Newsom speaks at ‘Milk’ movie preview, predicts Obama & McCain will regret lack of support for marri

San Francisco Sentinel
September 4, 2008
The Milk previvew trailer was released Tuesday, with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom predicting both Barack Obama and John McCain will be permanently damaged by their lack of support for marriage equality. “This is going to permanently damage any politician in their future,” Newsom told the Sentinel. “I believe you don’t run the 90-yeard dash on equality. I believe in the principle of Brown v. Board of Education." [Link]

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Freedom to Marry Honors the Life of Del Martin

Freedom to Marry
August 27, 2008
“Del Martin lived what Dr. King said he, too, aspired to — a committed life. Committed to changing our country and the lives of millions for the better, committed to her beloved spouse Phyllis, committed in meaning and, happily, thanks to the progress she inspired, committed in marriage. Freedom to Marry honors this luminous pioneer and pillar, and as we work to have and hold marriage in California and nationwide, treasures the lessons she and Phyllis taught us and the example they set.” [Link]

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Community mourns the loss of beloved civil rights leader Del Martin, 87

Contra Costa Times
August 27, 2008
Del Martin, a pioneering lesbian rights activist who married her lifelong partner on the first day same-sex couples could legally wed in California, has died. Her wife, Phyllis Lyon, was by her side. Gifts in lieu of flowers can be made to honor Del’s life and commitment and to defeat the California marriage ban through NCLR’s No On 8 PAC at www.nclrights.org/NoOn8. [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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Minter: Calif. ruling changed more than marriage law

Pride Source
August 14, 2008
In an Aug. 2 interview with Los Angeles journalist Karen Ocamb, Minter said: "The fundamental-right-to-marry part of the holding was extremely significant, but the court's holding that sexual orientation is a suspect classification was stunning -- completely unprecedented... We are now living in a different legal world because of what the court did." [Link]

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Marriage ruling secures chief justice’s legacy

The Washington Post
August 12, 2008
Until he wrote the 4-3 majority decision, George was more noted for his administrative achievements and political prowess than his court decisions. He will likely have to mount an aggressive and expensive campaign to retain his seat in the 2010 election. [Link]

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Editor’s notes: So long, 1913

The Wareham Courier
August 7, 2008
"Both the law and its repeal have not been given much mainstream press, largely, I suspect, because its been treated mainly as a 'gay' issue. The repeal should have been given wider play, if for no other reason that it is good economic news for the state." [Link]

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OP-ED: Special Rights No More

GayWired.com
August 5, 2008
"There were the times that management in various jobs would pull me aside and tell me, secretly, to go ahead and use 'sick time' instead of taking my vacation days for taking time off to care for my partner." [Link]

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Eulogy for “Marriage Evasion” in Massachusetts: 1913-2008

Huffington Post
August 1, 2008
Blogger Howard Stein recounts some of the history of marriage laws in the United States, noting recent advancements in equality and how the country faced such struggles in the past. (Link)

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Gov signs law allowing out-of-state gays to wed

Boston Globe
July 31, 2008
Governor Deval Patrick signed a law today that repealed a 95-year-old statute that had prevented gay and lesbian couples from most other states from marrying in Massachusetts.
The repeal took effect immediately, making Massachusetts the second state after California to allow same-sex couples to marry regardless of residence. [Link]

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