Voice for Equality: Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin is currently serving her fifth term as a U.S. representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd district, which includes her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. She attended Smith College and received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1986, while still in law school, Tammy began her foray into politics by serving on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, a position she held until 1994. Tammy subsequently served on the Madison, Wisconsin City Council and then the Wisconsin State Assembly, until assuming the office of U.S. Congresswoman in 1999. Congresswoman Baldwin has been a trailblazer on many fronts. She is the first woman to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress. Moreover, she was the first ever openly gay non-incumbent and first lesbian to be elected a U.S. Representative. She has been a strong voice for equality for gay Americans and serves on the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

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Voice for Equality: Patricia Clarkson

The Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning actress, Patricia Clarkson, can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed film, "Elegy." She will next be seen in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" and Woody Allen's "Whatever Works." Past credits include "Good Night, and Good Luck," "They Dying Gaul," "Far from Heaven," "Pieces of April," " The Station Agent," "Miracle," "High Art," "Dogville," "Welcome to Collinwood," "The Pledge," and "The Green Mile." Born and raised in New Orleans, Patricia actively supports the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims.

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Voice for Equality: Carolyn Maloney

U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY-D) was first elected to Congress in 1992. She is recognized as a national leader with extensive accomplishments in financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues. On her website, she has said, "I am proud to be among the growing ranks of House Members who support full marriage equality for same-sex couples."

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New York City allows two moms on birth certificate

NY1
March 25, 2009
Married lesbian couples in the city can now be listed as parents on their children's birth certificates. The city Board of Health voted in favor of the change Tuesday. Previously, women would have to go through an adoption process to be listed as the official parents. [Link]

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Commentary: Charles Blow Gets it Wrong on Blacks and Prop. 8

To Form a More Perfect Union
December 2, 2008
To Form a More Perfect Union's John Wilkinson compiles responses from Leonce Gaiter, Dan Savage, and Pam Spaulding to Blow's suggestions of "do's" and "don't's" for gay groups hoping to reach black women. [Link]

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NYT op-ed on Prop 8, blacks and a ‘moral minority’

Pam's House Blend
December 1, 2008
Blogger Pam Spaulding writes, "I personally believe that our visible movement, largely not of color, simply doesn't feel it has the social tools or gravitas to engage blacks/minorities on this issue or any issue for that matter." [Link]

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OP-ED: Marriage and a Moral Minority

The New York Times
November 29, 2008
Charles M. Blow theorizes about African American support for anit-gay marriage amendments, based on a finding by CNN's exit poll that 75 percent of African American women voters in Calif. backed Prop. 8. He recommends vigorous engagement of African American women with information and voices that matter to them. [Link]

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Community mourns the loss of beloved civil rights leader Del Martin, 87

Contra Costa Times
August 27, 2008
Del Martin, a pioneering lesbian rights activist who married her lifelong partner on the first day same-sex couples could legally wed in California, has died. Her wife, Phyllis Lyon, was by her side. Gifts in lieu of flowers can be made to honor Del’s life and commitment and to defeat the California marriage ban through NCLR’s No On 8 PAC at www.nclrights.org/NoOn8. [Link]

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Children of lesbian families happy and healthy despite homophobia

Bay Windows
August 20, 2008
The 17-year-olds participating in the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) "demonstrate significantly higher social competence" and "significantly lower total problem behavior [than the standard population]. This is a very high indication of mental health," asserts Dr. Nanette Gartrell, principal investigator of the NLLFS and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco. "They are performing much better than the enormous [overall] population of teens out there." [Link]

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BLOG: “Deep” Thought #21: ‘Gay Marriage’ Will Exacerbate Black Fatherlessness

Fannie's Room
August 12, 2008
The "gay marriage poses unique dangers to African-American families" argument is convenient because it allows those who seek to perpetuate injustice to feign concern for the plight of an oppressed minority group. And often, this argument is used for another key purpose. It allows [anti-gay people] of all races to call all non-black supporters of marriage equality "racist" for supposedly not caring about the plight of African-American families. [Link]

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