Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds marriage equality ban

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the state's constitutional ban on the freedom to marry and civil unions.

In a 7-0 ruling, the court on Wednesday ruled that the 2006 constitutional amendment was properly put to voters in a statewide referendum.

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Voice for Equality: Newark Mayor, Cory Booker

Cory Booker is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. Booker, a Democrat, is a former Newark Councilman and community activist. He was elected Mayor in 2006, becoming the 36th mayor of Newark.

Mayor Booker has been one of New Jersey's most vocal advocates for equal rights for the LGBT community.

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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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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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Staying on message brought AZ together

Equality NY
February 19, 2007
While nearly 90 percent of voters made their decisions a full two months before Election Day, the poll provided solid evidence that Arizona Together effectively targeted the remaining 10 percent of the electorate. It proved to be the critical difference. Seventy-nine percent of voters knew the amendment dealt with marriage, but 59 percent also knew it would "take away" domestic partnership benefits provided by local governments. The latter had the highest correlation with the vote. [Link]

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Marriage discrimination challenge set for hearing

Denver Post
February 12, 2008
The first legal challenge to Colorado’s anti-marriage constitutional amendment goes to court Wednesday, with the goal of unraveling Amendment 43, which voters passed in 2006. The main legal case is misdemeanor trespassing: Catherine Burns and Sheila Schroeder, a lesbian couple from Englewood, went to the Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office on Sept. 24 to get a marriage license. [Link]

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ANALYSIS: Think you know what really happened in November?

BISC
January 19, 2007
MYTH: Voters are as opposed to gay and lesbian couples' marriages as ever. FACT: The numbers tell a different story. [link]

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OPINION: Must gay people wait for our ‘comfort’?

OpEd News
December 30, 2006
There is nothing that the GLBT community can do to appease its opponents except, perhaps, disappear. But in one of the exit polls in the 2004 presidential election that got the least attention, 60 percent of voters favor either marriage equality or civil unions. The younger the voters, the more likely they are to favor marriage. To me, that is reason enough to fight for marriage equality instead of civil unions. [link]

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The story behind ‘Think Equal’

Blue Jersey
December 11, 2006
After the elections, I had been thinking about the NJ Supreme Court's decision on same-sex couples, and wanted to do something for equality. I wasn't quite sure what I — a straight political junkie kid — had to offer... One of the things we felt we could address is how the netroots talks about marriage. Often, we ignore the substance of the issue to discuss the politics — how the right uses it as a distraction, how silly their attacks are, and what's the best way for candidates to approach the issue. In doing so, it makes us think marriage is being discussed, but it's really not. [Link]

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Gay millionaires and allies poured unprecedented sums into the 2006 election — and it worked

Salon.com
November 29, 2006
Rep. Sue Kelly, N.Y.-19 , voted to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment. "When she made that vote," explained Adam Rose, who wrote a $500,000 check to Majority Action for the express purpose of unseating Sue Kelly in the November election, "I took a look at the political environment, and I said there's nothing I can do about who's president. There's nothing I can do about the fact that Republicans control both houses [of Congress]. However, here is one thing I can have an impact on." Rose's half-million meant that the once-safe incumbent was toppled in a race decided by fewer than 5,000 votes. [link]

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