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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HRC Guide Advises Employers on Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Out In America
August 19, 2008
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released a guide advising employers on how to address marriage for same-sex couples in their spousal and partner benefits packages. Among the topics covered in "Marriage for Same-Sex Couples: Considerations for Employers" are taxation of health benefits, complications due to varied degrees of legal recognition of same-sex couples, and the impact of marriage equality in California and Massachusetts. [Link]

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2008 Ballot Measures Opposing Marriage Equality: Why Time is on Our Side

GayWired.com
August 15, 2008
David Mariner writes, "As more voters are being asked to consider the question, and as we have the opportunity to engage more voters and interact with them, public opinion continues to move in our favor. It may be a long battle, but time is definitely on our side." [Link]

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ACLU: We Have Options

ACLU Blog
August 8, 2008
While lesbian and gay couples shouldn’t feel shy about planning weddings in California and Massachusetts where they can celebrate their commitments to each other in front of friends and family, there are some practical realities that couples should consider before picking up a marriage license. We’ve developed FAQs on getting married in California and Massachusetts that answer some of the questions couples are likely encounter. [Link]

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The World As It Should Be: What Michelle Really Said

Huffington Post
June 27, 2008
Steve Ralls blogs about what Michelle Obama really said about states needing to pursue equality for all families. (Link)

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COLUMNIST: Cross-border skirmishes

Bay Windows
June 19, 2008
"It is precisely because the fight for marriage equality is so important that we should wage it smartly and responsibly, which means working together. Let’s stop demanding shortcuts and cooperate in the slow and steady work of making real and lasting change." [Link]

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The State-by-State Marriage Race? (Second of Two Parts)

EDGE Boston
June 12, 2008
Wolfson says that as more people see same sex couples marrying and as they realize that no one losing out as a result, the movement towards marriage equality will gain generational momentum. [Link]

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The Marriage Race: Which State Will Be Next? Part 1

EDGE Boston
June 5, 2008
"The California ruling is of enormous importance both because it is so powerful and solid coming from a careful, cautious and highly respected court," said Evan Wolfson. "The influence that will that this decision will have in helping Americans to see families helped and no one hurt couldn’t be bigger," he said. [Link]

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