Marc Shaiman on ‘Prop 8 — The Musical’

New York Times
December 4, 2008
The musical itself is the brainchild of Marc Shaiman, the composer of the film and stage musical “Hairspray,” as well as some of the filthier songs in “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.” Assembled in a week, it’s also the result of a process that began when Mr. Shaiman learned that Scott Eckern, the musical director of Sacramento’s California Musical Theater, had donated money to a Yes-on-Prop 8 campaign. The proposition has already passed, and Mr. Eckern has since resigned, so what has Mr. Shaiman gained from this video? He discusses the creation of “Prop 8­–The Musical” in a Q&A. [Link]

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Analysis: Dr. Phil on Marriage Debate

glaadBLOG
November 21, 2008
In what is believed to be the first national talk show to devote its full hour to California’s battle for marriage equality, Dr. Phil offered up a sweeps month episode that claimed to examine both sides. Sitting on the panel were San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, HRC president Joe Solmonese, and attorney Gloria Allred debating anti-gay Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church, Maggie Gallagher of National Organization for Marriage, and Jeff Flint from the Yes on 8 campaign. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Sentiments Shift

Hartford Courant
November 20, 2008
The Hartford Courant editorial board says that public sentiment is shifting in favor of LGBT equality, referring to gay visibility in popular culture, companies' diversity policies, anti-discrimination laws, and recent polling showing support for marriage in Conn. and the repeal of DADT. [Link]

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Slash Speaks Out On Freedom to Marry

UltimateGuitar.com
November 18, 2008
Velvet Revolver and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash released a video with his wife, Perla Hudson, showing their support of marriage equality. The video features Slash playing "The Star Spangled Banner" while Perla tells viewers, "I married my sweetheart. You should be able to marry yours too. Say ‘No’ to hate and ‘Yes’ to equal rights. Keep up the fight!" [Link]
Read more from non-gay allies.

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Judge Judy Speaks Out About Prop. 8 on Larry King Live

CNN
November 11, 2008


Larry King talks with Judge Judy about her thoughts on the election, the passage of Proposition 8 in California, and the passage of Act 1 in Arkansas. [Link to CNN]

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Special Comment: The Passage of Prop 8

MSNBC's The News Hole
November 10, 2008


Keith Olbermann said, "You are asked now to stand, on a question of...love. All you need do is stand, and let the tiny ember of love meet its own fate. You don't have to help it, you don't have it applaud it, you don't have to fight for it. Just don't put it out. Just don't extinguish it. Because while it may at first look like that love is between two people you don't know and you don't understand and maybe you don't even want to know...It is, in fact, the ember of your love, for your fellow **person..." [Link]

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A Worthwhile Cause

PerezHilton.com
November 6, 2008
Perez Hilton points to Freedom to Marry's website and says, "read up on and donate to a very worthwhile cause." (Link)

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Magic Johnson Urges Voters to Vote NO on Proposition 8 Joins Steve Young Family in Calling for Defea

MarketWatch
November 1, 2008
The point guard recorded the following message that will be going out to voters in the golden state: "This is Magic Johnson calling to ask you to join me and Barack Obama in opposing Proposition 8. Prop 8 singles out one group of Californians to be treated differently - including members of our family, our friends, and our coworkers. That is not what California is about. So this Tuesday, vote no on Proposition 8. It is unfair and wrong. Thanks." [Link]

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Silicon Valley leaders back No on Proposition 8 campaign

Salon.com
October 31, 2008
A couple of big Silicon Valley companies have come out against the measure, including Google and, most recently, Apple. But in a big print ad in the San Jose Mercury News today, a bunch of tech leaders are putting their name to opposing this proposition. These include David Filo (founder of Yahoo), Chuck Geschke (founder of Adobe Systems), John Morgridge (former CEO of Cisco), Jack Dorsey (chairman of Twitter), Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook), Michael Moritz (Sequoia Capital) and many others. [Link]

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Keep Your Laws Off My Family

The Daily Beast
October 29, 2008
As Proposition 8 in California threatens same sex marriage rights, musician Melissa Etheridge looks back on her own struggle to adopt her children with her now wife Tammy. [Link]

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