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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OP-ED: Hope not lost for gay Alabamians: Struggle for equality will continue

The Anniston Star
June 4, 2006
"I am hopeful because for every hateful, misguided, naive word uttered about gay people by anti-gay extremists, there are more and more fair-minded Alabamians coming to understand the desire of the gay community to love and to live that love in freedom." [Link]

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Gay acceptance growing deep in Dixie

365Gay.com
May 19, 2006
"What Americans see increasingly is there's no negative impact on their own lives to have gays and lesbians living out in the open," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. "They go from an abstract idea to a real person with a real name and a real story. That makes all the difference." [Link]

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