New Jersey Can Learn From Vermont

NJ can learn from VT
Gay City News
November 2, 2006


"If you look at the polling in Vermont... a plurality supports marriage over civil unions because they have seen with their own eyes that it was a good step forward, at the time, a huge step forward, and yet not good enough. New Jersey doesn't have to repeat Vermont's mistake, but can benefit from Vermont's experience"
-Evan Wolfson
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Evan Speech in Montclair, NJ

'Separate is not equal' is the rally cry in NJ
The Montclair Times
November 1, 2006


"You have worked long and hard to bring us to this day, to bring us to this milestone in lesbian and gay rights, but you know that a milestone is not the end, it is a marker along the path," Evan Wolfson told the crowd at a rally held at the Unitarian Church of Montclair the night of the decision. "You have done this work, and I'm here to tell you today on the behalf of so many grateful people around the country, that we ask you, we need you, we count on you, to finish the job."
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The Religious Right Attacking Gay People

Religious Right hope NJ ruling will galvanize forces
The Washington Post
October 27, 2006



Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, said religious conservatives have gone to this well too many times, and people are not buying it.
"They attack gay people when the sun rises, and they attack gay people when the sun sets, so no matter what the court had done in New Jersey, they would have said Americans need to shift their attention from the real threats to our country to the alleged threat from gay couples seeking to settle down."
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A Marriage for Civil Union?

ANALYSIS: New Jersey's Justices agree on all but the 'M' word
New York Times
October 26, 2006

"Should the State Legislature ultimately give gay unions a name other than marriage, Mr. Wolfson said, it would amount to discrimination. 'I don't think there is an American in the country,' he said, 'who would cash in their marriage in exchange for a civil union.'"[Link]

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Evan Wolfson Debated Delegate Bob Marshall

Marshall-Newman Amendment debated
Virginia Law Weekly
October 20, 2006


Evan Wolfson debated VA Delegate Bob Marshall, co-sponsor of a proposed amendment to the VA Constitution to prohibit legal recognition or benefits for same-sex relationships October 5 in VA. Though there were rumors of planned protests and disruptions, the only incident during the controversial debate was a silent protest by two students who stood and turned their backs during Delegate Marshall's opening statements. Wolfson, the obvious favorite of the crowd in attendance, did not suffer any disruptions while speaking.[Link]

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PODCAST: Evan Wolfson debates Maggie Gallagher

PODCAST: Evan Wolfson debates Maggie Gallagher at the Jewish Theological Seminary
Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
October 17, 2006


Debating Maggie Gallagher of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, a prolific opponent of gay couples' freedom to marry, Evan Wolfson quotes Ronald Reagan's critique of those who "see something happen in practice and wonder if it will work in theory."[Link to Podcast]

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Wisconsin Legal Protections

What's in store for WI?
Wisconsin State Journal
October 17, 2006


Wisconsin, once a leader in expanding legal protections for gay men and lesbians, is no longer a standout. Nonetheless, a court ruling that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in the state appears neither imminent nor impossible.[Link]

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Wisconsin Constitutional Amendment

WI anti-gay measure nears vote
Wisconsin State Journal
October 15, 2006


Wisconsin voters will decide whether or not to reject a discriminatory anti-gay measure constitutionalizing discrimination next month.
"What the proponents of this attack amendment are trying to do is tie the hands of the people of Wisconsin for all time so that the next generation, government agencies, cities, the state Legislature and others can never make their own decision on how to end this discrimination"
-Evan Wolfson
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Debating Discrimination

Taking Sides: Debating Discrimination
Freedom to Marry Communications Director Samiya Bashir
October 12, 2006


On the eve of Gubernatorial Candidate Elliot Spitzer's outspoken embrace of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, a leading architect of modern marriage movement squares off against one of President Bush's favorite right wing writer.
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Typical Rights Struggle

U.S. Supreme Court won't see marriage case at this time
Bay Area Reporter
October 12, 2006


"The typical pattern of civil rights advances in America is that national resolution comes after a period of patchwork in which states proceed at different speeds toward equality," said Evan Wolfson, following the news that the Supreme Court rejected the Smelt case.
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