Republican candidates announce support for marriage equality

GayPolitics.com
September 4, 2009
Maine GOP gubernatorial candidate Peter Mills, who is currently a state senator, has come out in support of full marriage equality for same-sex couples and believes 30 years from now the issue will not even be up for debate. Dede Scozzafava, a GOP congressional candidate in New York, also supports marriage equality. A growing consensus in favor of the freedom to marry in conservative circles has cheered LGBT Republicans. [Link]

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Anti-Marriage Equality US Rep. Steve King Decides Not to Run for Iowa Governor

DesMoinesRegister
August 28, 2009
U.S. Rep. Steve King said Thursday he would not seek the 2010 Republican nomination for Iowa governor. The four-term House member from Kiron has in recent months become a leading critic of the Obama administration and slipped from the conversation about the race for governor. [Link]

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EDGE Talks to NOM: Anti-Marriage Group Details Rhode Island Plans

edgeboston
August 31, 2009
EDGE managed to get the Executive Director of NOM’s Rhode Island chapter, Christopher Plante, to sit down for a face-to-face interview to provide his perspective on NOM’s anti-gay mission. [Link]

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OP-ED: What the Washington Post NOM Profile Left Out

Mediamatters
August 30, 2009
Jamison Foser points out that the Washington Post devoted more than 2,000 words last week to a profile of National Organization for Marriage executive director Brian Brown -- without ever once quoting a criticism of Brown or NOM. "The article was an extended mash note to Brown and his right-wing group... so how did a 2,000-word hagiography of NOM make it into the Washington Post?" [Link]

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Washington Post Profile Attempts to Distance NOM Leader from Extreme Right Leaders

The Advocate
August 28, 2009
Monica Hesse, of the Washington Post, profiled National Organization for Marriage leader, Brian Brown, on Friday by attempting to distance him from right extremists while quoting him as saying, "comparing bans on marriage equality to anti-miscegenation laws is irrational." No leaders of LGBT organizations were quoted, while staunch opponent Bishop Harry Jackson, stated the leaders of NOM are “not gay bashers.” [Link]

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The “Horrible” Things That Marriage Equality Will Do

The Atlantic: The Daily Dish
August 20, 2009
Conor Clarke discredits the response by Maggie Gallagher on the National Review Online to Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman's question (which she initially declined to address) asking her to make predictions about "measurable social indicators" that suggest marriage equality will harm society. [Link]

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Going on a jeep tour… as a marriage equality advocate

Freedom to Marry freelance contributor, Andrew Eddins, tells of his experience speaking about marriage equality while on a southwestern jeep tour with a group of strangers.

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A Conservative’s Road to Marriage Equality Advocacy

The New York Times
August 18, 2009
Conservative attorney Ted Olson says his support of the freedom to marry stems from longstanding personal and legal convictions. Mr. Olson has declared that California’s marriage equality ban is “utterly without justification” and stigmatizes gay men and lesbians as “second-class and unworthy.” [Link]

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Corvino: The Right’s immoral take on marriage equality

365Gay.com
August 14, 2009

John Corvino writes, "Via a moving account of his cousin Bill’s sudden hospitalization and Bill’s partner Mike’s bedside ordeal, Rauch underscores how the “Not my department” response is not merely lazy; it’s morally unconscionable...In November Maine voters, like California voters last year, will decide whether to repeal marriage equality in that state. Now is a good time to go to http://mainefreedomtomarry.com and make a financial contribution. (Link)

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A Moral Crossroads For Conservatives

National Journal
August 8, 2009

Jonathan Rauch writes about how the genie that marriage equality opponents still hope to stuff back into the bottle is out for good. Rauch shares a personal story of the struggle a same-sex couple faced trying to take care of each other in the hospital and writes, "If cultural conservatism continues to treat same-sex couples as outside the social covenant, the currents of history will flow right around it." (Link)

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