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For Arizona, Three’s a Crowd

Advocate
September 23, 2008
In the end, gay rights activists are hoping for a hat trick, though that seems unlikely given the odds facing Arizona. But Evan Wolfson insists that one victory is paramount. “Holding California is an outright win,” he says, whereas in Arizona and Florida “we will not have advanced -- but simply beaten back an attack.” [Link]

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Senegal jails Belgian man and his husband

IC Publications
August 28, 2008
Richard Lambot, 61, and Moustapha Gueye, 63, who wedded in Belgium -- where marriage is legal for gay and lesbian couples -- last month, were sentenced by the Dakar regional court on Augusut 21, said lawyer Seyni Ndione. [Link]

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Equality Maryland releases grades for state lawmakers

Washington Blade
August 29, 2008
The scorecards were designed to help legislators better address the needs of their district and help constituents decide who to vote for at reelection time and who to back with financial support.“We’re getting ready for 2010 when they are all up for reelection, so we decided to start early, and let them know that we’re really watching,” Carrie Evans, policy director for the organization, said. [Link]

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CA: More Jewish groups support marriage equality

The Jewish Daily Forward
August 28, 2008
Jewish groups that have come out against Proposition 8 so far outnumber the two Orthodox groups that support it, the O.U. and Agudath Israel of California, an ultra-Orthodox group. In recent weeks, the American Jewish Committee joined such groups as the Anti-Defamation League, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Progressive Jewish Alliance in their opposition to the ballot initiative. [Link]

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DALE CARPENTER: Some suggestions for fighting discriminatory measures

Dallas Voice
August 28, 2008
"My advice is to ignore the polls and act on the assumption that this will be a very close vote, and that as of now we’re behind. Here’s why... Whatever the reason, polls on the issue are unreliable. So a Field poll showing that only 42 percent support the gay-marriage ban probably means that about 52 percent support it. That means, first, it’s close, and, second, we’re behind." [Link]

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Denver Update: SIX New Co-Sponsors for Marriage Equality in NJ

Blue Jersey
August 28, 2008
Though there are still doubters, all indications are now that New Jersey will be the third state after Massachusetts and California to guarantee the right to marry for same-sex couples. While civil unions have been a progressive step forward for the cause, New Jersey residents seem to agree that basic civil rights should no longer be denied to a significant portion of our population. [Link]

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Newsom in spotlight as a ‘hotshot to watch’

San Francisco Chronicle
August 28, 2008
Social networking holds the key, Newsom feels, to bypassing his traditional media narrative and transforming his image from the slick-haired gay marriage-blessing mayor of liberal San Francisco to something that might appeal to a broader audience. [Link]

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Jay Bakker and Religious Straight Americans Speak Up for Gay and Transgender Neighbors

PR Web
August 27, 2008
Jay Bakker is the son of Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner. His non-traditional approach to ministry achieved national attention in the Sundance Channel documentary One Punk Under God, which documented his journey to become a gay-affirming Christian. Like Bakker, Michelle Garland has been on a journey to support gay and transgender friends. "I was determined to do what I knew in my heart was right. I believe we are all G-d's children and to deny love to a fellow human is to reject the spark of G-dliness that is in each of us," says Garland, who is now organizing a Seven Straight Nights event in Ames, Iowa, for the second year in a row. [Link]

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AUSTRALIA:  New senator calls for marriage equality

The Australian
August 28, 2008
Labor's new senator Louise Pratt, who makes history as the first member of parliament with a transgendered partner, has used her maiden speech to break from ALP policy and call for marriage equality. [Link]

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‘Gay marriage mayor’ Newsom remembers Del Martin at DNCC caucus

PageOneQ
August 27, 2008
"You can't separate an institution by making it a lower institution," Newsom added, speaking on Proposition 8, which would outlaw same-sex marriages constitutionally. No one proposed civil unions for interracial couples in 1967, despite 70% of the public being against interracial marriage, he noted. "How dare they have the audacity to say that today," he said of marriage rights opponents. "Really, what's at stake is [Martin's] legacy and her life." [Link]

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