Assembly’s Gay Rites Backers Reap Benefits

The New York Sun
August 7, 2008
"Many of them are a bunch of fossils from a bygone day," a Republican assemblyman of Dutchess County, Joel Miller, who also backed the bill, said of the Senate Republicans. "Constituents have changed. More of us represent a district in which there's a lot more people of diverse views." Said Mr. Miller: "That's why these donations come in. They want to send a message that you can be a Republican, you can vote for gay marriage, and you can be re-elected." [Link]

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BLOG: Obama Builds LGBT Family Expertise

Mombian
August 6, 2008
Blogger Dana Rudolph writes, "Senators Obama and McCain have very different views of LGBT families, as I mentioned Monday. Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Obama’s campaign about the expansion of his LGBT leadership team. It only adds to his status as the candidate committed to LGBT families." [Link]

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Legislators who stepped up

Boston Globe
August 3, 2008
The editorial staff writes following the repeal of the discriminatory 1913 law in the Massachusetts legislature, "The Globe would like to recognize the 119 House members who stood up for equal rights with their votes Tuesday." (Link)

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Patrick makes a difference for equality

Boston Globe
August 3, 2008
Columnist Joan Vennochi compares former MA Gov. Mitt Romney's support of the 1913 discrimnatory law with current MA Gov. Deval Patrick's support for equality and fairness, noting Patrick was simply, "standing up for simple human liberty." (Link)

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The Politics of Sanctity

The Gainesville Sun
July 26, 2008
"The Florida Marriage Amendment is less about protecting the sanctity of marriage than keeping Florida firmly in the 'R' column.... The thing is that this is a monster election year. And the 'ultra-conservative vote' isn't all that excited about the prospect of a John McCain presidency. And this makes Republicans in the legislature and Florida's congressional delegation very nervous indeed." [Link]

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McCain assailed for opposing adoptions by gays

Washington Post
July 15, 2008
Advocates for gay and lesbian parents are denouncing Sen. John McCain, an adoptive father himself, for opposing adoptions by gays, which prompted his presidential campaign to clarify Tuesday that he does not seek a federal ban on the practice. (Link)

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Arizona state senator slams opponents over anti-marriage vote

GayPolitics.com
July 15, 2008
Victory Fund's blog interviews Arizona State Senator Paula Aboud about the controversial actions taken by state senators in Arizona to push through a vote on an anti-marriage amendment ballot measure for the November 2008 ballot. (Link)

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Marriage equality gives Newsom an edge

Washington Times
July 7, 2008
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced last week the formation of an exploratory committee for a 2010 California gubernatorial run, and political strategists agree that his strong identification with marriage equality should help him in the Democratic primary. (Link)

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Arizona Governor: Anti-marriage referendum unnecessary

The Arizona Republic
July 3, 2008
Gov. Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she opposes amending the Arizona Constitution to exclude same-sex couples from marriage and called a fall referendum on the issue unnecessary. (Link)

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Obama’s Marriage Cowardice, Ctd.

The Daily Dish
July 1, 2008
Andrew Sullivan analyzes Obama's position on marriage equality. (Link)

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