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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Campaign ramps up to defeat Prop 8

The Bay Area Reporter
July 24, 2008
Efforts are under way statewide to rally people around defeating Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage amendment, and the field director for the campaign said the time to get involved is now. [Link]

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LAPD Chief Bratton backs marriage equality with checkbook

Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2008
"The Constitution guarantees life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," LAPD Police Chief William J. Bratton said this week. "I see no reason why gays can't pursue happiness through marriage." He and his wife, former Court TV diva Rikki Kleiman have made a donation to Equality California as a wedding gift to friend and celebrity publicist Howard Bragman and his longtime partner, Chuck O'Donnell. [Link]

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URGENT: Help Us Demonstrate that Clergy Support Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing
July 22, 2008
Religious leadership can make the difference. That's why the Religious Institute is launching a renewed effort to invite clergy from across the country to sign the Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Marriage Equality TODAY. [Link]

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No! to marriage ban

Religious Right Watch
July 18, 2008
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has set up a special fund, "No On Proposition 8," to direct 100% of your contribution today to the fight against the anti-marriage ballot initiative in California. [Link]

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One Month Anniversary of Marriage in California

San Francisco Bay Times
July 17, 2008
Local communities have also expressed support for these weddings. In Santa Cruz, Dinah and Gail, together 26 years, got married and in response, their county clerk said, “When you talk to these couples who have been together decades, it just breaks my heart knowing they couldn’t do this before.” [Link]

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