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Pastors defy United Methodist officials to conduct gay weddings

Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2008
Scores of United Methodist Church ministers in California are putting their careers on the line in an open revolt against religious edicts that forbid them to conduct weddings for gay and lesbian couples. [Link]

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Bid to stop gay couples from marrying will stay on ballot, California Supreme Court rules

Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2008
A voter initiative to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage will remain on the November ballot, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Wednesday. [Link]

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CA: Marriage Numbers Remain High Month After Legalization

CBS5
July 16, 2008
"They're waiting in line for half an hour or 45 minutes and they get to your window, and they're happy,'' Chief Deputy Clerk Vicki Petersen said. "I've worked here for almost 22 years and never have we had a time when we got so many thank you cards, so many e-mails, so many letters.'' [Link]

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Op-Ed: MA’s Las Vegas Envy

New York Times
July 17, 2008
What changed? Well, with the economy the way it is, becoming the Las Vegas of anything whatsoever began to sound like a good deal. California has been raking in money from weddings of out-of-state gay couples since a court made same-sex marriage legal there. [Link]

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28% - Is Marriage a Campaign Issue?

Pew Research Center
July 16, 2008
As it did in October 2004, gay marriage ranks lowest in importance among 16 campaign issues for the average U.S. voter; overall, 28% say gay marriage will be very important to their vote, down slightly from 32% in 2004. (Link)

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A 1913 Law Dies to Better Serve Marriage Equality

New York Times
July 16, 2008
On Tuesday, the Massachusetts State Senate voted to repeal a 1913 law that prevents Massachusetts from marrying out-of-state couples if their marriages would not be legal in their home states. (Link)

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McCain assailed for opposing adoptions by gays

Washington Post
July 15, 2008
Advocates for gay and lesbian parents are denouncing Sen. John McCain, an adoptive father himself, for opposing adoptions by gays, which prompted his presidential campaign to clarify Tuesday that he does not seek a federal ban on the practice. (Link)

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Arizona state senator slams opponents over anti-marriage vote

GayPolitics.com
July 15, 2008
Victory Fund's blog interviews Arizona State Senator Paula Aboud about the controversial actions taken by state senators in Arizona to push through a vote on an anti-marriage amendment ballot measure for the November 2008 ballot. (Link)

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Mass. Senate Votes To Let Out-Of-State Gays Marry

The Boston Channel
July 15, 2008
The Massachusetts Senate has voted to repeal a 1913 law used to bar out-of-state gay couples from marrying here. The House is expected to vote this week. [Link]

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Repeal Would Let Out-of-State Gays Marry in Mass.

Mercury news
July 15, 2008
Democratic leaders of the House and Senate and Gov. Deval Patrick support a repeal of a 1913 Mass. law which prevents out-of-state gay couples from marrying; the law could come up to a vote as soon as July 15. [Link]

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