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March 28, 1996 | By David O'Reilly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This article contains information from the Associated Press
America's Reform rabbis, gathered here in their annual convention, are today expected to support civil marriages for gays and lesbians. The resolution does not, however, endorse religious ceremonies for same-sex couples. It calls upon the 1,750-member Central Conference of American Rabbis to support the right of gays and lesbians to partake in civil wedding ceremonies and to have the unions recognized by law. San Francisco has passed legislation recognizing same-sex unions; Hawaii is considering such legislation.
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February 6, 2004 | By Chuck Colbert
Once again the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the legal rights of same-sex couples to wed. At the heart of this week's advisory opinion are the equal protection and due process provisions of our commonwealth's constitution. Some legislators had hoped that a Vermont-style civil unions bill would satisfy the court. Civil unions provide protection under state law but omit federal protections, as well as the dignity, clarity, security and the power of the word marriage.
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August 5, 2003 | By Chuck Colbert
They don't really know us or understand why we want to marry. Speaking out against same-gender civil marriage, President Bush and the Vatican display an appalling ignorance of gay people. President Bush's anti-gay marriage stance is "mindful that we are all sinners," cautioning those "who may try to take a speck out of the neighbor's eye when they got a log in their own. " The President speaks of "respect" for "each individual" and "welcome" with "good hearts. " If he wants Americans to take him seriously, the President needs to provide leadership to remove a virulently anti-gay Republican outlook - its very own log - from the eye of the GOP. Just as the GOP needs help, so does the Vatican.
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April 15, 2009
AT THE WHITE House on Easter Egg Roll Monday, the children of gay parents mingled with the children of straight parents, the Easter Bunny and the president and first lady of the United States. The Republic still stands. And perhaps a bit more proudly. More Americans see that recognizing the right of gays and lesbians to marry does not in any way undermine the institution of marriage. Californians' approval of Proposition 8 to reinstate a ban on gay marriage last fall likely marked the high point of opposition.
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November 25, 2002 | By Jon and Michael Galluccio
Our parents told us we'd someday find our soulmates. We were lucky: That day happened when we were each in our 20s. We fell deeply in love. We were best friends. We had all the same interests. We did everything together. Many years later, with the blessings of both our families, we gathered everyone we knew into our church and committed ourselves to one another before God, forever. We are now celebrating our 20th anniversary. We started a family, bought a home, and have helped our babies grow.
NEWS
May 20, 2012
NAACP gives OK to gay marriage The NAACP board of directors voted Saturday to endorse the right to same-sex marriage, adding the voice of the nation's leading black civil rights organization to a debate that has divided the African American community. The decision has implications for President Obama, who needs a big turnout from black voters to help him win reelection but angered some African American church pastors with his announcement this month that he believes gays and lesbians should have the right to marry.
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May 14, 2004 | By Andrew Sullivan
The country is in the midst of a grueling, nail-biting war; the economy is still showing signs of strain; the federal budget deficit is ballooning; millions are without health insurance; an American civilian has been decapitated by terrorists. But some people think this is the time to pass an emotional, divisive and completely unnecessary amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The dire problem afflicting the nation? That some gay couples in one single state will for the first time be allowed to marry one another under civil law. The first question to ask is: What conceivable harm could these couples be doing?
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June 30, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The clunky words civil union can't do justice to the bond between Karen and Marcye Nicholson-McFadden. Together for 21 years and raising two children, the women are married in every sense . . . but one. "The words matter," says Karen, 45, an executive recruiter who lives in Monmouth County. "Marriage matters. " The Nicholson-McFaddens are among seven same-sex couples fighting to enable New Jerseyans like myself to legally marry whom we love. "If this isn't a marriage," said Louise Walpin, a mother of four who's been partnered with Marsha Shapiro for 21 years, "then I don't know what is. " Lambda Legal is suing the State of New Jersey on behalf of seven couples, their children, and the Garden State Equality organization.
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May 23, 2005 | Daily News wire services
Taxpayers buying Viagra for perverts, N.Y. aide says Scores of convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in New York have been getting Viagra paid for by Medicaid for the last five years, the state's comptroller said yesterday. Audits by Comptroller Alan Hevesi's office showed that between January 2000 and March 2005, 198 sex offenders in New York received Medicaid-reimbursed Viagra after their convictions. Those included crimes against children as young as 2 years old, he said.
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November 19, 2003 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For Haddonfield resident Diane Marini, yesterday's Massachusetts high-court decision overturning the state ban on same-sex civil marriage could carry her closer to her dream: to legally marry her partner of 12 years, Marilyn Maneely. "We've raised five kids together, but we as a couple have no rights," said Marini, who with Maneely is among seven gay couples suing for similar legal recognition in New Jersey. "This is huge," Marini said of the ruling, in which the court gave the Massachusetts legislature 180 days to find a way to comply.
