The Best Interest of Children: Babets v. Johnston

Mombian.com
October 27, 2008
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the New England LGBT legal organization, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a series of podcasts on their landmark cases. The case for October tells the story of Don Babets and David Jean, a gay couple who began fostering two brothers in 1985 through the state’s foster care system. [Link]
Freedom to Marry has a podcast too.

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No on 8 needs $10 million; ‘Our lead is gone’

Bay Area Reporter
October 9, 2008
With the campaign to defeat anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 behind in money and in two recent polls, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors declared Tuesday, "We are going to lose this election if we don't raise the money we need to stay on the airwaves." [Link]
Read how to get involved.

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OP-ED: No on Proposition 8 is about a basic right

Monterey County Herald
October 9, 2008
A large number of denominations support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, but if Proposition 8 passes, clergy could no longer marry same-sex couples even when it is authorized by their churches. Government should not interfere with anyone's exercise of religion. Religious freedom is too valuable to be put to a vote. [Link]
Read more about California.

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Ellen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

glaadBLOG
October 1, 2008
In case you missed it, Ellen DeGeneres appeared on the September 29th broadcast of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Ellen talked with Leno about her recent wedding. (Longer excerpt than the last one we posted) [Link]

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Opponents erroneously charge NJ panel on same-sex unions is biased

The Star-Ledger
September 26, 2008
The news conference was directed at Steven Goldstein, who also chairs Garden State Equality. "Yes, I'm on the commission, but so is a representative of the Attorney General's Office, which opposed marriage equality in the courts," Goldstein said. "They tell half the story." [Link]

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Worried About Marriage in California

The Huffington Post
September 19, 2008
The ACLU's Matt Coles says recent polling data showing a small majority opposing Prop. 8 "doesn't tell us that we've completely convinced them," and that he is concerned numbers could shift once campaign ads by supporters of the amendment hit TV. [Link]

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Family Equality Council Launches Get Engaged: Vote No on 8

Family Equality Council Blog
September 17, 2008
Get Engaged: Vote No on 8 reflects Family Equality Council's recognition that families will be greatly affected by the passage of Prop. 8 and families want and need to be involved in efforts to defeat it. (Link)

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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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