Voice for Equality: Annise Parker

Annise Parker is the first openly gay mayor of Houston, Texas, the fourth most populous city in the U.S.

"...Texas lost marriage a few years ago. I really take the long view. We lose battles, but we're winning the hearts and minds of this war. And we just have to keep chipping away, coming out, being visible, integrating our concerns into the issues of our society at all levels, and we're going to get there."

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Gay Mayor-Elect: Victory Shows Houston’s Diversity

The Associated Press
December 13, 2009
Annise Parker was elected the first openly gay mayor of Houston on Saturday in a runoff race against Gene Locke. Parker: "It's a historic election for my community, and I believe an election that will change some people's minds about the city of Houston. It's a diverse, international city that welcomes everyone." [Link]

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Maine Revisited: Is There a Backlash Against Marriage Equality?

FiveThirtyEight
December 4, 2009
In light of the New York State Senate's decision on Wednesday to vote down the freedom to marry, Nate Silver rexamines what happened last month in Maine, where voters passed Question 1 -- reversing the state legislature's decision to embrace marriage equality -- by roughly a 5-point margin. [Link]

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Op-Ed: Leaders of Washington state Reject 71 Campaign Try to Spin History

The Bilerico Project
November 20, 2009
Joe Mirabella writes that the leaders of the Reject 71 campaign in Washington state are attempting to mislead voters with falsehoods: "I am not surprised Larry Stickney is trying to rewrite history to motivate his base to donate to his organization. He is the leader of the first defeated anti-equality campaign in history." [Link]

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Bangor High School Student Holds Marriage Equality Rally

Bangor Daily News
November 23, 2009
Antonia Carroll, a 16-year-old Bangor High School student, on Sunday organized a rally of more than 60 people, including other high school students, who volunteered for the NO on 1 campaign. Carroll: “We will not stop, and we will not give up until we have equality for all." [Link]

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Breakfast with Evan

BobOnARoll
November 14, 2009
A summary of a recent breakfast chat with Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson about current events in the marriage equality movement - including Evan's position that "the most effective technique for advancing marriage equality is the hard work of one-on-one conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and other voters and legislators on a town-by-town, district-by-district, state-by-state basis." [Link]

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Op-Ed: COLUMN: Setback for Gay Rights in Maine, But Hope Elsewhere

The Detroit News
November 16, 2009
Deb Price highlights advances for LGBT equality in Wash. state, Kalamazoo, Mich., and other areas of the nation during the 2009 election: "Momentum is now on the side of equality, even when setbacks make the biggest headlines." [Link]

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Video: Maine No on 1 Campaign Recap

New Left Media
November 13, 2009

These two videos chronicle the final days of the on-the-ground campaign to protect marriage equality in Maine. [Link]



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Observations from the Trenches in Maine

The Huffington Post
November 13, 2009
Jesse Connolly, the former Campaign Manager of No on 1 /Protect Maine Equality, makes a few observations on the recent Question 1 battle in Maine and states, "Let no one doubt -- least of all our opponents -- that we're in this for the long haul, until all Maine families are treated equally." [Link]

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Catholic Bishops Help Defeat Marriage Equality in Maine

KMOX.com
November 13, 2009
A total of 45 Catholic bishops, including many with St. Louis ties, contributed funds to the campaign supporting Maine's anti-gay Question 1, donating more than $180,000 to the effort. [Link]

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