Marriage for same-sex couples—it’s personal

Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2008
As the CA high court considers ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, couples who wed in the Bay Area savor the joy of the institution and discuss the difference between domestic partnership and marriage. (Link)

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OPINION: State Supreme Court weighs marriage question

Sacramento Bee
March 6, 2008
Daniel Weintraub discusses the arguments made during the California Supreme Court’s hearing on marriage, noting the judges’ comments and questions, and the absurdity of the opposition’s statements. [Link]

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Marriage for same-sex couples—it’s personal

Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2008
As the high court considers ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, couples who wed in the Bay Area savor the joy of the institution…"The world knows how to acknowledge a marriage," [state Sen. Sheila Kuehl] said. "They congratulate you. They send presents. They understand that it is a significant and joyful milestone. No one knows what to do with a domestic partnership registry." [Link]

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Exclusion From Marriage Is at Heart of California Case

New York Times
March 5, 2008
For almost four hours on Tuesday, the California Supreme Court heard arguments in the most important marriage case since Massachusetts’s highest court allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry there more than four years ago. But it took only 15 minutes for Justice Carlos R. Moreno to identify the central question. “Doesn’t this just boil down to the use of the m-word — marriage?” he asked…Lawyers for the same-sex couples seeking the right to marry said that marriage was a unique expression of love and commitment and that calling their unions anything else was a form of second-class citizenship. [Link]

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Over 500 watch historic hearing on live video

San Francisco Chronicle
March 5, 2008
In all, more than 500 people flocked to San Francisco's Civic Center on Tuesday to watch the state Supreme Court hearing on the freedom to marry via live video feeds that were piped into a library, a law school and a basement conference room in the courthouse because the courtroom was filled to capacity. [Link]

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CA court set to hear marriage case

Washington Blade
February 28, 2008
“Believing you can do it is a prerequisite to getting it done,” said Evan Wolfson. “But hope alone is not enough and legal briefing is not enough. It’s our job to generate discussion in California so the judges are not just reading briefs but are feeling a sense that if they rule right, they will be sustained and history will vindicate them.” [Link]

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Freedom to Marry Voice of Equality Alice Huffman honored in CA

The Bay Area Reporter
February 28, 2008
At age 71, Alice Huffman has seen her fair share of bruising battles for equal rights in her lifetime. A longtime leader in the civil rights movement, Huffman has certainly paid her dues and earned the right to a peaceful retirement. Yet Huffman isn't sitting back on her laurels. She has become a key player in the LGBT community's fight for marriage equality. [Link]

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Friends of the Court: Asian Groups Back Marriage Equality in CA

Bay Area Reporter
February 21, 2008

Amicus co-author and nationally recognized appellate lawyer, Kevin Fong, hopes that by reading the Asian Pacific American's amicus brief in support of the freedom to marry, the Court will "have a greater appreciation for what is at issue, by looking at the State's prior exclusionary marriage laws from the vantage point of a longer historical lens. Constitutional issues are much easier to see with 20/20 historical hindsight and perhaps the reaction we have today in examining how Asian Pacific Americans were previously restricted from the right to marry will allow the court to consider its role in protecting the fundamental Constitutional principles at stake as we again consider exclusionary marriage laws aimed at gays and lesbians today." [Link]

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‘Decline to sign’ campaign launched

Bay Area Reporter
February 21, 2008
A coalition of groups supporting marriage equality is asking for volunteers to help defeat an effort write marriage discrimination into the California constitution. Equality for All, a coalition of LGBT and allied civil rights groups, is launching a "Decline to Sign" campaign to discourage people from signing petitions that support putting an anti-marriage initiative on the November ballot. [Link]

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Friends of the Court: Cities, counties push for change

The Bay Area Reporter
February 14, 2008
In all, over 20 California cities and counties, including seven of the 10 largest cities in California, signed onto this amicus brief. In recognition of Freedom to Marry Week, Marriage Equality USA is featuring this cities and counties' amicus brief, along with an amicus brief filed by Professor M.V. Lee Badgett and senior research fellow Gary Gates, which analyzes U.S. Census data on same-sex couples in California. In partnership with the Bay Area Reporter, MEUSA is highlighting each of the 30 amicus "friend of the court" briefs submitted by hundreds of supportive organizations, professional associations, and religious institutions filed before the California Supreme Court in favor of same-sex couples' freedom to marry. [Link]

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