Op-Ed: Marriage Equality Has to Stop Being about Us

Bay Windows
November 4, 2009
There’s a simple reason we didn't win in Maine: we’ve failed to make our cause a universal battle for civil rights. We have to tell our fellow citizens that supporting marriage equality is more about their children than ours. The fact is that the protections the freedom to marry offers are far more important to straight families than our families. They have more offspring and, statistically, are far more likely to have gay or lesbian children. [Link]

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The Pain in Maine

The Atlantic
November 4, 2009
Andrew Sullivan takes exception with the argument that the Catholic Church was not a relevant factor in the marriage equality decision in Maine. Sullivan: "when the church makes its priests urge parishioners to deny people civil rights, it does make a difference." [Link]

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Video: Evan Wolfson and Maggie Gallagher on Nightline

GoodAsYou
November 10, 2009
Jeremy at Good as You recaps Evan Wolfson’s debate with Maggie Gallagher on ABC Nightline’s webcast. [Link]



















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Video: Maine’s Marriage Equality Vote

ABC News Nightline Twittercast
November 9, 2009
Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson and the National Organization for Marriage's Maggie Gallagher debate what the results from Maine's Question 1 decision mean. Debate is in four segments. [Link]

Maine's Gay Marriage Vote Part 1

Maine's Gay Marriage Vote Part 2

Maine's Gay Marriage Vote Part 3

Maine's Gay Marriage Vote Part 4

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Op-Ed: Maine - Analysis and Improvement

Open Left
November 6, 2009
Adam Bink discusses some of the obstacles facing marriage equality being debated by activists within the LGBT community including too many senior citizens making victory impossible and the tyranny of majority votes. "We didn't win in Maine, but our chances are not handcuffed. Let's remember what could have been done better, remember the take-away lessons from these recent campaigns and rededicate ourselves immediately." [Link]

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Leaked Email Proves DNC Misled Gay Community…

AMERICAblog GAY
November 5, 2009
AMERICAblog Gay's John Aravosis discusses what he sees as the DNC's inaction to help save marriage equality in Maine: "But regardless, why does the DNC (and the White House) have a problem getting involved when a core Democratic constituency is having its civil rights taken away by the far-right base of the Republican party?" [Link]

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Washington State Voters Approve Expanded Domestic Partnership Rights

The Associated Press
November 5, 2009
Washington state's Referendum 71 was leading 52 percent to 48 percent with 69 percent of the vote counted Thursday in unofficial returns. The expected passage of R-71 would mark the first time a state's voters have approved an LGBT equality measure at the ballot box. [Link]

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Washington Voters Approve Referendum 71

The Seattle Times
November 5, 2009
Washington state voters have approved Referendum 71, keeping a law that expands state benefits for registered same-sex and some senior domestic partners. The tally late Thursday afternoon saw the vote to approve R-71 leading about 52 percent to 48 percent. [Link]

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The Daily Show: Can’t Get Queer from Here

Comedy Central - The Daily Show
November 4, 2009
Jon Stewart shares his perspectives on the marriage equality vote that occurred in Maine and critiques the advertisements from the Yes on 1/Stand for Marriage Maine campaign. [Link]

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The Pain In Maine II

The Daily Dish (The Atlantic)
November 4, 2009
Andrew Sullivan praises the NO on 1 campaign for its efforts and weighs in on what he sees as a promising future for marriage equality: "Sometimes, the defeat of a minority's sincere aspiration to equality helps reveal the injustice of the discrimination and the cruelty of the marginalization." [Link]

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