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

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

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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Foe of N.Y. marriage equality probed

The Journal News
June 22, 2009
A national organization headed by an Ossining woman that has pledged to spend more than $1 million to defeat a marriage equality bill in New York is defending itself in California against allegations that it was organized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to defeat similar bills nationwide. The National Organization for Marriage said last week that it would spend $500,000 to help mount primary challenges against Republican state senators in New York who vote for the freedom to marry bill proposed by Gov. David Paterson. The California Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating complaints that NOM operates as a front for the Mormon church and that the church failed to report millions of dollars in nonmonetary contributions to the campaign. Critics in that state say the church began the effort by recruiting Maggie Gallagher of Ossining - who has forged a career writing about marriage for conservative think tanks - to establish NOM. [Link]

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Voice for Equality: Joe Bruno

Joe Bruno is a businessman and Republican politician. He was the Temporary President of the New York State Senate and its majority leader.

Bruno, in an interview in June of 2009 about the freedom to marry bill pending in the New York legislature, said, "It's time. Now. For the government to back off, let people make their own life decisions, and about who they care about and who they don't care about...."

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Former NY GOP Senate Leader Joe Bruno Supports Marriage Equality

June 10, 2009

Former NY Republican Senate leader Joe Bruno in a new interview in reference to the freedom to marry bill pending in the New York legislature said, "It's time. Now. For the government to back off, let people make their own life decisions, and about how they care about and who they don't care about...." (Link)

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