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The 'Telling Our Stories' Series: Changing Hearts & Minds

The ‘Telling Our Stories’ Series: Changing Hearts & Minds

As we move quickly into the holiday season, where many of us will be spending more time with family and friends, it’s important to remember the impact we all can have on equality by simply telling our personal stories. As a reminder of the power that we all can have to change hearts and minds,…

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Illinois Civil Union tax loophole fixed: Couples get joint tax-filing

Illinois Civil Union tax loophole fixed: Couples get joint tax-filing

In a big reversal from the Illinois Department of Revenue, couples who have entered into civil unions will be able to jointly file their 2011 state tax returns. Illinois recently moved to offer statewide protections supposedly equal, but separate, to marriage with the passage of the ‘Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act.’ The…

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Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote, Part 2: Why it matters to the movement

Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote, Part 2: Why it matters to the movement

In part 1 of “Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote,” we looked at the difficult legislative path ahead for the “Respect for Marriage Act” (RFA) that the Senate Judiciary Committee passed last week which would repeal the anti-gay “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA). With all the roadblocks and uncertainty around the actual passage of the…

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Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote, Part 1: Where the bill goes from here

Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote, Part 1: Where the bill goes from here

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 to pass the “Respect for Marriage Act” (RFA). This legislation, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), would repeal the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages. The vote was down strict party lines, with the 10 Democrats voting for repeal of…

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DOMA repeal vote in Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday

DOMA repeal vote in Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein. This legislation would repeal the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act,’ which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages. DOMA’s impact is far reaching for same-sex couples, affecting Social Security survivor benefits after a spouse passes away, the…

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Major companies file brief against DOMA: Discrimination is bad for business

Major companies file brief against DOMA: Discrimination is bad for business

In a major and somewhat unusual move, over 70 major businesses and organizations filed a legal brief stating their opposition to the anti-gay “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Some of the major corporations signed on to the brief include Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, Nike, Levi Strauss, and many others.…

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Civil union tax loophole proves why separate is never equal

Civil union tax loophole proves why separate is never equal

Opponents of full marriage equality for same-sex couples often ask why the LGBT community can’t simply be happy with separate institutions and groupings of rights like civil unions and domestic partnerships. Illinois recently became one such state to move to offer statewide protections supposedly equal, but separate, to marriage with the passage of the ‘Illinois…

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