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Editor’s notes: So long, 1913

The Wareham Courier
August 7, 2008
"Both the law and its repeal have not been given much mainstream press, largely, I suspect, because its been treated mainly as a 'gay' issue. The repeal should have been given wider play, if for no other reason that it is good economic news for the state." [Link]

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BLOG: TIME poll: equal numbers support, oppose marriage equality

Pam's House Blend
August 7, 2008
Blogger Pam Spaulding writes, "The fact of the matter is that many of those 'should nots' are fence-sitters or people who have not been exposed to the positive outcomes of marriage equality elsewhere." [Link]

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AZ panel will probe handling of marriage debate

The Arizona Daily Star
August 6, 2008
Members of the Ethics Committee rejected a request by Sen. Ben Miranda, D-Phoenix, to seek testimony from Senate Majority Leader Thayer Verschoor, R-Gilbert, when the panel hears evidence next week about whether Harper broke ethics rules. Miranda wants to know whether Verschoor and Harper planned ahead of time to cut off debate on the last night of the legislative session to clear the way for a vote on a measure to write discrimination against gay and lesbian couples into the Arizona constitution. [Link]

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BLOG: Obama Builds LGBT Family Expertise

Mombian
August 6, 2008
Blogger Dana Rudolph writes, "Senators Obama and McCain have very different views of LGBT families, as I mentioned Monday. Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Obama’s campaign about the expansion of his LGBT leadership team. It only adds to his status as the candidate committed to LGBT families." [Link]

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Power surge

Bay Windows
August 6, 2008
Eleni Carr, vice-chair of the Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth and chair of the commission’s government relations committee, said the marriage amendment debate helped pave the way for the successful effort to increase funding for state LGBT youth programs. "There was almost a way that the marriage debate really just opened the door and opened everyone's eyes to how much discrimination and oppression our community faces," said Carr. [Link]

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I think there is every reason why we should defeat it. But no one can be cavalier. No one can be complacent. No one can be sanguine about it. It will take everything we have. People will have to write the biggest checks they've ever written, devote more volunteer hours than they ever have, have more difficult conversations than they've ever had for 90 days. For 90 days we have to give it everything."

Kate Kendell, on California's Prop. 8

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OP-ED: Special Rights No More

GayWired.com
August 5, 2008
"There were the times that management in various jobs would pull me aside and tell me, secretly, to go ahead and use 'sick time' instead of taking my vacation days for taking time off to care for my partner." [Link]

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For Better or For Worse

Washington Post
August 6, 2008

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EQCA Raises Over $1.6 Million in 15 Minutes to Fight Antigay Ballot Initiative

The Bilerico Project
August 5, 2008
NCLR's Kate Kendell said, "I think there is every reason why we should defeat it. But no one can be cavalier. No one can be complacent. No one can be sanguine about it. It will take everything we have. People will have to write the biggest checks they've ever written, devote more volunteer hours than they ever have, have more difficult conversations than they've ever had for 90 days. For 90 days we have to give it everything." [Link]

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Christian Group Challenges Paterson on Gay Rites Order

The New York Sun
August 6, 2008
Lambda Legal will be intervening in tomorrow's hearing on behalf of a New York same-sex couple married in Canada. "This case is really just the Alliance Defense Fund piling on one more nuisance case, when the issue's already been effectively passed over," Lambda Legal's litigator, Susan Sommer, said. [Link]

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