The Aisle of Least Resistance

The American Prospect
July 21, 2008
Courtney E. Martin writes, "I've always been partial to Audre Lorde's insight that 'the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.' But professor of Chicano/a studies, Lisa Justine Hernandez, who is getting married this month, sees the radical potential in marriage. 'I think it works both ways,' she told me. 'Jane and I are being transformed by the outpouring of love and support from our families. Our marriage has opened positive conversation and also transformed others.'" [Link]

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Measure to prohibit gay unions is trailing

San Diego Union Tribune
July 18, 2008
Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment that would ban marriage equality in California, is opposed by 51 percent of likely voters with 42 percent in favor, according to a new Field Poll. The Field Poll director discusses what this means. (Link)

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EDITORIAL: Mass. a leader in equality

The Sun Chronicle
July 20, 2008
Congratulations to the Massachusetts Legislature for taking discrimination off the books and further cementing the state's reputation as a champion of equality. [Link]

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Miss Manners: Introduce your husband - as your husband

The Mercury News
July 20, 2008
Miss Manners advises, "By all means, employ the conventional terms and acknowledgments of marriage. The more you get used to doing this normally, rather than as propaganda, the more unremarkable it will seem to others." [Link]

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OP-ED: Dollar Tree refuses to recognize California law & same-sex marriage

Mantaceta Bulletin
July 16, 2008
"Dollar Tree's position is that the benefit book given to employees makes it clear they do not recognize same sex marriage. Really. There are two little problems with that. One, is that Dollar Tree cannot operate in California and be above the law. Two, that is not what their own benefits booklet distributed to Dollar Tree employees states." [Link]

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No! to marriage ban

Religious Right Watch
July 18, 2008
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has set up a special fund, "No On Proposition 8," to direct 100% of your contribution today to the fight against the anti-marriage ballot initiative in California. [Link]

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"It's like we've been Photoshopped out of the picture. How long is the federal
government going to pretend we don't exist?"

Diane Curtis, The Washington Post, 7/17/08

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Feeling the spirit of political rules

The Salt Lake Tribune
July 19, 2008
Derek Price writes, "When The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced it would jump into California politics by supporting a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, many Mormons -- including myself -- were appalled. "[Link]

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Majority Oppose Discriminatory Anti-Marriage Initiative in California

The California Field Poll found a majority of Californians are against writing marriage discrimination into the California Constitution with Proposition 8. This latest poll performed in July 2008 reaffirmed similar findings from the Field Poll in May 2008.

Regarding the Field Poll results, Mark DiCamillo, director of the nonpartisan Field Poll said, "Starting out behind is usually an ominous sign for a proposition. Over 90 percent of propositions that start out behind get taken down." Such news reaffirms the extreme importance of work in California to protect marriage and ensure that fair-minded Californians vote no on Prop. 8 in November.

Protect marriage in California

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Making same-sex couples’ marriages count

Los Angeles Times
July 18, 2008
Decisions about data collection should not be driven by political and value-laden judgments about marriage. They should be grounded in the demographic and legal realities of this nation. [Link]

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