Fighting for the freedom to marry moves the middle

365Gay.com
October 31, 2006
The Republican says he is against marriage equality because "marriage is a 'sacred' relationship — like I had, before I got divorced." The Democrat believes that "if a couple decides to make a lifetime commitment to one another then they should be able to have the same rights and responsibilities." The independent candidate asserts, "Gay marriage, I don't think the country is ready for that right now. So I think it's good to take it one step at a time." All three candidates for governor favor civil union for same-sex couples. The state: Florida. The marriage discussion is moving the middle. [Link]

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Marriage foe defeated in Florida Republican gubernatorial primary

The Advocate
September 6, 2006
State CFO Tom Gallagher was soundly defeated in his race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination after positioning himself almost exactly the same as President Bush. Gallagher's abandonment of his previously more moderate stances on social issues for far-right positions — including opposing the freedom to marry and equal adoption rights for lesbian and gay couples — was seen as instrumental to his loss. [Link]

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Republicans hustle to oppose anti-gay union plan

Tucson Citizen
August 28, 2006
Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, Republican, and Democratic Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon have come out against the "Protect Family" amendment, as has Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Harris. Harris goes so far as to say the mayors have joined his opposition. [Link]

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Minnesota Democrats add gay support to platform

365Gay.com
June 12, 2006
"Minnesota's wing of the Democratic Party — the DFL — overwhelmingly voted to add a plank to the party platform opposing constitutional bans on same-sex marriage." [link]

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It’s all about relationships

Gay Peoples' Chronicle
May 26, 2006
"Republicans, Democrats, LGBT friends and foes alike told the citizen lobbyists that the most important thing to do to influence lawmakers is to develop relationships, and communicate often." [link]

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Idaho marriage amendment fails

365Gay.com
February 2, 2005
Eight Republican senators joined with six Democrats striking down the proposed anti-gay amendment to the State's constitution. This is the second consecutive year such a proposal has been defeated. [Link]

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Okay, we lost Ohio. The question is why?

Washington Post
December 5, 2004
The GOP put on a strong mobilization effort, but that's not what tipped the Ohio election. They did not turn Gore voters into Bush voters by offering a ride to the polls. Instead, it was skillful exploitation of public concern over terrorism by the Bush team -- coupled with Democrats' inability to draw clear, powerful contrasts on the economy and health care -- that pushed Bush over the finish line. [link]

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OPINION: The Anatomy of Myth

Washington Post
December 4, 2004
How did one exit poll answer become the story of how Bush won? The myth of the 'moral values' election has morphed from instant doctrine to gospel truth—pundit prognostications like this must be stopped in their tracks. [Link]

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Kerry explains support for Massachusetts and Missouri amendments

Washington Blade
September 24, 2004
"I was unbriefed and I thought it was the same amendment we had in Massachusetts... I just thought it was a simple prohibition...I just didn't know it went as far as it did and, obviously, I don't support it." [link]

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