Laughing matter: Joan Rivers visits San Diego for a ‘No on 8’ fund-raiser

Gay & Lesbian Times
September 11, 2008
When asked her thoughts on marriage, Joan Rivers responded, "It's wonderful. It really gives you someone who’s got your back. It really gives you something you don’t have when you just live with someone. It’s that great, final commitment, and it’s amazing – when it’s a good marriage. And when it’s a bad marriage, as I’ve always joked, I say, 'Why shouldn’t the gays be allowed to suffer the same as the straights?' There is nothing like saying, 'I commit to you.'" [Link]

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Ellen’s Big Gay Wedding

Newsweek
September 6, 2008
"I never thought I would have that experience of getting married. I didn't think I was missing anything. I just didn't think about it. But to see her for the first time and to cut a wedding cake, that was surreal for me and I got to experience that with our families around us. I didn't realize how special it was until I did it." [Link]

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Newsom speaks at ‘Milk’ movie preview, predicts Obama & McCain will regret lack of support for marri

San Francisco Sentinel
September 4, 2008
The Milk previvew trailer was released Tuesday, with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom predicting both Barack Obama and John McCain will be permanently damaged by their lack of support for marriage equality. “This is going to permanently damage any politician in their future,” Newsom told the Sentinel. “I believe you don’t run the 90-yeard dash on equality. I believe in the principle of Brown v. Board of Education." [Link]

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Hollywood celebrities support the freedom to marry in ad campaign

PageOneQ
September 4, 2008
"When I got married," Tyne Daly recalls of her marriage to African-American actor Georg Stanford Brown, "my marriage was illegal in seven states in this country...Government can't dictate hearts and minds. But it can decide law, and when laws [change], other things change." [Link]

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Jay Bakker and Religious Straight Americans Speak Up for Gay and Transgender Neighbors

PR Web
August 27, 2008
Jay Bakker is the son of Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner. His non-traditional approach to ministry achieved national attention in the Sundance Channel documentary One Punk Under God, which documented his journey to become a gay-affirming Christian. Like Bakker, Michelle Garland has been on a journey to support gay and transgender friends. "I was determined to do what I knew in my heart was right. I believe we are all G-d's children and to deny love to a fellow human is to reject the spark of G-dliness that is in each of us," says Garland, who is now organizing a Seven Straight Nights event in Ames, Iowa, for the second year in a row. [Link]

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JOSSIP: CNN & Conservative Zealots Agree

Jossip
August 21, 2008
"Congratulations, CNN! Thanks to your contention that gay marriage isn't real marriage — even though California agreed it is — you've slung yourself into the same category as the right-wing American Family News Network." [Link]

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Joan Garry: It’s Different When It Isn’t Different At All

The Huffington Post
August 19, 2008
The word "marriage" tells us -- and the rest of the world -- that when it comes to finding the love of our lives, we are all the same. And I guess we all know why that presents such a huge threat to those who do not stand with us. And why the battle in California is so fierce. And so critically important. And why this presidential election matters so very much to us. [Link]

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BLOG: Abortion, Sexuality Education, Marriage Equality—We are Winning Rights

Sexuality and Religion: What's the Connection?
August 18, 2008
Debra Haffner writes, "There are of course tons of rights still to secure, but there is no question that we are moving towards justice. Call me naive, but I'm ready to celebrate along with the Degeneris-DeRossi's." [Link]

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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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