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Prop. 8 Backers Drop Challenge on Wording

San Francisco Chronicle
August 12, 2008
A Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Brown's reference to an elimination of rights was an accurate description of the purpose and effect of Prop. 8, and a state appeals court in Sacramento turned down an emergency appeal by the Yes on 8 campaign late Friday. [Link]

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OPINION: Behind the gay-marriage talk

Los Angeles Times
August 11, 2008
In a recent editorial board meeting with the Times, anti-gay backers of Prop. 8 claimed that same-sex couples who married would then “recruit” their children into being gay.[Link]

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OP-ED: Battles worth fighting are motivation enough

The Gilroy Dispatch
August 11, 2008
"Even if California voters reject Prop 8 in November, the battle will not be won. Same-sex marriages are still illegal in all but one other state, and are not recognized in most states. These are not problems that opposite-sex couples face. Much progress is being made in the marriage equality battle, but it is far from won." [Link]

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Marriage ruling secures chief justice’s legacy

The Washington Post
August 12, 2008
Until he wrote the 4-3 majority decision, George was more noted for his administrative achievements and political prowess than his court decisions. He will likely have to mount an aggressive and expensive campaign to retain his seat in the 2010 election. [Link]

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Quote of the Week

"Constituents have changed. More of us represent a district in which there's a lot more people of diverse views. That's why these donations come in. They want to send a message that you can be a Republican, you can vote for gay marriage, and you can be re-elected."


Joel Miller, Republican assemblyman of New York's Dutchess County

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Love is in the air ...

Pasadena Star-News
August 8, 2008
Julian and John decide to make it legal, and walk through all the steps of preparing to get married. (Link)

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The Economics of ‘Gay Marriage’

The Becker-Posner Blog
August 10, 2008
Conservative judge Richard Posner drops opposition to gay people's freedom to marry. [Link]

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Dennis Miller, Conservative, Supports Marriage Equality

Politico
August 10, 2008
Comedian-turned-pundit Dennis Miller calls his political beliefs "eclectic pragmatism": "... I’m for the war, but I’m also for gay marriage. I don’t care if two folks with the same genitalia want to get hitched, I just don’t want some a—hole from another country coming over here and blowing up their wedding to make a political statement." [Link]

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PAUL JENKINS: Does This Mean Edwards is Now For Marriage Equality?

The Huffington Post
August 11, 2008
There is little doubt that in the not so distant future, full marriage rights will be available to same-sex couples in the United States, but not if those who support such rights, including straight people, simply sit back and relax. Politicians need to be held accountable on this issue as they are on others, and should know that a wink and a nod, no matter how flirtatious, will not do it in 2009, even if we will close our eyes, hold our breath and vote for an "opponent" of gay marriage one last time in 2008. [Link]

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Bitter Battle Over, Couples Find Acceptance

The Sacramento Bee
August 10, 2008
With Massachusetts and California leading the way, Joyce Kauffman, a lawyer in Cambridge, said the rest of the nation will be forced to confront a basic question. "Are we going to treat everyone equally or not?" she asked. "It's a big question. And I think that the moral tenor of our society rests on the answer. I really do, because you can't treat some people as if they're second-class citizens and call yourself a true democracy." [Link]

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