Court Uses Accidental Babies to Justify Descrimination

Gay People's Chronicle
July 14, 2006

"In a ruling reminiscent of the now-overturned Bowers v. Hardwick decision upholding gay sex prohibitions, New York's highest court said gay and lesbian couples do not have a constitutional right to marry because heterosexual couples sometimes have accidental babies."

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Court Setbacks

PlanetOut.com
July 14, 2006

"Any threat to the Constitution has to be taken seriously, even if we know that the amendment isn't going anywhere," Wolfson said. "But there are many things we need to do, both positive and defensive. We need to not just survive an attack like this, but to win full marriage equality."



Court rulings against marriage equality won't stop movement
Bay Windows
July 13, 2006

"Am I upset about it? Yes. I am upset, frustrated, angry and shocked at the shoddiness of the opinion," said Wolfson. "But in some ways, that's the silver lining. The opinion is so unpersuasive and such a throw backit's unlikely to be an impediment to any court ready to apply a more serious level of scrutiny."


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Why We Fight for the Freedom to Marry

Equality California
July 10, 2006

"Our fight for the freedom to marry is a fulfillment of American values -- not just because most people value love, commitment, and protections for family, for which we seek marriage, but also because it is part of the history of freedom that those who seek freedom must stand up for it."


New York Blade
July 3, 2006

"There is no single gain that would more end discrimination and provide protection than winning the freedom to marry"

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OPINION: Amend This!

Planet Out
June 15, 2006

Columnist Keith Boykin weighs the idea of a pro-gay constitutional amendment as a way to combat the constitution-happy foes of marriage equality.


Goal is long-range change
Chicago Tribune
June 10, 2006

"Laws and amendments aside, gay-rights organizations are investing resources into communication and education in an effort to change attitudes."


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State Stances on Marriage Equality

NPR
June 10, 2006

States Take Variety of Stances on Marriage Equality
NPR's Weekend Edition on Saturday, June 10, 2006 features commentary by Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson [Link to Podcast]

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Too Soon To Celebrate?

Mercury News
June 7, 2006

"Evan Wolfson, director of Freedom to Marry, said it was too soon to celebrate. He noted that Alabama voters decided Tuesday to amend their state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Voters in seven other states will be asked to do the same in November."
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Cynical Republican Strategists

TomPaine.com
May 18, 2006

"The cynical strategists in the Republican Party who cater to the most bigoted
elements of its base may soon face the fact they've arrived in the 21st century
and gay-baiting just doesn't play like it used to."
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Cynical Republican Strategists

TomPaine.com
May 18, 2006

"The cynical strategists in the Republican Party who cater to the most bigoted
elements of its base may soon face the fact they've arrived in the 21st century
and gay-baiting just doesn't play like it used to."
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Advancing Our Cause

The Bay Area Reporter
May 11, 2006

"I want to emphasize again that we are not saying to couples like this, 'Don't
do anything; just sit and wait' What we are saying is, 'Don't do one thing —
roll the dice in court prematurely.' Rather, do the myriad other things — such
as telling your story, enlisting non-gay allies, building support — that will
actually advance our shared cause and create a climate in which well-timed
litigation will be more likely to succeed"
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Unjust Constitutional Amendments

The Hill
April 12, 2006

"The Constitution was never amended to take away rights from a group of Americans," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, who Wolfson called the amendment a ploy for short-term political gain; he said Republicans would use the amendment as a distraction and an attack point in some races this fall. [Link]

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