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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Ending Marriage Discrimination in California

Reason.com
October 24, 2008
Tom Campbell writes about why Republicans should vote no on Prop. 8: "Gay couples are asking for a chance to play by the rules. We can give them that chance. For those of us who are proud of our party's and our state's reputation for fairness and against discrimination, our choice is very clear: No on Proposition 8." (Link)

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Ex-Folsom mayor signals disapproval of Prop. 8

Sacramento Bee
October 24, 2008
Glenn Fait, the former Republican mayor and city councilman of Folsom, did something he never imagined five years ago. He took out an ad in the local paper to promote 'No on 8'. (Link)

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No value changes required to vote no

St. Petersburg Times
October 19, 2008
Harold Troxler, a Times columnist, writes, "I'm not telling anybody how to run their church, or that they have to change their beliefs. I'm just saying, let's have the same secular rights for everybody." [Link]
Read more about Florida.

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