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Legislator seeks reprimand of colleague

The Arizona Daily Star
July 22, 2008
The dust-up in the Senate over marriage on the last night of the legislative session has one lawmaker seeking to have another one formally reprimanded. In a complaint filed Monday, Sen. Ken Cheuvront, D-Phoenix, said Sen. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, used his position to illegally interrupt debate, and then purposely ignored legal protests. [Link]

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Out-of-state marriage law faces obstacles to repeal in House

The Belmont Citizen-Herald
July 21, 2008
Spellane said lawmakers' constituents already know where their elected officials stand on marriage. "I don’t believe, for the most part, that constituents vote on one particular issue," he said. "There’s no better timing to do this than right now...We need to repeal this thing." [Link]

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LETTER: Voting for doctrine

The Salt Lake Tribune
July 21, 2008
A church's doctrine should not be imposed on others, and everyone should have as much opportunity to flourish as that society can offer. [Link]

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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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Measure to prohibit gay unions is trailing

San Diego Union Tribune
July 18, 2008
Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment that would ban marriage equality in California, is opposed by 51 percent of likely voters with 42 percent in favor, according to a new Field Poll. The Field Poll director discusses what this means. (Link)

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EDITORIAL: Mass. a leader in equality

The Sun Chronicle
July 20, 2008
Congratulations to the Massachusetts Legislature for taking discrimination off the books and further cementing the state's reputation as a champion of equality. [Link]

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Miss Manners: Introduce your husband - as your husband

The Mercury News
July 20, 2008
Miss Manners advises, "By all means, employ the conventional terms and acknowledgments of marriage. The more you get used to doing this normally, rather than as propaganda, the more unremarkable it will seem to others." [Link]

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OP-ED: Dollar Tree refuses to recognize California law & same-sex marriage

Mantaceta Bulletin
July 16, 2008
"Dollar Tree's position is that the benefit book given to employees makes it clear they do not recognize same sex marriage. Really. There are two little problems with that. One, is that Dollar Tree cannot operate in California and be above the law. Two, that is not what their own benefits booklet distributed to Dollar Tree employees states." [Link]

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No! to marriage ban

Religious Right Watch
July 18, 2008
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has set up a special fund, "No On Proposition 8," to direct 100% of your contribution today to the fight against the anti-marriage ballot initiative in California. [Link]

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"It's like we've been Photoshopped out of the picture. How long is the federal
government going to pretend we don't exist?"

Diane Curtis, The Washington Post, 7/17/08

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