Making vows for equality

The Advocate
September 27, 2005
Straight couples like Tracy and Vivek are dedicating their weddings to the fight for equal marriage. [Link]

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Majority in favor of Rocky’s proposal extending benefits to gays

Deseret News
September 12, 2005

Opponents of equality threaten to file suit under a violation of Utah's marriage ban if Mayor Rocky Anderson's vow to sign a proposal extending health-care benefits to domestic partners in Salt Lake City, UT is fulfilled. Anderson, a leader in the fight for equal rights, has the backing of the majority (54%) of his constituents and is prepared to take the case on in the courts. Utah's marriage ban (Amendment 3) does not prevent the denial of rights to domestic partners, only to those not married. [link]

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Anti-gay measure blocked in North Carolina

365Gay.com
September 2, 2005
For the second year in a row, the North Carolina legislature rejected a proposed constitutional amendment attacking same-sex couples. "This is a huge victory for LGBT North Carolinians," said Equality North Carolina spokesperson Ian Palmquist, "but our work is far from over." [link]

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Straight, Not Narrow: How Straight Couples Can Support Gay Marriage

New Haven Advocate
June 15, 2005
Profs. Ian Ayres and Jennifer Brown write, "Massachusetts' innovation gives all of us some choices. Supporters of gay rights, regardless of sexual orientation, may want to reward the state for its progressive stance. Instead of the negativism of boycotts, a grassroots campaign should declare a marriage 'buycott.' [Link]

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OPINION: A majority doesn’t make bigotry right in Tennessee

The Chattanoogan
May 30, 2005
Whiteman discusses the pitfalls of following the 'majority' by recalling women's suffrage, slavery, the Holocaust and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. He praises the 'minority' who refuse to support putting anti-gay bigotry in the state constitution. [link]

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Anti-gay bill blocked by New Mexico’s House

New Mexican
February 16, 2005
State legislation banning gay couples from marriage was indefinitely tabled in a House Committee hearing. Opponents of the anti-gay legislation said the Land of Enchantment "need[s] to project an image of tolerance." [link]

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Ohio marriage supporters gain powerful ally — the AARP

Rainbow Network
October 5, 2004
The powerful 35 million member senior support and lobbying organization, the American Association of Retired People, has announced opposition to a state constitutional amendment. [link]

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NBJC condemns discriminatory constitutional vote in Missouri

National Black Justice Coalition
August 4, 2004
"George W. Bush and his radical conservative allies are seeking to divide us on this issue...African Americans oppose discrimination in all its forms." [link]

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