Another Prominent Democrat Speaks Out for the Freedom to Marry

Chicago Tribune - Change of Subject
September 21, 2009
Former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman, who recently announced his intention to run in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in February, recently issued a statement to the Chicago Tribune supporting marriage equality, the Respect for Marriage Act, and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." [Link]

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Anti-Marriage Equality US Rep. Steve King Decides Not to Run for Iowa Governor

DesMoinesRegister
August 28, 2009
U.S. Rep. Steve King said Thursday he would not seek the 2010 Republican nomination for Iowa governor. The four-term House member from Kiron has in recent months become a leading critic of the Obama administration and slipped from the conversation about the race for governor. [Link]

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Marriage Equality and the 2010 United States Census

Leonard Link
July 6, 2009
Republicans in the Senate have been holding up confirmation of President Obama's highly-qualified appointee to head the agency, Professor Robert M. Groves. In addition, the Bush Administration starved the Census Bureau in its appropriations. State legislatures need to get down to work in time to assure that the next federal elections can be conducted in a timely manner, and that the allocation of electoral votes for the 2012 presidential election properly reflects the country's population. Let's get moving, guys!! [Link]

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Maryland Should Honor All Out-of-State Unions

Baltimore Sun Editorial
May 10, 2009
Our view: As the marriage equality movement builds national momentum, an opportunity may exist for Maryland to recognize all out-of-state unions, but Gov. O'Malley will need to show leadership. [link]

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Group Renews Fight for Marrige Equality in California

New York Times
May 6, 2009
As the California Supreme Court mulls the fate of a 2008 ballot measure eliminating marriage equality for gay couples in California, Equality California is laying the groundwork for a campaign to overturn the measure, perhaps as soon as next year. (link)

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Will Marriage Still Work as a Republican Wedge Issue?

Salon.com
April 20, 2009

The issue of marriage for gay couples seems to be losing traction within the Republican Party as some members move toward less anti-gay positions. However, some feel marriage equality could resurface as a wedge issue in the 2010 Republican primaries. [Link]

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Ex-McCain aide to call for marriage-equality support

CNN
April 16, 2009

Steve Schmidt, a key architect of John McCain's presidential campaign, is making his first public return to Washington a bold one. Schmidt will use a speech Friday to Log Cabin Republicans to urge conservative Republicans to drop their opposition to the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples, CNN has learned. [Link]

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Gay rights activists heading to boot camp in bid to overturn Proposition 8

Sacramento Bee
February 1, 2009
Stung by the victory of Proposition 8, gay rights activists are taking a lesson from the Obama campaign: community-organizing boot camps. They are recasting their message to emphasize personal narratives. Publicly, at least, the measure's opponents are optimistic they'll prevail in the court challenge led by Equality California that's now before the California Supreme Court. But the boot camps – called Camp Courage – are designed to lay the groundwork for a ballot fight as early as 2010 to overturn the marriage ban. (Link)

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Effort to Get Civil Unions on Az Ballot Planned

Tucson Citizen
December 10, 2008
Marriage Equality USA's Arizona chapter is beginning a drive for a 2010 ballot initiative that would establish civil partnerships for gay couples in the state. [Link]

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Gay rights leaders plan $1-million war chest to defend judges who back marriage equality

Los Angeles Times
November 26, 2008
At a virtual town hall meeting, Calif. LGBT leaders announced plans to build a fund to defend justices threatened with recall for ruling in favor of marriage equality, put a new marriage ballot question before voters in 2010, and improve outreach to African American and Latino communities. [Link]

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