QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I think there is every reason why we should defeat it. But no one can be cavalier. No one can be complacent. No one can be sanguine about it. It will take everything we have. People will have to write the biggest checks they've ever written, devote more volunteer hours than they ever have, have more difficult conversations than they've ever had for 90 days. For 90 days we have to give it everything."

Kate Kendell, on California's Prop. 8

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Prop. 8 wouldn’t be retroactive, Jerry Brown says

San Francisco Chronicle
August 5, 2008
If voters approve a discriminatory November ballot measure banning same-sex couples' legal marriages in California, thousands of weddings conducted since the state Supreme Court legalized the unions on May 15 will probably remain valid, Attorney General Jerry Brown said Monday. [Link]

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Gay couples use weddings to raise awareness

The Associated Press
August 5, 2008
Molly McKay plans to marry her partner on Sept. 1, and the two have decided to participate in one of the more popular anti-Proposition 8 wedding trends — replacing a traditional gift registry with a political version that accepts donations to the "No on 8" campaign in lieu of gifts. [Link]

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OPINION: Is this historic or not?

Ventura County Star
July 30, 2008
Proponents clearly believe that, in order to win, they must underplay the significance of their measure. That's why they went to court this week in an attempt to block a revised ballot title of Proposition 8, rewritten by Attorney General Jerry Brown to reflect the state Supreme Court's May ruling that said marriage laws cannot apply unequally to same-sex and opposite-sex couples. [Link]

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Opponents of marriage equality say they’ll sue over changed wording in Proposition 8

Los Angeles Times
July 29, 2008
Political analysts on both sides suggest that the language change will make passage of the initiative more difficult, noting that voters might be more reluctant to pass a measure that makes clear it is taking away existing rights. [Link]

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Out-of-state money floods to Prop. 8

San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2008
The outside money is arriving in supersized chunks. Focus on the Family, a Colorado Springs group headed by James Dobson, has given more than $400,000 to the Prop. 8 campaign. The American Family Association, out of Tupelo, Miss., has contributed $500,000. The Knights of Columbus, a national Catholic men's organization headquartered in New Haven, Conn., has put $250,000 into the campaign. [Link]

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OPPOSITION: ‘Gay Marriage to End “Culture Wars”?’

Religion Dispatches
July 21, 2008
Last week, the founder of the American Family Association, was talking about what he’s been talking about for more than three decades; “homosexuals” and the “culture wars”—only this time he said the “culture wars” will be irrevocably lost if Proposition 8 loses on November 4. [Link]

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New Ballot Language in California: Prop 8 Would Take Away the Freedom to Marry in California

Last week, the California Attorney General's office announced changes to the Proposition 8 ballot language which appropriately identifies the discrimination it promotes:

"ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY. Changes California Constitution to eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry."

Take action now to preserve the freedom to marry in California by talking to your friends and family about how Prop. 8 takes away rights and why its important that fair-minded Californians vote no on Prop. 8 in November.

Preserve the freedom to marry in California

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Big Labor Move For Marriage Equality

Gay City News
July 24, 2008
A resolution from the California Labor Federation said the group will "put forth energy and resources to educate and mobilize its members to vote against Proposition 8, and encourage its twenty-three member Central Labor Councils to do the same." [Link]

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Campaign ramps up to defeat Prop 8

The Bay Area Reporter
July 24, 2008
Efforts are under way statewide to rally people around defeating Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage amendment, and the field director for the campaign said the time to get involved is now. [Link]

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