‘We Do’ campaign will confront marriage discrimination across the south

For over a year, the Campaign for Southern Equality has been leading the We Do campaign, where same-sex couples request - and are denied - marriage licenses in their home communities. As they gear up for Stage 4 of their campaign, Freedom to Marry spoke with Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, the organization's Executive Director.

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Editorial: Fair Courts in the Cross-Fire

The New York Times editorial board criticizes campaigns against justices around the country, including an anti-gay campaign against the three Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of marriage for lesbian and gay couples in the state.

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Wyoming and nine other states file anti-gay Amicus Brief in Prop 8 Appeal

Wyoming and nine other states have filed an anti-gay amicus brief in the Prop 8 appeal case saying the Constitution does not require marriage to include same-sex couples and that states, not federal courts, have final say in whether to honor the freedom to marry.

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Alabama Legislator Seeks to Block Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

The Associated Press
November 16, 2009
Alabama state Rep. DuWayne Bridges (R-Valley) said he has prepared a bill for the legislative session beginning in January that would prohibit public universities from receiving state funds if they offer benefits to domestic partners of gay employees. [Link]

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UAB Offers Health Coverage to Same-Sex Partners

The Birmingham News
October 22, 2009
The University of Alabama at Birmingham will extend health insurance benefits to partners and children of gay employees beginning Jan. 1, in a move officials said was designed in part to help it compete with top medical schools when recruiting faculty. [Link]

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Video: Voice for Equality Rep. John Lewis Delivers Eloquent Pro-Marriage Speech

Pam's House Blend
September 20, 2009
Pam Spaulding: Rep. Lewis, the civil rights legend who shed blood for equality, delivers a message that the LGBT community should never stand down, should keep forging ahead, should cast aside fears, and should not listen to calls to 'wait.' He states with conviction that marriage equality is a human right. [Link]

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ALABAMA VOICES: Equal Rights Issue

Montgomery Advertiser
May 11, 2009
History is repeating itself. Once again some states are denying equal rights to a minority group of their citizens. Before, the denial of equal rights was based upon race. This time the denial is based upon sexual orientation. [link]

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OP-ED: ‘Gay Marriage’? Not in the South

USA Today
September 16, 2008
Ironically, Southern states were the main battleground in another fight for civil rights 40 years ago. Well before her death in 2006, civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, an Alabama native and the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., began speaking out for gay rights and the freedom to marry. Few acknowledge this part of her legacy. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Marriage goes beyond the ballot

The Boston Globe
November 9, 2006
To those who would argue that the people should decide this issue by vote, I also value and defend the right to vote. Generations of my African-American brothers and sisters in the United States — and my own ancestors in Haiti — died for the right to vote. However, I know too that there are some issues that should never be decided by a majority. The abolition of slavery and the right for women and blacks to vote are but a few examples. [Link]

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Charles Barkley runs for Gov, supports marriage equality

365Gay.com
August 31, 2006
Charles Barkley was his usual outspoken self during a television interview in which he said, among other things, that he advocates marriage equality. [Link]

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