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Episcopal bishops oppose discriminatory CA amendment

Mercury News
September 9, 2008
The Episcopal bishops of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area are opposing a November ballot initiative to overturn the California Supreme Court decision that upheld the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. (Link)

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Fla. School Board Opposes Marriage Ban

Miami Herald
September 10, 2008
''When we say and recite our pledge of allegiance, we say liberty and justice for all,'' said Adriane Reesey, a community involvement specialist with the Broward Sheriff's Office, which also endorsed the board's decision. [Link]

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Judge Rules Against Florida’s Ban on Adoptions by Gay People

Miami Herald
September 10, 2008
Declaring the adoption to be in the boy's ''best interest,'' Circuit Judge David J. Audlin Jr. said the Florida law forbidding gay people from adopting children is contrary to the state Constitution because it singles out a group for punishment.[Link]

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OPINION: Anti-gay marriage ban just like ban on interracial marriage

Gilroy Dispatch
September 8, 2008
More than 40 years ago, laws banning interracial marriage wouldn't have been repealed if put to a vote. It took the United States Supreme Court to tell Americans that they were not living up to the promises of the Constitution: In 1967, in Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court ruled that laws banning interracial marriage violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. Those opposed to interracial marriage made many of the same arguments about "nature," the Bible and tradition and made the same predictions of dire consequences that are hurled today by same-sex marriage opponents.In both cases, these arguments are poppycock. [Link]

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Backers of marriage ban rally pastors in Fla.

St. Petersburg Times
September 9, 2008
"We have a pulpit; we have a captive audience," the Rev. Tom Messer, head of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, told the pastors. "You have an opportunity to influence them. …" [Link]

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Minority Report

Advocate
September 23, 2008
Think about it. Of the 50 men and women who occupy governor’s mansions in the United States, only two are black. And these two black men are arguably the most gay-friendly to ever be governor -- including New Jersey’s Jim McGreevey, who came around to gay rights only after coming out and leaving office. [Link]

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Marriage fight coming to airwaves and pulpits

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
September 9, 2008
"Like antiquated laws barring interracial marriages, a ban on gay marriage doesn't protect the institution of marriage. It just prolongs bigotry." [Link]

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Discriminatory marriage ban moves forward

Cayman Free Press
September 7, 2008
Cayman Islands lawmakers voted to ban gay and lesbian couples' marriages following a debate Friday in the Legislative Assembly. The bill still requires the legal formality of a third vote before passing, but lawmakers unanimously approved a key second vote on the measure Friday afternoon. The formal third vote is expected sometime this week. [Link]

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Why Each State is Important

Box Turtle Bulletin
September 9, 2008
Collectively, we have the opportunity to send a very strong message this year. Should we win in all three states we will be able to state that those who experience same-sex marriages within their communities have found them to be no threat, that anti-marriage efforts will not win you election in a swing state, and that coming back to a state that has rejected discrimination is a waste of time and money. [Link]

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Anglican bishops to speak up for marriage equality

Pink News
September 9, 2008
The Right Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Episcopal Bishop of California, will hold a press conference on Wednesday at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. "The Episcopal (Anglican) Church stands for equal rights for all persons and fair treatment for all Californians," the church said. [Link]

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