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Expanded partnership rights headed for governor’s desk

Associated Press
March 5, 2008
The Legislature passed a measure Tuesday to expand the state’s domestic partnership law, granting same-sex couples more than 170 of the benefits and responsibilities given to married couples, including property and guardianship rights. The Senate gave final approval on a 29-20 vote after minimal debate. The bill now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is expected to sign it. [link]

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Exclusion From Marriage Is at Heart of California Case

New York Times
March 5, 2008
For almost four hours on Tuesday, the California Supreme Court heard arguments in the most important marriage case since Massachusetts’s highest court allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry there more than four years ago. But it took only 15 minutes for Justice Carlos R. Moreno to identify the central question. “Doesn’t this just boil down to the use of the m-word — marriage?” he asked…Lawyers for the same-sex couples seeking the right to marry said that marriage was a unique expression of love and commitment and that calling their unions anything else was a form of second-class citizenship. [Link]

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Over 500 watch historic hearing on live video

San Francisco Chronicle
March 5, 2008
In all, more than 500 people flocked to San Francisco's Civic Center on Tuesday to watch the state Supreme Court hearing on the freedom to marry via live video feeds that were piped into a library, a law school and a basement conference room in the courthouse because the courtroom was filled to capacity. [Link]

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Study: Gay couples in AZ lack resources

Arizona Republic
March 4, 2008
Gay and lesbian couples in Arizona generally make less money, are less likely to own a home and have fewer resources to raise children than their married counterparts, according to a new study by the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles. The results of the study being conducted state by state are shattering many long-held stereotypes. [Link]

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Gay couples win new rights in bill

Seattle Post Intelligencer
March 4, 2008
Gay and lesbian couples were brought one step closer to marriage equality Tuesday when the Legislature voted to extend 170 new rights to them, adding to groundwork begun last year with the passage of domestic partnership rights. [link]

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Marriage Equality Attracting Skilled Workers To MA

365Gay.com
March 3, 2008
Massachusetts is reaping huge financial gains as a result of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. [Link]

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Wisconsin School Employee Files Grievance Over Marriage Leave

Advocate
March 1, 2008
An elementary school secretary in Sheboygan, WI, filed a grievance with the school district, arguing its refusal to give her two days' paid leave after her marriage to another woman is discrimination, The Sheboygan Press reported Friday. [Link]

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God spoke via MA court

Washington Blade
February 29, 2008
The 2003 ruling on marriage equality was a turning point for me in learning to accept my lesbian daughter. [Link]

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OPINION: Marital Melee

The Trentonian
February 28, 2008
"Whatever the advisability or inadvisability of gay marriage, it would change the definition only for gays, by including them in marriage’s legal ambit. As for the others, 'the rest of society,' pardon us if we are being obtuse, but we fail to see how the definition of marriage would change for them. For the overwhelming majority of society, traditional opposite-sex marriage would still be traditional opposite-sex marriage, wouldn’t it?" [link]

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CA court set to hear marriage case

Washington Blade
February 28, 2008
“Believing you can do it is a prerequisite to getting it done,” said Evan Wolfson. “But hope alone is not enough and legal briefing is not enough. It’s our job to generate discussion in California so the judges are not just reading briefs but are feeling a sense that if they rule right, they will be sustained and history will vindicate them.” [Link]

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