Voice for Equality: Fall Out Boy

Grammy-nominated pop punk/alt rock band Fall Out Boy is Pete Wentz (bass, vocals, lyrics), Patrick Stump (vocals, guitar), Joe Trohman (guitar, vocals), and Andy Hurley (percussion). On October 28, 2008, the band donated $50,000 to fight California's Proposition 8. "We believe the government shouldn't legislate love," the band said in a statement.

When Wentz was married in 2008, he said in an e-mail to the Advocate (Oct): "I am happy to get married in the same state where the state supreme court recognizes the union of gay/lesbian couples....It seems like we could have a hell of a bash as a joint anniversary over in West Hollywood next year!"

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Voice for Equality: Bruce Bastian

Business leader Bruce Bastian of Utah is a Voice for Equality.

Raised Mormon, Bastian has been a strong supporter of social justice and marriage equality and was a major contributor to the "No on Proposition 8" campaign. In December 2008, Bastian wrote a popular piece for The Huffington Post blog, clarifying the Latter-day Saint's Church's role in passion Proposition 8.

Founder of WordPerfect Software Company and programmer of early word processing programs, Bastian's net worth has been estimated to be over $800 million. His philanthropic foundation, the B.W. Bastian Foundation, "funds programs and organizations that benefit, encourage, and preserve the rights of individuals and promotes equality [marriage equality] for the gay and lesbian community." Bastian is also a board member of the Human Rights Campaign.

Thanks Ben Bernard for this nomination.

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Voice for Equality: Gavin Newsom

Newsom was elected the 42nd mayor of San Francisco in 2003. After his first month in office, Mayor Newsom took a strong step towards marriage equality by granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples in San Francisco.

He opposed Proposition 8 from the start, speaking frequently on the subject and writing several pieces for The Huffington Post advocating marriage equality and opposing Proposition 8.

In response to the Supreme Court of California's decision to end marriage discrimination, Newsom wrote:

"Communities are reaching the conclusion that separate is not equal and we should not harm our friends, neighbors and co-workers by denying them equal treatment under law."

Thanks, Jon, for another great nomination!

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Voice for Equality:  John Cho

Korean-born actor John Cho is best known for playing Harold in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" and for appearing in the movie American Pie. In October 2008, Cho partnered with George Takei (whose Star Trek role Cho will reprise) to denounce California's Proposition 8 and create a world were alll couples, including gay couples can marry.

Nominated for Voices For Equality by: Ben Bernard.

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Voice for Equality: Margaret Cho

Comedian Margaret Cho is the next nomination to be a Voice for Equality. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines which tackle social and political problems-- especially race, sex, and sexuality. She has spoken frequently on gay rights issues and in support of marriage equality. In 2003, she told NPR that she "thinks gay people should be allowed all the outlandish marriage ceremonies that straight couples claim as their right, such as drive-through ceremonies in Las Vegas."

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Voice for Equality: Adrian Fenty

Adrian Fenty was elected Mayor of Washington, D.C. in 2006.

That year, he responded to a GLAA survey, stating: "I support full civil marriage between partners of the same sex... Same-sex marriage is a question of fairness and equality." In 2008, Mayor Fenty ordered a review of the city's legal options to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, although a deicsion has not yet been made.

Best known for education reform and his public safety initiatives, Fenty has previously served as the lead council for the DC Council Committee on Education, Libraries, and Recreation.

Ben Bernard nominated Mayor Adrian Fenty as a Voice of Equality. Thanks, Ben!

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Voice for Equality: Rev. Dr. J. Edwin Bacon, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. J. Edwin Bacon Jr. has been the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California since 1995.
In 2008, he decided to officiate at same-sex weddings in California, saying, "Of course we're not going to be bigoted. Of course we're not going to be discriminatory. Let's move forward now."

During an appearance on Oprah in January 2009, he surprised Oprah and the audience when he responded to a question from a gay viewer by saying, "Being gay is a gift from God."

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Voice for Equality: Keith Olbermann

American sportscaster, news anchor, and political commentator. He hosts Countdown with Keith Olbermann, an hour-long nightly news and commentary program on MSNBC. Starting with the 2007 NFL season, Olbermann also has served as a co-host of NBC's Football Night in America.

During his MSNBC show on November 10, 2008, he chastised those who voted for Proposition 8 and asked, "What if somebody passed a law that said you couldn't marry?"

 

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Voice for Equality: Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Menachem Rosensaft is the founding chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and was recently appointed as general counsel to the World Jewish Congress. He is an internationally recognized advocate promoting a tolerant State of Israel and racial/ethnic peace worldwide. He works against racism, bigotry, and religious intolerance in every form. "The critical lesson we have learned from our parents’ and grandparents’ tragic experiences is that indifference to the suffering of others is in itself a crime. Our place must be at the forefront of the struggle against every form of racial, religious or ethnic hatred.” (Speech, JTA News Bulletin, April 17, 2005)

On January 14, 2009, he wrote an op-ed in Jewish Week supporting marriage rights and criticizing religious leaders for attempting to impose their moral views on secular law.


"But aren’t gays and lesbians among those whom such judges and, for that matter, our legislators, serve? ...Republicans who tolerate their party’s platform calling for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages should be reminded of a similar constitutional amendment to prohibit interracial marriages proposed by Rep. Seaborn Roddenberry, Democrat of Georgia, in 1912 on the ground that 'intermarriage between whites and blacks is repulsive and averse to every sentiment of pure American spirit. It is abhorrent and repugnant.' We must also bear in mind that the invidious 1935 Nuremberg Laws criminalized both marriages and extramarital intercourse 'between Jews and subjects of the state of German or related blood'..."
Thanks to Michelle Marzullo for the nomination!

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Voice For Equality: Edwin Bacon

The Rev. Dr. J. Edwin Bacon Jr. has been the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California since 1995. In 2008, he decided to officiate at same-sex weddings in California, saying, "Of course we're not going to be bigoted. Of course we're not going to be discriminatory. Let's move forward now." During an appearance on Oprah in January 2009, he surprised Oprah and the audience when he responded to a question from a gay viewer by saying, "Being gay is a gift from God."

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