It’s all about relationships

Gay Peoples' Chronicle
May 26, 2006
"Republicans, Democrats, LGBT friends and foes alike told the citizen lobbyists that the most important thing to do to influence lawmakers is to develop relationships, and communicate often." [link]

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Gay acceptance growing deep in Dixie

365Gay.com
May 19, 2006
"What Americans see increasingly is there's no negative impact on their own lives to have gays and lesbians living out in the open," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. "They go from an abstract idea to a real person with a real name and a real story. That makes all the difference." [Link]

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Cynical Republican Strategists

TomPaine.com
May 18, 2006

"The cynical strategists in the Republican Party who cater to the most bigoted
elements of its base may soon face the fact they've arrived in the 21st century
and gay-baiting just doesn't play like it used to."
[Link]

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Cynical Republican Strategists

TomPaine.com
May 18, 2006

"The cynical strategists in the Republican Party who cater to the most bigoted
elements of its base may soon face the fact they've arrived in the 21st century
and gay-baiting just doesn't play like it used to."
[Link]

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Advancing Our Cause

The Bay Area Reporter
May 11, 2006

"I want to emphasize again that we are not saying to couples like this, 'Don't
do anything; just sit and wait' What we are saying is, 'Don't do one thing —
roll the dice in court prematurely.' Rather, do the myriad other things — such
as telling your story, enlisting non-gay allies, building support — that will
actually advance our shared cause and create a climate in which well-timed
litigation will be more likely to succeed"
[Link]

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Celebrating APA Voices for Equality During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Freedom to Marry
May 10, 2006

Andy Wong, the Coalition Manager of Asian Equality states, "Indeed, when it comes to marriage equality, APAs are not simply standing on the sidelines; many are spearheading the struggle nationwide." [Link]

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Why we need to talk about marriage equality

Washington Blade
May 1, 2006
"Question your friend or your father about what they are saying — make them actually think about their words. Don't let go unchallenged a flippant brush-off comment about 'there's no need for gay marriage.' Put up your dukes and fight back." [link]

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Navajo Lesbian Speaks Out About Same-Sex Marriage

NativeOUT News
April 24, 2006
For the past couple of days I have been bombarded with images & talk about weddings, commitments, marriages and celebrations with dozens of family members present. All the while I am thinking to myself, "Will I ever get to have such a ceremony, an opportunity to voice aloud my declaration of love before my family and friends?" Probably not! Why? It is because I am a lesbian and in our current Navajo society our rights and declarations have been grossly overlooked, unacknowledged, and recently made unconstitutional. [Link]

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Unjust Constitutional Amendments

The Hill
April 12, 2006

"The Constitution was never amended to take away rights from a group of Americans," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, who Wolfson called the amendment a ploy for short-term political gain; he said Republicans would use the amendment as a distraction and an attack point in some races this fall. [Link]

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Immigration is an LGBT Issue

The Advocate
April 10, 2006
In this opinion piece, Cesar Chavez's granddaughter Christine urges the consideration of LGBT persons in the overarching struggle for immigration reform. Given the major restrictions still barring same-sex bi-national couples from enjoying full equality, Chavez's message is important and timely. [Link]

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