Why Each State is Important

Box Turtle Bulletin
September 9, 2008
Collectively, we have the opportunity to send a very strong message this year. Should we win in all three states we will be able to state that those who experience same-sex marriages within their communities have found them to be no threat, that anti-marriage efforts will not win you election in a swing state, and that coming back to a state that has rejected discrimination is a waste of time and money. [Link]

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Amendment 5 faces long odds

The News Press
August 29, 2008
Amendment 2, the Florida anti-gay proposal, had 57 percent support statewide while 36 percent said they'd vote against it in a Mason-Dixon poll released Thursday. Constitutional amendments require 60 percent approval for passage, so the amendment's fate is within the poll's 4 percent margin of error. (Link)

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Do it for Del

365Gay.com
September 2, 2008
With the passing of leader and pioneer Del Martin, a columnist urges, "Do, for Del, engage in the campaign for “no” votes if you live in one of the states facing an anti-gay initiative." (Link)

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For Arizona, Three’s a Crowd

Advocate
September 23, 2008
In the end, gay rights activists are hoping for a hat trick, though that seems unlikely given the odds facing Arizona. But Evan Wolfson insists that one victory is paramount. “Holding California is an outright win,” he says, whereas in Arizona and Florida “we will not have advanced -- but simply beaten back an attack.” [Link]

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Florida’s Pro-Equality Groups Receiving Donations to Stop Discriminatory Amendment

Queerty
August 25, 2008
The Queerty blog reports on the fight against Florida's discriminatory prop. 2 which is receiving support from individuals across the state, including Jon Kislack, a straight Republican who's fighting Amendment 2:"It's just not right that our laws, public policy, and social climate in Florida are so unwelcoming." (Link)

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Amendment 2 bad for South Florida business

Miami Herald
August 18, 2008
A proposed amendment to Florida's constitution on the November ballot could adversely impact our business development efforts. Florida Amendment 2, the so-called marriage protection amendment, is an example of unnecessary government intrusion in people's personal lives that could diminish Florida's ability to attract businesses to expand or relocate here. [Link]

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Florida: Cloer to rally pastors for discriminatory marriage amendment

Florida Baptist Witness
August 20, 2008
The pastor of one of the largest Southern Baptist churches in Florida has been named to lead a new effort to rally pastors to pass the discriminatory Florida Marriage Protection Amendment in November. [Link]

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2008 Ballot Measures Opposing Marriage Equality: Why Time is on Our Side

GayWired.com
August 15, 2008
David Mariner writes, "As more voters are being asked to consider the question, and as we have the opportunity to engage more voters and interact with them, public opinion continues to move in our favor. It may be a long battle, but time is definitely on our side." [Link]

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26 domestic-partner couples sign up for recognition

Miami Herald
August 19, 2008
The ceremony had all the romance of renewing a license plate -- which can be done a few floors down in the same, drab government building -- but it had powerful meaning on Monday for the first couples to register under Miami-Dade's new domestic-partnership law. [Link]

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The Politics of Sanctity

The Gainesville Sun
July 26, 2008
"The Florida Marriage Amendment is less about protecting the sanctity of marriage than keeping Florida firmly in the 'R' column.... The thing is that this is a monster election year. And the 'ultra-conservative vote' isn't all that excited about the prospect of a John McCain presidency. And this makes Republicans in the legislature and Florida's congressional delegation very nervous indeed." [Link]

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