PODCAST: WI State Senator Mark Miller on civil rights and marriage

Forward Forum
July 29, 2006
Excerpts from an interview by John Quinlan on the public affairs radio program, Forward Forum, which aired on July 29, 2006 on WXXM, The Mic, 92.1 (www.themic921.com) in Madison, WI. State Senator Miller reflects on the parallels between laws that had historically prohibited interracial marriage and current prohibitions against marriage for same sex couples. He draws on his own experiences in the late 1960s, early in his marriage to Jo Oyama-Miller, his Japanese-American wife, when the young couple lived lived in Alabama—a state where it was still technically illegal for them to be married. The 13 minute clip also includes excerpts from a speech that then State Rep. delivered on the floor of the WI State Assembly March 4, 2004.
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A very personal issue

CNN
June 6, 2006
The fight for marriage equality is close to home for Joan and Nancy VanReese, partners for 18 years, who share a home in the Nashville suburbs. [link]

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Gay acceptance growing deep in Dixie

365Gay.com
May 19, 2006
"What Americans see increasingly is there's no negative impact on their own lives to have gays and lesbians living out in the open," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. "They go from an abstract idea to a real person with a real name and a real story. That makes all the difference." [Link]

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DuPage couple turned away on V-Day

Windy City Times
February 22, 2006
"With the whole staff eavesdropping—and not so subtly—we explained about the rights we are denied and that this is a matter of civil rights. We also told them about Freedom to Marry week, which they were unaware of." McMillan and Szalkowski were more than civil; they were downright personable. "We [ even ] brought the office a box of candy, which was well-received," they stated. [Link]

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LETTER: Parent supports marriage equality

Freedom to Marry
October 10, 2005
In a brief email, Caroline Mallory responds to the radio segment on AM 580, WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL with Evan Wolfson. She expresses her frustration with the inequities her gay son faces and will continue to face without true equality under the law, as well as her hope behind the marriage equality movement. [Link]

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Conservative Family Opens Their Door to Same-Sex Family, Victims of Katrina

Time Magazine
September 19, 2005
Conservative Forrest King was told by the American Red Cross and FEMA that the best way to help Hurricane Katrina victims is to donate money rather than opening one's doors to possible murderers, smokers, etc. Nonetheless, after witnessing the suffering of victims, his family has decided to welcome into their home the Meehan-Hoo family, a lesbian couple with three children, ages 5, 7 and 9. "The adults are same-sex, and I don't care," he says. "They're Americans first." [Link]

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Colorado’s gay families: we’re not second-class citizens

Vail Daily
May 16, 2005
Two local couples invite a reporter into their homes and daily lives to show Colorado residents the hardships gay couples must face because they are denied the fundamental right to marriage. Both families hope for more compassionate Colorado. [Link]

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OPINION: Reject my mother’s bigotry

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 29, 2004
"I am the daughter of Sadie Fields, president of the Christian Coalition of Georgia... I am writing to encourage you not to follow my mother's lead." [Link]

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