Quote of the Week

"Getting married, there's nothing revolutionary about it -- it's something you do with the person you love."
— Mike McGuill, who has been married to his spouse, Jonathan Scott, in Massachusetts since August 2006, as quoted by The Boston Globe

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage."
— Maine Gov. John Baldacci, as quoted in the Portland Press Herald

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Quote of the Week

"It is such an important statement, especially to young people, to say if you are gay, if you are lesbian, you are no different. You have the same rights."


-- Claire Ebel, executive director of the state's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, April 30, 2009

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Quote of the Week

"[The freedom to marry] is a civil-rights issue, and on that, the government has only one choice: to come down heavily in favor of the civil rights of everyone."


-- The Press Republican editorial board April 22, 2009

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Quote of the Week

"We have all known the wrath of discrimination. We have all felt the pain and the insult of hatred. This is why we are all standing here today."


-- New York Gov. David Paterson, on the need for marriage equality, as quoted by The New York Times

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"There's only one thing truly equal to marriage, and that's marriage. Now is the time to give civil unions a respectful burial."
--Vermont Representative Johanna Donovan

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Iowa Legislative Leaders: Iowa continues to be a leader in guaranteeing civil rights

IowaPolitics.com
April 3, 2009

This is a joint statement from Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy on today’s Supreme Court decision:
“Thanks to today’s decision, Iowa continues to be a leader in guaranteeing all of our citizens’ equal rights...When all is said and done, we believe the only lasting question about today’s events will be why it took us so long. It is a tough question to answer because treating everyone fairly is really a matter of Iowa common sense and Iowa common decency."
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I'm personally supportive of [marriage] equality for gay couples and I believe that it will happen over time."


— Steve Schmidt, former chief strategist for U.S. Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, as quoted in the Washington Blade

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I think we'll get to the point where we should be insisting that liberals support marriage. I mean, nobody believes that they're really personally against it. They're just being political. I'd rather have them admit that. I think it's now time to start pushing people on marriage."
Congressman Barney Frank

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Our mission statement calls for the 'equality of rights of all persons.' Prop. 8 strip same-sex couples of a fundamental freedom, as defined by the California state supreme court. In so doing, it poses a serious threat to all Americans."

-- NAACP CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous in a letter to California legislative leaders

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