Obama’s wife says he’ll fight for gay equality

Associated Press
June 28, 2008
Barack Obama will fight for equal rights for gays just as he fought to help working-class families overcome poverty, the Democratic presidential hopeful's wife told a gay Democratic group Thursday. (Link)

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Obama rejects proposed California marriage ban

Sacramento Bee
July 1, 2008
In a letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, the Illinois senator said he supports extending fully equal rights and benefits to same-sex couples under both state and federal law. "And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states." [Link]

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Powerful Marriage Opponent Bruno Won’t Seek Re-Election To NYS Senate

365Gay.com
June 24, 2008
The top Republican in New York State and its most vocal opponent of LGBT civil rights, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, has confirmed he will not seek re-election. (Link)

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I Don’t (But I Might Soon)

AFF Doublethink Online
June 24, 2008
Dorian Davis writes that, "it seems clear that the long-term fate of the issue is already settled. The question that remains, then, is how long it will take the Republican party to notice." [Link]

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Rothman sees a rainbow

The Bergen Record
June 20, 2008
Alfred Doblin profiles New Jersey Congressman Steve Rothman's move to support marriage equality noting, "Rothman is embracing a brave, new lavender world because like any parent, he wants his children to live happy, productive lives." (Link)

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With little fanfare, Paterson changes marriage debate

Times Union
June 20, 2008
NY Gov. Paterson's announcement to honor out of state marriages with no gay exception, simply upholding longstanding state law, was done with little fanfare and has resulted with little outspoken opposition in Albany. (Link)

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From Marriage Equality’s Ground Zero

Time Magazine
June 17, 2008
Same-sex couples began marrying late Monday night in courthouse ceremonies across California, putting triumphantly happy human faces on a debate that is nevertheless far from over. (Link)

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During a Historic Day, Mayor Newsom Reflects

The Advocate
June 17, 2008
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom reflects on the importance of marriage equality as same-sex couples begin to receive marriage licenses in California. (Link)

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The Libertarian Argument for Marriage Equality

The Atlantic
May 28, 2008
The ideal libertarian solution would be to have the government get out of the 'marriage' business altogether; to have government enforce civil contracts, and to have religions perform their religious ceremonies, if and how they choose to do so. (Link)

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Marriage Equality’s Declining Wedge Value

Gay City News
May 22, 2008
The right obviously believes that their views on marriage equality helps Republicans, drawing out McCain-friendly voters in key states. But the trend seems to be turning against the GOP preachers. (Link)

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