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Dramatic Victory for Same-Sex Marriage in California ... But What's Next?

Posted August 5, 2010 | 17:03:33 (EST)

Judge Vaughan Walker's decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger striking down Proposition 8, the California anti-marriage ballot measure from 2008, is a dramatic and sweeping victory for advocates of marriage equality and LGBT rights. The legal theories that undergird the decision, if affirmed on appeal, could radically change the landscape for...

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What Changed in Five Days: Gay Marriage in Iowa, Vermont and the Rest of the Country

Posted April 9, 2009 | 17:00:28 (EST)

It has been an unprecedented week for the rights of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Last Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court found that denying same-sex couples the opportunity to marry violated that state's constitution. Four days later, the Vermont legislature overrode the governor's veto of a law giving same-sex couples...

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Eulogy for "Marriage Evasion" in Massachusetts: 1913-2008

Posted August 1, 2008 | 14:31:39 (EST)

Another Step for "Coast-to-Coast" Gay Marriage.
On July 31, Massachusetts finally repealed a law passed in 1913 that prohibited residents from other jurisdictions from marrying in Massachusetts if they were unable to marry in their home state. This so-called "marriage evasion" law was passed by Massachusetts to prevent out-of-state...

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McCain's Gay Adoption Cant

Posted July 30, 2008 | 16:37:21 (EST)

Canned and confused comments from candidate do not bode well for judicial appointments and LGBT rights if he is elected.

cant (noun). Hypocritical and sanctimonious talk, typically of moral, religious, or political nature. [...] Language peculiar to a specified group or profession and regarded with disparagement. [The Oxford American College...

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Four Reasons Not to Get Married in California

Posted June 17, 2008 | 21:21:38 (EST)

It is a heady time in California for lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals both from California and from the rest of America. A landmark decision by the California Supreme Court that legalized same-sex marriages went into affect June 16 at 5:01 pm. Before same-sex couples head to the wedding altar,...

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Getting Used to Gay Marriage: Why Californians Won't Reject Same-Sex Marriages Come November

Posted June 10, 2008 | 18:45:42 (EST)

Starting June 16, 2008 (at 5 pm to be precise), same-sex couples will be able to get married in California. This became clear after the California Supreme Court's June 5th refusal to grant a stay of its May 15, 2008 decision legalizing same-sex marriage. The chance for same-sex couples across...

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Divorce: A Missing Piece of the Gay Marriage Debate

Posted May 26, 2008 | 13:50:01 (EST)

On May 15, the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal there. The same-sex marriage issue in California is not settled as there will be a voter referendum in November on amending that state's constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman, thereby nullifying the...

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The Confusing State of Gay Marriage in New York and Elsewhere

Posted May 14, 2008 | 16:52:12 (EST)

On May 6, New York's highest court handed down the latest decision in battle for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships. Its decision in Martinez v. County of Monroe, which was misunderstood by several commentators, let stand a dramatic but little discussed February ruling of a lower appellate court that...

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