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OP-ED: Marriage equality is hardly a leap of faith

New Jersey Jewish News
August 14, 2008
Rabbi Victor Appell writes, "Just about every aspect of our lives is influenced by our Judaism, so there was never any doubt that we would have our relationship recognized 'according to the faith of Moses and Israel.' We wanted what other Jewish couples have: a Jewish wedding. Like many other Jewish couples, we would establish a Jewish home and hope to one day become Jewish parents." [Link]

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Andrew Sullivan: My Big Fat Straight Wedding

The Atlantic
August 13, 2008
"Ours was not, we realized, a different institution, after all, and we were not different kinds of people. In the doing of it, it was the same as my sister’s wedding and we were the same as my sister and brother-in-law. The strange, bewildering emotions of the moment, the cake and reception, the distracted children and weeping mothers, the morning’s butterflies and the night’s drunkenness: this was not a gay marriage; it was a marriage." [Link]

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Love in exile: One year later, Brazilian spouse still blocked from returning

Bay Windows
August 13, 2008
While immigration law allows spouses of American citizens to obtain legal permanent residency, under DOMA Coco and Oliveira are not considered spouses. The couple is considering filing a legal challenge to overturn DOMA in federal court, but Coco told the crowd at the vigil that he and Oliveira have become activists by necessity, not by choice. [Link]

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More straight couples including support for gays in wedding plans

Arizona Republic
August 13, 2008
More and more, couples are expressing support for the freedom to marry in their wedding ceremonies. (Link)

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Leading Companies in Bay Area to Discuss the Impact of Marriage Equality on the Workplace

Trading Markets
August 11, 2008
A panel including executives from Intuit, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Trucker Huss, and more, will speak to how organizations are adapting to changes in benefits, policies, and other areas based on the California Supreme Court ruling upholding the freedom to marry. In addition to updating company policies, many organizations have been proactive in taking a stance against Proposition 8. (Link)

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Latest On How The AFA Is Working For Discriminatory “Yes On Prop 8” Campaign

Pam's House Blend
August 13, 2008
Blogger Autumn Sandeen profiles how those supporting the discriminatory anti-gay constitutional amendment in California are trying to mobilize church support to end marriage equality in California. (Link)

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“Eight Things I Learned as a 40-Year-Old Intern,” including how Google affects news headlines about

Poynter Online
August 12, 2008
When couples of the same sex began applying for marriage licenses in California, headlines and text described this as "same-sex marriage," as per LAT style. But when it became obvious through Google Hot Trends that potential readers were searching "gay marriage" instead, editors decided to allow that term in headlines. That leads to a larger question: To what extent do journalists let Google guide what they do? [Link]

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BLOG: “Deep” Thought #21: ‘Gay Marriage’ Will Exacerbate Black Fatherlessness

Fannie's Room
August 12, 2008
The "gay marriage poses unique dangers to African-American families" argument is convenient because it allows those who seek to perpetuate injustice to feign concern for the plight of an oppressed minority group. And often, this argument is used for another key purpose. It allows [anti-gay people] of all races to call all non-black supporters of marriage equality "racist" for supposedly not caring about the plight of African-American families. [Link]

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To Thee I Wed

Montery Herald
August 11, 2008
"I have been at the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce for 16 years," said chamber president Moe Ammar, "and I don't recall ever getting a phone call from someone interested in a gay wedding. Since the Supreme Court ruling, I have had six calls at this little chamber from same-sex couples who want to get married in our parks. Some have asked if our community is gay friendly. We were gay friendly long before the new law was passed." [Link]

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What Is the Future of Suburbia? A Freakonomics Quorum

New York Times Blog
August 12, 2008
Gary J. Gates, a Senior Research Fellow at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, and co-author of The Gay and Lesbian Atlas, writes, "So back to the question at hand — my vision of suburbia circa 2050. Lesbian and gay families will be a much more visible community fixture. They’ll probably be married, own their homes, be raising a few kids, and will very likely not be white." [Link]

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