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Marriage equality gives Newsom an edge

Washington Times
July 7, 2008
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced last week the formation of an exploratory committee for a 2010 California gubernatorial run, and political strategists agree that his strong identification with marriage equality should help him in the Democratic primary. (Link)

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Gay marriage: the key to happiness?

Los Angeles Times
July 7, 2008
Gregory Rodriguez writes an op-ed about a study which finds that countries whose people enjoy more freedom tend to be happier, concluding that marriage equality clearly promotes happiness in society. (Link)

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Justice for Gays

Washington Post
July 5, 2008
The editorial staff praises the Bush administration's recent ruling that children of gay and lesbian couples can receive their Social Security benefits. (Link)

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Couple go for better or worse, again

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 4, 2008
Washington couple explains why marriage is important to them. (Link)

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Musgrave Renews Call For Federal Anti-Gay Amendment

365Gay.com
July 2, 2008
The architect of two failed attempts to amend the US Constitution to include marriage discrimination is throwing her support behind a new bid to advance exclusion. (Link)

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County official’s attempt at stopping equality, county supreriors say

The Bakersfield Californian
July 3, 2008
Kern county’s top administrator has debunked Auditor-Controller Ann Barnett’s financial reasoning for ending civil marriage ceremonies in Kern County, California, and county council declared a new proposal by anti-gay activists to stop marriage equality unconstitutional. (Link)

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Anti-Gay Adoption Initiative Faces Names Crunch in Arkansas

365Gay.com
July 3, 2008
An organization collecting signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot to ban unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children in Arkansas said Thursday it will submit its petitions by Monday's deadline but will likely need more time to get the number required. (Link)

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Marriage Equality=Happiness

As we celebrate all things American during the month of our nation's Independence Day, particularly our founding principles of freedom and fairness, a recently released study finds that indeed people who enjoy more freedom tend to be happier.

Connecting the dots, George Rodriguez writes an article in the Los Angeles Times, "Gay marriage: the key to happiness?" and says, "How exactly, you ask, is gay marriage connected with 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'?...social tolerance 'broadens the range of choices available to people,' thereby enhancing happiness for both the tolerant and the intolerant alike."

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What if they take it all away?

California Ripple Effect
July 2, 2008
A blogger for the CA Ripple Effect discusses the importance of people witnessing gay and lesbian couples marrying in California, noting that people become more accepting of equality when given examples that marriage equality helps families and hurts no one. (Link)

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CA North State Voices: Why I support marriage equality

Chico Enterprise Record
July 3, 2008
Susan Tchudi, a Chico resident, retired English professor, and farmer, explains why she performs marriage ceremonies for all committed couples, addressing those who disagree with her support for equality: "to those who object to same-sex marriage. "It's no skin off your nose."" (Link)

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