A Historic, Dizzying Night; A Bright, New Day

The Gist
November 5, 2008
Michael Signorile writes, "It's devastating for us all and heart-breaking for those who worked so hard in the fight. But we've been down before and we have picked ourselves up. We will do that again. We must realize that our movement is young -- much younger certainly than the black civil rights movement -- and we are going to have losses, sometimes very big ones, and there is no easy way to full civil rights and equality." [Link]

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An Open Letter to My Gay Friend; or Gay Marriage Is Not About Marriage

Bamboo Nation
October 15, 2008
"Perhaps gay people are apathetic because we're not hammering home the point that this is an important civil rights issue and, for the hundredth time, not about marriage. Look, it honestly doesn't bother me that you don't care about marriage rights, but, as a gay man who knows what it's like to be teased, shunned, and discriminated against firsthand, it is your responsibility to care about civil rights." [Link]
Read more about why marriage matters.

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And Connecticut Makes Three: The State’s Highest Court Declares Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

FindLaw's Writ
October 14, 2008
"Connecticut's ruling is similar to the ones in Massachusetts and California, though in subtle ways it is also stronger... But these distinctions are minor; it's fair to treat all three of these cases as standing for the same principle: When it comes to marriage, separate is not equal. " [Link]
Read more about courts' role in the fight for the freedom to marry.

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OP-ED: ‘Gay Marriage’? Not in the South

USA Today
September 16, 2008
Ironically, Southern states were the main battleground in another fight for civil rights 40 years ago. Well before her death in 2006, civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, an Alabama native and the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., began speaking out for gay rights and the freedom to marry. Few acknowledge this part of her legacy. [Link]

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DALE CARPENTER: Some suggestions for fighting discriminatory measures

Dallas Voice
August 28, 2008
"My advice is to ignore the polls and act on the assumption that this will be a very close vote, and that as of now we’re behind. Here’s why... Whatever the reason, polls on the issue are unreliable. So a Field poll showing that only 42 percent support the gay-marriage ban probably means that about 52 percent support it. That means, first, it’s close, and, second, we’re behind." [Link]

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Legally Wed

365Gay.com
August 18, 2008
America’s current reigning celebrity lesbian couple were officially — and legally — married this weekend. DeGeneres had prior noted the importance of the freedom to marry, telling reporters, “‘I think someday people will look back on this like women not having the right to vote and segregation and anything else that seems ridiculous that we don’t all have the same rights.”
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The Case for a Right of Marriage Recognition: Why Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Should Protect Sa

Findlaw
July 9, 2008
Steve Sanders writes, "I believe scholars, legislators, and judges accept the status quo for same-sex marriages because of a lingering, perhaps subconscious, belief that they are not quite 'real' marriages. From such a belief, another belief follows: that the people who enter into such marriages have no legitimate expectation they will be treated with the deference the law accords to virtually all other marriages. But our law should not tolerate different classes of marriages, some more favored than others." [Link]

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Marriages, Hoses, and Dogs: California Will Defeat Anti Marriage Equality Ballot Measure in November

California Progress Report
June 22, 2008
Bob Mulholland predicts the anti-marriage initiative in California will be defeated this November because people across the country have reanalyzed their views on marriage equality after 2004 and equality in Massachusetts, which has led to continually increasing public opinion for the freedom to marry. (Link)

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