How To Get 63% of Americans to Support the Freedom to Marry. (Maybe.)

FiveThirtyEight
June 11, 2009
When marriage equality is polled, it is almost always framed as a positive right, as in: "Should the government permit same sex couples to get married?" But there is a different way to frame the question that is no less fair, and flips the issue on its head. Namely: "Should the government be allowed to prohibit same sex couples from getting married?" This is closer to the logic embodied by the court decisions in Iowa, California, Massachusetts, and other states, and to the Marriage Resolution framed by Freedom to Marry:
Because marriage is a basic human right and an individual choice, RESOLVED, the state should not interfere with same-gender couples who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities, and commitment of civil marriage.
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Coquille marriage equality law takes effect

The Oregonian
May 21, 2009
A Coquille Indian Tribe law allowing marriage equality took effect on Wednesday, May 20, 2009. The law recognizes the freedom to marry and extends to gay and lesbian partners, at least one of whom must be Coquille, all tribal benefits of marriage. Neither Washington nor Oregon have legalized marriage equality, but as a federally recognized sovereign nation, the tribe is not bound by the Oregon Constitution. [Link]

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Obama gives uncomfortable, contradictory answer on gay marriage, but also slips and gives his REAL v

AmericaBlog
June 4, 2009

John Aravosis writes about President Obama's response to Brian Williams' question, "Do gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry in this country have a friend in the White House?" Aravosis states, "When you strip away the calculated politics of the first part of his answer, Obama seems to believe that the federal government shouldn't be in the business of regulating marriages, period - straight or gay. That's a very interesting, and I suspect somewhat controversial, answer." (Link)

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‘S’ for ‘Same-sex’ Marriage or ‘Single’ Means Same Thing

New York Daily News
June 2, 2009
Last summer, my partner Barbara and I tied the knot in Provincetown, but it didn't take long for reality to detract from this milestone. Our marriage's lack of official legitimacy was driven home before the ink was dry on the license. In the eyes of the federal government I was still "S" for single. [link]

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Foot Soldiers Needed in California and Maine, Not Washington DC

Billerico.com
June 1, 2009
Karen Ocamb: "With all due respect to Cleve Jones and David Mixner, who I've known and covered for many years, I think we seriously need to question the wisdom of convening a march on Washington this October. " [link]

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Maryland Attorney General Explores Recognition of Marriages in Other States

Baltimore Sun
May 30, 2009
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is exploring whether legal marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states can be recognized in Maryland, a move that could open an avenue for legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples who have been rebuffed by the courts and legislature here. [link]

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Christian Group Asks to Fight Federal Suit on Freedom to Marry

Mercury News
May 29, 2009
The Alliance Defense Fund is seeking to formally fight a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning California's gay marriage ban. The ADF spent more than $37 million in leading the campaign to pass Proposition 8 in November and successfully defended it before the state Supreme Court. The judge will hold a hearing July 2 to consider the group's request and whether to temporarily suspend the ban while considering the lawsuit. [link]

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EDITORIAL: Gay Rights: Benefits for Federal Workers the Next Logical Step

The Seattle Times
May 26, 2009

The Seattle Times advocates for the extension of domestic partnership benefits to the partners of gay federal employees: "Americans are ready, or should be, for a fair-minded adjustment of federal policy." [Link]

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State Dept. Plan Would Extend Benefits to Same Sex Partners

Washington Post
May 24, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will soon announce that the partners of gay U.S. diplomats are eligible for many benefits currently denied them and allowed to spouses of heterosexual diplomats, according to lawmakers and others advocating the change. [link]

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