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Gov signs law allowing out-of-state gays to wed

Boston Globe
July 31, 2008
Governor Deval Patrick signed a law today that repealed a 95-year-old statute that had prevented gay and lesbian couples from most other states from marrying in Massachusetts.
The repeal took effect immediately, making Massachusetts the second state after California to allow same-sex couples to marry regardless of residence. [Link]

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GLAD Donors Raise $34K to Defend Calif. Marriage Equality

New England Blade
July 31, 2008
GLAD donor Scott Davenport put up a $15,000 challenge and urged other donors to step up to the plate. “It’s so important for us to defend marriage equality in California. When we protected the freedom to marry in Massachusetts, we did so with the help of folks from many other states – now it’s our turn to help in California,” he said. “And when we win there in November we will send an amazing message to states across New England and the rest of the country that it’s time for marriage equality for all.” [Link]

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UCLA’s Williams Institute releases new study showing enthusiasm for marriage among same-sex couples

MarketWatch
July 31, 2008
A new study published today by UCLA's Williams Institute finds that same-sex couples eagerly take advantage of the ability to marry or form civil unions when presented with the opportunity. More than 85,000 couples have already signed up for legal recognition in eleven states--40% of all same-sex couples in these states. [Link]

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A minister speaks out for marriage equality

The Milpitas Post
July 30, 2008
Churches will differ about whether they recognize same-gender marriages, just as they differ about whether people who are divorced can remarry. But the California court decision is not about church law. It is about civil law. To more and more Americans it is becoming plainly obvious civil marriage is a civil right. [Link]

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A Long-Term Commitment

Entrepreneur.com
July 30, 2008
For Twisted Limb Paperworks LLCowner Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese, marketing to the gay and lesbian community has been a part of her philosophy since founding the small, Indiana-based stationery business 10 years ago. She says her LGBT customers are loyal, patronizing her store for not only wedding stationery, but also other important occasions. [Link]

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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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