MA House Debates 1913 Law Tuesday
July 24, 2008
According to a House leadership source with knowledge of the legislative schedule, debate over the law is expected to occur when the House returns to full session Tuesday. [Link]

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The Politics of Sanctity

The Gainesville Sun
July 26, 2008
"The Florida Marriage Amendment is less about protecting the sanctity of marriage than keeping Florida firmly in the 'R' column.... The thing is that this is a monster election year. And the 'ultra-conservative vote' isn't all that excited about the prospect of a John McCain presidency. And this makes Republicans in the legislature and Florida's congressional delegation very nervous indeed." [Link]

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Richer or poorer

Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2008
The federal government doesn't extend many standard divorce benefits to same-sex couples. Gay couples thus face financial consequences that heterosexual couples don't. The Chicago Tribune lists four of them. [Link]

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N.J. group makes waves in Calif. marriage fight

Southern Voice Online
July 25, 2008
Evan Wolfson said groups like NOM are fighting an uphill battle as people see how gay marriage works in Massachusetts and California."It's become clear to most Americans that there is no real good argument against allowing gays to marry," Wolfson said. "They can see with their own eyes that the gays didn't use up all the marriage licenses." [Link]

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Out-of-state money floods to Prop. 8

San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2008
The outside money is arriving in supersized chunks. Focus on the Family, a Colorado Springs group headed by James Dobson, has given more than $400,000 to the Prop. 8 campaign. The American Family Association, out of Tupelo, Miss., has contributed $500,000. The Knights of Columbus, a national Catholic men's organization headquartered in New Haven, Conn., has put $250,000 into the campaign. [Link]

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Tourism Bureau Launches Marriage Sweepstakes

NBC San Diego
July 25, 2008
San Diego's official tourism and convention bureau is staging a "Here Comes the Pride" give away aimed at same sex couples. The San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau is offering free airline tickets, a five-night hotel stay and complimentary meals at some of San Diego's finest restaurants to the couple who submits the best essay describing why they want to get married in San Diego. [Link]

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OPPOSITION: ‘Gay Marriage to End “Culture Wars”?’

Religion Dispatches
July 21, 2008
Last week, the founder of the American Family Association, was talking about what he’s been talking about for more than three decades; “homosexuals” and the “culture wars”—only this time he said the “culture wars” will be irrevocably lost if Proposition 8 loses on November 4. [Link]

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New Ballot Language in California: Prop 8 Would Take Away the Freedom to Marry in California

Last week, the California Attorney General's office announced changes to the Proposition 8 ballot language which appropriately identifies the discrimination it promotes:

"ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY. Changes California Constitution to eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry."

Take action now to preserve the freedom to marry in California by talking to your friends and family about how Prop. 8 takes away rights and why its important that fair-minded Californians vote no on Prop. 8 in November.

Preserve the freedom to marry in California

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Adoption ban falls short of signatures

Arkansas News Bureau
July 24, 2008
The Family Council Action Committee fell about 4,000 valid signatures short but will have another 30 days to make up the difference. [Link]

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Big Labor Move For Marriage Equality

Gay City News
July 24, 2008
A resolution from the California Labor Federation said the group will "put forth energy and resources to educate and mobilize its members to vote against Proposition 8, and encourage its twenty-three member Central Labor Councils to do the same." [Link]

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