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Marriage isn't the half of it; Laws must recognize all of today's families.
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Gays & lesbians; Court hearings & proceedings; Same sex marriage; Gay rights movement
Author: Polikoff, Nancy D
Date: Mar 3, 2008
Start Page: A.13
Section: Main News; Part A; Editorial Pages Desk
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Four years ago, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declared by fiat that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, television cameras captured for the whole world the images of gay and lesbian couples inundating the streets outside City Hall. Retirement and death benefits, hospital visitation and medical decision-making, employee benefits, the ability to use sick or family leave, division of assets when a relationship ends and tax levies are just a few examples of laws granting "special rights" based on marriage.

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