High schooler spars with Rove over so-called “gay marriage”

Think Progress
February 12, 2008
During his controversial speech at New England prep school Choate Rosemary Hall yesterday, former Bush adviser Karl Rove was challenged by a student “to explain how giving gay people the right to marry would endanger other people.” Rove dodged answering her at first, saying that the issue “should be resolved by a legislature or a referendum, not a court.” But the student, Choate senior Marla Spivak, continued to press him. [Link]

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Gearing up for battle in FL

Washington Blade
December 19, 2007

Activists are gearing up to oppose the proposed Florida anti-marriage amendment. While some express hope that non-gay retirees will believe the amendment will harm them, Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson advises activists to explicitly support marriage equality with a steady drumbeat of local faces and voices. Wolfson said opponents of the amendment must make it clear to Floridians that the fight isn't about lofty ideological arguments, but that, if approved, the amendment will hurt same-sex couples and their children in practical, everyday ways.
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Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay

USA Today
October 10, 2007
Survey research of people ages 16-29 show a majority view Christianity as hypocritical and anti-gay; attitudes about gay people are driving a negative image of the faith. "The anti-homosexual perception has now become sort of the Geiger counter of Christians' ability to love and work with people," said said David Kinnaman, Barna Group president and author of the book, UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity. [Link]

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Poll: Young voters disenchanted with Republican party’s stance on marriage, among others

San Francisco Chronicle
August 27, 2007
Young Americans have become so profoundly alienated from Republican ideals on issues including the war in Iraq, global warming, marriage for gay and lesbian couples, and illegal immigration that their defections suggest a political setback that could haunt Republicans "for many generations to come," the poll said. [link]

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BLOG: Soulforce’s Right to Marry campaign begins

Soulforce Blog
July 15, 2007
After picking students up from train stations in New York City, they traveled to Albany to begin training. The leadership of the initiative assembled a host of seminars that would prepare the students for meetings with NY politicians, community leaders, and constituents. [Link]

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Another new polls show gay acceptance on the rise, especially with younger people

Washington Blade
July 6, 2007
Evan Wolfson said differing attitudes about marriage equality could be because the younger respondents grew up in a time of greater visibility and open discussion of gays and lesbians. "The key to changing hearts is getting people to hear from and about real people," he said, "rather than approach it in the hypothetical or with just scary rhetoric or abstractions. That's why getting gay and non-gay people to talk about why marriage matters for real couples and kids, reaching out to the people around us and asking them for their support is so crucial." [Link]

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Another new polls show gay acceptance on the rise, especially with younger people

Washington Blade
July 6, 2007

Evan Wolfson said differing attitudes about marriage equality could be because the younger respondents grew up in a time of greater visibility and open discussion of gays and lesbians. "The key to changing hearts is getting people to hear from and about real people," he said, "rather than approach it in the hypothetical or with just scary rhetoric or abstractions. That's why getting gay and non-gay people to talk about why marriage matters for real couples and kids, reaching out to the people around us and asking them for their support is so crucial."
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The kids are all right

Hour.ca
June 7, 2007
A study commissioned by the former federal Liberal government was finally released to the public in May after its author had to resort to Canada's Access to Information Act to get the Tories to release it. The report compares the results of almost 50 North American, European and British studies about families headed by gay and lesbian parents from North America, with the results of another 25 studies of single-parent families. The international studies span the past 30 years. [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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Marriage support growing among young adults: survey

Washington Blade
January 19, 2007
According to the study released last week by the Pew Research Center, an estimated 47 percent of adults ages 18-25 support legalizing gay and lesbian marriages. By comparison, an estimated 30 percent of adults age 26 and older back marriage equality. [Link]

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