Maine Public Education Ad Launched Today

EqualityMaine Foundation, GLAD, and Maine Civil Liberties Union Foundation
August 20, 2009

A television ad discussing the freedom to marry in Maine began running there today as part of an ongoing public education program.

Like the earlier work that’s happened over the last three years in Maine, the ad relates marriage equality to core Maine values of community and family and features Mainers, gay and straight, from across the state.



The ad is meant to prompt conversation in Maine and throughout the country about why marriage equality matters and how it strengthens communities and families. (Link)

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Freedom To Marry - Video Blog: The Price of Discrimination: In Healthcare

By Pippa Bianco and Grant Gilles
Summer Interns, Freedom to Marry
August 20, 2009


This morning we released our latest video discussing the price of marriage discrimination for gay families in the context of healthcare programs.
This video details marriage discrimination in health insurance coverage, Medicaid, and Social Security and quantifies this discrimination's very real and tangible cost. As always, we hope you enjoy!


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US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Speaks Out for LGBT Rights and Marriage Equality

The Daily Beast
July 29, 2009
In an interview with Jason Bellini, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks about her personal friendships with gay people and her belief that the freedom to marry is "the civil rights march of our generation:"


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Freedom To Marry Launches Video Blog to Address Marriage Equality FAQs

By Pippa Bianco, Grant Gilles, and Matthew Zuckerman
Summer Interns, Freedom to Marry
July 28, 2009


Today marks the debut of Freedom to Marry’s summer-long foray into the world of video blogging. Led by interns Pippa Bianco, Grant Gilles, and Matt Zuckerman, Freedom to Marry will use this new blog format to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about marriage equality.

The accompanying two videos were written and filmed in Freedom to Marry’s New York headquarters over a period of two weeks. The first video offers a general introduction to the Freedom to Marry Video Blog and a brief content overview:



The second video explains why Freedom to Marry prefers the term “marriage equality” or the “freedom to marry” over “gay marriage” or “same-sex marriage”:



These videos can be a great way to start a conversation about why marriage equality matters to you. Forward them to friends, post them on your blog or social networking profiles, and start a conversation today! Every conversation brings us closer to achieving the freedom to marry nationwide.

While our next three videos are already in production, we are calling upon you, our readers, to tell us where to go next. To have a question answered on the Freedom to Marry Video Blog, please send an email to: editor@freedomtomarry.org.


We look forward to hearing from you!

Hopefully,
Pippa, Grant, and Matt

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Video: Marriage Equality Heating Up in Australia

Equal Love 09 - Australia
July 19, 2009
A series of internet-based ads has been launched in Australia by Equal Love 09 to inform the public about gay discrimination issues in the lead up to August 1st rallies to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. See all the ads at: http://www.youtube.com/user/EqualLove09



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Marriage Equality supporters take to the streets of Fresno

KFSN-TV Fresno, CA
July 18, 2009
Supporters of the freedom to marry canvassed neighborhoods where at least half of all voters supported the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. Scotti Maldonado, Equality California, said, "We all have personal stories we can share with people that really creates that connection between us. So it's about changing hearts and minds through telling your story and humanizing yourself." [Link to story and video]

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Video: Sotomayor on Marriage Equality

365 GAY
July 16, 2009
Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, addresses Senate questions on marriage equality.





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Video: Bill Clinton Supports Marriage Equality

Conan O'Brien
July 14, 2009

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The President and First Lady Michelle Obama host a reception for LGBT Pride Month

The White House
June 29, 2009

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Representative Jared Polis on DOMA and that DOMA brief

AMERICAblog
June 29, 2009
Congress is in recess, so Rep. Polis was in his district Monday, not at the White House party. For those who don't know him yet, Polis is an openly gay, first-term Democrat from Colorado. Chuck Todd interviewed Polis on Hardball about Obama and gay issues. I found the DOMA segment particularly interesting. Polis made it quite clear that the problem was the DOMA brief. Polis explained, as we and many others have explained, that the Obama administration didn't have to defend the law and certainly didn't have to respond in the way they did:



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