Musgrave Renews Call For Federal Anti-Gay Amendment

365Gay.com
July 2, 2008
The architect of two failed attempts to amend the US Constitution to include marriage discrimination is throwing her support behind a new bid to advance exclusion. (Link)

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Anti-Gay Adoption Initiative Faces Names Crunch in Arkansas

365Gay.com
July 3, 2008
An organization collecting signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot to ban unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children in Arkansas said Thursday it will submit its petitions by Monday's deadline but will likely need more time to get the number required. (Link)

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Ark. anti-gay ballot measure backers to submit signatures

Associated Press
July 2, 2008
Supporters of a ballot measure aimed at banning gays and lesbians from adopting or fostering children said Wednesday they're ready to submit petitions to place their measure on the November ballot. (Link)

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McCain Supports Efforts to Ban Marriage Equality

US News
June 27, 2008
The presumptive Republican nominee for president has endorsed efforts to end marriage equality in California. (Link)

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Editorial: Marriage shouldn’t be government’s concern

Orange County Register
June 22, 2008
The editorial staff writes in favor of the freedom to marry in California and refutes a line of attack: "It is argued that allowing same-sex marriage will infringe on the religious freedom of people who have a religiously based objection to it. It is hard to see the validity." (Link)

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Maine group drops anti-gay rights push

Boston Globe
June 19, 2008
An initiative campaign to repeal Maine's gay rights law and put in place roadblocks to equal marriage and adoptions is being abandoned, leaders of the campaign said Thursday, for lack of support. (Link)

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Some county clerks in CA refuse to perform gay couples’ ceremonies

EDGE Boston
June 19, 2008
Evan Wolfson points out that, "no religious or church official should be compelled to perform any marriage ceremony they do not wish to perform. And I would support their constitutional right not to do that. But we’re talking about government employees here. People who step into a job like that should perform their job without discrimination." [Link]

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Opponents of marriage equality stay mostly quiet—for now

Los Angeles Times
June 19, 2008
Jeff Flint, the spokesman and strategist for the campaign to write discrimination into the California Constitution, said his group would not be protesting because it did not want the campaign to be about the weddings taking place this week. [Link]

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Marriage equality does not impact religious freedom

The Volokh Conspiracy
June 17, 2008
Examples of conflict arising from antidiscrimination law are often exaggerated and oversimplified. Catholicism and Orthodox Judaism, for example, refuse to recognize secular divorce. But few argue that we should refuse to let people divorce for this reason. [Link]

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Opponents of gay-rights laws abandon repeal effort

The Oregonian
June 17, 2008
In Oregon, opponents of two gay-rights laws say they won't be able to get anti-gay repeal initiatives on the state's November ballot because they could not collect enough signatures. (Link)

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