Equality California Town Hall Meetings Seek Feedback on Marriage Messaging

Megan Kinninger, Program Manager at Freedom to Marry, reports on last Thursday's online town hall meeting hosted by Equality California, as part of Let California Ring, a marriage public education campaign. This town hall was the first in a series of events to get input from activists on messaging to help repeal Prop 8. Details on upcoming events are listed later in this post.

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Alert: Two DC Area Dialogues on Race, Faith, and Marriage Equality

People of color and people of faith are often charged with blocking lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights. But DC's recent marriage equality victory showed that organizing people of color and people of faith was crucial.

Two panels - one at Georgetown University and another at Howard University - will examine the role race and faith played in securing marriage equality in Washington, D.C.

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National Center for Lesbian Rights: Why LGBT People Must Demand Immigration Reform

There is a large battle looming in Washington over legislation to reform our nation’s immigration laws. This coming Sunday, March 21, many LGBT immigrants, their families, and allies will march in support of immigration reform. Now is the time for us, as LGBT individuals, families, and communities, to understand why immigration reform is so critical.

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Following DC: What the Freedom to Marry in the Capital Means Nationwide

By Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, Freedom to Marry

Today, surrounded by friends and family, the first same-sex couples in Washington D.C. to receive marriage licenses are celebrating their legal marriages.

D.C. now officially joins the five states and eight countries that have ended exclusion from marriage. Marriage in our nation's capital marks a significant victory not only for D.C. couples who no longer need to leave home to secure the protections and responsibilities of marriage, but also for the national movement to win the freedom to marry.

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Study predicts Freedom to Marry will bring Financial Boost to U.S. Capital

A study by the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles predicts a financial windfall for Washington, D.C. as a result of the legalization of the freedom to marry.

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Video: HuffPo Impact Premiere: A New Documentary from Immigration Equality

Steve Ralls, Director of Communications for Immigration Equality, tells the story of Shirley Tan, a mother of two, originally from The Philippines, who answered a knock on her door at 7am in January 2009. She was getting her 12-year-old twin sons ready for school, and preparing to see her partner of 23 years, Jay Mercado, off to work. When Shirley answered, ICE agents produced an order of deportation, which Shirley had never seen before, then handcuffed her and threw her into a waiting van.

"The lack of recognition for lesbian and gay couples under immigration law is, literally, ripping loving families apart," said Rachel B. Tiven, Immigration Equality's executive director. "For every day that passes without action from Congress, another family faces separation and another child is put in jeopardy of losing a parent." Beginning today, house parties across the country will screen the group's new documentary, which is premiering exclusively on HuffingtonPost Impact. You can make an impact in the lives of Shirley, Jay and their sons - and tens of thousands of other families like theirs - by watching the video, passing it along and visiting www.immigrationequalityactionfund.org to learn more.

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Official Prop. 8 Proponent Claims Freedom to Marry Can Harm Children

Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2010

An official proponent of Proposition 8 testified at a federal trial Thursday that he was involved in disseminating claims that marriage equality could cause children to become gay and spark legalization of sex with children, incest and polygamy. [Link]

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Op-Ed: One Year After Prop 8: Why Asian Americans Should Support Marriage Equality

Asian Pacific Americans for Progress
November 3, 2009
Karin Wang: In last year's Prop 8 vote, California voters narrowed the gap by 14 points in eight years from the 2000 Prop 22 decision, the ballot measure that created a statutory ban on marriage equality – but Asian Americans narrowed the gap by 30 points in the same period of time. "I look at that data and I realize that not only is change possible, but that together we can make change. And most importantly -- we as Asian Americans can make change." [Link]

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Voice for Equality: Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi is an Indian American cookbook author, actress, and model. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two.

Ms. Lakshmi was photographed wearing a White Knot at the Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, CA on February 21, 2009. The White Knot for Equality organization is dedicated to the promotion of marriage equality.

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‘Star Trek’ Actor George Takei and Husband Brad Altman to Appear on ‘Newlywed Game’

New York Daily News
September 16, 2009
Openly gay actor George Takei and his husband Brad Altman will appear in a special upcoming celebrity episode of The Newlywed Game. The couple was married last September in California and have been together for 22 years. [Link]

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