TV ad backing marriage equality not about Prop. 8

Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2008
"Of course, it has a viewpoint," Evan Wolfson said of the commercial. "But it is not a political viewpoint." [Ed. note: The ad started running in the fall of 2007, well before the state Supreme Court decision.] The ad, he said, "is untethered to any political moment, election year, political decision or vote. It is all about asking people how they would feel if they or their loved ones couldn't marry who they love." [Link]

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Only You Can Save Marriage

SFist
August 13, 2008
Check out Stop8.org -- Matt's working on a series of 30-second documentary videos, explaining who California's gay spouses are, why the freedom to marry is so important to us all, and what everyone stands to lose if Prop 8 (the anti-marriage Constitutional amendment) passes in November. [Link]

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Andrew Sullivan: My Big Fat Straight Wedding

The Atlantic
August 13, 2008
"Ours was not, we realized, a different institution, after all, and we were not different kinds of people. In the doing of it, it was the same as my sister’s wedding and we were the same as my sister and brother-in-law. The strange, bewildering emotions of the moment, the cake and reception, the distracted children and weeping mothers, the morning’s butterflies and the night’s drunkenness: this was not a gay marriage; it was a marriage." [Link]

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“Eight Things I Learned as a 40-Year-Old Intern,” including how Google affects news headlines about

Poynter Online
August 12, 2008
When couples of the same sex began applying for marriage licenses in California, headlines and text described this as "same-sex marriage," as per LAT style. But when it became obvious through Google Hot Trends that potential readers were searching "gay marriage" instead, editors decided to allow that term in headlines. That leads to a larger question: To what extent do journalists let Google guide what they do? [Link]

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What Is the Future of Suburbia? A Freakonomics Quorum

New York Times Blog
August 12, 2008
Gary J. Gates, a Senior Research Fellow at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, and co-author of The Gay and Lesbian Atlas, writes, "So back to the question at hand — my vision of suburbia circa 2050. Lesbian and gay families will be a much more visible community fixture. They’ll probably be married, own their homes, be raising a few kids, and will very likely not be white." [Link]

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Dennis Miller, Conservative, Supports Marriage Equality

Politico
August 10, 2008
Comedian-turned-pundit Dennis Miller calls his political beliefs "eclectic pragmatism": "... I’m for the war, but I’m also for gay marriage. I don’t care if two folks with the same genitalia want to get hitched, I just don’t want some a—hole from another country coming over here and blowing up their wedding to make a political statement." [Link]

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For Better or For Worse

Washington Post
August 6, 2008

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Gay-Baiting ‘08

AfterElton
August 5, 2008
Starting in 2000 the invocation of gay rights issues – and the biggest "threat" of all, marriage equality – has been the stuff not just of political humor but of political advertising and cable news punditry as well. Today, nearly every prominent political news analyst, left, right, or center, seems to agree that gay-bashing as an overt political strategy is either dying or already dead. [Link]

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A librarian responds to censoring request

The Tin Man
August 1, 2008
Freedom to Marry ally The Tin Man found a great blog post by a librarian responding to a patron's request to take Uncle Bobby's Wedding off the shelves. Check out the lengthy discussion in the comments section as well. [Link]

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Miss Manners: Introduce your husband - as your husband

The Mercury News
July 20, 2008
Miss Manners advises, "By all means, employ the conventional terms and acknowledgments of marriage. The more you get used to doing this normally, rather than as propaganda, the more unremarkable it will seem to others." [Link]

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