That Other One Has To Go

Margaret and Helen
October 31, 2008
"The place where Harold and I go to vote is actually an elementary school in the neighborhood. On that particular election day I was appalled to see all the signs that said 'Marriage Should Be Between a Man and Woman Only'. As Harold drove us into the parking lot to vote, I looked out the window at those signs and realized that many parents had driven their kids to school that morning driving past those very signs. I wonder if any of them had the same reaction I did --those signs reminded me of the little signs we used to have back in the day that said 'Whites Only'. " [Link]

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Get Your Grandma to Support Gay Marriage

The Emory Wheel
October 27, 2008
"Call or visit your family, your friends and your loved ones in California and Florida and tell them why it’s important to you. Tell them your story, your friends' stories, or even the story you saw last week on Lifetime. Make it clear that you don't want to live in a society that goes out of its way to prohibit the equal administration of rights to its citizens. Like Silverman says, if calling your grandparents could change the world, wouldn’t you do it?" [Link]
The freedom to marry matters to young people too.

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FL: Question asks to restrict marriage

Palm Beach Post
October 1, 2008
Experts in elder law contend that the so-called Florida Marriage Protection Amendment will harm seniors who live together without getting married to protect their assets, including Social Security benefits and pensions that would be reduced if they were to legally wed. [Link]

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The Avoidable Death of Thomas Disch

Advocate
July 29, 2008
On July 4, 2008, the out science fiction writer shot himself in his New York apartment. Renee Perry wonders if marriage equality could have saved him. [Link]

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Gay couples in California get marriage licenses

MSNBC
June 17, 2008
Dozens of gay couples were married Monday after a landmark ruling making California the second U.S. state to honor the freedom to marry went into effect.
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In Defense of Marriage

Huffington Post
June 16, 2008
Sherman Yellen writes that he supports marriage for gay couples, and reflects on his own marriage, marriages of politicians, and love. [Link]

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S.F. couple ready to be first again

San Francisco Chronicle
June 10, 2008
Mayor Gavin Newsom said Monday that Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon's wedding, which he will officiate, will be the only one held in City Hall that day. Martin and Lyon have been together more than five decades, and they were the first couple to marry four years ago.[Link]

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Make it a gay-old time

Los Angeles Times
May 30, 2008
Joel Stein, with a tongue-in-cheek tone, writes an open letter to seniors recommending they vote for marriage for gay couples despite any personal discomfort. (Link)

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‘We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby’

Mail Tribune
February 3, 2008
When they fell in love 29 years ago, they were afraid to hold hands in public, worried that their relationship could prompt the loss of their jobs or even physical violence against them. But on Monday, Fanda Bender and Sheila Gam of Talent plan to register as domestic partners, part of what they hope will be a wave of gay and lesbian couples around the state acting on a state law and federal court decision that cleared the way for such partnerships. "We've come a long way, baby," Bender said. [link]

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COLUMN: Same-sex and worried about retirement

The Washington Post
August 26, 2007
Columnist Martha Hamilton writes about the financial difficulties many same-sex couples face because they cannot receive the tax breaks and retirement benefits that come with marriage. [Link]

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