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Disabled man fights for deceased partner’s workers comp. benefits in VA

365Gay.com
July 10, 2007
A 48-year old Virginia man is battling the state Workers Compensation Commission for death benefits stemming from an accident that ultimately led to the death of his partner in 2005. "This case is about making sure that the rules are applied fairly to everyone," said Greg Nevins, a senior attorney with Lambda Legal which is representing Dunnavant. "Virginia law broadly gives anyone dependent on a deceased worker the right to claim benefits; there is no 'same-sex partner exception' to the rule." [link]

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OPINION: No one’s benefit in MI

The Michigan Daily
July 9, 2007
When Michigan voters passed the discriminator ban on gay and lesbian couples' marriages in 2004, they made a mistake. When Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox used his position to further his personal beliefs and ban same-sex benefits as well, he made the voters' mistake much worse. Now, the University is in a tough spot as it must mitigate these realities. Its attempts to deal with the dumb law and Cox's dumber interpretations are flawed. The only solution is that Michigan voters must abolish the nonsensical "gay marriage" ban. [link]

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Senate rejects Brownback’s concerns about judge

Reuters
July 9, 2007
The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed as a federal judge a woman who attended a same-sex commitment ceremony, overwhelmingly rejecting the concerns of a Republican senator running for the White House. The vote was 83-4 in favor of elevating Michigan state judge Janet Neff to federal district court. [Link]

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Tide turning on anti-gay measures?

EDGE Miami
July 9, 2007
Anti-gay constitutional amendment initiatives may no longer be the sure-fire "slam-dunk" they were even a couple of years ago, throwing a measure of doubt onto a Florida effort to ban gay and lesbian couples' marriages in 2008. [Link]

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Another new polls show gay acceptance on the rise, especially with younger people

Washington Blade
July 6, 2007
Evan Wolfson said differing attitudes about marriage equality could be because the younger respondents grew up in a time of greater visibility and open discussion of gays and lesbians. "The key to changing hearts is getting people to hear from and about real people," he said, "rather than approach it in the hypothetical or with just scary rhetoric or abstractions. That's why getting gay and non-gay people to talk about why marriage matters for real couples and kids, reaching out to the people around us and asking them for their support is so crucial." [Link]

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Another new polls show gay acceptance on the rise, especially with younger people

Washington Blade
July 6, 2007

Evan Wolfson said differing attitudes about marriage equality could be because the younger respondents grew up in a time of greater visibility and open discussion of gays and lesbians. "The key to changing hearts is getting people to hear from and about real people," he said, "rather than approach it in the hypothetical or with just scary rhetoric or abstractions. That's why getting gay and non-gay people to talk about why marriage matters for real couples and kids, reaching out to the people around us and asking them for their support is so crucial."
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Australian PM urged to grant gay couples the protections and responsibilities of marriage

SX
July 4, 2007

Evan Wolfson said: "Like many people around the world, in places as diverse as Canada and Colombia, Western Europe and South Africa, and even states in the USA, fair-minded Australians are taking a fresh look at how the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage hurts families and helps no one. The politicians are lagging behind the people in the recognition that fundamental freedom and basic fairness are undermined when couples who have made a commitment in life are denied the equal commitment under the law. That commitment is called marriage."

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KY lawmakers to consider partner benefits ban in special session

365Gay.com
July 3, 2007
Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher is calling for a special session of the legislature and said Tuesday he wants it to consider a new attempt to ban domestic partner insurance at state run colleges and public agencies. [Link]

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OPINION: Domestic partnerships aren’t marriages

Sacramento Bee
July 1, 2007
As a same-sex couple, we cannot marry in California, and if we married elsewhere, California would refuse to recognize that marriage. Instead, we have that better-than-nothing, twilight-zone status conferred by California's domestic partner legislation. This legislation gives us many of the same rights and benefits as married couples, but the two statuses have different procedural protections, social meanings and legal effects. [Link]

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Elizabeth Edwards’ Pride appearance dubbed historic

New York Blade
June 29, 2007

Evan Wolfson said Edwards broke new ground in terms of a candidate's spouse coming out comfortably, publicly and deliberately in favor of marriage equality. Then again, he said, it could be a way for a candidate to have the best of both worlds. "It could be a way for candidates to let their spouses signal to the world and say, 'I may not be where you are, but you can take comfort in knowing I'm surrounded by people who are.'"

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