Hugh Hefner, Gay Rights Pioneer and Marriage Equality Advocate

The Advocate
August 28, 2009
An upcoming documentary about Playboy founder Hugh Hefner reveals information about his earlier years, including his early advocacy for gay inclusiveness which continues today in his support for marriage equality. [Link]

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WWDD? - What Would Del Do?

The Bilerico Project
August 27, 2009
On yesterday's one-year observance of LGBT pioneer Del Martin's death, NCLR's Kate Kendell discusses the pioneering efforts of both Martin and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy to work towards LGBT equality, and how today's advocates can learn from their legacy. [Link]

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An Odd Silence from Opponents of Marriage Equality

The Chicago Tribune
August 20, 2009
Steve Chapman observes that conservative opponents of marriage equality become suddenly silent when asked to predict how social trends will change in states currently honoring the freedom to marry, while supporters have no qualms about weighing in. Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry, forthrightly asserts: "I don't think social indicators will get worse" in marriage equality states. [Link]

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City Council of Durham, North Carolina Unanimously Supports Marriage Equality

The Charlotte (NC) News & Observer
August 18, 2009
The City Council of Durham, North Carolina got a standing ovation Monday night when it unanimously passed, without discussion, a resolution supporting marriage for same-sex couples. The resolution has no effect on the law, but clearly states the city's stance on the issue. [Link]

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The Fierce Urgency of Maine

Change.org
August 15, 2009

Michael Jones writes, "This year will be remembered as the year of marriage equality, with four states enacting marriage equality already in 2009. But if conservative activists succeed in repealing Maine's freedom to marry law this November, 2009 could be remembered as the year that the momentum for marriage equality stalled. And we can't let that happen...If we win in Maine, it will have become the first time we have ever defended marriage equality at the ballot box. And the ripple effect of that in places like California could be huge." (Link)

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Why I interrupted Bill Clinton’s speech at Netroots Nation

Huffington Post
August 14, 2009

Lane Hudson writes, "He [Bill Clinton] made the strongest objection to DADT he has ever made to the best of my knowledge. He clearly called for the policy being changed. On DOMA, he spent much less time, but lamented its passage and doing a half-hearted kind of call for repeal, "I don't like the DOMA"." (Link)

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Voice for Equality: Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin is currently serving her fifth term as a U.S. representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd district, which includes her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. She attended Smith College and received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1986, while still in law school, Tammy began her foray into politics by serving on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, a position she held until 1994. Tammy subsequently served on the Madison, Wisconsin City Council and then the Wisconsin State Assembly, until assuming the office of U.S. Congresswoman in 1999. Congresswoman Baldwin has been a trailblazer on many fronts. She is the first woman to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress. Moreover, she was the first ever openly gay non-incumbent and first lesbian to be elected a U.S. Representative. She has been a strong voice for equality for gay Americans and serves on the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

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OP-ED: Larger world is likely to feel effects of Episcopal Church changes

The Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2009
Although the Episcopal Church is not one of the nation's largest Christian denominations, its commitment to advancing LGBT equality by allowing bishops to bless marriages of same-sex couples is likely to have a significant impact in the U.S. and around the world on believers and non-believers alike. [Link]

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John Cho

Korean-born actor John Cho is best known for playing Harold in "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" and for appearing in the movie, "American Pie". In October 2008, Cho partnered with George Takei (whose "Star Trek" role Cho was reprising in a film remake) to denounce California's Proposition 8 and to "create a world were all couples, including gay couples, could marry."

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Episcopal Bishops in New England and Iowa Expect Marriage Requests from Same-Sex Couples

Church Solutions
July 21, 2009
Since the Episcopal Church ruled Friday that bishops in states that honor the marriages of same-sex couples can “provide generous pastoral response’’ to those couples, bishops are preparing for a wave of requests for marriages in Episcopal churches. [Link]

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