Anti-Gay Prop. 8 Comes a Knocking

The Advocate
August 30, 2008
The race to win hearts, minds, and votes on Proposition 8 has both sides straining to pull ahead. The Yes on 8 campaign -- the conservative coalition that aims to deny marriage to same-sex couples -- has been deploying volunteers on the ground… to the tune of some 15,000 Mormons, Catholics, and evangelicals. (Link)

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The Presidential Candidates on the Freedom to Marry

With Labor Day behind us, the 2008 election campaign kicks into high gear. Alongside top-priority battles such as California's Proposition 8 (which would eliminate the fundamental right to marry for same-sex couples), the presidential campaign is commanding attention. Here is what the candidates themselves are saying:

Senator John McCain, Republican, opposes the freedom to marry and said "I don't believe in gay adoption." He supports the anti-marriage amendment in California.

Senator Barack Obama, Democrat, supports "equality" for gay couples and their families, but has not explicitly supported (and at times has said he does not favor) marriage equality itself, preferring mechanisms such as civil unions. He supports repeal of the federal anti-marriage law (so-called "DOMA"), and has underscored believing "that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples -- whether that means a domestic partnership, a civil union, or a civil marriage."

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CA: More Jewish groups support marriage equality

The Jewish Daily Forward
August 28, 2008
Jewish groups that have come out against Proposition 8 so far outnumber the two Orthodox groups that support it, the O.U. and Agudath Israel of California, an ultra-Orthodox group. In recent weeks, the American Jewish Committee joined such groups as the Anti-Defamation League, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Progressive Jewish Alliance in their opposition to the ballot initiative. [Link]

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‘Gay marriage mayor’ Newsom remembers Del Martin at DNCC caucus

PageOneQ
August 27, 2008
"You can't separate an institution by making it a lower institution," Newsom added, speaking on Proposition 8, which would outlaw same-sex marriages constitutionally. No one proposed civil unions for interracial couples in 1967, despite 70% of the public being against interracial marriage, he noted. "How dare they have the audacity to say that today," he said of marriage rights opponents. "Really, what's at stake is [Martin's] legacy and her life." [Link]

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Poll finds discriminatory marriage ban lacking support

San Jose Mercury News
August 27, 2008
A new Public Policy Institute of California poll finds that 54% of likely voters oppose Prop 8, while 40% support the anti-gay measure. However, voters are evenly split, 47%-47%, on whether they support marriage for gay couples. [Link]

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California churches plan a big push against marriage equality

Los Angeles Times
August 24, 2008
Anti-gay organizers hope to get 1 million Catholics, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, evangelical Christians, Sikhs and Hindus to post lawn signs supporting the discriminatory Prop. 8 in unison next month. (Link)

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Marriage foes mobilize for anti-gay ban in California

Associated Press
August 24, 2008
With less than 11 weeks until Election Day, supporters of discriminatory Proposition 8 are ramping up their field organization and refining their message as they seek to persuade California voters to shut the door on the freedom to marry and fairness for all families. (Link)

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Knights of Columbus tip the balance with big anti-gay donation

Los Angeles Times L.A. Now
August 20, 2008
It's official -- opponents of marriage equality have raised more cash in support of Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative, than gay marriage supporters, who have vowed to defeat the Nov. 4 ballot measure. [Link]

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Knights Of Columbus Give $1M To Prop 8

Joe. My. God.
August 19, 2008
The Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization, has donated $1M to Protect Marriage, the group behind California's ballot amendment to overturn gay couples' already-existing legal marriages. [Link]

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Californians Against Hate mounts successful protest at pro-Prop 8 fundraiser

Pam's House Blend
August 18, 2008
Blogger Pam Spaulding notes a great example of public education through peaceful protest. (Link)

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