Marriage amendment stirs apolitical folks into activists

The Virginian-Pilot
November 13, 2006
Leaders claim the recent election only strengthened their movement: Statewide, the anti-amendment campaign identified more than 3,000 volunteers and gay-friendly voters to call upon in future legislative battles, said Dyana Mason, executive director of Equality Virginia. [link]

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Gay and lesbian couples optimistic for vote

Denver Post
October 16, 2006
Referendum I would eliminate complex and pricey steps to obtain medical and property rights, and would right wrongs in CO law in several ways, particularly in what some lawyers call "default rules" that determine basic property and decision-making rights. [Link]

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Activists Meet with Dem Senators

Southern Voice
March 24, 2006

Eight Democratic senators listened to complaints last week from activists that they and their party colleagues have hindered progress on gay rights. Instead of pandering to voters whose support they are unlikely to get, Democrats should make the case for marriage equality in a way that will move the issue forward. [Link]

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COMMENTARY: Reasons to vote ‘no’ to Prop. 2

Galveston County Daily News
November 2, 2005
Tillotson covers several reasons why governmental conservatives should not support Texas' anti-gay amendment: marriage has already been restricted to non-gay couples by the state legislature since 2003; the language is too broad; conservatives like their laws aimed at real problems, not imaginary ones; constitutions work best when it protects the individual and embrace the true definition of equality, justice and freedom; and conservatives believe in freedom, not hate. [link]

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Legislature kills anti-gay adoption ban but restrictive marriage amendment remains

365Gay.com
March 16, 2005
A House subcommittee voted down a bill that would have barred gays from adopting or serving as foster parents. Gay activists were pleased but are still apprehensive over an upcoming vote in the House on an amendment that would ban gays from marriage. [link]

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Anti-gay bill blocked by New Mexico’s House

New Mexican
February 16, 2005
State legislation banning gay couples from marriage was indefinitely tabled in a House Committee hearing. Opponents of the anti-gay legislation said the Land of Enchantment "need[s] to project an image of tolerance." [link]

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