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Assembly’s Gay Rites Backers Reap Benefits

The New York Sun
August 7, 2008
"Many of them are a bunch of fossils from a bygone day," a Republican assemblyman of Dutchess County, Joel Miller, who also backed the bill, said of the Senate Republicans. "Constituents have changed. More of us represent a district in which there's a lot more people of diverse views." Said Mr. Miller: "That's why these donations come in. They want to send a message that you can be a Republican, you can vote for gay marriage, and you can be re-elected." [Link]

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Judge puts off ruling on marriage measure

San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2008
Despite objections from opponents of marriage equality, a judge seemed inclined Thursday to leave intact a state ballot label that declares a November initiative "eliminates (the) right of same-sex couples to marry." [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Reneging on a right

Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2008
The very act of denying gay and lesbian couples the right to marry -- traditionally the highest legal and societal recognition of a loving commitment -- by definition relegates them and their relationships to second-class status, separate and not all that equal. [Link]

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Why I support marriage equality

inlandutopia.com
August 8, 2008
"No one is going to force straight California to enter into a same sex marriage. Although it’s going to be a close fight, win or lose same sex marriage is inevitable. This decision was about civil marriage, if you want to have selective criteria about religious marriage you have the liberty to choose who can be married in your religious institution." [Link]

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Straight Leaders Sought for Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights 2008

Soulforce
August 6, 2008
Atticus Circle and Soulforce are currently seeking straight people who are interested in organizing a Seven Straight Nights event in their communities. For more information, visit www.sevenstraightnights.org [Link]

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Rowan Williams: Gay couples reflect the love of God

The Guardian
August 7, 2008
In the correspondence, an exchange with an evangelical Christian, the Archbishop of Canterbury argued that passages criticising homosexual activity were not aimed at people who were gay by nature. "An active sexual relationship between two people of the same sex might therefore reflect the love of God in a way comparable to marriage, if and only if it had about it the same character of absolute covenanted faithfulness."[Link]

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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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