Native American Church Removes Ban on Gay and Lesbian Marriages

eMediaWire
April 20, 2007

"First Nation Church, its members and ministers believe that marriage is a covenant between two adults and their God, based upon their love for one another. We believe that love for each other, for nature and for all things created by God materializes from the heart, not from legislative bodies. This basic tenet was so important that the founding fathers established it as the cornerstone of the United States Constitution, guaranteed by the Bill of Rights: that 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.'" [Link]

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Couples gather for gay rights

The Daily Texan
February 19, 2007
It was unusually warm at the end of a week that charted record low temperatures only days before. More than 100 people welcomed a resurgence of sunshine Saturday at the City Hall plaza for the culmination of national Freedom to Marry Week. [link]

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The marrying men

OutSmart Magazine
February 8, 2007
A Houston couple who wed a year ago during Freedom To Marry Week participates again during the 10th anniversary of observances advocating full marriage rights for all Americans. [link]

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Why we need to talk about marriage equality

Washington Blade
May 1, 2006
"Question your friend or your father about what they are saying — make them actually think about their words. Don't let go unchallenged a flippant brush-off comment about 'there's no need for gay marriage.' Put up your dukes and fight back." [link]

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Life goes on after Prop. 2

Houston Voice
February 24, 2006
The series of events that took place in observance of Freedom to Marry week could benefit those who are depressed because of last year's approval of Proposition 2, a state constitutional amendment banning marriage equality. [link]

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Houston Celebrates Freedom to Marry Week with Weddings and Attempts to Receive Marriage Licenses

The Houston Voice
February 10, 2006

"In addition to the wedding ceremony and demonstration at the clerk's office, foundation officials will sponsor a three-part discussion series..." [Link]

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Proposition 2 is already changing Texas

Dallas Morning News
November 20, 2005
As predicted by Hall and others, the passing of the state's anti-gay amendment is (already) changing the state. Many foresee a "brain drain" as people have stated that they will be leaving the state to move to a place where tolerance overcomes hate. Others are choosing not to return to Texas, as they raise families and want their kids to grow up with tolerance. Companies also refuse to move their business to the state in fear that the circumstances may turn away the best possible employees for the company. Though some revel in the state's conservative image, others are embarassed and say the state has entered a "disastrous path," with the current economic situation already posing a great challenge to residents. [link]

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COMMENTARY: Reasons to vote ‘no’ to Prop. 2

Galveston County Daily News
November 2, 2005
Tillotson covers several reasons why governmental conservatives should not support Texas' anti-gay amendment: marriage has already been restricted to non-gay couples by the state legislature since 2003; the language is too broad; conservatives like their laws aimed at real problems, not imaginary ones; constitutions work best when it protects the individual and embrace the true definition of equality, justice and freedom; and conservatives believe in freedom, not hate. [link]

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