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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California gays ditch wedding gifts for donations

Reuters
July 14, 2008
Actor George Takei, best known for playing Mr. Sulu on the TV series "Star Trek," and his partner, Brad Altman, are among the couples promoting the idea. "Brad and I have been together for 21 years so we have our toasters and mixers. What are we going to do with more things?" said Takei, 71, who plans to marry Altman in September in Los Angeles. [Link]

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Mass. marriage equality advocates, opponents, lend a hand in Cali

Bay Windows
June 26, 2008
With California voters poised to decide the future of marriage equality in their state, advocates on both sides of the issue in Massachusetts are providing limited assistance to their allies in that state. [Link]

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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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