EDITORIAL: Vermont Equality

New York Times
April 8, 2009
"Coming less than a week after the crucial ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court that extended same-sex marriage to a state in the nation’s heartland, and with bills to follow suit under consideration in several other state capitals, the welcome move by the Vermont Legislature adds a vital sense of momentum and democratic duty to this civil rights struggle. Lawmakers in New York and New Jersey, in particular, have marriage bills pending and Democratic governors ready to sign them. There should be no further delay in enacting these measures." [Link]

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Deja New: Prop. 8 Challenge Reaches Calif. Court

Associated Press
March 2, 2009
Legal experts and groups such as the NAACP, MALDEF and NOW say that Prop. 8, the constitutionality of which is being challenged before the California Supreme Court this week, could endanger the civil rights of other groups in California. [Link]

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Voice for Equality: Ron Dellums

Ron Dellums has served as mayor of Oakland, California since 2007. He was previously a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the House Committee on the District of Columbia and the House Armed Services Committee.

On June 16, 2008, Dellums officiated in the City Council chambers at Oakland's first weddings of same-sex couples. He said, "[Marriage] is a fundamental right to which all people are entitled and I am proud that I can officiate the eternal unions of these Oakland couples."

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Rep. John Lewis: “You Cannot Separate The Issue Of Civil Rights”

Box Turtle Bulletin
January 19, 2009
In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday today, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), one of Freedom to Marry's Voices of Equality appeared on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” to talk about his experiences during the civil rights struggles of the 1960’s. He also reflected on the importance of fighting for civil rights for everyone, including LGBT people. (Link)

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Is Gay the new Black?

The Daily Voice
December 18, 2008
Keith Boykin writes, "It doesn't matter which group was first oppressed, or which is most oppressed, or whether they are identically oppressed. What matters is that no group of people should be oppressed. As long as various groups continue to focus on the hierarchy of oppression, they will validate the hierarchy and minimize the oppression." [Link]

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The more, the better

Google Comments
December 10, 2008
Evan Wolfson writes, "Those truly committed to change, whether through 'new' methodologies or 'old,' will shed complacency or negativity and do their parts -- and find ways to work together to bring that change sooner. All of Dr. King's 'methodologies of social change' remain as needed and relevant today; what we need is not just "new," it's more." [Link]

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EDITORIAL: A civil right

The Times of Trenton November 30, 2008
"When New Jersey legislators consider a bill that would allow gay marriage in New Jersey, we trust they will not be unduly swayed by groups such as National Organization of Marriage, but rely instead on the part they play in guaranteeing liberty and justice to all... The vote in California to reverse the legality of gay marriage could be the first of any number of instances in which a righteous majority takes away rights from a disfavored minority." [Link]

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Minorities Fear Trend From California Marriage Ban

Reuters
November 24, 3008
African American, Latino and Asian American groups said in a brief filed in opposition to Prop. 8: "The entire purpose behind the constitutional principle of equal protection would be subverted if the constitutional protection of unpopular minorities were subject to simple majority rule. This case is not simply about gay and lesbian equality." [Link]

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Good reasons to support, none to oppose

The Providence Journal
November 19, 2008
The question came up during an appearance by David Gergen at Roger Williams University last week. Gergen is the man who wrote President Nixon’s one-sentence resignation letter. He has worked for four presidents -- Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. He has seen government work and not work. And he thinks full rights for gays is something that has to happen because it is the right thing. He told the large audience in Bristol that it is the new civil rights struggle. [Link]

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Vote on California marriage bill proves intolerance is too easy

Detroit Free Press
November 15, 2008
Leonard Pitts, Jr. writes, "No, the black experience and the gay experience are not equivalent. Gay people were not the victims of mass kidnap or mass enslavement. No war was required to strike the shackles from their limbs. But that's not the same as saying blacks and gays have nothing in common. On the contrary, gay people, like black people, know what it's like to be left out, lied about, scapegoated, discriminated against, held up, beat down, denied a job, a loan or a life. And they, too, know how it feels to sit there and watch other people vote upon their very humanity, just as if those other people had a right." [Link]

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