Now on the Hallmark aisle: Gay wedding cards

The Associated Press
August 21, 2008
The language inside the cards is neutral, with no mention of wedding or marriage, making them also suitable for a commitment ceremony. Hallmark says the move is a response to consumer demand, not any political pressure. "It's our goal to be as relevant as possible to as many people as we can," Hallmark spokeswoman Sarah Gronberg Kolell said. [Link]

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Joan Garry: It’s Different When It Isn’t Different At All

The Huffington Post
August 19, 2008
The word "marriage" tells us -- and the rest of the world -- that when it comes to finding the love of our lives, we are all the same. And I guess we all know why that presents such a huge threat to those who do not stand with us. And why the battle in California is so fierce. And so critically important. And why this presidential election matters so very much to us. [Link]

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Andrew Sullivan: My Big Fat Straight Wedding

The Atlantic
August 13, 2008
"Ours was not, we realized, a different institution, after all, and we were not different kinds of people. In the doing of it, it was the same as my sister’s wedding and we were the same as my sister and brother-in-law. The strange, bewildering emotions of the moment, the cake and reception, the distracted children and weeping mothers, the morning’s butterflies and the night’s drunkenness: this was not a gay marriage; it was a marriage." [Link]

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To Thee I Wed

Montery Herald
August 11, 2008
"I have been at the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce for 16 years," said chamber president Moe Ammar, "and I don't recall ever getting a phone call from someone interested in a gay wedding. Since the Supreme Court ruling, I have had six calls at this little chamber from same-sex couples who want to get married in our parks. Some have asked if our community is gay friendly. We were gay friendly long before the new law was passed." [Link]

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LAPD Chief Bratton backs marriage equality with checkbook

Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2008
"The Constitution guarantees life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," LAPD Police Chief William J. Bratton said this week. "I see no reason why gays can't pursue happiness through marriage." He and his wife, former Court TV diva Rikki Kleiman have made a donation to Equality California as a wedding gift to friend and celebrity publicist Howard Bragman and his longtime partner, Chuck O'Donnell. [Link]

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California gays ditch wedding gifts for donations

Reuters
July 14, 2008
Actor George Takei, best known for playing Mr. Sulu on the TV series "Star Trek," and his partner, Brad Altman, are among the couples promoting the idea. "Brad and I have been together for 21 years so we have our toasters and mixers. What are we going to do with more things?" said Takei, 71, who plans to marry Altman in September in Los Angeles. [Link]

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Wedding Plans: 500 Day Update

Live Journal
April 7, 2008
A different sex couple preparing for their wedding plans their favors to be donations “to either the Human Rights Campaign or Freedom to Marry in support of equal marriage rights for LGBTQ couples. This is, by far, one of the most serious elements of our wedding; everything else is pretty silly and fun. However, we do want to show our support for the many gay and lesbian guests we'll have in attendance who are denied the rights we will enjoy as man and wife.” [Link]

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Best Of The Dish 2007: A Married Man

The Daily Dish
December 27, 2007

Andrew Sullivan writes about his pending wedding, "My old friend and marriage advocate Evan Wolfson reassured me as well: You're supposed to be in a zombie-state till the beauty of it breaks through.' Are zombies nervous? They never seem to be. They just stagger forward. Oh, well. Here goes ..."
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Making vows for equality

The Advocate
September 27, 2005
Straight couples like Tracy and Vivek are dedicating their weddings to the fight for equal marriage. [Link]

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