Obama Administration: DOMA Unfair

The Associated Press
August 17, 2009
The Obama administration filed court papers Monday claiming the so-called federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) discriminates against gays, even as government lawyers continue to defend the law. "The administration believes the Defense of Marriage Act is discriminatory and should be repealed," said Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler, because it prevents equal rights and benefits. [Link]

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Gay Rights Leader Doubts Obama’s Anti-Marriage Equality Stance

US News & World Report
August 11, 2009

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese has doubts about the president's stated opposition to the freedom to marry. (Link)

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Summer of 2009 an active one for Marriage Equality

The Detroit News
August 5, 2009
Deb Price reviews the summer of 2009, during which Massachusetts has brought "a gem of a lawsuit" against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, former President Clinton has carefully endorsed marriage equality (Evan Wolfson: "President Clinton is Exhibit A in the power of talking with people about our lives - and not writing them off. It shows people can and do move."), President Obama has urged the repeal of DOMA, and much more. [Link]

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OP-ED: Obama Said ‘I Don’t.’ He May Just Mean It.

The Washington Post
August 2, 2009
James Kirchick writes about how some people seem to not accept that President Obama does not support full marriage equality: "People cannot conceive that such a cosmopolitan and eloquent man as Obama would disagree with them on an issue that they consider a no-brainer." [Link]

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New York State Independence Party Backs Pro-Marriage Equality Republican

The Atlantic
July 27, 2009
In the special election to replace New York State Representative John McHugh (R-N.Y.), the centrist New York Independence Party announced Friday that it was endorsing state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee, who has voted twice for marriage equality and been handily re-elected. [Link]

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NAACP Centennial Convention Seen as Possible Turning Point in LGBT Support

The Detroit News
July 22, 2009
At the recent centennial celebration of the NAACP's founding and courageous achievements, President Barack Obama challenged the nation's oldest civil rights group to throw itself in the coming 100 years into eradicating the "prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination" that still mar America. "The pain of discrimination is still felt in America...by our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights." [Link]

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If we don’t tell our friends, family and coworkers what it’s like to be LGBT in America, how are the

Pride Source
July 16, 2009
Here's the point: People who should be our greatest supporters - straight progressives and liberal politicians - are sometimes our biggest roadblocks. The problem is their ignorance of the discrimination and obstacles that LGBT people know too well. We have to open our mouths and tell the truth about our lives. [Link]

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VIDEO: Obama to NAACP: Anti-Gay Discrimination Has No Place in America

Towleroad
July 16, 2009
Make no mistake: the pain of discrimination is still felt in America... By our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights. On the 45th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination must not stand. Not on account of color or gender; how you worship or who you love. Prejudice has no place in the United States of America.



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Massachusetts Sues Federal Government Over Definition of Marriage

The Associated Press
July 8, 2009
Massachusetts, the first state to legalize marriage equality, sued the U.S. government Wednesday over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The federal Defense of Marriage Act interferes with the right of Massachusetts to define and regulate marriage as it sees fit, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said. [Link]

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Obama needs to move on gay rights

The Daily Nebraskan
July 7, 2009
A New York Times/CBS News poll recently showed that 57 percent of people younger than 40 support marriage equality, compared to only 31 percent of the 40-plus crowd. A whopping 75 percent of all age groups support the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the ban on homosexuals in the armed forces. Six states have already legalized the freedom to marry. It’s time for the federal government to do the same. [Link]

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