Evan Wolfson on Anderson Cooper 360

CNN
April 8, 2009
Evan Wolfson addresses the new attack campaign by the so-called "National Organization for Marriage", saying "Everything in these ads is phony, from the scary zombie special effects to the actors reading the lines, to the arguments they're making to try to scare people into thinking that allowing gay people to marry is somehow a threat to everyone else." [Link]

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Gronstal blocks amendment to reverse Iowa marriage equality

Iowa Senate
April 6, 2009

Here is video today of Senator Gronstal blocking the marriage amendment in the Iowa Senate. It is a profile in courage and leadership. [Link]

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Vermont Freedom to Marry Releases New Ad

Vermont Freedom to Marry
March 27, 2009


Vermont Freedom to Marry released their new ad entitled, "Neighbors," in response to Gov. Douglas' announcement that he will veto the Vermont marriage bill S.115. (Link)

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Portia De Rossi “Apologizes” For Marrying Ellen (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post
March 21, 2009
Portia De Rossi appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" land talked about being a teenage model and her new show "Better Off Ted." She also brought with her a new PSA she made about marriage and Prop 8.
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NAACP’s Julian Bond Delivers Moving Speech on Equality

Queerty
March 17, 2009

Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP, put into words the type of inspirational sentiment and coming-togetherness between gays, blacks, and humanity that we all feel. Says Bond, a supporter of the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples: "Black people, of all people, should not oppose equality, and that is what gay marriage is. … At the NAACP, we pledge to do our part." And that's just the beginning of this eloquent indictment of homophobia. [Link]

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Day 1 of Senate Judiciary Hearings

Vermont Freedom to Marry
March 16, 2009
You can view videoclips of the hearings on Vermont Freedom to Marry's website throughout each day of testimony this week, so be sure to visit them frequently for updates. If you can't be at the State House, they're doing all they can to give you swift access to information so that you too can be a part of the legislative process! Stay tuned... [Link]

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Ellen Interviews Portia de Rossi: “She Also Happens To Be My Wife”

Joe.My.God
March 16, 2009

How many millions in marriage equality ads is this interview worth? [Link]

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GUEST POST: Dreams Do Come True


By Scott Davenport

I confess – I have a guilty pleasure.  I like trolling YouTube for videos on “Marriage Equality.”  About once or twice a week right before I head off to bed, I’ll go online and input those key words, ask for items posted in the last week and then sort by “most recent.”  And every time I do, I get a list several pages long. 

Some are news items – postings from CNN or MSNBC.  Some are cell phone captures of that week’s protest or vigil somewhere (there were lots of those this week in the wake of the California Supreme Court oral arguments on Prop 8’s passage).  Some are the rantings of some internet dweeb (am I an internet dweeb for trolling Youtube?!) on his or her computer cam.  Some are soft sell videos:  slide shows of adoring same-sex couples who got married underscored by a romantic ballad.  And yes, I confess. I have a soft spot for those! A few are negative, but most seem very supportive.

Last night, though I stumbled upon my dream YouTube video on marriage equality.  It wasn’t like any of those I just mentioned.  In fact in a purely cinematic sense, it’s about as dry as toast!  But nonetheless for me it was groundbreaking.  What was it?

It was a video of the head of the Vermont state Senate (Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Shumlin) outlining not only why he supported marriage equality in his state but what he was going to do to help make it happen!  (Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv3RaC7XXf8)


Just stop for minute to let that soak in. It wasn't the only openly gay or lesbian state legislator speaking.  It wasn’t the Executive Director of the state's gay advocacy group. It wasn't even a non-gay, but supportive state legislator.It was the head of the state’s Senate!

And he wasn’t just saying he supported marriage equality.  He talked about what he was going to do to lead the charge.  He talked about how his own support of the issue has evolved (yes, even politicians can change).  He talked, in effect, about how a difficult economy shouldn’t get in the way of equality for all.  He talked about how couples he knows shouldn’t be treated any differently than he and his wife are treated.  He gets it, and he gets it deeply.

What an amazing and courageous thing to do on the part of a politician.  Most politicians find a way to dance around issues they are scared of -- even if they don’t have to be scared.  (see our report: Pro-Marriage Legislators Win Elections). 

After all take a look at this other video I found last night:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVGMvYYq3PU   


It’s a report on a lobbying visit to a state senator in NY (I won’t name/shame him here – you should watch the video).  When asked about his support for marriage equality by constituents (yes, constituents!), he says he’s not sure why he doesn’t support it – probably it’s about religion.  Yes, he actually says he’s not sure!

And then there’s my home state – Maryland (full disclosure:  I’m the board president of Equality Maryland).  We’ve been working to pass a marriage equality bill in Maryland, and we have some great legislative support.  We have an amazing gay and lesbian legislative caucus, and an equally amazing group of allies.  We have over 25% of the legislature as co-sponsors for our marriage equality bill. 

Yet the head of our State Senate won’t go near the issue.  Both the head of our House of Delegates and our Governor are still in the “domestic partnership” camp.  So to see a leader like Senator Shumlin in Vermont says a tremendous amount to me.

It tells me that a lot of people – grass roots, organizational folks and elected officials alike -- have done a lot of work in Vermont.  To have moved this far is truly an amazing accomplishment, one which offers real hope that we will see marriage equality come to Vermont this year.  And if you’d like to help in any way, you should check out Vermont Freedom to Marry at http://www.vtfreetomarry.org/.  They’re the ones who posted my dream video.

And so now my guilty pleasure isn’t a secret – and maybe I don’t feel so guilty about it either.  After all, isn’t it great to be able to go to bed having watched your dreams come true?

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Scott Davenport is managing director of Freedom to Marry.

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Shaping the Battlefield

Independent Gay Forum
March 3, 2009

Jonathan Rauch blogs, "Here's a TV ad called "Hope," from the Equality California people, who are already preparing for a rematch on marriage. And here's why I think it's potentially important." (Link)

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Watch the Supreme Court’s Oral Arguments on Prop 8



To watch the 3 cases challenging the same-sex marriage amendment, tune into the California Channel.

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