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March 23, 2013 | By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press
DENVER - Civil unions for gay couples got the governor's signature in Colorado on Thursday, punctuating a dramatic turnaround in a state where voters banned same-sex marriage in 2006 and restricted protections for gays two decades ago. Cheers erupted as Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill during a ceremony at the History Colorado Center near the state Capitol. Dozens of gay couples and others looked on, with many chanting: "Equal! Equal!" "There is no excuse that people shouldn't have all the same rights," Hickenlooper told the crowd.
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May 20, 2011 | By David Klepper, Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island's House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation allowing gay couples to enter into civil unions, after a last-ditch effort to revive gay-marriage legislation failed. The 62-11 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where leaders predict broad support for civil unions. The proposal would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions granting all of the rights given to married couples. It was introduced as a compromise after legislative leaders said gay-marriage legislation lacked the votes.
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April 25, 2000 | By David Boldt
Vermont has done the right thing in approving "civil unions" for homosexuals. While some fear this move sets American on a slippery slope of some kind, it's just as likely it could create a new equilibrium. Actually, I have no choice but to support civil unions, having twice advocated such a concept as preferable to that of "domestic partners," which remains a bad choice. Domestic-partner ordinances in Philadelphia and elsewhere grant gay and lesbian employees the benefits, notably family medical insurance, that are intended to make it easier for one spouse to remain at home, work part-time or raise small children.
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March 13, 2000 | By Robert Zausner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Inside a teal-trimmed frame house overlooking Lake Champlain, Nina Beck stands near the warmth of a fire holding her sleeping 3-month-old son, Seth. Her bright green eyes glow; there is a proud smile on her pretty, freckled face. It is a peaceful scene, belying the controversy that surrounds it. Eight years ago, Beck was married before family and friends in a Jewish ceremony ("cantor and all," she says). Legally, however, she is an unwed mother - because her partner's name is not Stephen or Stanley but Stacy.
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December 22, 2006 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer staff writer
Feb. 14 may be Valentine's Day, but if you're a gay or lesbian couple in New Jersey, Feb. 23 is going to be love day. That's the date, according to Garden State Equality, that the first civil union ceremonies are likely to take place under the bill that Gov. Corzine signed into law yesterday. Monday, Feb. 19, is the first day people will be allowed to get civil licenses, but since that's a state holiday, Feb. 20 will probably bring the first license. As with marriage, a 72-hour waiting period follows.
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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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December 6, 2006 | By Jennifer Moroz INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
The New Jersey Legislature is moving forward with a plan to grant gay couples all the rights of marriage, but under a different name. In their expected response to a state Supreme Court mandate to level the playing field for same-sex couples, lawmakers late Monday introduced a bill creating civil unions. Gay couples would apply for the new status the same way their heterosexual counterparts now apply for a marriage license, said Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D., Bergen), who cosponsored the bill in the Senate with Senate President Richard J. Codey (D., Essex)
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October 27, 2006 | By Nancy D. Polikoff
The New Jersey Supreme Court has given the state Legislature a historic opportunity, and I don't mean the chance to allow same-sex couples to marry. The Legislature has the chance to enact civil unions for all couples - same-sex and different-sex. New Zealand does it. So does the Netherlands, under the name "registered partnership. " Maine and the District of Columbia recognize "domestic partnerships" for both straight and gay couples, although both give domestic partners fewer rights than those accorded married couples.
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February 20, 2007 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At Collingswood's Borough Hall yesterday, in streamed a handful of citizens of historical significance - gay and lesbian couples who applied for a civil-union license on the first day New Jersey's new law allowed them. Mark Henderson, 42, and Charles Dowdy, 41, walked in with their two sons, Xavier, 6, and Sekai, 3. After a required waiting period of 72 hours, the men can be officially united with all the state's legal benefits of marriage, but not the title. As they filed the civil-union paperwork with a clerk, the boys charged up behind their fathers, then giggled their way back to the other side of the office.
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May 17, 2012 | By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press
DENVER - Opponents of same-sex unions rallied at the Colorado Capitol on Tuesday as tensions remained high one day after state House Republicans rejected a proposal to provide gay couples rights similar to marriage. Dozens of people saying they support traditional marriage cheered Republican lawmakers and thanked State House Speaker Frank McNulty, crediting him for the defeat of the heavily debated civil-union legislation. Gay-rights advocates also maintained a presence at the Capitol, as a man with a horn loudly heckled McNulty as he addressed the crowd.
