Marriage Equality Is Good for America

Wall Street Journal
June 21, 2008
Jonathan Rauch discusses what its like to grow up thinking you are not allowed to marry the one you love and notes, "America needs more marriages, not fewer, and the best way to encourage marriage is to encourage marriage, which is what society does by bringing gay couples inside the tent." (Link)

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San Diego voters re-elect Mayor Jerry Sanders

Reuters
June 4, 2008
San Diego's Republican mayor Jerry Sanders who came out in 2007 in full support of marriage equality was re-elected. (Link)

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CA marriage amendment may backfire on GOP

Los Angeles Times
June 4, 2008
Tim Rutten notes that California Republicans shouldn't be so sure about backing marriage discrimination on the November ballot. (Link)

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The Libertarian Argument for Marriage Equality

The Atlantic
May 28, 2008
The ideal libertarian solution would be to have the government get out of the 'marriage' business altogether; to have government enforce civil contracts, and to have religions perform their religious ceremonies, if and how they choose to do so. (Link)

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McCain Should Copy Schwarzenegger, Reagan

Detroit News
April 21, 2008
My nominee for best ex-actor in a very supportive role: Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a few simple sentences, the muscular Republican governor of California did some heroically heavy lifting for all Americans who believe in equal marriage rights for those of us who're gay. [Link]

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Think Evangelicals Vote in Lockstep? Meet the Routhe Family

Campaigns & Elections
April 1, 2008
Shifting demographics are affecting the views and votes of evangelical Christian voters, moving some to adopt more nuanced views of issues, including marriage equality. Peter Ilyan, who describes himself as a Christian environmental evangelist says, "So now when James Dobson says it's only gay marriage and abortion we should care about? One of our jokes is that gay married couples have the fewest abortions of anybody." [Link]

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The next ‘gay moment’?

In These Times
January 30, 2008
"On a recent flight across the country, my seatmates included a middle-aged couple. Like many fellow travelers in the past two years, they asked me what it meant that I wore a circular white button stating simply but emphatically in black, 'I do!'... And the conversation took a sudden and unprecedented turn. 'My son,' [the man] ventured, with a tight self-conscious smile, 'is gay. And I’m a Republican. But I’ve had employees at my company who had to go back to work, as old as I am, when their partner passed away. They had no more health insurance and no survivor’s benefits. That situation isn’t right,” he stated. 'And it needs to change.'" [link]

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OPINION: Secrets of conservatives

The Lantern
September 17, 2007
With popular culture swinging the way of tolerance, as it should be, the right wing — more specifically the Christian right — saw it was going to be fighting an uphill battle to prevent gays from getting married. So what did they do? They changed what the issue was about and turned the tables completely. Suddenly, they weren't discriminating or persecuting anyone. They were "defending" the "sanctity" of marriage. Think about it. It's diabolically ingenious. Everyone always roots for the underdog. [link]

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BLOG: Freedom to Marry vs. Justification to Discriminate

Good As You
February 8, 2007

People are slowly catching on to thing those of us on this side of the issue have always known, which is that they will say almost anything to justify their gay bias! Initiatives like the inspired Washington proposal will only help America connect the dots.
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BLOG: A Conservative Perspective Against Anti-Gay Marriage Amendments

Leonard Link
January 16, 2007
In this summary of an op-ed by conservative U.S. Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Link explores Wilkinson's belief that writing anti-marriage amendments into constitutions is bad for political activity at the state level. He does not argue in support of marriage equality but rather discusses important practicalities of our political system, an understanding of which is integral for the marriage movement. [Link]

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