Blog Entries by Megan Kinninger

Call to Action in California – How to Win Marriage Back

August 13, 2009
By Evan Wolfson

Executive Director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry

As someone 100% committed to winning the freedom to marry nationwide as soon as possible, I am very excited by Equality California’s report on the work already underway to restore the freedom to marry in California in 2012. To win marriage back, we have a lot to do, using every precious day between now and the election. EQCA’s roadmap to victory in 2012 offers everyone committed to winning marriage back a chance to pull together and tackle the tasks without wasting a moment.

Winning marriage back is not just about getting a measure on the ballot. It’s about enough conversations enough times over enough time to move hearts and minds. It’s about organizing that empowers diverse messengers to speak to the people and win over a slice of voters in their circles and communities. It’s building a campaign that is strategic, smart, and run with the right combination of expertise, efficiency, transparency, and buy-in. It’s raising the money, early and ongoing, to support and sustain these efforts over the needed time before the vote; and persuading people, as we began doing in the Let California Ring public education effort, to think anew about how the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage hurts families and helps no one.

Equality California’s plan to win is not a call to “wait.” It is a call to action, and the work is at hand now. I hope that everyone committed to undoing Prop 8 and restoring the freedom to marry in California as soon as possible will seize this opportunity to sign up, join in, donate, contact friends and families, and be part of the early and sustained affirmative work to win every day between now and the vote in 2012.

And while we’re on the subject of early action and sustained work, I hope everyone goes to and joins me in making (another) contribution to NO ON 1 / PROTECT MAINE EQUALITY to help avoid another Prop 8-style undoing of the freedom to marry we have won there. Let’s win in Maine in November 2009, and take that momentum into the conversations to move more people and states to our side, including California in 2012.

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Commentary: Signs point to a gay-friendly Sotomayor

The Detroit News
August 12, 2009

Deb Price writes, "To gay Americans, Sonia Sotomayor isn't just any new justice: She will likely hold the balance on a Supreme Court believed to be evenly divided over gay Americans' basic constitutional rights...Progress at the Supreme Court level "is not just about the lawyers and briefs and cases," notes Evan Wolfson, head of Freedom to Marry, who argued Eagle Scout James Dale's case in 2000. "It is about getting more states (to open marriage to gay couples), and changing more hearts and minds to create the climate in which the judges, including Sotomayor, make a decision," Wolfson said." (Link)

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No on 1/Protect Maine Equality Supporters Open 3rd Campaign Office

August 13, 2009

NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality held an open house Wednesday for its newest office in Lewiston. The other offices are in Portland and Brewer. (Link)

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Maine Moves Into High Gear

The Advocate
August 11, 2009

In a campaign that promises to go down to the wire, Maine voters will be the first to weigh in on an anti-gay ballot measure, meant to repeal marriage equality, since the vote on Proposition 8. (Link)

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Gay Rights Leader Doubts Obama’s Anti-Marriage Equality Stance

US News & World Report
August 11, 2009

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese has doubts about the president's stated opposition to the freedom to marry. (Link)

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We’re just like you

Baltimore Sun
August 7, 2009

It's time for Maryland to recognize marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions. (Link)

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Professional Associations Back Marriage Equality

OnTop Magazine
August 10, 2009

Both the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Bar Association (ABA) have adopted resolutions backing GLBT rights, including the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. (Link)

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Tim Hortons backs out of anti-gay event

CBC News
August 10, 2009

Tim Hortons has reversed its decision to sponsor a Rhode Island rally held by a U.S. group that opposes marriage equality, after encountering fierce criticism for the move. (Link)

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A Moral Crossroads For Conservatives

National Journal
August 8, 2009

Jonathan Rauch writes about how the genie that marriage equality opponents still hope to stuff back into the bottle is out for good. Rauch shares a personal story of the struggle a same-sex couple faced trying to take care of each other in the hospital and writes, "If cultural conservatism continues to treat same-sex couples as outside the social covenant, the currents of history will flow right around it." (Link)

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Prop. 8 foes clash over federal suit

Los Angeles Times
August 9, 2009

A federal judge in San Francisco will decide the lineup of lawyers later this month for the lawsuit against the anti-gay-marriage initiative. (Link)

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