Editor’s notes: So long, 1913

The Wareham Courier
August 7, 2008
"Both the law and its repeal have not been given much mainstream press, largely, I suspect, because its been treated mainly as a 'gay' issue. The repeal should have been given wider play, if for no other reason that it is good economic news for the state." [Link]

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Marriage Equality Beyond Just Gays And Lesbians

Pam's House Blend
August 4, 2008
I know I'm supporting marriage equality on the micro level by being a part of Vicki's marriage ceremony; I know I'm supporting marriage equality on the macro level by devoting time and treasure to preserve the California Supreme Court ruling granting equal marriage rights for all Californians. [Link]

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Legislators who stepped up

Boston Globe
August 3, 2008
The editorial staff writes following the repeal of the discriminatory 1913 law in the Massachusetts legislature, "The Globe would like to recognize the 119 House members who stood up for equal rights with their votes Tuesday." (Link)

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OPINION: Preaching is costly work

Washington Blade
August 1, 2008
"I am from Utah, not California. I have no marriage prospects. To be honest, I don’t plan on getting married again. I don’t even have any close friends in California who are getting married. But what about my kids? And their kids? My nieces, nephews and extended family?" [Link]

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COMMENTARY: What Hangs in the Balance

The Bilerico Project
July 31, 2008
Kate Kendall writes, "If we lose California and Arkansas and Arizona and Florida, we will have lost our chance to truly turn the corner and a future free of the most toxic anti-LGBT bias. Donald Wildmon understands what is at stake--he knows his organization will not survive if we prevail. He knows it will be new day. What kind of world do you want to wake up to on November 5?" [Link]

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A minister speaks out for marriage equality

The Milpitas Post
July 30, 2008
Churches will differ about whether they recognize same-gender marriages, just as they differ about whether people who are divorced can remarry. But the California court decision is not about church law. It is about civil law. To more and more Americans it is becoming plainly obvious civil marriage is a civil right. [Link]

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OPINION: Is this historic or not?

Ventura County Star
July 30, 2008
Proponents clearly believe that, in order to win, they must underplay the significance of their measure. That's why they went to court this week in an attempt to block a revised ballot title of Proposition 8, rewritten by Attorney General Jerry Brown to reflect the state Supreme Court's May ruling that said marriage laws cannot apply unequally to same-sex and opposite-sex couples. [Link]

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COMMENTARY: Can ‘gay marriage’ save Jim Gibbons?

PolitickerNV.com
July 29, 2008
So constitutional arguments aside, why wouldn't we marry gays here? This must be where we draw the line in Nevada. Legal gambling? Definitely. Prostitutes? Let's give the Bunny Ranch a tv show. Throw in a steak-knife wielding member of the state legislature and you have a real party. [Link]

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The Avoidable Death of Thomas Disch

Advocate
July 29, 2008
On July 4, 2008, the out science fiction writer shot himself in his New York apartment. Renee Perry wonders if marriage equality could have saved him. [Link]

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The Politics of Sanctity

The Gainesville Sun
July 26, 2008
"The Florida Marriage Amendment is less about protecting the sanctity of marriage than keeping Florida firmly in the 'R' column.... The thing is that this is a monster election year. And the 'ultra-conservative vote' isn't all that excited about the prospect of a John McCain presidency. And this makes Republicans in the legislature and Florida's congressional delegation very nervous indeed." [Link]

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