Marriage is not about gender or race, but love and family

San Jose Mercury News
May 20, 2008

Marla Scharf talks about growing up when her parents were prohibited from marrying in numerous states across the nation because they were an interracial couple, and honors the CA Supreme Court upholding the freedom to marry for same-sex couples saying, “I believe that our nation's promise of 'justice and liberty for all' applies to every person in the same way.” (Link)

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CA marriage ruling has roots in landmark race-based case

Sacramento Bee
May 20, 2008

The California Supreme Court's historic ruling upholding marriage equality has its roots in the case of a Mexican American woman who 60 years ago fought for the right to marry an African American man, one of many interracial marriage stories recounted that affirm the CA recent decision. (Link)

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A Different Time

Newsweek
May 16, 2008
As couples flock to California to get married, even more Americans will be exposed to the "lived experience" of same-sex couples and families, says Evan Wolfson. "It's much easier to whip people up over the hypothetical." (Link)

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CA court stands against discrimination

Cybercast News Service
May 16, 2008

"As with their courageous past stands against discrimination in marriage, we will all be the better and history will vindicate them," Evan Wolfson said in a statement. (Link)

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The California decision and the presidential campaign

Salon.com
May 15, 2008
Statements from the three presidential campaigns indicate that the major players in the upcoming presidential race would like to stay away from the issue, even though the Candidates' Guide on How to Support Marriage Equality and Get Elected proves candidates should support the freedom to marry not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it is also in their interest to do so. (Link)

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OPINION: A Victory for Equality and Justice

New York Times
May 17, 2008
“An individual’s sexual orientation — like a person’s race or gender — does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold rights,” wrote Chief Justice Ronald George, first appointed to the bench by Gov. Ronald Reagan. (Link)

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CA marriage decision may help Republicans

San Francisco Chronicle
May 16, 2008
"If (McCain) comes out in favor of discrimination, he will be in stark contrast with the single most popular Republican in the country - his good friend, Gov. Schwarzenegger," said Evan Wolfson. (Link)

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California Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage a Benefit to Everyone

Black America Web
May 16, 2008
National Black Justice Coalition's H. Alexander Robinson writes, "Today we stand at a pivotal point in history. As a black community, we have the unique opportunity of ushering in a new era of social change and progress for another oppressed group." (Link)

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Opposition prepares for battle

New York Times
May 18, 2008
Just hours after the California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, Mathew D. Staver was already raising money to overturn the decision. (Link)

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California chief justice says marriage ruling was one of his toughest

Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2008
As he read the legal arguments, the 68-year-old moderate Republican Chief Justice was drawn by memory to a long ago trip he made with his European immigrant parents through the American South. (Link)

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