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Vignettes from California’s weddings of same-sex couples

Associated Press
June 17, 2008
The AP profiles couples marrying in California after the state ends the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.
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Gay couples in California get marriage licenses

MSNBC
June 17, 2008
Dozens of gay couples were married Monday after a landmark ruling making California the second U.S. state to honor the freedom to marry went into effect.
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The right to love

Los Angeles Times
June 17, 2008
The LA Times editorial staff notes same-sex unions do not diminish the bonds of marriage, they uphold them. (Link)

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Wave of weddings for Bay Area same-sex couples

San Francisco Chronicle
June 17, 2008
Uttering the two simple words "I do," dozens of same-sex couples were wed in the Bay Area on Monday evening as California became the second state in the nation to grant marriage to gay and lesbian couples. [Link]

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Stance on Marriage Brings Surprises for Paterson

New York Times
June 16, 2008
Gov. David A. Paterson has unexpectedly discovered that some of the people who are most grateful to him for issuing the order to state agencies to honor marriages of same-sex couple sare, in fact, parents with a gay son or a lesbian daughter. [Link]

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It’s the same old story when breaking marriage barriers

Los Angeles Times
June 17, 2008
"Toshiko Wilkinson isn't claiming any special wisdom. She's not looking for a soapbox. She's merely agreed to my request to talk about her marriage, since it began amid a swirl of societal and family doubts that sound vaguely familiar to those in the wind today as same-sex marriage goes on the books in California." [Link]

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Governor’s Acceptance of Gay Daughter Sends Message of Tolerance

AlterNet
June 16, 2008
It is important that other prominent African-American politicians follow Governor Deval Patrick's lead and vocally support gay rights. [Link]

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Happiness is not just for heterosexuals

Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2008
George Skelton discusses how he came to support the freedom to marry.
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In Defense of Marriage

Huffington Post
June 16, 2008
Sherman Yellen writes that he supports marriage for gay couples, and reflects on his own marriage, marriages of politicians, and love. [Link]

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Marriage equality hits home with legal crusaders

San Francisco Chronicle
June 15, 2008
Lawyers who fought for the freedom to marry in California discuss why the case was so important.
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