The Aisle of Least Resistance

The American Prospect
July 21, 2008
Courtney E. Martin writes, "I've always been partial to Audre Lorde's insight that 'the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.' But professor of Chicano/a studies, Lisa Justine Hernandez, who is getting married this month, sees the radical potential in marriage. 'I think it works both ways,' she told me. 'Jane and I are being transformed by the outpouring of love and support from our families. Our marriage has opened positive conversation and also transformed others.'" [Link]

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Married in San Diego—Update!

Pam's House Blend
June 17, 2008
"My partner - now wife - Kristi and I were legally married today in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in downtown San Diego. We will be having a larger ceremony and reception for ourselves and our families in a few months, but we didn't want to wait that long to marry. As two women who have disabilities, having the legal rights of a married couple, including inheritance and medical decision making, are especially important to us. But most of all, we got married for the same reason any other couple marries - because we love each other." [Link]

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Saying ‘I Do,’ Making History, Planning a Party

New York Times
June 18, 2008
Kim Severson discusses the planning of weddings in California for gay and lesbian couples noting, "Their weddings may be historic, but the stress level and fussing are completely familiar." (Link)

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Lesbian pioneer activists see wish fulfilled

San Francisco Chronicle
June 16, 2008
Lesbian rights pioneers Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, together for more than half a century, will get married in San Francisco City Hall this evening. (Link)

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S.F. couple ready to be first again

San Francisco Chronicle
June 10, 2008
Mayor Gavin Newsom said Monday that Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon's wedding, which he will officiate, will be the only one held in City Hall that day. Martin and Lyon have been together more than five decades, and they were the first couple to marry four years ago.[Link]

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Gay Unions Shed Light on Gender in Marriage

New York Times
June 10, 2008
A growing body of evidence shows that same-sex couples have a great deal to teach everyone else about marriage and relationships. [Link]

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BLOG: The politics of ‘gay marriage’

The G Spot
May 20, 2008
A young, non-gay woman talks about her changing view on marriage--and the freedom to marry--saying, "It exposes the evil lie on the part of conservatives that being gay is about some debased, sinful lifestyle, and makes it crystal clear that what the whole gay rights debate is really about nothing more than the right to love, and to live in dignity." (Link)

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Freedom to Marry Voice of Equality shares message of equality, activism

The Daily Evergreen
March 5, 2007
Dolores Huerta's speech at Pullman University touched on a variety of issues — including women's roles, racism, social injustice, immigration and marriage equality. "Once we know, we have to act on our knowledge. Nothing is going to change unless we change it." Huerta said, encouraging students to take attainable steps toward change, such as calling out people who use degrading terminology, organizing in groups to support causes, and writing letters to legislators.[link]

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OPINION: We can have both: ERA and marriage equality

Women's eNews
February 21, 2007
Instead of seeking to extricate the ERA from contemporary legal arguments about marriage equality, let's honor the history of lesbian's work for women's rights. Let's support lesbians in the quest for marriage equality and embrace them fully and openly in the movement to pass the ERA. [Link]

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