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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A Red Carpet for Gay Weddings

New York Times
April 11, 2008
When Vermont enacted same-sex civil union legislation in 2000, it was the first state to do so, and gay and lesbian couples who came to Vermont found only a smattering of florists, wedding planners, inns, resorts and other vendors for civil unions. But since 2000, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and New Hampshire have legalized same-sex civil unions or marriages…Throughout the Northeast, competition has spiked among wedding sites, hotels, resorts and inns as the travel industry has realized that same-sex ceremonies can draw scores of guests, who turn these destinations weddings into weekend stays. [Link]

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United Church of Christ sees donation gain after supporting marriage equality

Bay Area Reporter
April 3, 2008
Donations to the connectional ministries of the United Church of Christ increased by over a million dollars in 2007 following its endorsement of marriage equality in 2005. [Link]

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