OPINION: Quaker statement on marriage equality

Lacrosse Tribune
October 20, 2006
On November's ballot, Wisconsin will vote on a constitutional ban on same-gender marriages. We of Religious Society of Friends believe the movement to isolate and scapegoat homosexuals, to promote hatred against them, and to impose in law one group's religious beliefs on us all, is blatantly immoral and contrary to Jesus' teachings. [link]

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OPINION: Walking in another’s shoes, then vote ‘no’

The Coulee News
October 19, 2006
Before you vote on this referendum item, please first ask yourself: "What if a child of mine, a sibling or another loved were to follow the unique, intrinsic compass with which each of us is born, and enter into a same-sex relationship with a partner for whom they care deeply?" Who among us has the right to judge such a person, much less reject them or discriminate against them? [link]

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Wisconsin Legal Protections

What's in store for WI?
Wisconsin State Journal
October 17, 2006

Wisconsin, once a leader in expanding legal protections for gay men and lesbians, is no longer a standout. Nonetheless, a court ruling that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in the state appears neither imminent nor impossible.[Link]

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Wisconsin Constitutional Amendment

WI anti-gay measure nears vote
Wisconsin State Journal
October 15, 2006

Wisconsin voters will decide whether or not to reject a discriminatory anti-gay measure constitutionalizing discrimination next month.
"What the proponents of this attack amendment are trying to do is tie the hands of the people of Wisconsin for all time so that the next generation, government agencies, cities, the state Legislature and others can never make their own decision on how to end this discrimination"
-Evan Wolfson

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Love and activism in WI

The Advocate
September 15, 2006
Wisconsin couple Richard Taylor and Ray Vahey were coming up on 50 years together when Taylor died in July. In their last year together they decided to finally come out to family and friends and joined a very public fight against a constitutional marriage exclusion amendment. [link]

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Public Opinion

Hope in CO, SD, WI
August 11, 2006

"The public is talking about (same-sex parented) families and how denying them the right to marry hurts them, and that continues to move public opinion in our favor"

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PODCAST: WI State Senator Mark Miller on civil rights and marriage

Forward Forum
July 29, 2006
Excerpts from an interview by John Quinlan on the public affairs radio program, Forward Forum, which aired on July 29, 2006 on WXXM, The Mic, 92.1 (www.themic921.com) in Madison, WI. State Senator Miller reflects on the parallels between laws that had historically prohibited interracial marriage and current prohibitions against marriage for same sex couples. He draws on his own experiences in the late 1960s, early in his marriage to Jo Oyama-Miller, his Japanese-American wife, when the young couple lived lived in Alabama—a state where it was still technically illegal for them to be married. The 13 minute clip also includes excerpts from a speech that then State Rep. delivered on the floor of the WI State Assembly March 4, 2004.

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