Calif. may be headed for epic marriage battle

Washington Blade
May 8, 2008
Evan Wolfson told the Blade that defeating the referendum in California is the “single most important challenge” facing marriage supporters this year. (Link)

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Big bucks seen in CA anti-marriage amendment battle

Bay Area Reporter
May 1, 2008

Concerning the pending anti-marriage constitutional amendment in California, pollster Ben Tulchin said, "It's going be a tough campaign, but based on the polling we've done the folks who are against [the anti-marriage amendment] have a very good chance of defeating it in November [but] will need a well-funded campaign ... to tell voters why this thing is so bad." (Link)

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Press Release: Equality for All Campaign Predicts Failure of Initiative Banning Marriage for Gay and

Equality California
April 25, 2008

The Equality For All campaign pledged that an anti-marriage initiative will be defeated if it does qualify for the ballot in California. (Link)

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State Supreme Court to Rule on Marriage

Asian Journal Online
April 25, 2008

Asian Americans call for marriage equality in California and compare the pending case to past race discrimination in marriage in California. (Link)

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The Joy of Marriage Was Ours, for a While

New York Times
April 20, 2008
Torie Osborn writes about getting married to her former partner in San Francisco: “The astonishing outpouring of support from our straight friends taught me a profound lesson: getting married is a rite of passage into a wide circle of shared humanity. (Link)

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CA: Commentary—It’s Becoming Predictable Every Election Season

The California Majority Report
April 8, 2008
California Assemblymember Lloyd Levine writes in support of the Decline to Sign campaign fighting to keep the anti-marriage initiative off the ballot. [Link]

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Around the Country, High Courts Follow California’s Lead

New York Times
March 11, 2008
The CA Supreme Court is the most influential state court in the nation, clearly making the outcome of the marriage equality case very important to the entire nation. At the marriage hearing, Chief Justice George quoted repeatedly from a 1948 decision of his court, Perez v. Sharp — the first state high court decision to strike down a law banning interracial marriage. Over the next two decades, the rest of the nation followed it, culminating in a similar ruling by the United States Supreme Court in 1967. (Link)

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Court Likely to Rule in Favor of the Freedom to Marry

New America Media
March 8, 2008
Former Berkeley City Attorney Manuela Albuquerque is sure the California Supreme Court will invalidate the marriage law's exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage as a violation of the California Constitution, and presents a lay person's guide to the gay marriage cases' legal terrain and the import of the justices' questions. [Link]

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OPINION: Civil Unions Aren’t Marriage

Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2008
In a 3½-hour session that sounded sometimes like a law school seminar and sometimes like a radio talk show, the California Supreme Court this week wrestled with the question of whether the state Constitution's guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" requires the recognition of same-sex couples' marriages.... The best response came from the lawyer for the city of San Francisco, which briefly granted marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004. "Words matter," Deputy City Atty. Therese Stewart said. "Names matter." [Link]

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California court ponders marriage case

Washington Blade
March 7, 2008
Questioning whether separate is equal, the California Supreme Court this week considered ending the exclusion of same-sex couples and their families from marriage. Said Evan Wolfson, "As several questions and answers underscored, California has already conceded these families exist, that they should have protections and responsibilities akin to married people. The state is trying to claim that they’re already being treated, quote unquote, equally. If all that is true, what is the reason to deny them the freedom to marry, especially in light of testimony and evidence that the denial makes their life harder?” [Link]

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