An open letter from Sam and Julia Thoron

Freedom to Marry
November 7, 2008
Freedom to Marry Steering Committee member and PFLAG father Sam Thoron writes, "In our fight, we have kept to the high road. We have no need to examine our conscience. We have all given our utmost, freely and with unbelievable generosity and unity. We can and must hold our heads high. In our loss, in our grief, we must not allow our anger and frustration to divide us. Let us not second guess or stoop to pointing fingers of blame among ourselves. Remember that what we have in common is what brought us together. However passionate we may be, we cannot allow small differences to divide us." [Link]

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Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter speaks against Propositions 4 and 8

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
October 15, 2008
The granddaughter of civil-rights activist Cesar Chavez and Freedom to Marry Voice of Equality, Christine Chavez spoke to Cal Poly Pomona students and staff Wednesday about the possible impact that Propositions 4 and 8 would have if they received voter approval in November. "It's students who play such a key role," Chavez said. [Link]
Read more about Christine Chavez.

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Freedom to Marry Steering Committee member Sam Thoron speaks out in California

The Sun
September 26, 2008
"Committed and loving gay and lesbian couples, some of whom have been together for decades, should be allowed to enjoy the dignity, respect and acceptance that comes with marriage. That is all we want for our daughter - and thousands like her - to be able to enjoy the same happiness and right to marry as her two straight brothers." [Link]

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Race and Marriage Equality

New York Times Letters
September 27, 2008
In a letter responding to a NYT story on African American voters in California and marriage, President of CA NAACP and Freedom to Marry Voice of Equality Alice Huffman writes, "The news media narrative of blacks versus gays on the issue of marriage for same-sex couples should include the diverse views, values and opinions held in our community." (Link)

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The Thorons - Don’t Eliminate Marriage For Anyone

YouTube
September 22, 2008

PFLAG (and Freedom to Marry)'s Sam and Julia Thoron offer a heartfelt message about their daughter, Liz, whose right to marry the person she loves will be eliminated if Prop 8 passes. [Link]

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First TV ad in ballot war features Sam Thoron

Contra Costa Times
September 23, 2008
The No on Proposition 8 campaign launched its first television ad, which features former PFLAG President Sam Thoron and his wife, Julia, speaking about how the initiative would take away their gay daughter's ability to marry. [Link]

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Backers of discriminatory California marriage ban are out-fundraising opponents

Los Angeles Times
September 23, 2008
The Yes on 8 campaign has raised $17.8 million compared to $12.4 million for No on 8. Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, donated $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Also, Freedom to Marry Steering Committee member Sam Thoron and his wife speak out in a new ad against Prop. 8. [Link]

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Granddaughter of César Chávez to visit Cathedral City and speak about marriage equality

Desert Sun
June 21, 2008
César Chávez championed the rights of the poor and oppressed. And if the iconic farmworker leader were alive today, he'd advocate for gay civil rights, says his granddaughter, Christine Chávez who will visit Cathedral City, CA to talk about marriage equality. (Link)

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Gay Civil Unions or Partnerships Not Full Equality, Says Bishop

UK Gay News
April 29, 2008

Freedom to Marry Voice of Equality Gene Robinson launches his book in the UK. (Link)

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UNITE-HERE Backs Marriage Equality

Pride at Work
March 31, 2008
UNITE HERE, the union representing workers in the textile, clothing, hotel and restaurant industries, has called for equal access to marriage and its benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers. [Link]

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