OPINION: Will Sanders lead the nation on marriage?

The San Diego Union-Tribune
September 27, 2007
Jerry Sanders, a first-term Republican whose chance of re-election had seemed to dim in recent weeks, may have caused a huge turnabout in current politics by siding suddenly with mostly liberal voters in deciding that gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry a same-sex partner. His action will be felt locally, of course, drastically changing the outlook in next year's mayoral election. But the news penetration he achieved elsewhere in the world suggests that Sanders' action may have a bearing on the political equation nationally as well. [Link]

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NJ’s civil union law is a fiasco

Blue Jersey
September 26, 2007
At tonight's first public hearing of the New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission, Garden State Equality presents a mountain of new evidence showing the failure of New Jersey's civil union law to provide equality as real marriage would. 30 civil-unioned couples from across New Jersey will present a joint letter to state leaders. An expert from Vermont will testify that civil unions in Vermont still don't work like marriage, seven years after Vermont enacted a civil unions law. [link]

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Non-gay ally sues over anti-gay marriage amendment in WI

WMTV15
September 26, 2007
The first lawsuit attacking the anti-gay marriage ban in Wisconsin was mostly dismissed by a Dane County judge Wednesday. The judge says the man cannot sue because he is not gay and has not been harmed by the amendment. "I think every citizen in the state has standing on this issue, including me," William McConkey said. "I was asked would I have done this if I didn't get have a gay daughter. Probably not. I'd still be outraged, but I wouldn't have put myself through this. But I'm fighting for my kid." [link]

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PRESS RELEASE: Religious, civil rights, and child advocacy groups support same-sex couples in legal

ACLU
September 26, 2007
"We are not treating all Californians equally if some can marry and others cannot," said Alice Huffman, President of the California Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "The law should protect all people equally, and all Californians should have the choice to marry," she said. "I am honored to join other civil rights leaders in calling on our state to end its ban on marriage for lesbian and gay couples." [Link]

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Non-gay Americans to “come out” for gay rights on October 7-13, 2007

PR Web
September 24, 2007
From Santa Rosa, California, to Montgomery, Alabama, to Augusta, Maine, overnight vigils will light up American cities over the course of seven nights, providing unprecedented visibility to heterosexual men and women with the conviction to stand up for their gay and lesbian friends and neighbors. These fair-minded straight folks are showing their elected officials that equality is not a secular issue, not a gay issue, not an urban elite issue, not an east coast or a west coast issue—it's an American issue This grassroots groundswell, dubbed Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights, was initiated by Soulforce and Atticus Circle, two Texas-based organizations with members across the nation. [Link]

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Equality Florida member challenges bigotry during far-right summit

Box Turtle Bulletin
September 24, 2007
Cathy James — mother of a seven-year-old, founder of Securing Our Children's Rights (SOCR) and longtime member of Equality Florida — not only attended the Family Impact Summit, but she also spoke out to challenge the bigotry being espoused. In so doing, she left a group of anti-gay panelists "speechless." [Link]

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Asian American Community Leaders Advocate for the Freedom to Marry

Asian Journal
September 23, 2007

Over 90,000 gay and lesbian families in California are excluded from marriage; one in 10 of these families is Asian American. By filing this brief, Asian American community, legal, civil rights, and social service organizations — as well as Asian American lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations — join together in an unprecedented show of unity and support for equal marriage rights within the Asian American community, as well as to send a strong message to the California Supreme Court that Asian Americans support a just and fair California for all members of our community. [Link]

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La igualdad es una: la igualdad

El Blog del PJ
September 20, 2007
Pedro Julio Serrano comenta sobre el poderoso testimonio del alcalde republicano de la ciudad de San Diego, Jerry Sanders, al decidir apoyar una resolución de su Consejo Municipal en favor de la igualdad en el matrimonio para las parejas gay y lésbicas. [Link]

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OPINION: Secrets of conservatives

The Lantern
September 17, 2007
With popular culture swinging the way of tolerance, as it should be, the right wing — more specifically the Christian right — saw it was going to be fighting an uphill battle to prevent gays from getting married. So what did they do? They changed what the issue was about and turned the tables completely. Suddenly, they weren't discriminating or persecuting anyone. They were "defending" the "sanctity" of marriage. Think about it. It's diabolically ingenious. Everyone always roots for the underdog. [link]

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Marriage equality good for business in New England

The Washington Post
September 16, 2007
Since the freedom to marry came to Massachusetts in 2004, attendance at Boston's annual Gay Pride Day, a major attraction for visitors, has more than doubled, according to the Massachusetts tourism bureau. Last June, attendance exceeded 100,000, compared with 40,000 three years ago. Although Vermont tourism officials don't tally visitors according to sexual orientation, several innkeepers report a strong rise in their gay clientele since civil unions were legalized in 2000. [Link]

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