Bi-national couple faces prosecution in HI
March 28, 2007
A 65-year old Honolulu man has pleaded guilty for helping to arrange a marriage for his Chinese partner so that the man could remain in the US. [Link]

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Why marriage matters: Gay elders

March 27, 2007
Renea enjoys lunch daily at a Chicago senior center serving low income seniors. Her much younger lover who is 59 was laid off from her job of 15 years and after 8 months has still not found employment. Renea supports them both on her Social Security benefits. Among other things, Renea is terrified because she is much older than her lover and if she dies her lover will not be able to continue Social Security benefits the way that straight married couples do. Her lover will be destitute. At the moment her lover is just hungry. [Link]

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BLOG: Who can marry whom?

Leonard Link
March 25, 2007
Is there same-sex marriage in the U.S. outside of Massachusetts? Well, it depends what you mean by "sex," I suppose, when you take into account the difficulties that most states have in accepting the reality of variant gender identity. [Link]

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VIDEO: Public Policy Lecture Series: Should State Legislatures Approve Same-sex Marriage?

Pace Law School
March 21, 2007

Evan Wolfson refutes the arguments David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values makes regarding parenting, drawing on the leading experts (American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Law Quarterly) who say ending discrimination in marriage would help families and hurt no one. This debate was held on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at Pace Law School.

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Finance guru Suze Orman talks about faith, power — and money

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 19, 2007
Suze Orman discusses the financial inequality she faces because she and her partner are excluded from marriage: "[Marriage] matters a big deal financially. It's not right that somebody like me, who has millions of dollars, that upon my death, my significant other is going to have to lose 50 percent of that to estate taxes. Why should I be punished? I have worked so hard to earn every penny that I've earned. Why should that happen?" [Link]

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Sen. Clinton dodges question on gays, immorality

March 15, 2007

"I assume that Senator Clinton -- who has spoken out strongly against military discrimination, who stands for civil unions and respect for same-sex couples -- understands that gay Americans are not immoral, and she ought to say so clearly," said Evan Wolfson.

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New paper calls marriage equality “moral good”

March 14, 2007
A new Christian think tank has issued the articulation of marriage equality as "a moral good" that "spiritually liberates straight people as well as gay people." [Link]

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Lawmakers debating civil unions, marriage across U.S.

Washington Blade
March 9, 2007

Evan Wolfson said civil union advocates in Oregon did well to counter an anti-gay amendment with an assertive plan. "They boldly declared that they intend to get marriage, and intend to get there by way of what's available now, which is civil unions, and will not allow that to be a stopping point," he said.

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OPINION: The constitution is not the place to make law

The News and Observer
March 9, 2007
Putting gay and lesbian couples' relationships in the political arena scarcely helps anyone. It gives grandstanding pols a chance to show off, but it's hard to argue that a little tolerance of differing views on the issue threatens the American family structure. It's even harder to make a case for an unnecessary constitutional amendment. [link]

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Number of ‘out’ gay and lesbian couples increasing

The Daily Reveille
March 7, 2007

Evan Wolfson says communities in the United States would be stronger if people supported all families including the ones with LGBT citizens. "The conversation about how gay people are being unfairly treated has gotten much greater in the years, and people have understood how important it is to reach out to their neighbors and say, 'We're here, we're part of this community, and we want fair treatment for our families,'" he said.

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