This time, “gay marriage” won’t galvanize voters

Bloomberg News
June 1, 2008

Albert R. Hunt discusses why “gay marriage” will not be a key factor in the 2008 election and notes, “the arguments against gay marriage are eroding.” [Link]

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First Monday: The Moment Has Arrived — The Fight For Fundamental Freedom In California

Firedoglake
June 2, 2008
Seth Kilbourn discusses Equality for All, the campaign to stop the anti-marriage initiative in CA and protect the freedom to marry: “The battle is on…We can win this campaign if we all dig deep and contribute what we can, whether we live in California or not. This has to be a national effort. As we have demonstrated time and time again in California: working together we can ensure fundamental freedom, fairness, and equality for all.” [Link]

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Anti-marriage measure qualifies for California ballot

Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2008
The California secretary of state said an initiative barring “gay marriage” had enough signatures to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot. [Link]

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The Same People

Newsweek
June 9, 2008 Issue
Anna Quindlen discusses the social movement toward support of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples: "Scream, shout, jump up and down. No matter. The gay-marriage issue is over and done with. The upshot: love won... The California Supreme Court called gay marriage a 'basic civil right.' In hindsight, it will merely be called ordinary life." [Link]

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Who Supports Marriage Equality? ... A Show of Hands

In the wake of the California Supreme Court decision upholding the freedom to marry (for which the court just denied a rehearing or stay) and New York's Gov. Paterson directing state officials to rightfully uphold the state's law to honor out of state marriages by same-sex couples, support for marriage equality is being voiced across our country:

— Polls Nationwide and in California Show Majority Support

Macys Publishes Full-Page Ads Honoring the Freedom to Marry

Jay Leno Says "I Do" in Support of Marriage Equality

Bill O'Reilly & Gov. Schwarzenegger See Defeat for Anti-Gay Advocates in CA

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Quote of the Week

"With the position of mayor comes life and death authority and responsibility in
running a police force, emergency preparedness system and fire departments," he
said. "But gay folks still can't be trusted to be married."
Sam Adams, upon being elected mayor of Portland, Oregon, largest city to elect an openly gay mayor

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Texas same-sex couples heading to California to wed

Dallas Morning News
June 1, 2008
Dr. Love, a former Dallas pastor who now heads Metropolitan Community Churches in Abilene, discusses the importance of California honoring the freedom to marry: "It's just really important to us to have that moment, that acknowledgment and that piece of paper all our straight friends have." [Link]

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Marriage from a religious leader’s perspective

Santa Cruz Sentinel
June 1, 2008

Rev. Deborah L. Johnson, who presides over marriage ceremonies, discusses the importance of California honoring the freedom to marry as a basic right. [Link]

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One vote made majority in CA marriage ruling

San Francisco Chronicle
June 1, 2008

With the CA Supreme Court rightfully deciding to honor the freedom to marry paving the way, other opinion leaders are stepping up in support of marriage equality, sentiments which may have existed prior to the decision but now are more readily voiced. [Link]

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Judge upholds WI anti-marriage constitutional amendment

The Capital Times
May 30, 2008

A Wisconsin judge rejected the argument by plaintiff William McConkey that the anti-marriage amendment violated a constitutional prohibition against a referendum posing more than one question to voters. [Link]

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