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July 16, 2012 | Duane Perry
Duane Perry is a member of the mayor's advisory board on LGBT affairs and founder of The Food Trust   When Mitt Romney opposes same-sex marriage, he assumes he is energizing a large group of voters who want to preserve marriage by limiting it. The former governor is misguided politically and morally. Today, in six states and our nation's capital, same-sex couples get married. The legislatures and governors of two more states approved same-sex marriage this year.
NEWS
May 20, 2012
NAACP gives OK to gay marriage The NAACP board of directors voted Saturday to endorse the right to same-sex marriage, adding the voice of the nation's leading black civil rights organization to a debate that has divided the African American community. The decision has implications for President Obama, who needs a big turnout from black voters to help him win reelection but angered some African American church pastors with his announcement this month that he believes gays and lesbians should have the right to marry.
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June 30, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The clunky words civil union can't do justice to the bond between Karen and Marcye Nicholson-McFadden. Together for 21 years and raising two children, the women are married in every sense . . . but one. "The words matter," says Karen, 45, an executive recruiter who lives in Monmouth County. "Marriage matters. " The Nicholson-McFaddens are among seven same-sex couples fighting to enable New Jerseyans like myself to legally marry whom we love. "If this isn't a marriage," said Louise Walpin, a mother of four who's been partnered with Marsha Shapiro for 21 years, "then I don't know what is. " Lambda Legal is suing the State of New Jersey on behalf of seven couples, their children, and the Garden State Equality organization.
NEWS
April 15, 2009
AT THE WHITE House on Easter Egg Roll Monday, the children of gay parents mingled with the children of straight parents, the Easter Bunny and the president and first lady of the United States. The Republic still stands. And perhaps a bit more proudly. More Americans see that recognizing the right of gays and lesbians to marry does not in any way undermine the institution of marriage. Californians' approval of Proposition 8 to reinstate a ban on gay marriage last fall likely marked the high point of opposition.
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December 12, 2006 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Jersey's civil-union bill could land on the governor's desk by the end of the week, after the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the legislation by an overwhelming margin yesterday. Gay-rights activists expect both chambers to approve the bill Thursday, and Gov. Corzine has said he would sign the measure into law. New Jersey would then become only the fifth state to extend some marriage rights to same-sex couples. The swift passage of the civil-union measure - seen as a compromise to satisfy a state Supreme Court mandate to extend marriage rights to gay couples - has drawn fire from both sides of the debate.
NEWS
May 23, 2005 | Daily News wire services
Taxpayers buying Viagra for perverts, N.Y. aide says Scores of convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in New York have been getting Viagra paid for by Medicaid for the last five years, the state's comptroller said yesterday. Audits by Comptroller Alan Hevesi's office showed that between January 2000 and March 2005, 198 sex offenders in New York received Medicaid-reimbursed Viagra after their convictions. Those included crimes against children as young as 2 years old, he said.
NEWS
May 14, 2004 | By Andrew Sullivan
The country is in the midst of a grueling, nail-biting war; the economy is still showing signs of strain; the federal budget deficit is ballooning; millions are without health insurance; an American civilian has been decapitated by terrorists. But some people think this is the time to pass an emotional, divisive and completely unnecessary amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The dire problem afflicting the nation? That some gay couples in one single state will for the first time be allowed to marry one another under civil law. The first question to ask is: What conceivable harm could these couples be doing?
NEWS
February 6, 2004 | By Chuck Colbert
Once again the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the legal rights of same-sex couples to wed. At the heart of this week's advisory opinion are the equal protection and due process provisions of our commonwealth's constitution. Some legislators had hoped that a Vermont-style civil unions bill would satisfy the court. Civil unions provide protection under state law but omit federal protections, as well as the dignity, clarity, security and the power of the word marriage.
NEWS
November 19, 2003 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For Haddonfield resident Diane Marini, yesterday's Massachusetts high-court decision overturning the state ban on same-sex civil marriage could carry her closer to her dream: to legally marry her partner of 12 years, Marilyn Maneely. "We've raised five kids together, but we as a couple have no rights," said Marini, who with Maneely is among seven gay couples suing for similar legal recognition in New Jersey. "This is huge," Marini said of the ruling, in which the court gave the Massachusetts legislature 180 days to find a way to comply.
NEWS
August 5, 2003 | By Chuck Colbert
They don't really know us or understand why we want to marry. Speaking out against same-gender civil marriage, President Bush and the Vatican display an appalling ignorance of gay people. President Bush's anti-gay marriage stance is "mindful that we are all sinners," cautioning those "who may try to take a speck out of the neighbor's eye when they got a log in their own. " The President speaks of "respect" for "each individual" and "welcome" with "good hearts. " If he wants Americans to take him seriously, the President needs to provide leadership to remove a virulently anti-gay Republican outlook - its very own log - from the eye of the GOP. Just as the GOP needs help, so does the Vatican.
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