Now on the Hallmark aisle: Gay wedding cards

The Associated Press
August 21, 2008
The language inside the cards is neutral, with no mention of wedding or marriage, making them also suitable for a commitment ceremony. Hallmark says the move is a response to consumer demand, not any political pressure. "It's our goal to be as relevant as possible to as many people as we can," Hallmark spokeswoman Sarah Gronberg Kolell said. [Link]

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A Long-Term Commitment
July 30, 2008
For Twisted Limb Paperworks LLCowner Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese, marketing to the gay and lesbian community has been a part of her philosophy since founding the small, Indiana-based stationery business 10 years ago. She says her LGBT customers are loyal, patronizing her store for not only wedding stationery, but also other important occasions. [Link]

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Tourism Bureau Launches Marriage Sweepstakes

NBC San Diego
July 25, 2008
San Diego's official tourism and convention bureau is staging a "Here Comes the Pride" give away aimed at same sex couples. The San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau is offering free airline tickets, a five-night hotel stay and complimentary meals at some of San Diego's finest restaurants to the couple who submits the best essay describing why they want to get married in San Diego. [Link]

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Big Labor Move For Marriage Equality

Gay City News
July 24, 2008
A resolution from the California Labor Federation said the group will "put forth energy and resources to educate and mobilize its members to vote against Proposition 8, and encourage its twenty-three member Central Labor Councils to do the same." [Link]

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OP-ED: Dollar Tree refuses to recognize California law & same-sex marriage

Mantaceta Bulletin
July 16, 2008
"Dollar Tree's position is that the benefit book given to employees makes it clear they do not recognize same sex marriage. Really. There are two little problems with that. One, is that Dollar Tree cannot operate in California and be above the law. Two, that is not what their own benefits booklet distributed to Dollar Tree employees states." [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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Who Supports Marriage Equality? ... A Show of Hands

In the wake of the California Supreme Court decision upholding the freedom to marry (for which the court just denied a rehearing or stay) and New York's Gov. Paterson directing state officials to rightfully uphold the state's law to honor out of state marriages by same-sex couples, support for marriage equality is being voiced across our country:

— Polls Nationwide and in California Show Majority Support

Macys Publishes Full-Page Ads Honoring the Freedom to Marry

Jay Leno Says "I Do" in Support of Marriage Equality

Bill O'Reilly & Gov. Schwarzenegger See Defeat for Anti-Gay Advocates in CA

Editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial

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Marriage equality may be a gift to California’s economy

Los Angeles Times
June 2, 2008
Citing pent-up demand, one UCLA study projects that the freedom to marry could provide a $370-million shot in the arm to the state economy over the next three years. (Link)

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Macy’s Joins the Parade for Marriage Equality

Huffington Post
May 30, 2008

Evan Wolfson highlights the Macy’s ad in honor of the freedom to marry in California, the significance of a poll showing majority support for equality and against a discriminatory amendment in California, and a video of Bill O’Reilly’s skepticism about the opposition to marriage equality. (Link)

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Marriage Equality Makes Financial Sense

Business Week
April 14, 2008
Most people in this country take for granted the financial safety net marriage creates for the couples who enter into it. Being denied marriage and its associated legal and financial protections affects same-sex couples and their families at every stage of life. It’s not only unfair; it’s not good business sense. [Link]

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