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“For 45 years, I stood with César for what is right. Today I celebrate his memory as I see so many newly married gay and lesbian couples celebrate their marriages. We must welcome them if we are all to have equality.”


Mrs. Helen Chávez, wife of late labor and civil rights leader César Chávez.

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Group opposes constitutional convention

Connecticut Post
September 17, 2008

More than two dozen groups, from organized labor to the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, began a campaign Wednesday to oppose the November ballot question on a possible constitutional convention. (Link)

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Interfaith group counters push for anti-marriage amendment in Florida

St. Petersburg Times
September 18, 2008

A group of interfaith leaders pledged Wednesday to use their pulpits and influence to defeat Amendment 2, the constitutional measure that would write discrimination into the Florida constitution. (Link)

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Utah philanthropist kicks in $1M to fight California anti-gay initiative

Salt Lake Tribune
September 17, 2008

Bastian, a former Mormon and openly gay man, said he, too, was prompted by the LDS Church to donate - but to the other side. He gave a more modest $5,000 check to the cause in May, but upped the ante in July after the church issued a formal statement, backing the ballot measure. (Link)

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Brazil president defends equality for same-sex couples

Associated Press
September 18, 2008

President Silva said in an interview aired late Wednesday night by the government-run TV Brasil that politicians who oppose same-sex unions and yet seek the votes of gay men and women during elections are ''hypocrites.'' (Link)

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Brazilian President In Favor Of Civil Unions

Made in Brazil
September 18, 2008

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva stepped up to defend gay rights yesterday in an interview to TV Brasil. For the first time ever, Lula said loud and clear that he is in favor of civil unions, and that it is time to stop being hypocritical about the subject. (Link)

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What Do Mormons Have Against Love?

Daily Kos
September 18, 2008

Mormons are largely providing the funding surge for the anti-marriage amendment in California. (Link)

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Proposition 8: Words Matter

Beyond Homophobia
September 18, 2008

Professor Gregory Herek blogs an analysis of the most recent results of the Field Poll in California which shows words matter when people are asked about Proposition 8. (Link)

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U.S. law sends some bi-national, same-sex couples into exile

Independent Weekly
September 17, 2008
Like thousands of other gay and lesbian couples in this country, and countless more abroad, they were caught in a little-known intersection of two controversial public policy issues: gay rights and immigration. (Link)

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Cathcart: We can’t let them win

365Gay.com
September 16, 2008
Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal, writes about California, "Now we face a moment where we have to fight with everything we have. The antigay industry is pouring millions of dollars into these efforts to turn history back." (Link)

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