Survey: College Freshmen Support of Marriage Equality Reaches New High

Associated Press
January 22, 2009
UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute conducted its 43rd annual survey that was given to more than 240,000 incoming four-year college students during orientations from April through October. Just under two-thirds (66 percent) support marriage equality for same-sex couples. (Link)

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New Gay Protesters Reject Checkbook Activism

On Top Magazine
December 10, 2008
“Leaders of established organizations who resist welcoming new energy, new creativity, new involvement make a mistake,” Evan Wolfson said in a statement. “We need more people speaking to more people ... It is conversations – person to person, group to group – over time that creates the needed climate for true social and legal change for justice.” [Link]

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The more, the better

Google Comments
December 10, 2008
Evan Wolfson writes, "Those truly committed to change, whether through 'new' methodologies or 'old,' will shed complacency or negativity and do their parts -- and find ways to work together to bring that change sooner. All of Dr. King's 'methodologies of social change' remain as needed and relevant today; what we need is not just "new," it's more." [Link]

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Gay Rights 2.0

Newsweek
December 9, 2008
The outcry over the passage of Prop. 8 has led to a new wave of LGBT advocacy largely propelled by grassroots efforts organized on the Internet through e-mail, blog posts, text messages and social networking sites. [Link]

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Marriage Ban Inspires New Wave of Activists

The New York Times
December 9, 2008
Prop. 8's passage has motivated a new crop of LGBT advocates using "freshly minted grass-roots groups and embracing not only new technologies but also old-school methods like sit-ins and sickouts" in their work towards equality. Evan Wolfson said he applauded the sudden involvement of 'people who were either complacent or not reached" during the campaign against Proposition 8. But he cautioned that the advances and methods of older groups should not be discounted. "Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater," Mr. Wolfson said. "It's not so much a failure of leadership; it's an opportunity to bring more people in." [Link]

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San Diego Christian Church Apologizes for Prop. 8 Via Giant Billboard

Queerty
November 24, 2008
The church was founded by a group of young adults who say they wanted "to embody God's grace to the emerging/postmodern culture they were a part of." It's affiliated with The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) which has approximately 723,000 members throughout North America and is the denomination Ronald Reagan was baptized in. So, despite having a Facebook page and a podcast that includes titles like "Sexuality & Spirituality: Sex, Lies and Craigslist", the apologetic Christians sit squarely within the mainline Protestant tradition. [Link]

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Princeton Proposition 8 to protect traditional sidewalk values

AMERICAblog
November 24, 2008
A group of students at Princeton University would like to eliminate the right of freshmen to walk on campus sidewalks. Stating that they would like to "preserve traditional sidewalk values" that define a sidewalk as a "pathway for sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff, and other members of the university community," the group, which is acting in support of a measure termed "Princeton Proposition 8," is now entering its second successful week of demonstration. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Gay marriage? Fine by us

The Chronicle
November 18, 2008
The editorial board at Duke University's The Chronicle writes, "[G]ays, lesbians and their many allies--including this Board, which overwhelmingly opposes Proposition 8-style restrictions--hoped that California would be different... The success of homophobic legislation in California is an embarrassment not only to the state but to the nation as a whole." [Link]

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Young, wired and rallying for gay rights

Seattle Times
November 14, 2008
Twenty- and 30-somethings, some politically active for the first time, are coming to this movement energized and inspired by Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Like Malone, many handed out fliers, canvassed neighborhoods and made phone calls on Obama's behalf. "For me it was sobering, the excitement of Obama winning by such a large margin -- I was so very proud -- and then learning that three states had passed gay-marriage bans," Malone said. [Link]
Learn more about how to get involved.

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Young marriage activist leads national protests

365Gay.com
November 12, 2008
“Join the Impact” began as a blog post and email template by Willow Witte, a friend of Balliett’s who had sent the missive to inspire friends after the passage of California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8. By Monday morning, a plan had emerged: Cities around the country would organize their own efforts to coordinate a synchronized protest for Sat., Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m. PST. The movement became officially global with hits from the UK and France, and by Nov. 11, over one million visitors had come to the site. [Link]

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