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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Episcopal Bishops Take Momentous Step in Support of Marriage Equality

The New York Times
July 15, 2009
The bishops of the Episcopal Church agreed Wednesday to support Bishops blessing marriages of same-sex couples, particularly in states that honor such marriages. Over two days of debate, some bishops said they felt compelled to act because of their pastoral responsibility to gay couples who were increasingly coming forward to ask the church to bless their unions. Many also said they saw it as a simple matter of granting equal rights to gay men and lesbians. [Link]

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Voice For Equality: Jordan Roth

Jordan Roth is Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns and operates five Broadway theaters and is the producer of the hit revival of "Hair."

In addition to his work on the Freedom to Marry Steering Committee , Jordan serves on the boards of GMHC and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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Marriage in Vermont: Three Progressive Lessons

Huffington Post
April 20, 2009

The Yale Law Journal's Aaron Zelinsky discusses the Vermont Legislature voting to extend marriage to gay couples in the context of federalism, saying, "Federalism should play a critical role in progressive strategy." [Link]

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Senator Schumer Comes Out For Marriage Equality

Daily News
March 23, 2009

At a private risotto dinner last night with gay leaders and elected officials at Gramercy Tavern last night, Sen. Chuck Schumer reversed himself on the issue of marriage for gay couples, saying he not only now supports it but also backs a full reversal of the Defense of Marriage Act. (Link)

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Voice for Equality: Ron Dellums

Ron Dellums has served as mayor of Oakland, California since 2007. He was previously a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the House Committee on the District of Columbia and the House Armed Services Committee.

On June 16, 2008, Dellums officiated in the City Council chambers at Oakland's first weddings of same-sex couples. He said, "[Marriage] is a fundamental right to which all people are entitled and I am proud that I can officiate the eternal unions of these Oakland couples."

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Marriages, Hoses, and Dogs: California Will Defeat Anti Marriage Equality Ballot Measure in November

California Progress Report
June 22, 2008
Bob Mulholland predicts the anti-marriage initiative in California will be defeated this November because people across the country have reanalyzed their views on marriage equality after 2004 and equality in Massachusetts, which has led to continually increasing public opinion for the freedom to marry. (Link)

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PRESS RELEASE: Religious, civil rights, and child advocacy groups support same-sex couples in legal

ACLU
September 26, 2007
"We are not treating all Californians equally if some can marry and others cannot," said Alice Huffman, President of the California Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. "The law should protect all people equally, and all Californians should have the choice to marry," she said. "I am honored to join other civil rights leaders in calling on our state to end its ban on marriage for lesbian and gay couples." [Link]

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BLOG: Levers and fulcrum points: The death penalty and marriage equality

Daily Kos
September 4, 2007
"Whatever our national candidates do or don't do, we progressives need to take an integrated approach to social justice. We need to be unafraid and unashamed of our political views (and hash them out and debate them here if we must.) If our politicians cannot see this, that should not prevent us from nurturing a new political movement and investing in fresh leaders who do." [Link]

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The story behind ‘Think Equal’

Blue Jersey
December 11, 2006
After the elections, I had been thinking about the NJ Supreme Court's decision on same-sex couples, and wanted to do something for equality. I wasn't quite sure what I — a straight political junkie kid — had to offer... One of the things we felt we could address is how the netroots talks about marriage. Often, we ignore the substance of the issue to discuss the politics — how the right uses it as a distraction, how silly their attacks are, and what's the best way for candidates to approach the issue. In doing so, it makes us think marriage is being discussed, but it's really not. [Link]

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