes about the hypocrisy of the anti-gay industry, pointing out their focus on passing state amendments to ban marriage for gay couples, but lack of attention to divorce and child abuse. [Link]

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Gay Pair-Bonding, Marriage is Natural

The Huffington Post
July 11, 2008
"Much of the anti-gay-marriage argument rests on two commonly held assumptions: Life-long exclusive mate-bonding for purposes of rearing joint offspring is natural, and homosexuality is unnatural. Both assumptions have little basis in fact." [Link]

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EDITORIAL: No need for antique marriage law

The MetroWest Daily News
July 14, 2008
"The law is no more justified now than in 1913. Former Gov. Mitt Romney's fear that Massachusetts will become 'the Las Vegas of same-sex marriage' is an insult to loving couples who wish to cement their commitment to each other." [Link]

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California gays ditch wedding gifts for donations

Reuters
July 14, 2008
Actor George Takei, best known for playing Mr. Sulu on the TV series "Star Trek," and his partner, Brad Altman, are among the couples promoting the idea. "Brad and I have been together for 21 years so we have our toasters and mixers. What are we going to do with more things?" said Takei, 71, who plans to marry Altman in September in Los Angeles. [Link]

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U.S. Census Refuses to Count All Families

The Mercury News reported over the weekend, "The U.S. Census Bureau, reacting to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and other mandates, plans to edit the 2010 census responses of same-sex couples who marry legally in California, Massachusetts or any other state." Rather than counting all families, the Census Bureau will reassign married gay and lesbian couples as "unmarried partners" resulting in all families not being accounted for as federal programs receive money and support from the government. As the blog Leonard Link notes, "a marriage is a marriage, and should be counted as such."

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Census Bureau to Married Gay and Lesbian Couples: You Don’t Count

Firedoglake
July 13, 2008
Blogger Teddy Partridge discusses the U.S. Census Bureau's decision to leave out families of gay and lesbian couples in the census and what the experts are saying about this decision. (Link)

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