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

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

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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Out of the Mouths of “Activist” Judges…

Huffington Post
May 15, 2008

Joan Garry points out the conservative reputation of the CA Supreme Court, and says, "We are reminded that when we make a strong case (thank you to NLCR, Lambda Legal and the ACLU) in front of fair minded judges, judges who are doing their jobs, judges who, regardless of who appointed them, evaluate cases with integrity , we win." (Link)

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BLOG: Victory in California

The Bilerco Project
May 16, 2008

Toni Broaddus discusses how the CA decision is historical and personal, how it influences the entire nation, and how we need to fight to defend marriage in CA given the pending discriminatory initiative which could be on the ballot in November 2008. (Link)

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Lambda Legal’s Safety Scale: Respect for Same-Sex Couples’ Relationships

Lambda Legal
April 2008

Thinking about traveling or moving to another state but wondering if they respect same-sex couples’ relationships? Check this scale to see where each state falls. (pdf Link)

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Legislative committees hear testimony on marriage bills

Providence Journal
May 8, 2008

For the 10th year running, the executive director of Marriage Equality RI, Jenn Steinfeld, testified in support of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (Link)

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Press Release: Equality for All Campaign Predicts Failure of Initiative Banning Marriage for Gay and

Equality California
April 25, 2008

The Equality For All campaign pledged that an anti-marriage initiative will be defeated if it does qualify for the ballot in California. (Link)

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OPINION: Amendment Two Erodes Rights, Protects No One

Daytona Beach News-Journal
April 23, 2008
George Griffin, president of the Volusia, FL chapter of the ACLU, writes about the anti-marriage amendment: “This is a mean-spirited amendment that will adversely affect gay, straight and retired couples.” [Link]

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