Upcoming Summer for Marriage Events: GA, FL, NC, WV, PA, and DC

Freedom to Marry's Summer for Marriage Tour wraps up next week with events in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. The tour, which was originally organized in response to the National Organization for Marriage's anti-gay “One Man, One Woman” bus tour, has highlighted widespread support for the freedom to marry with supporters of equality outnumbering NOM’s supporters on all 16 stops thus far

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When the bride takes a bride, businesses respond

Kevin Sack profiles a lesbian couple who started Equally Wed, a publication that provides lesbian and gay couples with inclusive resources to plan their weddings.

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Voice for Equality: Cynthia Tucker

Cynthia Tucker is an American syndicated columnist. She was recognized with a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2007 "for her courageous, clear-headed columns that evince a strong sense of morality and persuasive knowledge of the community". She was a Pulitzer-nominated finalist in 2004 and 2006.

On June 20, 2010, in reaction to David Blankenhorn's testimony at the Prop 8 trial in California, Ms. Tucker wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "There are no good arguments for denying gays and lesbians the right to a civil (non-religious) marriage. But of all the arguments that opponents make, perhaps the most ridiculous is this: If gays are allowed to marry, heterosexual marriage will be weakened."

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Voice for Equality: John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) has been at the forefront of progressive social movements for nearly a half a century.

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Video: Voice for Equality Rep. John Lewis Delivers Eloquent Pro-Marriage Speech

Pam's House Blend
September 20, 2009
Pam Spaulding: Rep. Lewis, the civil rights legend who shed blood for equality, delivers a message that the LGBT community should never stand down, should keep forging ahead, should cast aside fears, and should not listen to calls to 'wait.' He states with conviction that marriage equality is a human right. [Link]

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Atlanta helps fight anti-gay measures out west

Southern Voice Atlanta
August 15, 2008
With discrimination against gay and lesbian couples already written into Georgia's constitution, gay and lesbian Atlantans are channeling money and manpower into Arizona and California for what some consider the most important moment ever for the gay rights movement. [Link]

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BLOG: An update on Emma

Pam's House Blend
May 21, 2007
In a happy conclusion to the story about the GA family we posted yesterday, Emma is back home. Pam's House Blend comments, "I feel like the 'system' let a judge, a supposedly levelheaded steward of the law, enforce homophobia and tear a family apart. My heart goes out to Emma and Elizabeth. I hope that the hurt inflicted heals quickly. I wish good things for their reunited family." [Link]

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A GA family’s heartache

Southern Voice Online
May 21, 2007
In a January ruling Judge John Lee Parrott argued that the state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages also prohibited same-sex couples from adopting children, and accused Hadaway of attempting to "sham" the court by applying as a single person when she was involved in a seven-year relationship with a woman. Hadaway tried to return the child to the biological mother, who again gave her parental rights to Hadaway. Hadaway, who had ended her seven-year relationship and moved to Bibb County, then attempted to pursue adoption in that county. But when Parrott learned that Emma Rose was still living with Hadaway, he had the child placed in foster care. After Bibb County Superior Court Judge Tilman Self granted Hadaway custody in March, Parrott refused to recognize Self's ruling and ordered the young girl to remain with her DFCS foster family, despite a DFCS social worker calling that "the worst possible scenario" for the young girl. [Link]

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BLOG: Georgia gov: the people can vote on marriage equality, but not blue laws

Pandagon
January 23, 2007
What a monumental hypocritical bigot GOP Gov. Sonny Perdue is. He thought it was a great idea for the people to decide at the ballot box whether or not gays and lesbians have the right to marry (and an amendment passed easily in 2004), but when legislation that would allow a direct vote on whether beer and wine should be sold on Sundays — Perdue said that he'd pull out the veto pen. [Link]

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COLUMN: ‘Together we shall overcome’

Southern Voice
June 23, 2006
"Ten years ago, I introduced Coretta Scott King at Atlanta Pride. Her message still resonates today." [Link]

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