Clergy condemn call to constitutionalize discrimination

Rocky Mountain News
September 25, 2006
"I believe homophobia, and not homosexuality, is the sin," said Morran, minister of the First Unitarian Society of Denver. "Marry 'em all; let God sort it out." [Link]

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Fired professor stands firm in support of marriage equality

Deseret Morning News
September 12, 2006
Jeffrey Nielsen believes gay people should be allowed to marry and have children more now than he did in June when the stance cost him his job at Brigham Young University. Nielsen said he didn't know any gay men or women when he wrote an opinion piece that appeared June 4 in a Salt Lake newspaper that opposed the anti-gay-marriage position of LDS Church leadership, but now he knows hundreds. [link]

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Minnesota Democrats add gay support to platform

365Gay.com
June 12, 2006
"Minnesota's wing of the Democratic Party — the DFL — overwhelmingly voted to add a plank to the party platform opposing constitutional bans on same-sex marriage." [link]

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Methodists approve gay and lesbian clergy, affirm marriage equality

WCCO
June 1, 2006
Delegates to the annual state convention of the United Methodist Church voted to urge the national church to support the freedom of gay and lesbian couples to marry and the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy. [link]

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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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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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University regents discuss benefits change to include domestic partners

Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 3, 2005
On Friday, NV regents discussed taking an unprecedented step to extend system benefits to domestic partners. The proposal came before a committee three years ago and never hit the full board's agenda until Friday's meeting. Regents said they wanted a chance to review a more detailed plan and would revisit for a possible vote in March 2006. Jim Richardson, NV Faculty Alliance says, "We believe faithful, monogamous partners deserve these benefits." Same-sex relationships must also be respected and recognized. [link]

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Proposition 2 is already changing Texas

Dallas Morning News
November 20, 2005
As predicted by Hall and others, the passing of the state's anti-gay amendment is (already) changing the state. Many foresee a "brain drain" as people have stated that they will be leaving the state to move to a place where tolerance overcomes hate. Others are choosing not to return to Texas, as they raise families and want their kids to grow up with tolerance. Companies also refuse to move their business to the state in fear that the circumstances may turn away the best possible employees for the company. Though some revel in the state's conservative image, others are embarassed and say the state has entered a "disastrous path," with the current economic situation already posing a great challenge to residents. [link]

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COMMENTARY: Marriage matters

Daily Illini
October 12, 2005
After listening to a discussion on why marriage matters in Illinois, Mollison writes about his recent understanding about the privilege of marriage and the real harm and unfairness of being denied this legal right. He discusses how same-sex couples have already suffered way too much for being different, how the legal inequality only serves to harm families and does not benefit non-gay couples, and the personal issues involved, especially the tragedy of not being able to marry the one you love. "To be honest [thinking about homosexuality] made me feel uncomfortable...real people suffer when the law enforces my discomfort." He continues about why marriage equality is a civil rights struggle and the importance of taking a step back and really looking at the facts. [Link]

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LETTER: Parent supports marriage equality

Freedom to Marry
October 10, 2005
In a brief email, Caroline Mallory responds to the radio segment on AM 580, WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL with Evan Wolfson. She expresses her frustration with the inequities her gay son faces and will continue to face without true equality under the law, as well as her hope behind the marriage equality movement. [Link]

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