New marriage battle ahead for MD

The Gazette
January 25, 2008
"This is the first time in recent history that the legislation has been introduced since the [appeals court] case. Now it’s time for the legislature to take this on. Legislators will have to go on the record with their positions and those opposing will have to say why they want to continue denying these rights," said Carrie Evans, director of policy and planning for Equality Maryland. "A month ago we were thinking we would be lucky to have 25 co-sponsors. On Friday we have 49 sponsors so we've exceeded expectations there. Do we have the votes on the floor today? No we don't, but we have a lot of people who support this bill and we will continue throughout the session to send in our people and our families to talk to lawmakers." [Link]

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Gay-rights activists enlist non-gay allies in struggle

Contra Costa Times
October 14, 2007
"The overall movement for LGBT equality is maturing, and the next step in that maturation as a movement is to compel our straight allies — friends, neighbors, co-workers, family members — not to just be supportive of us in private, but to publicly stand with us," said GLAAD President Neil Giuliano. [link]

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CA Gov. vetoes bill granting same-sex couples the ability to marry

Equality California
October 12, 2007
Same-sex couples in California continue to be denied the dignity, benefits and responsibilities of marriage with the governor's veto today of legislation that would have given all committed couples the option to marry. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday vetoed the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act (AB 43), authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by Equality California. [Link]

Download the Governor's veto message (pdf).

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OPINION: Continuing the fight

Washington Blade
September 28, 2007
Dan Furmansky, the Executive Director of Equality Maryland reflected on the disappointing decision in the Maryland marriage case: "Equality Maryland's staff and board members share your feelings of disbelief and shock. We are taking the time to be angry and sad, but rest assured, we are already moving ahead. As you have likely heard, we will be asking the Maryland General Assembly to pass the Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage Protection Act during the 2008 session." [Link]

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PRESS RELEASE: Religious, civil rights, and child advocacy groups support same-sex couples in legal

ACLU
September 26, 2007
"We are not treating all Californians equally if some can marry and others cannot," said Alice Huffman, President of the California Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "The law should protect all people equally, and all Californians should have the choice to marry," she said. "I am honored to join other civil rights leaders in calling on our state to end its ban on marriage for lesbian and gay couples." [Link]

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Non-gay Americans to “come out” for gay rights on October 7-13, 2007

PR Web
September 24, 2007
From Santa Rosa, California, to Montgomery, Alabama, to Augusta, Maine, overnight vigils will light up American cities over the course of seven nights, providing unprecedented visibility to heterosexual men and women with the conviction to stand up for their gay and lesbian friends and neighbors. These fair-minded straight folks are showing their elected officials that equality is not a secular issue, not a gay issue, not an urban elite issue, not an east coast or a west coast issue—it's an American issue This grassroots groundswell, dubbed Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights, was initiated by Soulforce and Atticus Circle, two Texas-based organizations with members across the nation. [Link]

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PRESS RELEASE: CA legislature again passes bill giving same-sex couples choice to marry

Equality California
September 7, 2007
For the second time in two years, the California Legislature has passed legislation that would grant same-sex couples the ability to marry. With a 22-15 vote, the Senate on September 7 approved AB 43, authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by Equality California. [link]

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Zogby Poll: New Jerseyans say change civil unions law to real marriage equality

Garden State Equality
August 16, 2007
As New Jersey marks the six-month anniversary of the civil unions law this Sunday, August 19, a new statewide Zogby Poll shows majorities of voters favoring changing the law to full marriage equality for same-sex couples. By 63% to 31%, New Jersey voters say they'd be fine with the state legislature upgrading civil unions to marriage equality. By 72% to 21%, New Jersey voters say state legislators would be in no electoral danger if they enacted marriage equality. By 61% to 29%, New Jersey voters say they expect the state to enact marriage equality within just a couple of years. [Link]

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BLOG: Soulforce’s Right to Marry campaign begins

Soulforce Blog
July 15, 2007
After picking students up from train stations in New York City, they traveled to Albany to begin training. The leadership of the initiative assembled a host of seminars that would prepare the students for meetings with NY politicians, community leaders, and constituents. [Link]

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Pride Agenda’s marriage ambassadors take the lead in NY

Gay City News
June 21, 2007
Edith Windsor keeps working the phones. But this spring, she and Spyer decided that Thea couldn't wait any longer. With the help of three of Spyer's home care attendants, the couple flew to Toronto on Memorial Day weekend. The judge who married them, Windsor told the Toronto Globe and Mail, said that "we had married for all the people who died before same-sex weddings were possible." [Link]

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