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A must read for Life Partners!

Securing the future as life partners:  If you don't want to — or can't — marry, it's critical to stitch together some legal protections  By Jane Bennett Clark, Tribune Media Services, 1:20 PM CDT, August 19, 2010Julie Kurland and Marcia Diehl live in a Victorian home in Takoma Park, a leafy Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C. The couple take turns walking their dog, Cody, past the 1920s bungalows and gabled Victorians that line the streets of their neighborhood. On Sundays they wander over to the farmers market and spend the rest of the day gardening or reading on their wide front porch.

It's a routine that befits any contented couple. But Kurland, 46, and Diehl, 56, are not married, nor would their union be recognized federally or in all but five states. And while a California court case regarding the legality of same-sex marriage winds its way through the appeals process (likely to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court), there still remains this present-day reality:

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An Excellent Analysis of Judge Walker's ruling

Click on the link below to read an excellent analysis of the Judge Walker's ruling striking down Prop 8 in California. His decision is well reasoned and inspirational to those of us who have been fighting for equality of all persons regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
An excerpt from: Marriage Discrimination Struck Down in California | CafeSentido.com
"Prop 8 relied solely on the will of the voter, but did not consider historical precedent or constitutional requirements in shaping policy regarding the status of the civil marriage contract in California. The proponents of Prop 8 failed to present any evidence that honoring same-sex couples’ right to marry would cause harm of any kind to any entity.In fact, it appears the arguments presented by proponents of the Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage actually support the standing judicial precedent and existing legal protections that eliminate gender bias as a condition of civil marriage:33. Eliminating gender a…