Lawmakers See Progress Toward Marriage Equality

New York Sun
September 5, 2008
City lawmakers raised their voices in support of marriage equality, joining hundreds of New Yorkers yesterday in a march across the Brooklyn Bridge to boost awareness about the issue. The marchers wore stickers bearing an equal sign, and the crowd cheered as lawmakers talked up the prospect of the freedom to marry in New York State. Speakers at the event included Comptroller William Thompson Jr., Manhattan's president, Scott Stringer, and City Council speaker Christine Quinn. [Link]

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Wedding announcement

Bay Area Reporter
September 11, 2008
Marriage Equality USA's Molly McKay and Davina Kotulski were married by Assemblyman Mark Leno on their twelfth anniversary before a gathering of family and friends on September 1, 2008. Mazel Tov! [Link]

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Jay Bakker and Religious Straight Americans Speak Up for Gay and Transgender Neighbors

PR Web
August 27, 2008
Jay Bakker is the son of Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner. His non-traditional approach to ministry achieved national attention in the Sundance Channel documentary One Punk Under God, which documented his journey to become a gay-affirming Christian. Like Bakker, Michelle Garland has been on a journey to support gay and transgender friends. "I was determined to do what I knew in my heart was right. I believe we are all G-d's children and to deny love to a fellow human is to reject the spark of G-dliness that is in each of us," says Garland, who is now organizing a Seven Straight Nights event in Ames, Iowa, for the second year in a row. [Link]

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Shannon Minter And Mara Keisling On Gender Identity Platform Language And Marriage Equality

Pam's House Blend
August 26, 2008
Shannon Minter, of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), talks about what it's like to be a female-to-male transgender man working on LGBT issues (he was the NCLR's key attorney who argued the freedom to marry case before the California Supreme Court, from which Californians won the freedom to marry). [Link]

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Iowa’s Married Same-Sex Couple Celebrates First Year of Marriage on the Anniversary of Lambda Lega

Lambda Legal
August 25, 2008
August 31 will mark the one year anniversary of the first marriage of a same-sex couple in Iowa after Lambda Legal's victory in which a district court ruled that barring same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional. [Link]

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HRC Guide Advises Employers on Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Out In America
August 19, 2008
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released a guide advising employers on how to address marriage for same-sex couples in their spousal and partner benefits packages. Among the topics covered in "Marriage for Same-Sex Couples: Considerations for Employers" are taxation of health benefits, complications due to varied degrees of legal recognition of same-sex couples, and the impact of marriage equality in California and Massachusetts. [Link]

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Poll shows Jerseyans like Corzine, ready for marriage equality

The Star-Ledger
August 19, 2008
When asked whether New Jersey should follow California and Massachusetts in allowing same-sex couples to get married, 50.1 percent said yes while 42.3 percent said no. "No one should doubt the meaning of these numbers," Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, said. "New Jersey wants to end discrimination in marriage and is ready for our public officials to do it right now."[Link]

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ZOGBY POLL:  NEW JERSEY WANTS TO DUMP CIVIL UNIONS

Garden State Equality
August 19, 2008
By 59 to 36 percent, New Jerseyans would be fine with public officials’ changing the civil union law to marriage equality. Indeed, when the poll goes out of its way to remind voters that New Jersey already has a civil union law, a majority of New Jersey still supports marriage for same-sex couples – 50.1 to 42.3 percent. And an astounding 69 percent of New Jerseyans say marriage equality is inevitable in the state. [Link]

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Marriage Equality USA Responds to Presidential Candidates’ Statements at Evangelical Forum

YubaNet
August 18, 2008
Molly McKay, Marriage Equality USA Media Director, writes, "Being a 'Christian' does not mean you cannot support marriage equality. There are many Christian denominations and leaders who marry same-sex couples in their churches and even more who support civil marriage and equal treatment under the law regardless of their own personal religious beliefs."[Link]

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GLAAD’s Announcing Equality Campaign Marks Six-Year Anniversary With Record 1,049 Inclusive Papers

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
August 18, 2008
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today announced that 1,049 daily U.S. newspapers now accept wedding announcements from gay and lesbian couples – a more than fifteen-fold increase since August 18, 2002, when The New York Times opened its Weddings/Celebrations pages to gay and lesbian couples following conversations with GLAAD leadership. (Link)

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