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October 28, 2013
LOOKING AT the glowing faces of the brides and grooms in our neighboring state, it would be pretty hard not to feel their joy. Some of you will manage not to, because the brides were marrying brides and the grooms were marrying grooms, after New Jersey's Supreme Court thwarted Gov. Christie's attempt to block same-sex marriage. Looking at the faces, I felt happy, even though, like Christie, I oppose same-sex marriage. If she finds out, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow will call me "anti-gay," because that's what she called Christie when he said he will accept the court's distasteful (to him)
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October 25, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
  TRENTON Supporters of same-sex marriage declared victory when Gov. Christie on Monday dropped his appeal of a trial court decision that allowed gay couples to begin marrying that day. Though they say the battle is won, New Jersey lawmakers who back gay marriage are now trying to decide what steps they should take to pass a law reinforcing the trial court's decision, and to address civil unions and religious exemptions - two issues not resolved...
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July 5, 2013 | By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
TRENTON - Six gay couples and their children asked a New Jersey Judge Wednesday to force the state to recognize gay marriage, arguing that the case has become more urgent after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week. The plaintiffs say the case is so pressing that no trial is needed to weigh the arguments that the civil unions now recognized in the state fall short. The filing is no surprise as the ruling to strike down key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last week brought new intensity and urgency to both legal and political action over gay marriage in New Jersey.
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June 29, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gay rights advocates in New Jersey were fired up Thursday following the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decisions paving the way for same-sex marriage, but they were split into three camps about what to do next. Although confident that New Jersey's system of civil unions for gay couples would be replaced with marriage by the end of 2013, advocates and Democratic supporters face a stumbling block in Republican Gov. Christie, who on Wednesday affirmed his opposition to gay marriage and blasted the Supreme Court decision.
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June 28, 2013
By Dan Clifford Wednesday's Supreme Court decisions were of particular interest to me, not only as a family law attorney who has represented same-sex clients for 25 years, but as the parent of a 14-year-old with my same-sex partner of two decades. The court's decision in the Windsor case, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, is a cause for great celebration to all who support diversity and inclusion. Wednesday's rulings represent a very significant building block in the long journey toward acceptance.
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June 8, 2013 | By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press
DENVER - Two men are pursuing a discrimination complaint against a Colorado bakery, saying the business refused them a wedding cake to honor their Massachusetts ceremony, and alleging that the owners have a history of turning away same-sex couples. As more states move to legalize same-sex marriage and civil unions, the case highlights a growing tension between gay-rights advocates and supporters of religious freedom. "Religious freedom is a fundamental right in America, and it's something that we champion at the ACLU," said Mark Silverstein, the legal director of the group in Colorado, which filed the complaint on behalf of the couple.
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June 7, 2013
Mexican army frees migrants MEXICO CITY - The Mexican army freed 165 immigrants from a gang that had kidnapped them as they attempted to make their way to the United States, authorities announced Thursday. The migrants, mostly from Central America, were being held at gunpoint inside a small building in a part of Mexico's northern border state of Tamaulipas that is controlled by the notorious Zetas cartel. Twenty children and teens and two pregnant women were among the victims, said Eduardo Sanchez, the government's security spokesman.
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March 23, 2013 | By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press
DENVER - Civil unions for gay couples got the governor's signature in Colorado on Thursday, punctuating a dramatic turnaround in a state where voters banned same-sex marriage in 2006 and restricted protections for gays two decades ago. Cheers erupted as Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill during a ceremony at the History Colorado Center near the state Capitol. Dozens of gay couples and others looked on, with many chanting: "Equal! Equal!" "There is no excuse that people shouldn't have all the same rights," Hickenlooper told the crowd.
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March 13, 2013
Judge enters Aurora plea CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The judge in the Colorado theater-shooting case entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes on Tuesday after the former graduate student's defense team said he was not ready to enter one. If convicted, Holmes could be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison. Judge William Sylvester said that Holmes, 25, can change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity later. The judge set Aug. 5 for the start of the trial. As he has done in past hearings, Holmes sat silently through Tuesday's proceedings.
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January 24, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Mark Segal was watching television at his Philadelphia home Monday when President Obama equated the civil rights of homosexual Americans with the historic struggles of women and blacks, the first time a president had used the word gay in an inaugural address to refer to sexual orientation. Segal was mesmerized - but what really got to him was Obama's mention of Stonewall. "I just welled up and had chills going up and down my spine," Segal, a longtime activist and publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News, said Tuesday.
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