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Judge upholds Wisconsin domestic partnership law
The Chippewa Herald
6/21/2011
"A Dane County judge ruled Monday that the state’s Domestic Partner Registry does not violate the state Constitution. "In a 53-page decision, Circuit Court Judge Daniel Moeser said the registry, which went into effect Aug. 1, 2009, does not violate the Marriage Amendment to the state’s Constitution passed in 2006.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections

Lesbian custody case is complicated
The Columbus Dispatch
6/11/2011
"A lesbian who doesn't want to share custody of her 7-year-old biological daughter with her former partner persuaded an appeals court this week to revoke the other woman's visitation rights.

Same-sex couples line up for Illinois civil union licenses
Reuters
6/1/2011
"More than 100 same-sex couples lined up outside of a Chicago municipal building Wednesday morning to obtain licenses for civil unions, under a new Illinois law.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections

Couples line up to get civil union licenses
The State Journal-Register
6/1/2011
"Civil unions became legal Wednesday in Illinois, granting both same-sex and heterosexual couples the same legal protections and responsibilities that married couples receive, including the ability to make medical decisions for an ailing partner and the right to inherit a partner's property.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections

Laura W. Brill: It's time for Prop. 8 opponents to re-engage
Orange County Register
5/27/2011
"This week marks the two-year anniversary of the California Supreme Court's unfortunate decision upholding Proposition 8 as a valid exercise of the state's initiative process. A coalition argued that under the state Constitution, members of a minority group cannot be stripped of the fundamental right to marry based on the vote of a bare majority. The court, however, disagreed.

Same-Sex Civil Unions To Become Legal In Illinois
CBS Chicago
5/24/2011
"Same-sex civil unions become legal in Illinois next week, and backers plan a downtown event to celebrate the occasion. "...Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov said judges will be on hand to perform ceremonies for 30 couples.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections

Same-sex couples eagerly await first day of Illinois civil unions
Chicago Breaking News
5/23/2011
"Advocates of gay and lesbian rights say the civil union law is a historic moment worthy of celebration, but they stress that it in no way marks the end of their work.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections

30 Couples to Be Joined in Civil Unions in Millennium Park
CBS Chicago
5/9/2011
"Gov. Pat Quinn and Cook County Clerk David Orr will be among those in attendance for a historic ceremony next month, in which 30 gay and lesbian couples will be joined in civil unions in Millennium Park.

Marriage, Relationships and Family Protections | Same-Sex Relationships

Transgender Issues Get Their Day in the Sun in Albany
New York Magazine
5/9/2011
During the Equality and Justice Day rally in Albany, marriage equality was the issue on many people's minds. It's the LGBT debate with the most national traction in headlines and financial support on both sides of the issue. But as the hundreds of advocates rallied on the lawn in front of the state house began chanting and waving placards, the first phrase of that familiar protest singsong was: "What do we want? GENDA! When do we want it? Now!" GENDA is the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would protect transgender people in employment, housing, services and public accommodations.

Transgender Rights

How the Law Accepted Gays
The New York Times
4/29/2011
The prestigious law firm King & Spalding has not fully explained its decision this week to stop assisting Congress in defending the law that forbids federal recognition of same-sex marriage. But its reversal suggests the extent to which gay men and lesbians have persuaded much of the legal profession to accept the basic proposition that sexual orientation is irrelevant to a person's worth and that the law should reflect this judgment. The decision cannot be dismissed simply as a matter of political correctness or bullying by gays. Gay-rights supporters have transformed the law and the legal profession, opening the doors of law firms, law schools and courts to people who were once casually and cruelly shut out because of their sexual orientation

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