Republicans, beware of marriage politics

Politico
July 1, 2008
Patrick Sammon, president of Log Cabin Republicans, exposes the lies about marriage as a wedge issue in the 2004 election, and warns in regards to marriage, "Republicans who try exploiting the issue for political gain this November will fail." (Link)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says anti-marriage campaign “is a waste of time”

Out in Hollywood
June 30, 2008
Blogger Greg Hernandez reports on Gov. Schwarzenegger's appearance on Meet the Press and his comment that it is unconstitutional to not uphold the freedom to marry in California and the anti-marriage initiative on the 2008 ballot "is a waste of time."
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Editorial: Marriage shouldn’t be government’s concern

Orange County Register
June 22, 2008
The editorial staff writes in favor of the freedom to marry in California and refutes a line of attack: "It is argued that allowing same-sex marriage will infringe on the religious freedom of people who have a religiously based objection to it. It is hard to see the validity." (Link)

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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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