Voice for Equality: Doris Roberts

Doris Roberts, best known for her role as Marie Barone on the television series "Everybody Loves Raymond", will be among the stars hosting a special performance of Terrence McNally's "Some Men" on Monday, October 4, 2010 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA to benefit the Courage Campaign Institute's "Testimony" project.

The Testimony project is designed to bring the Prop 8 trial into the lives of Americans and empower them - gay and straight - to share their stories and change the way America thinks about LGBT rights.

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More Americans say gays qualify as families

The idea that gay couples who are married or have children qualify as “families” has rapidly become the majority view in the U.S., and researchers credit public discussions about the freedom to marry—by supporters as well as vehement opponents—for the unexpectedly fast pace of change.

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Despite Setback, Gay Rights move forward

Efforts that could lead to a reversal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prohibits openly gay soldiers from serving in the military may have stalled in the United States Senate, but the legal fight is advancing in the federal courts along with other important gay rights litigation.

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Irish Times Poll: Two thirds in favor of the freedom to marry

A new Irish Times /Behaviour Attitudes poll shows 67 per cent of people feel gay couples should be allowed to marry.

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Cicilline wins RI primary for Kennedy seat

Providence Mayor David Cicilline won a contentious Democratic primary to succeed Rep. Patrick Kennedy. If elected in November, Cicilline would become the fourth openly gay member of Congress.

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Are Republicans ‘co-opting’ gay rights?

Adam Serwer: Pro-gay rights Republicans seem to be less of an oxymoron these days.

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Jonathan Merritt: Is Prop 8 fight the culture wars’ last stand?

Jonathan Merritt discusses shifts in the demographics of those for and against the freedom to marry: "If current trends among religious Americans and the younger generation continue, the current battle over Proposition 8 might just be the beginning of the end for the culture wars as we’ve known them."

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Voice for Equality: Roger Ebert

In the August 27, 2010 entry of his Journal in the "Chicago Sun-Times", film critic Roger Ebert makes a case for the freedom to marry by telling a personal story of his mother supporting a lesbian couple in their desire to get married back in the 1970s: "Public opinion is perceived to be shifting on the topic [marriage equality]. It seems odd to me that on this issue, Barack Obama is more conservative than Dick Cheney, George Bush and my mother."

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Shifting attitudes on gay rights extend around globe, experts say

"Often courts will make decisions that are predictors of what public opinion is going to be a few years from now," says Brian Powell, an Indiana University sociology professor.

"Public attitudes don't change really quickly, but this [the freedom to marry] is one that's changing really, really quickly," Powell said.

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The conservative case to rethink the freedom to marry

Christian Bentzen: "Conservatives have a somewhat questionable history with regard civil rights, a trend that has roots in the south and continued on with Barry Goldwater who infamously opposed the Civil Rights Act as unconstitutional. The consequence of their reaction to the recent [Prop 8] ruling is that conservatives may be planting the seeds of their own demise (as the polls have indicated) and find themselves on the wrong side of civil rights history."

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