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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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AP News Analysis: Social issues fail signature ct.

Associated Press
July 12, 2008
An anti-family campaign in Arkansas which is trying to gather enough signatures to ban adoption by gay and lesbian couples is failing as a result of the public's opposition to discrimination. (Link)

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FAMILY FINANCE: Marriage equality a financial boost

Newsday
July 13, 2008
In response to a reader's question, the details of how marriage equality protects families financially is discussed. (Link)

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Cooking the Family Numbers in the 2010 US Census

Leonard Link
July 13, 2008
The blog discusses the U.S. Census Bureau's decision to not count marriages of same-sex couples, the problems this will cause, and the simple argument that, "a marriage is a marriage, and should be counted as such." (Link)

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Why Prop. 8 is a losing proposition

Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2008
Arnold Steinberg, a Republican political strategist and analyst, discusses how the momentum of public opinion now favors equality and that the anti-marriage proposition in California will likely be defeated. (Link)

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U.S. Census Bureau won’t count marriages by gay and lesbian couples

Mercury News
July 12, 2008
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. They will be reported as "unmarried partners," rather than married spouses, in census tabulations. (Link)

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How Far Does N.Y. Marriage Recognition Reach?

Leonard Link
July 10, 2008
"Will a New York court find that the changing social and legal context for the contract requires a broad interpretation of its terms to include a contingency that was not anticipated by the parties when the contract was made?" [Link]

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How Much Is That Marriage In The Window?

Pajama's Media
July 9, 2008
Gay couples can use private contracts to replace pieces of the protections and responsibilities that marriage brings, but it doesn't come cheap, they better not move to another state, and there can be no accidents or changes in fortune. [Link]

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