Group pushing anti-gay referendum

Windy City Times
April 30, 2008

An anti-gay group is collecting signatures in Illinois to place a non-binding referendum on the November 2008 ballot against marriage, something they tried and failed to do in 2006. (Link)

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Just when we thought we were safe, League launches new attack

Kennebec Journal
April 15, 2008
David B. Offer writes, “Just when we thought the world, or at least Maine, was safe from another bigoted campaign against gay men and women, the League is launching a new referendum effort to repeal every law providing protection to people who have long faced discrimination.” [Link]

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An Anthropologist Critiques Focus on the Family’s ‘Anthropological’ Report on Marriage

Box Turtle Bulletin
March 25, 2008
A guest post by Patrick M. Chapman, biological anthropologist and author of the forthcoming book, “Thou Shalt Not Love”: What Evangelicals Really Say to Gays provides a critical review of a recent Focus on the Family report and refutes the argument that an anthropological understanding of marriage undermines the case for marriage equality. [Link]

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Anti-marriage constitutional amendment advances in PA

Philadelphia Inquirer
March 19, 2008
After nearly two years, the anti-marriage debate is back on the front burner in the state Capitol. By a 10-4 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday advanced a bill to write marriage and relationship recognition discrimination into the constitution. The bill now goes to the Appropriations Committee before consideration by the full Senate. It would have to be passed by the General Assembly in two consecutive sessions and then approved by voters in a referendum. [link]

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MS lawmakers go after gay adoptive parents

Advocate
March 7, 2008
A bill in the Mississippi state Senate would bar cohabiting unmarried couples, including gay and lesbian couples, from adopting children. [link]

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OPINION: State Supreme Court weighs marriage question

Sacramento Bee
March 6, 2008
Daniel Weintraub discusses the arguments made during the California Supreme Court’s hearing on marriage, noting the judges’ comments and questions, and the absurdity of the opposition’s statements. [Link]

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High schooler spars with Rove over so-called “gay marriage”

Think Progress
February 12, 2008
During his controversial speech at New England prep school Choate Rosemary Hall yesterday, former Bush adviser Karl Rove was challenged by a student “to explain how giving gay people the right to marry would endanger other people.” Rove dodged answering her at first, saying that the issue “should be resolved by a legislature or a referendum, not a court.” But the student, Choate senior Marla Spivak, continued to press him. [Link]

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Iowa Politicos Sue to Overturn Marriage Equality Ruling

The Advocate
January 31, 2008
Five Republican lawmakers in Iowa have filed court documents urging the state supreme court to overturn a Polk County judge's decision that struck down a marriage discrimination law. [Link]

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Drive kicks off to ban foster care by partners

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
January 25, 2008
The Arkansas Family Council is launching a petition drive in hopes of passing a law that would ban gay and unmarried couples from adopting or becoming foster parents. A coalition of doctors, ministers, children’s advocates and others officially organized to campaign against the proposal. [Link]

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BLOG: Psychologist takes on science-free anti-gay article

Pam's House Blend
October 18, 2007
Yesterday I posted an unbelievable press release by a San Diego-based licensed clinical psychologist named Trayce Hansen, who attempted to portray marriage equality as somehow dangerous to children. word got to Dr. Thomas Marra, also a practicing clinical psychologist and author, who decided he couldn't let Hansen's diatribe sit out there unchallenged. [Link]

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