Republicans could play decisive role in New York marriage bill

EDGE New York
May 1, 2009

More than 2,000 activists and their supporters from across the state gathered in Albany earlier this week to lobby lawmakers to back legislation that would end the exclusion of gay and lesbian New Yorkers from marriage. And while these efforts will certainly continue increase in the coming weeks, Republican legislators could play a critical role in whether marriage for same-sex couples becomes a reality in the Empire State.(Link)

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COMMENTARY: Marriage Equality Is Inevitable

Forbes
April 29, 2009

Bernard Whitman writes, "Marriage equality is going to happen in this country. It's only a matter of time." [Link]

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GOP Urged to Rethink Opposition to Marriage Equality

Washington Post
April 18, 2009

Former McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt said in a speech before the Log Cabin Republicans that socially conservative Republicans need to reexamine their continued opposition to marriage equality. [Link]

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Governor Challenges Utah’s Conservative Verities

New York Times
March 13, 2009

In February, when Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. announced that he would support civil unions for gay couples, many politicians here braced for a backlash...But the backlash never developed. Indeed, after his announcement, a poll by Deseret News/KSL-TV found that two-thirds of respondents said their opinion of the governor had not changed or had become more positive because of his position on civil unions.

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The Culture Warriors Get Laid Off

New York Times
March 14, 2009

Frank Rich writes, "Americans have less and less patience for the intrusive and divisive moral scolds who thrived in the bubbles of the Clinton and Bush years. Culture wars are a luxury the country — the G.O.P. included — can no longer afford." (Link)

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OP-ED: Making a Very Conservative Case for Marriage Equality

Bangor Daily News
November 26, 2008
Minister Mark Worth dissects the arguments of some socially conservative religious leaders that "redefining marriage" is wrong, referring to biblical and other instances of so-called "traditional marriage" accepted or banned in the past that society has shifted its views on. [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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Schwarzenegger thinks Prop 8 will be overturned

GayPolitics.com
November 18, 2008
On ABC’s This Week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told George Stephanopoulos that he believes the California Supreme Court will overturn Proposition 8. (Link)
Learn more about what's going on in California.

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Schwarzenegger tells backers of marriage equality: Don’t give up

Los Angeles Times
November 10, 2008
The governor expresses hope that Proposition 8 would be overturned as protesters continued to march across California. (Link)
Learn more about Election 2008.

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Why Religious Conservatives Should Support Gay Marriage

BeyondChron
October 28, 2008
"You are being presented with the opportunity to ease the heavy burden of social stigma placed upon the shoulders of the gay community. You are being presented with an opportunity to extend, rather than hoard your values – just as Jesus and Paul extended the reach of the Hebrew God beyond the Jews and into the Gentile community. Voting No on Proposition 8 is a demonstration that you love your gay neighbor as yourself." [Link]
Marriage matters to conservatives.

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