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Join me in supporting marriage equality! November 19, 2004 4:12 PM

Dear Friend, I believe that ALL Americans, including gays and lesbians, deserve the rights, responsibilities, and privileges that come with marriage. And right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make that dream a reality. Please, join me in adding your voice to a million voices raised in support of marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples at www.MillionForMarriage.org. http://www.millionformarriage.org  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Support Gay Marrage Equality November 20, 2004 12:47 AM

Yes, I support your campaign, which I believe ought to include rights for gay marriage for all gay couples whatever their nationality. I am British and glad to be gay. The same situation applies here in the UK. My boyfriend and I were married in Amsterdam in 1972, where gay marrage IS recognised, thankfully. I am a product of the old Gay Liberation Front (Say it Loud : Gay is Proud!)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
It's great to hear your story! November 23, 2004 9:59 AM

Wow! So you were married many years ago in Amsterdam and your own country still doesn't recognize it?!?! Can you tell us more about the situation in your country?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Info on UK situation November 23, 2004 10:49 AM

In the UK there is some sign of slow progress. Whilst any marriage ceremony is still not recognised, because our laws state that one man must be married to one woman - and they check the birth certificates of both to verify gender difference - some (a few) enlightened liberal clergy are offering to bless the happy couple in a ceremony of betrothal in a civil ceremony held in a church or any other place licenced to be a venue for a wedding. The Universal Life Church has been a powerful force for good in upholding the rights of gay couples to "marry". Again it is only a "Ceremony of Betrothal" and ULC Ministers are not necessarily Christian. Therefore similar ceremonies can be conducted for atheists, Muslims or even Satanist couples. The ceremony follows the same format as a civil wedding but the Certificate of Betrothal is not recognised in law. One fairly recent improvement allows same-sex couples to have the same inheritance rights following the death of one of the couple as applies to legally married couples and those "living together as man and wife". However although anyone can nominate anyone else as next-of-kin, in event of a hospital death the nurses will always contact the closest blood relative if there is one, rather than the partner of the deceased. The parter has NO legal right even to visit the bedside of their dying lover and can be removed by security staff. Thankfully this is rarely enforced and curtains are drawn round the bed if the surviving partner wants to weep over or kiss the body of his/her deceased lover. I think it would be mostly closed-minded religious bigots who would cause trouble if the law was changed. Yet when you think of it there was very little protest from the "holier-than-thou" brigade with the lowering of the age of consent for male homosexual acts from 21 to 18 however subsequent campaigns to offer equality to 16 year olds, to equalise it to heterosexual standards was stiffly opposed. I'm not certain but I think it may be legal for 16 year old gays to have sex with someone who is under 21 but not any older men, to restrict the activities of predatory paedophiles. I THINK it is also legal for gays aged 13 to 15 to have sexual activity with people of their own age but not any older. So we're making progress but there is still some way to go.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 23, 2004 3:01 PM

Jennifer...The current $388 Billion spending bill being fought over includes an odd assortent of both anti and pro GLBT programs. I was surprised to hear on MSNBC that one of the last additions was an $80,000 funding for a GLBT outreach center is one of the "San" cities of California. On balance, the wording that is anti-gay exceeds the pro-gay wording by more than three to one but the funding for programs total virtually equilvalent amounts! Nearly $3.5 million in anti-gay funding and just a touch under $3.3 million for pro-gay causes!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Wow! November 27, 2004 8:35 PM

Thank you both for this information, this is definetly helpful to know! Currently I am doing research for my final paper in WRIT 101. I am writing an objective account of the debate on "Whether Gay and Lesbian couples should be allowed to adopt" Any recommendations for websites, books, studies and organizations about this issue?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 November 28, 2004 4:39 AM

http://www.friendsinadoption.org/adopting_with_friends_in_adoption/lesbian_gay_adoption.asp http://www.lgrl.org/ http://archive.aclu.org/issues/gay/dpmodel.html http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1589/is_1999_June_22/ai_54939059 http://qrd.tcp.com/qrd/world/legal/lesbian.adoption http://www.tourolaw.edu/404.asp?404;http://www.tourolaw.edu/publications/Suffolk/vol10/part3_txt.asp http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1589/is_2000_Oct_24/ai_66279022 http://www.friendsinadoption.org/default.asp  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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