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Former Iowa Lt Govs Support Marriage Equality Case

365Gay.com
March 28, 2008
Two former Iowa Lieutenant Governors, one a Republican the other a Democrat, submitted a brief Friday to the state Supreme Court arguing that the court, not the legislature or voters, is the place to decide the constitutionality of marriage equality. "We are proud of Iowa's long history in ensuring fairness and equality for all Iowans," said former Lt. Govs. Joy Corning (R) and Sally Pederson (D) in a joint statement. [Link]

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Geography of taxes

Washington Blade
March 28, 2008
Regardless of your political affiliation, one debate that usually inflames passions in the Washington Metro Area is whether it’s best to live in D.C, Virginia or Maryland. The question becomes more important if you are a same-sex couple. For example, let’s say you’ve saved $1 million in your retirement account, which you planned to leave to your partner at death. In which jurisdiction would the taxes be the lowest on your estate: D.C., Virginia or Maryland? If you said D.C., you’d be wrong. Maryland? No, guess again. The answer is Virginia. Yep, that’s right, the anti-gay Commonwealth. [link]

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Islam ‘recognizes homosexuality’

The Jakarta Post
March 28, 2008
Moderate Muslim scholars said there were no reasons to reject gay people under Islam, and that the condemnation by mainstream ulema and many other Muslims was based on narrow-minded interpretations of Islamic teachings. [link]

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BLOG: Bill Clinton + DOMA = revisionism

Pam’s House Blend
March 27, 2008
Along with a recent video clip of Bill Clinton feeling the heat from students grilling him about his signature on the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, Pam offers a historical perspective on DOMA and what was going on at the time of the law signing, contrary to what Clinton claims. [Link]

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Same-Sex Couple Blocked By H & R

Hartford Courant
March 26, 2008
A Conn. gay couple in a civil union found themselves banned from jointly filing their taxes on H&R Block's website despite state law requiring equal treatment to couples in civil unions. [Link]

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Vermont panel prepares report on marriage

Rutland Herald
March 26, 2008
A legislative committee charged with hearing Vermonters' views on full civil marriage for same-sex couples will release its long-awaited report next month. Recent polls have shown increased support for marriage equality. [link]

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Poll: Majority of Vermonters Favor Marriage Equality

The Advocate
March 26, 2008
A majority of Vermont residents -- 54% -- say they favor marriage equality, according to an unofficial survey taken March 11. The results represent an 8% increase over last year, WPTZ in Montpelier reported Monday. [link]

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Majority In VT Support Changing Civil Unions To Marriage

365Gay.com
March 26, 2008
As a state commission prepares its report on whether to amend Vermont's civil union law to end the exclusion from marriage a new poll finds that the majority of people in the state believe gay and lesbian couples should have the freedom to marry. The survey was taken of people attending town meetings across the state. It found that 54% said they support marriage equality while 37% were opposed.[link]

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An Anthropologist Critiques Focus on the Family’s ‘Anthropological’ Report on Marriage

Box Turtle Bulletin
March 25, 2008
A guest post by Patrick M. Chapman, biological anthropologist and author of the forthcoming book, “Thou Shalt Not Love”: What Evangelicals Really Say to Gays provides a critical review of a recent Focus on the Family report and refutes the argument that an anthropological understanding of marriage undermines the case for marriage equality. [Link]

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Group Behind Anti-Adoptions Begs For Cash

365Gay.com
March 24, 2008
An umbrella group of social conservatives trying to gather enough signatures to force a referendum that could ban couples who are not married from adopting children in Arkansas has launched a desperate appeal for money. [Link]

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