Video: Marriage Equality Heating Up in Australia

Equal Love 09 - Australia
July 19, 2009
A series of internet-based ads has been launched in Australia by Equal Love 09 to inform the public about gay discrimination issues in the lead up to August 1st rallies to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. See all the ads at: http://www.youtube.com/user/EqualLove09



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OPINION: Freedom to Marry and the Constitution

The Wall Street Journal
July 20, 2009
David Boies discusses the lawsuit he and Ted Olson are bringing to declare California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

We acted together because of our mutual commitment to the importance of this cause, and to emphasize that this is not a Republican or Democratic issue, not a liberal or conservative issue, but an issue of enforcing our Constitution's guarantee of equal protection and due process to all citizens.

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OPINION: Civil Rights organizations whose traditional role has been addressing racial inequality mus

The Nation
July 13, 2009
Melissa Harris-Lacewell of The Nation:
LGBT communities and black communities are not separate constituencies. They are overlapping communities full of our own brothers, sisters, daughters, friends, preachers, and choir directors. To oppose equality of any kind for LGBT individuals is to oppose equality for black people. They are us, we are them. Empathy reminds us of that basic truth.
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Coretta Scott King: Racism and Homophobia are the same thing

AMERICAblog
July 11, 2009
There's a reason the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force links the issues of African-American civil rights and gay civil rights: Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King's widow, told them to. Mrs. King has made clear on numerous occasions (excerpts in this article) that groups that try to speak on behalf of African-Americans about civil rights often have no idea what they're talking about. [Link]

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The Stars and Stripes of Marriage Equality

change.org
July 6, 2009

How's this for a patriotic twist on an old-American classic? A revised version of the American flag, with a star added each time a state enacts marriage equality. We're at 6...and counting! The flag is based in the custom of 19th century suffragettes. At their annual convention they would add a star to the flag for each state that had adopted a women's right to vote. [Link]

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D.C. law honoring marriages of same-sex couples takes effect

Washington Blade
July 7, 2009
Marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states and countries became legal in the District of Columbia at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, when Congress completed its 30 legislative day review of a marriage law passed by the D.C. City Council in May. “I think there’s tremendous significance and opportunity in Americans seeing legally married gay couples treated with respect in our nation’s capital,” said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom To Marry, a national same-sex marriage advocacy group. [Link]

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TOMORROW: Wolfson and Raab on Marriage

Out Professionals
You've seen him on the news. Now, you can ask Evan Wolfson your own question about the future of marriage rights at this exclusive Out Professionals forum. One of the true civil-rights leaders of our era, Wolfson is founder and executive director of the marriage-rights advocacy group Freedom to Marry. In a thought-provoking conversation with NBC News senior newswriter Barbara Raab, Wolfson will talk about our victories, losses - and what the future holds for marriage equality.

The interview will take place Wednesday, July 8th from 7:30PM - 9:00PM at CUNY's new Graduate School of Journalism. The School is just one block from Times Square and next door to The New York Times. And that's not all. The School of Journalism will also videostream the event live. So if you can't be there in person, you can watch from home... or wherever. Just go to either of the addresses below - viewers will be able to ask questions as well.

www.mogulus.com/cunyjournalism
www.ustream.tv/channel/cunyjournalism

Presented at:
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 West 40th Street (bet Seventh & Eighth Avenues)
Wednesday July 8th, 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Admission: $5 OP members; $10 non-members [Link]

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NEA Takes Strong Stand on Equality

Tips-Q
July 6, 2009
The National Education Association (NEA), is the nation's largest professional employee organization with over 3.2 million members. At their national conference this weekend, they adopted a strongly worded resolution on sexual equality. Resolutions B-13 (Racism, Sexism, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identification Discrimination) and I-13 (Civil Rights) set forth NEA's opposition to the discriminatory treatment of same-sex couples and its belief that such couples should have the same legal rights and benefits as similarly-situated heterosexual couples. [Link]

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Obama, Lincoln, and Gay Rights

The Atlantic
July 2, 2009
Sean Wilentz's criticism of several books on Lincoln--and his general objection to the "two Lincolns" narrative that rejects the fact that Lincoln was anti-slavery to begin with, may offer some insight into President Obama's perplexing stances on gay rights. Lincoln made a number of statements, that, viewed out of context, would cause us to question his commitment to ending slavery. It's possible, indeed probable, that Obama's slow progress on gay rights may be the kind of political maneuvering Lincoln displayed prior to the Emancipation Proclaimation or the recruitment of black soldiers. [Link]

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Judge Judith Retchin, rejecting an attack on a new law that the District of Columbia will honor “o

Superior Court of the District of Columbia
June 30, 2009
“[E]ven if unmarried same-sex couples could receive the same benefits as married couples, courts have long held that different treatment can equate to discrimination whether or not the material benefits and services offered appear uniform.” [Link]

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