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EDITORIAL: Initiative Against Marriage Equality Must Be Defeated

San Jose Mercury News
August 18, 2008
The San Jose Mercury News editorial board says that it is "difficult to fathom" how people believe marriage for gay couples "diminishes" marriage as an institution, asking readers to "vote 'no' on Proposition 8." [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Signing Up for Equality

The Oregonian
August 18, 2008
The Oregonian's editorial board writes that had the 9th Circuit court's judges not overturned a challenge to Ore.'s domestic partnership law, they would have "shredded the will of the majority." [Link]

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TV ad backing marriage equality not about Prop. 8

Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2008
"Of course, it has a viewpoint," Evan Wolfson said of the commercial. "But it is not a political viewpoint." [Ed. note: The ad started running in the fall of 2007, well before the state Supreme Court decision.] The ad, he said, "is untethered to any political moment, election year, political decision or vote. It is all about asking people how they would feel if they or their loved ones couldn't marry who they love." [Link]

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Rove: Gay Nups No Big Deal In 2008

Queerty
August 14, 2008
A blogger notes that Karl Rove, considered the architect of many anti-gay amendments in prior elections, says the issue of marriage equality will not be a deciding factor in the 2008 election. (Link)

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Appeals court nixes threat to Oregon gay rights law

365Gay.com
August 14, 2008
A Federal Appeals Court on Thursday turned down a proposed ballot measure that would end Oregon’s domestic partner law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury did not err when he determined a conservative group had failed to gather enough signatures to place a repeal on the November ballot. [Link]

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Conn. Marriage Equality Candidates Score Important Victories

New England Blade
August 14, 2008
Six pro-marriage equality candidates in Connecticut scored important victories in Tuesday’s party primary elections, making clear, said Anne Stanback, executive director of Love Makes a Family and chair of the Love Makes a Family Political Action Committee, that voters in Connecticut support the idea of equality. (Link)

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Arizona Democratic Party passes resolution to oppose anti-gay constitutional amendment

HRC Backstory
August 14, 2008
Human Rights Campaign's blog reports that Arizona State Committeewoman Mohur Sidhwa and the newly formed LGBT Caucus presented and passed a resolution during the general session of the state committee to oppose anti-gay Prop 102 on November’s ballot. (Link)

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Conn. Marriage Equality Candidates Score Important Victories

New England Blade
August 14, 2008
Six pro-marriage equality candidates in Connecticut scored important victories in Tuesday’s party primary elections, making clear, said Anne Stanback, executive director of Love Makes a Family and chair of the Love Makes a Family Political Action Committee, that voters in Connecticut support the idea of equality. “Quite simply, candidates who support marriage equality win in Connecticut elections,” said Stanback. “The symbolism of these races could not be more powerful. This confirms what we know — voters throughout the state will stand behind candidates who support marriage equality.” [Link]

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Challenge to partnership law in Oregon rejected

Associated Press
August 14, 2008
A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to the Oregon domestic-partnership law approved by the Legislature last year. (Link)

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Jitters hit same-sex couples, too

The Olympian
August 14, 2008
"I used to do a joke that used discrimination to my advantage," said Marga Gomez, a San Francisco performer who strongly favors the freedom to marry. "'Baby, I'd marry you tomorrow, if it was legal.' Now in my act I say, 'Baby, I could marry you tomorrow, but what would that say to our brothers and sisters in Arkansas? I cannot marry you until all our brothers and sisters are equal.'" [Link]

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