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Sense of Calm as Gay Couples Wed in California

New York Times
June 18, 2008
With a sense of history and a looming battle at the ballot box, hundreds of gay and lesbian couples in California wed on Tuesday, a steady and decidedly confident celebration that was a marked departure from the mad rush here four years ago. (Link)

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Hundreds of same-sex couples wed across California

Associated Press
June 18, 2008
Hundreds of tearful same-sex couples got married across the state Tuesday in what some are calling California's new Summer of Love. (Link)

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From Marriage Equality’s Ground Zero

Time Magazine
June 17, 2008
Same-sex couples began marrying late Monday night in courthouse ceremonies across California, putting triumphantly happy human faces on a debate that is nevertheless far from over. (Link)

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During a Historic Day, Mayor Newsom Reflects

The Advocate
June 17, 2008
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom reflects on the importance of marriage equality as same-sex couples begin to receive marriage licenses in California. (Link)

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DOJ OKs Benefits For Kids Of Same-Sex Couples

365Gay.com
June 18, 2008
Even though the federal Defense of Marriage Act bars Washington from recognizing or providing benefits to same-sex couples their children must be recognized by the Social Security Administration, the Department of Justice has determined. (Link)

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Marriage equality does not impact religious freedom

The Volokh Conspiracy
June 17, 2008
Examples of conflict arising from antidiscrimination law are often exaggerated and oversimplified. Catholicism and Orthodox Judaism, for example, refuse to recognize secular divorce. But few argue that we should refuse to let people divorce for this reason. [Link]

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The ACLU’s Matt Coles Tells Us Why Marriage Matters

The Advocate
June 17, 2008
Matt Coles, director of the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT & AIDS Project, answers the question, "Why -- some people, including a lot of gay people, ask -- do LGBT people care so much about marriage?" (Link)

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TRANSCRIPT: California Marriage: The Ruling and One Couple’s View

washingtonpost.com
June 16, 2008
University of the Pacific law professor Larry Levine was online Monday, June 16 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the implementation of the recent California Supreme Court ruling, and the fight ahead. He was joined by Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis. [Link]

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Editorial: Today belongs to couple, married at last after 50 years

Mercury News
June 17, 2008
The Mercury News editorial board congratulates committed same-sex couples who are marrying in California, and hopes weddings "will offer a human face to the polemics, and, we hope, persuade voters not to use the ballot box to deny them joy and respect." (Link)

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Religious views and a free society can co-exist

Christian Science Monitor
June 17, 2008
"Our society has done a pretty good job balancing personal views, including religious views, with the need to have basic rules protecting everyone against discrimination in the public sector, and there is no need now for a special gay exception," says Evan Wolfson. [Link]

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