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OPINION: Is this historic or not?

Ventura County Star
July 30, 2008
Proponents clearly believe that, in order to win, they must underplay the significance of their measure. That's why they went to court this week in an attempt to block a revised ballot title of Proposition 8, rewritten by Attorney General Jerry Brown to reflect the state Supreme Court's May ruling that said marriage laws cannot apply unequally to same-sex and opposite-sex couples. [Link]

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COMMENTARY: Can ‘gay marriage’ save Jim Gibbons?

PolitickerNV.com
July 29, 2008
So constitutional arguments aside, why wouldn't we marry gays here? This must be where we draw the line in Nevada. Legal gambling? Definitely. Prostitutes? Let's give the Bunny Ranch a tv show. Throw in a steak-knife wielding member of the state legislature and you have a real party. [Link]

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Group uses erroneous threat of forced ceremonies in fundraising appeal

The Press-Enterprise
July 29, 2008
The letter says that same-sex couples have already threatened two pastors with lawsuits for refusing to marry them, although the author declined to identify the churches. "They're trying to scare people," NCLR's Shannon Minter said. "There's not a shred of truth in their assertion. It is so clearly established in law that clergy and religious organizations have absolute discretion on which marriages to perform and what is within their religious faith. That is one of the most solidly established principles in law." [Link]

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BLOG: No Fair! You’re Saying What the Amendment Does!

Whatever
July 30, 2009
"On the list of government actions that have genuinely threatened the well-being of the United States over the years, same-sex marriage is probably about number 36,000, wedged between cashmere subsidies and funding for whatever set of still pictures Ken Burns is slow-panning across on PBS this next year. On the other hand, initiatives intended to cancel out existing marriages and deprive citizens of rights they already have under law jump up to near the top of the list of things I personally worry about tearing at the national fabric. Call it a difference in perspective." [Link]

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House passes 1913 law repeal in roll call vote

Bay Windows
July 29, 2008
The bill to repeal the 1913 law is on its way to Governor Deval Patrick, who will sign it into law. The bill cleared a final hurdle this afternoon, when the House of Representatives passed the bill on a roll call vote after about 25 minutes of debate. The vote was 118-35, with five members not voting. [Link]

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The Avoidable Death of Thomas Disch

Advocate
July 29, 2008
On July 4, 2008, the out science fiction writer shot himself in his New York apartment. Renee Perry wonders if marriage equality could have saved him. [Link]

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PG&E Opposes Anti-Gay Marriage Ban

KCRA
July 29, 2008
The campaign against a November ballot measure that would end same-sex marriage in California said it has received a $250,000 donation from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. [Link]

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BLOG: Who Marriage is For: A Tale of Two Weddings

Greta Christina's Blog
July 29, 2008
"Who is marriage for now? And what is it, anyway? I want to tell a story. Two stories, I guess, about two weddings, that show how radically the answer to that question has changed in just the past few years." [Link]

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State senator faces ethics probe in marriage debate

Tucson Citizen
July 29, 2008
An Arizona state senator faces an ethics investigation for cutting off a debate that served as a filibuster for opponents of a referendum to prohibit same-sex couples from getting legally married in the state. With its chairman crossing party lines, the Senate Ethics Committee voted 3-2 on Monday to formally investigate a lawmaker's complaint that Republican Sen. Jack Harper of Surprise broke Senate rules. [Link]

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MA Sen. Wilkerson on the Repeal of the 1913 Laws

Pam's House Blend
July 28, 2008
During the debate, senate minority leader Richard Tisei (R- Wakefield) stood up to express his support for the repeal. He then asked Senator Dianne Wilkerson (D-Boston) to provide a history of the 1913 law. Watch the video of the debate here. [Link]

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