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Marriage discrimination challenge set for hearing

Denver Post
February 12, 2008
The first legal challenge to Colorado’s anti-marriage constitutional amendment goes to court Wednesday, with the goal of unraveling Amendment 43, which voters passed in 2006. The main legal case is misdemeanor trespassing: Catherine Burns and Sheila Schroeder, a lesbian couple from Englewood, went to the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office on Sept. 24 to get a marriage license. [Link]

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County residents say same-sex marriage bill will help them

The Frederick News
February 11, 2008
At least 15 residents from Frederick County will travel to Annapolis to attend an Equality Maryland rally in support of legislation that would end the exclusion of same-sex couples and their families from marriage in the state. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: A Victory for Marriage Equality

New York Times
February 5, 2008
The Times editorial staff says a N.Y. appeals court ruling in favor of recognizing out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples is "...important progress toward changing laws and attitudes that deprive gay people of equal rights and deny the dignity of New York’s many gay families. They should be able to live, marry and raise children with the same respect and the same rights as anyone else. [Link]

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Same-Sex Pairs Make it Legal

The Oregonian
February 5, 2008
After a judge ruled against a hold in Oregon on domestic partnerships which the legislature passed in 2006, 300 couples registered the first day; Williams Institute says the state can anticipate 4,500 registrations over the next three years. [link]

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Group To Rekindle Rights for Same-Sex Couples Debate In Minnesota

WCCO
February 4, 2008
When state lawmakers open the new session next week a new group will try to rekindle the debate over whether same-sex couples should have the same rights as men and women who are married. Project 515 focuses on 515 state laws that it says discriminate against same-sex couples and families. Some affect couples in their professional lives, others in times of tragedy. [link]

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ACT wants resolution to gay stand-off

The Age
February 4, 2008
The ACT government has told a gay-rights rally it expects a disagreement with the commonwealth over its plan to allow same-sex civil unions to be resolved by the end of March, but neither side are giving any ground. The ACT also used the rally to announce plans to give gay couples equal access to parental leave. [Link]

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‘We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby’

Mail Tribune
February 3, 2008
When they fell in love 29 years ago, they were afraid to hold hands in public, worried that their relationship could prompt the loss of their jobs or even physical violence against them. But on Monday, Fanda Bender and Sheila Gam of Talent plan to register as domestic partners, part of what they hope will be a wave of gay and lesbian couples around the state acting on a state law and federal court decision that cleared the way for such partnerships. "We've come a long way, baby," Bender said. [link]

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A Very Surreal Victory, Tempered By Two Things…

Pam’s House Blend
February 2, 2008

Well, what a great notice that came through on my listserv last night! New York Appellate Court rules that out out of state marriages must be recognized! Woo HOO! Yay for all NY couples who married in Massachusetts, or Canada - and yay for ME ! I got married in Canada last September! And we live in New York! But...wait a minute. My partner is here on a temporary visa. [Link]

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State Court Recognizes Marriages From Elsewhere

New York Times
February 2, 2008
A New York appellate court ruled Friday that valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples must be legally recognized in New York, just as the law recognizes those of heterosexual couples solemnized elsewhere. Lawyers for both sides said the ruling applied to all public and private employers in the state. While it is good and right that marriage should be honored, not destabilized, New Yorkers should not have to leave their home to get married. [Link] Read the decision (pdf).

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A Very Surreal Victory, Tempered By Two Things…

Pam’s House Blend
February 2, 2008
Well, what a great notice that came through on my listserv last night! New York Appellate Court rules that out out of state marriages must be recognized! Woo HOO! Yay for all NY couples who married in Massachusetts, or Canada - and yay for ME ! I got married in Canada last September! And we live in New York! But...wait a minute. My partner is here on a temporary visa. [Link]

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