Voice for Equality: Laura Ricketts

Laura Ricketts is co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and CEO of Ecotravel.com. Ricketts is also a board member of Lambda Legal and the Housing Opportunities for Women organization.

Ricketts' ownership stake in the Cubs is uniquely noteworthy because it makes her the first openly gay owner of a major-league sports franchise.

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Former first lady Laura Bush urged her husband not to make the freedom to marry an issue in 2004

Former first lady Laura Bush has written in her memoir, "Spoken From the Heart," that she urged her husband not to make marriage equality a significant issue in the 2004 election because they had - and still have- "a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay." Bush writes, "[A]t that moment I could never have imagined what path this issue would take and where it would lead."

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Karl Rove and his Gay Dad

It's not exactly startling to see that Karl Rove has denied he was aware his own father was gay, even as he guided the GOP into anti-gay wedge politics in the last decade (the Christianists, he coolly calculated, had potentially way more votes for the GOP than gays and their families). But it is important to note that it is untrue that he had no idea his dad was gay or that he was unaware it was the reason for his parents' divorce.

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Bush advisor and outspoken opponent of freedom to marry is granted second divorce

ChicagoPride.com
December 29, 2009
Karl Rove's second divorce is making headlines because he has been an outspoken opponent of the freedom to marry. Rove is considered the architect behind using marriage equality as a wedge issue during the 2004 presidential election, which helped President Bush defeat John Kerry. [Link]

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Evan Wolfson: Bill Clinton can be a Very Important Voice in Explaining Why He Changed His Mind

Bay Area Reporter
August 20, 2009
Bill Clinton's remarks on DADT and DOMA in Pittsburgh last week have drawn criticism from several LGBT leaders. Evan Wolfson, however, points out that "We don't need to look backward... it would be better if he talked about why he's moved ahead." [Link]

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Gay-Baiting ‘08

AfterElton
August 5, 2008
Starting in 2000 the invocation of gay rights issues – and the biggest "threat" of all, marriage equality – has been the stuff not just of political humor but of political advertising and cable news punditry as well. Today, nearly every prominent political news analyst, left, right, or center, seems to agree that gay-bashing as an overt political strategy is either dying or already dead. [Link]

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California Dreaming: Homophobia Will Not Determine this Election

Huffington Post
July 1, 2008
Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, explains why the California Supreme Court's decision to uphold the freedom to marry will not affect the 2008 election. (Link)

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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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Gay marriage redux

The Hill
June 24, 2008
Mark Mellman shows that not only were theories of anti-marriage amendments affecting the 2004 presidential race baseless and wrong, but also such theories are again wrong about the California anti-marriage initiative this year affecting the 2008 presidential election. (Link)

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OPINION: No one’s benefit in MI

The Michigan Daily
July 9, 2007
When Michigan voters passed the discriminator ban on gay and lesbian couples' marriages in 2004, they made a mistake. When Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox used his position to further his personal beliefs and ban same-sex benefits as well, he made the voters' mistake much worse. Now, the University is in a tough spot as it must mitigate these realities. Its attempts to deal with the dumb law and Cox's dumber interpretations are flawed. The only solution is that Michigan voters must abolish the nonsensical "gay marriage" ban. [link]

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