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Poll finds discriminatory marriage ban lacking support

San Jose Mercury News
August 27, 2008
A new Public Policy Institute of California poll finds that 54% of likely voters oppose Prop 8, while 40% support the anti-gay measure. However, voters are evenly split, 47%-47%, on whether they support marriage for gay couples. [Link]

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Vanasco: Massachusetts, first in marriage equality

365Gay.com Blog
August 27, 2008
They’re doing the roll call on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, where each state says how many delegates are for Obama and how many for Clinton - and where they also triumphantly state what they think is wonderful about their state. What did Massachusetts say? After shout-outs to their sports teams, universal health care and education, they ended proudly with: “Massachusetts, the first state in marriage equality!” [Link]

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Freedom to Marry Honors the Life of Del Martin

Freedom to Marry
August 27, 2008
“Del Martin lived what Dr. King said he, too, aspired to — a committed life. Committed to changing our country and the lives of millions for the better, committed to her beloved spouse Phyllis, committed in meaning and, happily, thanks to the progress she inspired, committed in marriage. Freedom to Marry honors this luminous pioneer and pillar, and as we work to have and hold marriage in California and nationwide, treasures the lessons she and Phyllis taught us and the example they set.” [Link]

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Community mourns the loss of beloved civil rights leader Del Martin, 87

Contra Costa Times
August 27, 2008
Del Martin, a pioneering lesbian rights activist who married her lifelong partner on the first day same-sex couples could legally wed in California, has died. Her wife, Phyllis Lyon, was by her side. Gifts in lieu of flowers can be made to honor Del’s life and commitment and to defeat the California marriage ban through NCLR’s No On 8 PAC at www.nclrights.org/NoOn8. [Link]

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DOMESTIC PARTNERS: Panel OKs benefits expansion

Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 27, 2008
A regulation that makes it state policy to provide health care insurance benefits to domestic partners of state employees -- including those of the same sex -- was adopted Tuesday by a legislative subcommittee on a 3-2 vote. But Sen. Randolph Townsend, R-Reno, said money still must be found during the legislative session, which starts in February, to expand the health care benefit. [Link]

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The Gay Delay

Fairfield County Weekly
August 27, 2008
Justin R. Long, a visiting assistant professor at University of Connecticut School of Law, says it's unlikely a ruling on Kerrigan & Mock, et al. v. Connecticut Department of Public Health would take so long if the justices were unanimous. What's more probable is a split decision, and the crafting of dissenting and/or concurring opinions is responsible for the hold up. [Link]

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Study: Relationships of legally recognized gay couples last longer

365Gay.com
August 26, 2008
“There are many ways that a legal couple status may support a relationship - more family understanding, acceptance by friends and co-workers, greater commitment that results from a public declaration, and enhanced legal protections in the form of healthcare benefits and community property,” said Robert-Jay Green, executive director of the Rockway Institute. [Link]

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VIDEO: Evan Wolfson discusses the landscape for marriage

Freedom to Marry
August 26, 2008
On June 24, 2008 Evan Wolfson was the guest speaker at the New York office of Dickstein Shapiro LLP. He discussed the landscape for marriage in 2008, and explained why the California Supreme Court's carefully-worded decision affirming the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples is one of the most important milestones in gay civil rights history. [Link]

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Shannon Minter And Mara Keisling On Gender Identity Platform Language And Marriage Equality

Pam's House Blend
August 26, 2008
Shannon Minter, of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), talks about what it's like to be a female-to-male transgender man working on LGBT issues (he was the NCLR's key attorney who argued the freedom to marry case before the California Supreme Court, from which Californians won the freedom to marry). [Link]

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Freedom to Marry Honors the Life of Del Martin

Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, upon the passing of Del Martin, a civil rights leader who, along with her spouse Phyllis Lyon whom she married on June 16, 2008 after 55 years together, was one of the nation's first and most admired activists for equality and fairness for lesbian and gay people:

"Del Martin lived what Dr. King said he, too, aspired to — a committed life. Committed to changing our country and the lives of millions for the better, committed to her beloved spouse Phyllis, committed in meaning and, happily, thanks to the progress she inspired, committed in marriage. Freedom to Marry honors this luminous pioneer and pillar, and as we work to have and hold marriage in California and nationwide, treasures the lessons she and Phyllis taught us and the example they set."

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