NJ civil union law has fallen short in its first year, commission is told

New York Times
October 28, 2007
Jodi Weiner, an electrician from Montclair, said that when she tried to get health benefits for her partner of nine years, she was told that her union's plans did not cover civil unions. It was only when she mentioned that they had been married in Massachusetts that her partner was able to get benefits. [link]

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Gay Couples Left in a Legal Limbo

The Sacramento Bee
October 21, 2007

With the broadening view of human rights around the globe and acceptance of gay relationships, 19 countries now permit citizens or legal residents to sponsor same-sex permanent partners for legal residency. The United States is not among them. [Link]

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Woman in historic divorce case did not seek the spotlight

The Providence Journal
October 21, 2007
Ormiston, 60, and Chambers, 71, were together for a decade. "I was lucky to love and share a life with a very fine woman for all these years. It's clear to both of us we'll no longer go forward together, but I wish her well," Ormiston said. "Now it's up to the court to allow us the same right every other citizen has to end this marriage." [link]

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A Closer Look at “Values Voters”

ABC News: The Numbers
October 19, 2007
The phrase "values voters" reflects political branding that we should approach with caution. All voters have values. For some those values are expressed as opposition to abortion, marriage equality and stem-cell research. Others values are expressed as support for those same things. For yet others, "values" means hunger, homelessness, poverty or a host of other concerns. No one type of voter possesses "values" to the exclusion of others. [Link]

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BLOG: Psychologist takes on science-free anti-gay article

Pam's House Blend
October 18, 2007
Yesterday I posted an unbelievable press release by a San Diego-based licensed clinical psychologist named Trayce Hansen, who attempted to portray marriage equality as somehow dangerous to children. word got to Dr. Thomas Marra, also a practicing clinical psychologist and author, who decided he couldn't let Hansen's diatribe sit out there unchallenged. [Link]

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Gay-rights activists enlist non-gay allies in struggle

Contra Costa Times
October 14, 2007
"The overall movement for LGBT equality is maturing, and the next step in that maturation as a movement is to compel our straight allies — friends, neighbors, co-workers, family members — not to just be supportive of us in private, but to publicly stand with us," said GLAAD President Neil Giuliano. [link]

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CA Gov. vetoes bill granting same-sex couples the ability to marry

Equality California
October 12, 2007
Same-sex couples in California continue to be denied the dignity, benefits and responsibilities of marriage with the governor's veto today of legislation that would have given all committed couples the option to marry. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday vetoed the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act (AB 43), authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by Equality California. [Link]

Download the Governor's veto message (pdf).

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Panel on marriage opens hearings to overwhelming support for the freedom to marry

Rutland Herald
October 11, 2007
More than 75 people were in the auditorium at Johnson State College and a vast majority of them were in support of extending marriage to gay and lesbian couples. Only two people spoke out against marriage equality. Many speakers gave emotional testimony about falling in love with their partners for the first time and the emotional agony they experience because their unions — which Vermont legalized in 2000 — are not recognized by the federal government, most other states and many institutions and businesses. [link]

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‘Dear Abby’ supports the freedom to marry

The Washington Post
October 10, 2007
Jeanne Phillips, who formally took over the column when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease five years ago, thinks anything less than full marriage amounts to second-class citizenship. "If gay Americans are not allowed to get married and have all the benefits that American citizens are entitled to by the Bill of Rights, they should get one hell of a tax break." [Link]

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Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay

USA Today
October 10, 2007
Survey research of people ages 16-29 show a majority view Christianity as hypocritical and anti-gay; attitudes about gay people are driving a negative image of the faith. "The anti-homosexual perception has now become sort of the Geiger counter of Christians' ability to love and work with people," said said David Kinnaman, Barna Group president and author of the book, UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity. [Link]

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