Second wind for marriage movement

Bay Windows
December 3, 2008
Marc Solomon said winning marriage equality in states like Vermont, Maine, New Jersey and New York will have a ripple effect on the campaigns for marriage rights across the rest of the country." These are states that do have a diversity of population, without any question, and I think they’re also states with very significant numbers of people living in them. It shows we continue to make progress step by step," said Solomon. "These are the way civil rights battles are won." [Link]

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Group wants marriage equality in New England

Nashua Telegraph
November 19, 2008
The group, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, that helped uphold marriage equality in two New England states wants to do the same in the other four by the year 2012. (Link)
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Enshrining homophobia in California, Arizona and Florida

ScienceBlogs
October 28, 2008
"At least three US states have constitutional amendments designed to bar same-sex marriage on their ballots this cycle (See summary graph for current policies in all 50 states)... Let us get up to speed on the CA, FL and AZ initiatives (which are simple) and the proponents' rationales for amending their constitutions (an act that should not be taken casually, imo)." [Link]

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Northeast sets gay-friendly example

The Detroit News
October 27, 2008
Deb Price writes, "With the exception of Pennsylvania, the region's nine states have painted themselves gay-friendly lavender by protecting and nurturing gay couples." [Link]
Find out what's happening in your state.

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No residency requirement for same-sex couples to wed in Connecticut

The Republican-American
October 14, 2008
"The decision becomes official on Oct. 28. The trial court must then enter the Supreme Court's order before same-sex couples can marry here, however. This is expected to take 10 days or slightly longer. Once this bit of legal housekeeping is wrapped up, same-sex couples won't have to wait longer than it takes to get a marriage license to wed here." [Link]
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How Non-Californians Can Join Fight

New England Blade
September 24, 2008
““We have to pull out all the stops because [Proposition 8 supporters] certainly are,” said Toni Broaddus, executive director of the Equality Federation. “This is the tipping point. This is the big one. If we lose this it will set things back at least 10 years.” [Link]

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OP-ED: ‘Gay Marriage’? Not in the South

USA Today
September 16, 2008
Ironically, Southern states were the main battleground in another fight for civil rights 40 years ago. Well before her death in 2006, civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, an Alabama native and the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., began speaking out for gay rights and the freedom to marry. Few acknowledge this part of her legacy. [Link]

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L.A. City Council to support federal marriage bill

The Desert Sun
September 10, 2008
A proposed federal bill that would eliminate language defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is expected to gain support today from the Los Angeles City Council. [Link]

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Why Each State is Important

Box Turtle Bulletin
September 9, 2008
Collectively, we have the opportunity to send a very strong message this year. Should we win in all three states we will be able to state that those who experience same-sex marriages within their communities have found them to be no threat, that anti-marriage efforts will not win you election in a swing state, and that coming back to a state that has rejected discrimination is a waste of time and money. [Link]

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For Arizona, Three’s a Crowd

Advocate
September 23, 2008
In the end, gay rights activists are hoping for a hat trick, though that seems unlikely given the odds facing Arizona. But Evan Wolfson insists that one victory is paramount. “Holding California is an outright win,” he says, whereas in Arizona and Florida “we will not have advanced -- but simply beaten back an attack.” [Link]

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