Op-Ed: Actually, Vote Yes on R-71

Chinook Observer
October 16, 2009
The Chinook Observer corrects a previous editorial headline that urged Wash. residents to vote "no" on R-71; the Observer in fact supports the state's expanded domestic partnership law, which would be preserved with a "yes" vote on the measure. [Link]

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Op-Ed: No Confusion, Approve R-71 for Washington Families

The Seattle Times
October 26, 2009
The Seattle Times editorial board: "Opponents of Referendum 71 embrace any confusion they can muster about the law to expand rights for registered domestic partners and their families. This is not confusing. Mark the ballot 'approved.'" [Link]

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Op-Ed: Approve Referendum 71 In the Name of Fundamental Fairness for All Washington Families

The Seattle Times
October 2, 2009
The Seattle Times editorial board urges the passage of R-71: "At the heart of R-71 is an earnest desire to preserve families and equally protect children and adults in all committed relationships — in essence, to better take care of themselves." [Link]

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Op-Ed: Referendum 71—It’s About Rights, Responsibilities—Vote Yes

The Yakima Herald-Public
October 18, 2009
The Herald-Public editorial board on R-71: "[I]t's about granting the same rights and responsibilities of married couples to same-sex couples and to senior domestic partners. We have no argument with this, given the state and federal constitutions' clear guidance on equal rights." [Link]

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Op-Ed: Support Referendum 71 to Protect Rights for All

The Spokesman Review
October 9, 2009
The Spokesman Review editorial board backs R-71, writing that though the board supports full marriage equality, "[I]t is not accurate to state that the passage of Referendum 71 is the same as honoring marriages of same-sex couples. If voters buy that argument, then they must be prepared to reinstall widespread discrimination." [Link]

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Op-Ed: Question 1 Denies Maine’s Same-Sex Couples Equal Civil Rights

York County Journal Tribune
October 21, 2009
The Journal Tribune editorial board backs Maine's marriage equality law: "The time has already come when gay people no longer have to hide their feelings or lie about who they are. The laws change with the times and it’s time for this law to reflect the true nature of our diverse society." [Link]

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Bangor Daily News Op-Ed: Vote No on Question 1

Bangor Daily News
October 17, 2009
One of Maine's largest newspapers argues that Question 1 "boils down to a simple point: Everyone must be treated equally under the state and U.S. Constitution. Denying civil marriage rights to same-sex couples violates that tenet." [Link]

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John Cho

Korean-born actor John Cho is best known for playing Harold in "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" and for appearing in the movie, "American Pie". In October 2008, Cho partnered with George Takei (whose "Star Trek" role Cho was reprising in a film remake) to denounce California's Proposition 8 and to "create a world were all couples, including gay couples, could marry."

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Voice for Equality: Joe Bruno

Joe Bruno is a businessman and Republican politician. He was the Temporary President of the New York State Senate and its majority leader.

Bruno, in an interview in June of 2009 about the freedom to marry bill pending in the New York legislature, said, "It's time. Now. For the government to back off, let people make their own life decisions, and about who they care about and who they don't care about...."

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