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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PODCAST: Evan Wolfson Addresses Kentucky

PODCAST: Evan Wolfson addresses Kentucky Fairness Alliance, rebounding after constitutional amendment vote
Kentucky Fairness Alliance
October 10, 2006


Speaking in Lexington, KY, Evan urges the 700+ non-gay and gay attendees not to "let the constitutional amendment be the last word," but rather, lay out a vision for how to move forward and win marriage equality for the thousands of Kentucky same-sex couples and their kids that the "reachable middle" has only begun to get to know.
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Law school hosts marriage debate

The Cavalier Daily
October 6, 2006


Del. Robert Marshall, R-Manassas, and Evan Wolfson debated the issue of marriage equality, and more specifically the Marshall-Newman Amendment concerning same-sex marriage co-sponsored by Marshall. "I thought Wolfson did a better job with orating in the realm of the concrete," second-year College student Carianne King said. "Marshall really had trouble with coming up with stable examples and arguments."
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On The California Decision

Marriage activists look to state Supreme Court
San Francisco Chronicle
October 6, 2006


Leaders and members of the lesbian and gay community said Thursday's ruling upholding California's ruling denying lesbian and gay couples the rights and responsibilities of marriage was a minor setback. "I think we win some and we lose some; there are good passages and bad passages," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry. "We've said all along that this struggle to end discrimination is going to be a patchwork in which we see some states move faster than others."
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Asking For What We Deserve

INTERVIEW: Evan Wolfson brings message to Seattle, to speak at ERW fundraiser
Seattle Gay News
August 18, 2006


We are not asking for too much. We are asking for what we deserve and the more we make the case the more people are coming to understand that. The set backs are a predictable and inescapable feature of struggle. ... It's just unrealistic to think that we can ask America to change the way it has imposed second class citizenship on Gay people and their loved ones without having defeat as well as victories. Unfortunately, we have to live through both but - if we battle through both - we will bring ourselves to a full triumph.

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Hope in CO, SD, WI

Stateline.org
August 11, 2006
"The public is talking about (same-sex parented) families and how denying them the right to marry hurts them, and that continues to move public opinion in our favor," said Evan Wolfson, director of a group, Freedom to Marry, and one of the first lawyers to sue for same-sex couples' right to marry in Hawaii in the 1990s. [link]

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They Do Their Job, While We Do Ours

Washington legislator promises to introduce marriage-equality bill
The Advocate
July 27, 2006


"By 5-4, these judges failed to do their job. Now the legislators must do their job, acting to end this discrimination, while we do ours, speaking out about who gay families are and why marriage matters."
-Evan Wolfson
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Attempt to De-Legitimize Courts

Washington court's decision disappointing
Washington Blade
July 27, 2006


The past few months have been a rocky patch for the marriage equality movement, partly by coincidence and partly by concerted efforts on behalf of religious right groups to "intimidate and de-legitimize the courts."
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Decisions create resolve
Gay City News
July 27, 2006

"Almost everyone in America agrees that marriage is important, it's clear that marriage is a fundamental right under the Constitution, but somehow when it comes to gay couples the courts treat their exclusion from marriage as trivial and warranting only a very minimal review,"
-Evan Wolfson

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