OPINION: Is this historic or not?

Ventura County Star
July 30, 2008
Proponents clearly believe that, in order to win, they must underplay the significance of their measure. That's why they went to court this week in an attempt to block a revised ballot title of Proposition 8, rewritten by Attorney General Jerry Brown to reflect the state Supreme Court's May ruling that said marriage laws cannot apply unequally to same-sex and opposite-sex couples. [Link]

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House passes 1913 law repeal in roll call vote

Bay Windows
July 29, 2008
The bill to repeal the 1913 law is on its way to Governor Deval Patrick, who will sign it into law. The bill cleared a final hurdle this afternoon, when the House of Representatives passed the bill on a roll call vote after about 25 minutes of debate. The vote was 118-35, with five members not voting. [Link]

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BLOG: Who Marriage is For: A Tale of Two Weddings

Greta Christina's Blog
July 29, 2008
"Who is marriage for now? And what is it, anyway? I want to tell a story. Two stories, I guess, about two weddings, that show how radically the answer to that question has changed in just the past few years." [Link]

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MA Sen. Wilkerson on the Repeal of the 1913 Laws

Pam's House Blend
July 28, 2008
During the debate, senate minority leader Richard Tisei (R- Wakefield) stood up to express his support for the repeal. He then asked Senator Dianne Wilkerson (D-Boston) to provide a history of the 1913 law. Watch the video of the debate here. [Link]

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MA House Debates 1913 Law Tuesday

PolitickerMA.com
July 24, 2008
According to a House leadership source with knowledge of the legislative schedule, debate over the law is expected to occur when the House returns to full session Tuesday. [Link]

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OPINION: Married In Mass.

The Hartford Courant
July 24, 2008
"It would be heartening to know that the Massachusetts decision was based solely on the desire to rid the state of a shameful law, and to support giving all committed couples the same rights, regardless of gender. But part of the motivation was economic... If economic incentives are what it takes to get states to do the right thing, bring them on. " [Link]

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Mass. Senate Votes To Let Out-Of-State Gays Marry

The Boston Channel
July 15, 2008
The Massachusetts Senate has voted to repeal a 1913 law used to bar out-of-state gay couples from marrying here. The House is expected to vote this week. [Link]

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A long way since 1913

The Boston Globe
July 15, 2008
"...Repealing the misbegotten 1913 law is the right move, even if it doesn't yield a dime. For the measure only underscores the parallel between interracial marriage and same-sex marriage. By repealing it, the Legislature will send a powerful message: Marriages that once seemed so threatening to so many people can become part of the social fabric over time." [Link]

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The Case for a Right of Marriage Recognition: Why Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Should Protect Sa

Findlaw
July 9, 2008
Steve Sanders writes, "I believe scholars, legislators, and judges accept the status quo for same-sex marriages because of a lingering, perhaps subconscious, belief that they are not quite 'real' marriages. From such a belief, another belief follows: that the people who enter into such marriages have no legitimate expectation they will be treated with the deference the law accords to virtually all other marriages. But our law should not tolerate different classes of marriages, some more favored than others." [Link]

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Wave of weddings for Bay Area same-sex couples

San Francisco Chronicle
June 17, 2008
Uttering the two simple words "I do," dozens of same-sex couples were wed in the Bay Area on Monday evening as California became the second state in the nation to grant marriage to gay and lesbian couples. [Link]

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