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San Diego voters re-elect Mayor Jerry Sanders

Reuters
June 4, 2008
San Diego's Republican mayor Jerry Sanders who came out in 2007 in full support of marriage equality was re-elected. (Link)

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Freedom to marry boon to Calif. business

USA Today
June 9, 2008
Many California businesses see dollar signs in nuptials by gay and lesbian couples. (Link)

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Arkansas: From Big News To Old News, Domestic Partnership Registry Changes Little

The Morning News
June 7, 2008
The Eureka Springs city-sponsored domestic partnership registry that reaped headlines nationwide a year ago has gone from big news to old news--bringing little change except for an economic boost for the area. (Link)

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OPINION: Relax, gay couples’ marriages aren’t the end of the world

Santa Maria Times
June 8, 2008
"Because you disapprove of how people choose to pursue happiness does not give you the right to deny them the freedom to do so, as long as they do not cause real, proven harm to you or to others." [Link]

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A Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT Community

Obama Pride
June 6, 2008
"As your President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws... I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples..." [pdf Link]

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In Massachusetts, a ‘long journey’ changes judgment on marriage

The Mercury News
June 8, 2008
Mass. residents who once opposed marriage for gay couples explain their change of heart: "You go into the homes of gay couples and you feel the happiness...It was kind of incredible." [Link]

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CA Battle Over Marriage Raises Novel Legal Questions

Washington Post
June 8, 2008
"If the November measure were to pass, we would be entering unprecedented territory," said David B. Cruz, an expert on constitutional law at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. "We have never seen a constitutional amendment like this in California that would take away rights that people had already exercised." [Link]

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OP/ED: What hath our initiative process wrought?

Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2008
Why is it easier to take away civil rights than approve a 1/2-cent sales tax? It would take just 51% of the electorate to write discrimination into California's Constitution and a whopping 67% to invest in their infrastructure and environment. [Link]

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California sees economic windfall in gay couples’ weddings

San Francisco Chronicle
June 5, 2008
A multitude of weddings is likely to be good business at a time when many folks are in belt-tightening mode. [Link]

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Timing of marriage licenses for same-sex couples varies

Mercury News
June 6, 2008
The official time for marriage licenses to be available to same-sex couples in California is 5:01p.m. on June 16, but offices will vary as to if they stay open late on the 16th or just start issuing licenses on June 17th. (Link)

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