Episcopal church in Fayetteville supports blessing for same-sex couples

Local Channel 3 News
October 10, 2005
After years of discussion between parishioners and church leaders to approve a resolution adopting a rite of blessing for same-sex couples, an Episcopal church in Fayetteville, Arkansas has agreed to support the resolution, becoming the first congregation among the state's 55 churches in the Episcopal Church USA to support such a ceremony. [Link]

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LETTER: Parent supports marriage equality

Freedom to Marry
October 10, 2005
In a brief email, Caroline Mallory responds to the radio segment on AM 580, WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL with Evan Wolfson. She expresses her frustration with the inequities her gay son faces and will continue to face without true equality under the law, as well as her hope behind the marriage equality movement. [Link]

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Connecticut’s First Same-Sex Unions Proceed Civilly

Washington Post
October 2, 2005

Lidia Agramonte and Maria Gomez were the first in line at the Hartford City Hall Saturday morning, when Connecticut's civil union law took effect. Connecticut's legislature was the first to create a "civil union" status without a court order to do so, and now provides same-sex couples most of the state-level legal rights as different-sex married couples, though not marriage itself, with all its intangible meaning and importance, or federal and interstate protections and security. Despite the smiles and occasional tears, this was nothing like the hoopla when Vermont began civil unions in 2000, or the midnight ceremonies kicking off Massachusett's marriage celebrations last year. Randy Sharp, third in line with his partner says, "It's bittersweet because we're being treated as second-class citizens. It's not full marriage equality." [Link]

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Making vows for equality

The Advocate
September 27, 2005
Straight couples like Tracy and Vivek are dedicating their weddings to the fight for equal marriage. [Link]

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Marriage Equality Enters a New Era, but the Fight Continues on

Village Voice
September 20, 2005

105 lawmakers in Mass. have recently moved to the side of fairness helping squash a proposed marriage amendment in the only state, so far, where everyone has the freedom to marry. The California legislature's historical vote said 'yes' to marriage equality. Connecticut created civil unions for same-sex couples, without a court order. Polls are reflecting a shift in public opinion as more people move toward equality and fairness. Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson says, "we've entered a new era. It doesn't mean we'll win overnight, but it means we've turned the tide." Though much work remains in the efforts to win marriage equality nationwide, many are busy organizing, volunteering and raising money to help win and defend their right to marry. [Link]

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Conservative Family Opens Their Door to Same-Sex Family, Victims of Katrina

Time Magazine
September 19, 2005
Conservative Forrest King was told by the American Red Cross and FEMA that the best way to help Hurricane Katrina victims is to donate money rather than opening one's doors to possible murderers, smokers, etc. Nonetheless, after witnessing the suffering of victims, his family has decided to welcome into their home the Meehan-Hoo family, a lesbian couple with three children, ages 5, 7 and 9. "The adults are same-sex, and I don't care," he says. "They're Americans first." [Link]

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Katrina’s aftermath, same-sex couples will be hit the hardest

El Observador
September 12, 2005
The devastation and suffering already caused by hurricane Katrina is just the beginning of what's to come for those who have lost their homes. Many will have to rebuild their lives from scratch, with those in the gay and lesbian communites having the greatest difficulty. The lack of government protection and support to gays due to their denial of marriage, will result in the lack of any goverment aid to same-sex couples and their families. Many will not be able to make medical decisions, if needed, have no right to insurance monies, and no guarantee of inheritance to start over with in the tragedy of losing their loved one. In addition, children are the ultimate victims as they will have no choice but to face the undue burdens and challenges ahead as a result of the government's refusal to help and protect their families under the same law as their neighbors. [Link]

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Majority in favor of Rocky’s proposal extending benefits to gays

Deseret News
September 12, 2005

Opponents of equality threaten to file suit under a violation of Utah's marriage ban if Mayor Rocky Anderson's vow to sign a proposal extending health-care benefits to domestic partners in Salt Lake City, UT is fulfilled. Anderson, a leader in the fight for equal rights, has the backing of the majority (54%) of his constituents and is prepared to take the case on in the courts. Utah's marriage ban (Amendment 3) does not prevent the denial of rights to domestic partners, only to those not married. [link]

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OPINION: State of marriage took precedence over state of Louisiana

September 3, 2005
Even before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans papers condemned George W. Bush for caring more about a constitutional amendment to discriminate against gay couples than preventing disasters and protecting Louisiana lives. His budget proposal "recommended slashing $34 million from the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, leaving the city with a $581 million shortfall for flood control and coastal erosion improvement projects." [Link]

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Anti-gay measure blocked in North Carolina
September 2, 2005
For the second year in a row, the North Carolina legislature rejected a proposed constitutional amendment attacking same-sex couples. "This is a huge victory for LGBT North Carolinians," said Equality North Carolina spokesperson Ian Palmquist, "but our work is far from over." [link]

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