David Shuster Rips Apart NOM Head Brian Brown Over Lies In Ad

Joe. My. God.
May 2, 2009

MSNBC's David Shuster and Brian Brown, Executive Director of the anti-gay National Organization For Marriage -- hashed it out this afternoon, and unfortunately for Brown, Shuster pointed out that NOM has basically been in the business of bowdlerizing other people's statements. [Link]

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Oprah talks marriage equality

The Oprah Winfrey Show
May 2, 2009

Oprah Winfrey and panel, including actor Hugh Jackman, Oprah's openly gay decorator-in-chief Nate Barkus, and a lesbian couple who were married in Iowa, supportively discuss marriage equality. [Link]

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Refutation of right-wing falsehoods related to “teaching in schools”

Equality Maine YouTube Channel
April 29, 2009

Steve Wessler, Founder of the Center for Prevention of Hate Violence in Maine, refutes the falsehood that was stated during the Maine public hearing about teaching children in schools about diversity.

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“We the People” stand together for marriage equality and religious freedom

April 30, 2009
Julia Rosen writes, "Some amazing volunteers put together this video for the Courage Campaign. Unlike some other ads out there (NOM NOM NOM), individuals appearing in this video are real people, including a carpenter, lawyer, priest, and a soldier discharged under the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy...As "We the People" explains, marriage equality and religious freedom are not in conflict. The constitution provides for a separation between church and state, meaning that no religious organization can be forced to perform or acknowledge same-sex marriage if they choose not to." (Link)

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Thousands attend Augusta hearing on bill that would extend rights of same-sex couples, bill allowing

Bangor Daily News
April 23, 2009

Same-sex couples from around the state urged lawmakers to pass a bill that would allow them to marry in Maine while opponents asked that it be rejected. About 3,000 people filed into the Augusta Civic Center for the daylong hearing on LD 1020 held Wednesday before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee. Supporters, many of whom were dressed in red, outnumbered opponents more than 4-to-1. (Link)

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New Ad: How the Freedom to Marry benefits ALL Iowans

One Iowa
April 22, 2009
Here's a message from One Iowa about the release of their new advertisement today in preparation for marriages for gay couples starting on Monday:

On Friday, April 3 the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. Recognizing marriage for caring, committed gay and lesbian couples will continue a long-standing Iowa tradition of protecting all its citizens and treating each Iowan fairly.

We hope this ad will start a conversation with Iowans about the Supreme Court decision, which isn't just about gay and lesbian Iowans-it's about ALL Iowans. We know that marriage strengthens families and, as Iowans, we support committed couples who want to accept the responsibility that comes with marriage.

We invite you to view our ad and participate in a statewide conversation about marriage. Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors. Discuss what marriage means to you.


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Backlash backfires

April 22, 2009

New numbers show the idea of marriage equality is advancing in nearly all 50 states despite a much-parodied ad from opponents. 365 talks to polling guru Nate Silver (who accurately predicted the presidential election and the World Series winner) about the trend and takes a look at how the backlash ad backfired. [Link]

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Voice for Equality: Carolyn Maloney

U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY-D) was first elected to Congress in 1992. She is recognized as a national leader with extensive accomplishments in financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues. On her website, she has said, "I am proud to be among the growing ranks of House Members who support full marriage equality for same-sex couples."

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Christine Quinn: “Look me in the eye and tell me I deserve less.”

April 16, 2009

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn speaks at the introduction of Gov. Patterson's marriage bill. She challenges opponents of marriage equality in the most direct, awesome language. [Link]

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