COLUMNIST: Cross-border skirmishes

Bay Windows
June 19, 2008
"It is precisely because the fight for marriage equality is so important that we should wage it smartly and responsibly, which means working together. Let’s stop demanding shortcuts and cooperate in the slow and steady work of making real and lasting change." [Link]

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Battle in the equality corral

Times-Standard
June 12, 2008
If you are on the corral fence, watching this battle, it is time to do the right thing. Talk to your friends and relatives, with the people you work or go to church with. Write letters to the papers. Link]

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Gay Newlyweds Advised Not to Sue

San Francisco Chronicle
June 11, 2008
LGBT advocacy groups released a memo that says that gay couples who marry in Calif. should get support from their local community, but refrain from filing lawsuits which could be harmful for marriage for gay couples. [Link]

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Washington’s domestic partners get more rights this week

Seattle Times
June 9, 2008
"It's an exciting step forward," said Josh Friedes, advocacy director of the gay-rights group Equal Rights Washington. "This new law provides a significant basket of new rights, nevertheless, the safety net for our families remain inadequate." [Link]

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Attorneys: CA’s landmark decision

The Desert Sun
June 10, 2008

Shannon Minter, the legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Geoff Kors, Equality California executive director, sat down with The Desert Sun recently to discuss the landmark decision. [Link]

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LGBT Organizations Urge Couples Marrying in California to “Make Change, Not Lawsuits”






PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: June 10, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT:
Evan Wolfson, Executive Director
212-851-8418
evan@freedomtomarry.org
Mobile: 646-263-5552

NEW YORK - Four LGBT legal organizations and five other leading national LGBT groups have issued a statement entitled “Make Change, Not Lawsuits.” The statement explains that while couples who go to California to marry should ask friends, neighbors and institutions to honor their marriages, they generally shouldn’t sue. The statement says that ill-timed lawsuits are likely to set the fight for marriage back, and that there are other ways to fight which are more likely to win.


Access the advisory online at: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pdfs/ca_joint_advisory.pdf

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Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Launched in 2003, Freedom to Marry is headed by Evan Wolfson, nationally recognized as a central "architect of the marriage equality movement." Freedom to Marry guides and focuses this social justice movement on a nationwide level, serving as a strategy and support center for national, state, and local partners, a catalyst that drives and shapes the national debate on marriage equality, and an alliance-builder fostering support from non-gay allies.

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First Monday: The Moment Has Arrived — The Fight For Fundamental Freedom In California

Firedoglake
June 2, 2008
Seth Kilbourn discusses Equality for All, the campaign to stop the anti-marriage initiative in CA and protect the freedom to marry: “The battle is on…We can win this campaign if we all dig deep and contribute what we can, whether we live in California or not. This has to be a national effort. As we have demonstrated time and time again in California: working together we can ensure fundamental freedom, fairness, and equality for all.” [Link]

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Texas same-sex couples heading to California to wed

Dallas Morning News
June 1, 2008
Dr. Love, a former Dallas pastor who now heads Metropolitan Community Churches in Abilene, discusses the importance of California honoring the freedom to marry: "It's just really important to us to have that moment, that acknowledgment and that piece of paper all our straight friends have." [Link]

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HRC Pledges $500,000 to Protect Marriage Equality in California

Advocate
May 22, 2008

The Human Rights Campaign has pledged $500,000 to Equality for All to protect the California court ruling that upheld the freedom to marry from being overturned by an anti-gay constitutional amendment in November. (Link)

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SLDN Urges Caution to Service Members Seeking Marriage

Servicememebers Legal Defense Network
May 21, 2008
“Before my husband and I decided marry in Massachusetts, I had to sit down and ask myself which is more important, love and marriage or my career in the U.S. Army,” said retired Army Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Schmalz. “... [It's] a choice that no American patriot should ever have to make.” (Link)

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