Conn. Marriage Equality Candidates Score Important Victories

New England Blade
August 14, 2008
Six pro-marriage equality candidates in Connecticut scored important victories in Tuesday’s party primary elections, making clear, said Anne Stanback, executive director of Love Makes a Family and chair of the Love Makes a Family Political Action Committee, that voters in Connecticut support the idea of equality. “Quite simply, candidates who support marriage equality win in Connecticut elections,” said Stanback. “The symbolism of these races could not be more powerful. This confirms what we know — voters throughout the state will stand behind candidates who support marriage equality.” [Link]

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Minter: Calif. ruling changed more than marriage law

Pride Source
August 14, 2008
In an Aug. 2 interview with Los Angeles journalist Karen Ocamb, Minter said: "The fundamental-right-to-marry part of the holding was extremely significant, but the court's holding that sexual orientation is a suspect classification was stunning -- completely unprecedented... We are now living in a different legal world because of what the court did." [Link]

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ACLU: We Have Options

ACLU Blog
August 8, 2008
While lesbian and gay couples shouldn’t feel shy about planning weddings in California and Massachusetts where they can celebrate their commitments to each other in front of friends and family, there are some practical realities that couples should consider before picking up a marriage license. We’ve developed FAQs on getting married in California and Massachusetts that answer some of the questions couples are likely encounter. [Link]

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Straight Leaders Sought for Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights 2008

Soulforce
August 6, 2008
Atticus Circle and Soulforce are currently seeking straight people who are interested in organizing a Seven Straight Nights event in their communities. For more information, visit www.sevenstraightnights.org [Link]

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EQCA Raises Over $1.6 Million in 15 Minutes to Fight Antigay Ballot Initiative

The Bilerico Project
August 5, 2008
NCLR's Kate Kendell said, "I think there is every reason why we should defeat it. But no one can be cavalier. No one can be complacent. No one can be sanguine about it. It will take everything we have. People will have to write the biggest checks they've ever written, devote more volunteer hours than they ever have, have more difficult conversations than they've ever had for 90 days. For 90 days we have to give it everything." [Link]

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Gay couples use weddings to raise awareness

The Associated Press
August 5, 2008
Molly McKay plans to marry her partner on Sept. 1, and the two have decided to participate in one of the more popular anti-Proposition 8 wedding trends — replacing a traditional gift registry with a political version that accepts donations to the "No on 8" campaign in lieu of gifts. [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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GLAD Donors Raise $34K to Defend Calif. Marriage Equality

New England Blade
July 31, 2008
GLAD donor Scott Davenport put up a $15,000 challenge and urged other donors to step up to the plate. “It’s so important for us to defend marriage equality in California. When we protected the freedom to marry in Massachusetts, we did so with the help of folks from many other states – now it’s our turn to help in California,” he said. “And when we win there in November we will send an amazing message to states across New England and the rest of the country that it’s time for marriage equality for all.” [Link]

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Group uses erroneous threat of forced ceremonies in fundraising appeal

The Press-Enterprise
July 29, 2008
The letter says that same-sex couples have already threatened two pastors with lawsuits for refusing to marry them, although the author declined to identify the churches. "They're trying to scare people," NCLR's Shannon Minter said. "There's not a shred of truth in their assertion. It is so clearly established in law that clergy and religious organizations have absolute discretion on which marriages to perform and what is within their religious faith. That is one of the most solidly established principles in law." [Link]

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Big Labor Move For Marriage Equality

Gay City News
July 24, 2008
A resolution from the California Labor Federation said the group will "put forth energy and resources to educate and mobilize its members to vote against Proposition 8, and encourage its twenty-three member Central Labor Councils to do the same." [Link]

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