A very personal issue

CNN
June 6, 2006
The fight for marriage equality is close to home for Joan and Nancy VanReese, partners for 18 years, who share a home in the Nashville suburbs. [link]

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OP-ED: Hope not lost for gay Alabamians: Struggle for equality will continue

The Anniston Star
June 4, 2006
"I am hopeful because for every hateful, misguided, naive word uttered about gay people by anti-gay extremists, there are more and more fair-minded Alabamians coming to understand the desire of the gay community to love and to live that love in freedom." [Link]

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Methodists approve gay and lesbian clergy, affirm marriage equality

WCCO
June 1, 2006
Delegates to the annual state convention of the United Methodist Church voted to urge the national church to support the freedom of gay and lesbian couples to marry and the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy. [link]

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On Capitol Hill, several bishops join opposition to anti-gay marriage amendment

Episcopal News Service
May 26, 2006
"Bishop Larry Maze of Arkansas and retired New Jersey Bishop Joe Morris Doss, now living in Louisiana, joined a diverse spectrum of clergy and religious leaders on Capitol Hill May 22 to speak against passage of the so-called 'Federal Marriage Amendment' (FMA)." [Link]

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It’s all about relationships

Gay Peoples' Chronicle
May 26, 2006
"Republicans, Democrats, LGBT friends and foes alike told the citizen lobbyists that the most important thing to do to influence lawmakers is to develop relationships, and communicate often." [link]

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Gay acceptance growing deep in Dixie

365Gay.com
May 19, 2006
"What Americans see increasingly is there's no negative impact on their own lives to have gays and lesbians living out in the open," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. "They go from an abstract idea to a real person with a real name and a real story. That makes all the difference." [Link]

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Cynical Republican Strategists

TomPaine.com
May 18, 2006

"The cynical strategists in the Republican Party who cater to the most bigoted
elements of its base may soon face the fact they've arrived in the 21st century
and gay-baiting just doesn't play like it used to."
[Link]

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Cynical Republican Strategists

TomPaine.com
May 18, 2006

"The cynical strategists in the Republican Party who cater to the most bigoted
elements of its base may soon face the fact they've arrived in the 21st century
and gay-baiting just doesn't play like it used to."
[Link]

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Advancing Our Cause

The Bay Area Reporter
May 11, 2006

"I want to emphasize again that we are not saying to couples like this, 'Don't
do anything; just sit and wait' What we are saying is, 'Don't do one thing —
roll the dice in court prematurely.' Rather, do the myriad other things — such
as telling your story, enlisting non-gay allies, building support — that will
actually advance our shared cause and create a climate in which well-timed
litigation will be more likely to succeed"
[Link]

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Celebrating APA Voices for Equality During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Freedom to Marry
May 10, 2006

Andy Wong, the Coalition Manager of Asian Equality states, "Indeed, when it comes to marriage equality, APAs are not simply standing on the sidelines; many are spearheading the struggle nationwide." [Link]

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