Add your voice to the chorus calling for equality and dignity

Seattle Times
August 9, 2007
Even after Kate's passing, I still had to fight for recognition as her spouse. Since I was not her legal wife, the funeral director would not address me as Kate's family or let me make her funeral arrangements. Kate's mother had to sign the request for her cremation. The death certificate stated that she had never been married. Kate's voice could no longer speak out against these mounting indignities. Now that many presidential candidates are making the effort to listen to our stories, we must speak up about the gravity of the rights that anti-gay marriage amendments may take away. [link]

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Marriage front and center at CNN/YouTube debate

Bay Area Reporter
July 26, 2007

Senator Barack Obama (Illinois) drew ire from national Freedom to Marry Executive Director Evan Wolfson for interjecting into the discussion of marriage rights for gay couples the proposition that religious denominations should be free to refuse to perform ceremonies. "He implied that marriage is a religious term and denominations should be able to decide for themselves, but I'm for equality," said Wolfson. "But marriage is a governmental term that provides status a license. That's the distinction he should be drawing."
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INTERVIEW: Elizabeth Edwards on marriage, Ann Coulter, and party politics

Salon.com
July 17, 2007
Edwards talked candidly about how—although she uses her husband's religion to defend his discriminatory stance on marriage—she expresses her personal support for marriage equality and says her marriage is not affected by allowing same-sex marriages. [link]

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BLOG: NC pastor asks why religion is being used to deny marriage to gays and lesbians

Pam's House Blend
July 17, 2007
Rev. Reggie Longcrier, pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church in Hickory, NC, submitted a question on marriage equality for the CNN's YouTube Presidential debate. It's a powerful, short and simple video. [link]

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Tide turning on anti-gay measures?

EDGE Miami
July 9, 2007
Anti-gay constitutional amendment initiatives may no longer be the sure-fire "slam-dunk" they were even a couple of years ago, throwing a measure of doubt onto a Florida effort to ban gay and lesbian couples' marriages in 2008. [Link]

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Elizabeth Edwards’ Pride appearance dubbed historic

New York Blade
June 29, 2007

Evan Wolfson said Edwards broke new ground in terms of a candidate's spouse coming out comfortably, publicly and deliberately in favor of marriage equality. Then again, he said, it could be a way for a candidate to have the best of both worlds. "It could be a way for candidates to let their spouses signal to the world and say, 'I may not be where you are, but you can take comfort in knowing I'm surrounded by people who are.'"

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VIDEO: Edwards on the Leno couch: Wife’s support for marriage equality was a surprise to him

YouTube
June 26, 2007

CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer looks to Evan Wolfson to give the Edwards' disagreement some context — and included footage of the couple's couch chat with Leno. Thanks in part to Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, national attention on where the presidential candidates stand on marriage isn't going away anytime soon.
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In AK, same-sex couples are just trying to keep what they have

Juneau Empire
April 1, 2007
Instead of fighting to gain rights, Alaskan same-sex couples and their supporters are trying to keep ones they already have. They are also facing a campaign that some have described as not only hateful, but aimed at generating confusion among voters. (Link)

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Pearce puts stop on bill against same-sex unions

Arizona Republic
January 18, 2007
Two months after Arizona voters became the first in the nation to reject an amendment for the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriages, a bill that would put the issue before voters again in 2008 is now being called a mistake by its sponsor. [Link]

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