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Feinstein opposes Proposition 8

SignOnSanDiego
September 12, 2008
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, has come out against Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. In a statement released Friday afternoon, Feinstein said the issue was a matter of "equality and fairness."[Link]

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Dan Savage: Why We Fight

The Stranger
September 12, 2008
What must it be like for young gays and lesbians to live at a time when—and in a state where—gays and lesbians are fully-enfranchised citizens, and gay relationships are afforded the same respect and protections that straight relationships have always been afforded. To know that love and marriage are possible for you too—not compulsory, gay “radicals,” but possible—must be incredible. [Link]

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2008 Election: Anti-Equality Initiatives Threaten Three States’ Constitutions

Florida, Arizona, and California all face initiatives which are attempting to write discrimination into their state constitutions: Prop. 2 in Florida, Prop. 102 in Arizona, and Prop. 8 in California.

Pro-equality coalitions are working hard against these discriminatory initiatives in all three states, but more help is urgently needed. Be on the right side of history and get involved in Florida, in Arizona, and in California.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination.”

— Sen. Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech, Democratic National Convention, Denver 8/28/08

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Laughing matter: Joan Rivers visits San Diego for a ‘No on 8’ fund-raiser

Gay & Lesbian Times
September 11, 2008
When asked her thoughts on marriage, Joan Rivers responded, "It's wonderful. It really gives you someone who’s got your back. It really gives you something you don’t have when you just live with someone. It’s that great, final commitment, and it’s amazing – when it’s a good marriage. And when it’s a bad marriage, as I’ve always joked, I say, 'Why shouldn’t the gays be allowed to suffer the same as the straights?' There is nothing like saying, 'I commit to you.'" [Link]

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‘It’s hard to endure’

Washington Blade
September 12, 2008
One year after Maryland’s high court upheld a law banning gay and lesbian couples' marriages, gay couples remain angry, yet many are confident that their dream is within reach. Lisa Polyak, who lives in Baltimore with her partner, Gita Deane, and their two children, said she still feels the sting of the court ruling 12 months later. “I think it’s fair to say we’re still extremely saddened by the court’s action, and I don’t think it’s the kind of thing that will leave us for a long time since it continues to wound our ability to take care of our family,” she said. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Social conservative

Anchorage Daily News
September 12, 2008
"Sarah Palin is asking Americans to elect a vice president who is an extreme social conservative. She opposes abortion rights. She favors the teaching of creationism. She preaches abstinence-only sex education. She is open to the possibility of banning books from public libraries. She opposes gay marriage. She personally opposes benefits for gay partners of public employees." [Link]

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Wedding announcement

Bay Area Reporter
September 11, 2008
Marriage Equality USA's Molly McKay and Davina Kotulski were married by Assemblyman Mark Leno on their twelfth anniversary before a gathering of family and friends on September 1, 2008. Mazel Tov! [Link]

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Republicans launch own efforts to defeat Prop 8

Bay Area Reporter
September 11, 2008
Republicans Against 8 hopes to reach "persuadable Republican voters" in the state to sway them toward voting against the measure, said Scott Schmidt, the group's campaign manager. [Link]

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Miami Mayor Comes Out Against Anti-Gay Fla. Amendment

EDGE Boston
September 9, 2008
The mayor of Miami has come out against the proposed amendment, saying, "I don’t see how this amendment protects anything." [Link]

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