that entail the same rights and responsibilities
as marriage. New Hampshire's waiting for its
governor to sign into law same sex marriage,
as the measure cleared both houses. New
Jersey, Gov. Jon Corzine has pledged to sign
a gay marriage bill that has been introduced
in its legislature. New York’s governor, David
Paterson, introduced legislation for same sex
marriage in the state’s legislature. Illinois has
a civil union bill working its way in the legislature.

DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS
California, Oregon, Washington and the District
of Columbia have domestic-partnership laws
that extend many of the benefits of marriage
to same-sex couples.

CONSTITUTIONAL BANS
29 states have approved state constitutional amendments that ban gay marriage:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Idaho,
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska,
Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota,
Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Hawaii

FEDERAL RECOGNITION
Under the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the U.S. government does not recognize
same-sex unions, even those that are legal marriages in
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Gay rights after the first one hundred days of the Obama
Presidency
By Carlos T Mock, MD

We are not equal, we are still second class citizens!

While Same sex marriage received a strong dose of positive
change this week, we've yet to hear from Mr. Obama.  
He is still on the record that marriage is between one man
and one woman.  

Here's where things stand nationally

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Maine, Vermont, Iowa, Connecticut and Massachusetts, California briefly allowed gay
marriage last year, but a voter initiative in November repealed it.

CIVIL UNIONS
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Massachusetts, Connecticut and several foreign countries.

OUT-OF-STATE RECOGNITION
New York recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere but hasn't allowed
them in the state. The District of Columbia Council recognizes gay marriages
performed in other states.

We must all fight our fights: these next four years need to be when the rights of GLBTs
become as inalienable as anyone else’s. When our life, liberty and pursuit of
happiness are as indisputable as anyone else’s.

Whether we have access to the cultural and economic advantages of marriage should
not be up for debate. Whether we can be fired from our jobs, lose our kids or be thrown
out of our apartments should not be up for debate. Whether we can serve openly and
proudly in the armed forces should not be up for debate.

The time has come for our President to enforce The Bill of Rights’ Fourteenth
Amendment: ”All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the
jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they
reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or
immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life,
liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its
jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” to be applied to every citizen in spite of their
sexual or gender orientation.

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Carlos Mock, MD has published three books and is the Floricanto Press editor for its
GLBT series. He was inducted in the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in October of
2007. He grew up middle-class in the suburbs of San Juan, Puerto Rico. His website
is:
www.carlostmock.com

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