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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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EDITORIAL: Marriage is nobody’s business but the couple’s

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
July 10, 2008
Teen council members write, "No matter how orthodox and strict your own ideology may be, you still should not impose it, and the thousands of laws and customs that come with it, upon anyone else." [Link]

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Hopes to Repeal Old Law

The Boston Globe
July 10, 2008
Mass. lawmakers will vote on legislation that would repeal a 1913 law that bars non-resident gay couples from marrying in the state. The repeal requires a simple majority to pass. [Link]

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The Case for a Right of Marriage Recognition: Why Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Should Protect Sa

Findlaw
July 9, 2008
Steve Sanders writes, "I believe scholars, legislators, and judges accept the status quo for same-sex marriages because of a lingering, perhaps subconscious, belief that they are not quite 'real' marriages. From such a belief, another belief follows: that the people who enter into such marriages have no legitimate expectation they will be treated with the deference the law accords to virtually all other marriages. But our law should not tolerate different classes of marriages, some more favored than others." [Link]

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Marriage Equality: Sound Business to the Tune of Billions

EDGE Boston
July 9, 2008
Two new reports from The Williams Institute show that marriage equality could pump tens of millions of dollars into state economies like Calif., where marriage equality just became legal, and NJ, where marriage equality is viewed as likely, reports online news source Business Pundit. [Link]

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Calif. county refuses discriminatory move

Contra Costa Times
July 8, 2008
Kern County supervisors refused to ban gay and lesbian couples' marriages, rebutting a conservative group that sought to make it the first California county to reject the statewide policy. [Link]

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Domestic-partners law in Oregon goes before judges again

Associated Press
July 8, 2008
Oregon's domestic-partnership law comes under the legal spotlight again this week, with opponents of equality challenging the state's initiative qualification process in front of a three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Link)

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The Supreme Court and the future of marriage

MSNBC.com
July 7, 2008
The next president is likely to have the opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court justice who could affect the future of the freedom to marry in America. (Link)

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