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From Marriage Equality’s Ground Zero

Time Magazine
June 17, 2008
Same-sex couples began marrying late Monday night in courthouse ceremonies across California, putting triumphantly happy human faces on a debate that is nevertheless far from over. (Link)

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During a Historic Day, Mayor Newsom Reflects

The Advocate
June 17, 2008
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom reflects on the importance of marriage equality as same-sex couples begin to receive marriage licenses in California. (Link)

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DOJ OKs Benefits For Kids Of Same-Sex Couples

365Gay.com
June 18, 2008
Even though the federal Defense of Marriage Act bars Washington from recognizing or providing benefits to same-sex couples their children must be recognized by the Social Security Administration, the Department of Justice has determined. (Link)

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Marriage equality does not impact religious freedom

The Volokh Conspiracy
June 17, 2008
Examples of conflict arising from antidiscrimination law are often exaggerated and oversimplified. Catholicism and Orthodox Judaism, for example, refuse to recognize secular divorce. But few argue that we should refuse to let people divorce for this reason. [Link]

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The ACLU’s Matt Coles Tells Us Why Marriage Matters

The Advocate
June 17, 2008
Matt Coles, director of the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT & AIDS Project, answers the question, "Why -- some people, including a lot of gay people, ask -- do LGBT people care so much about marriage?" (Link)

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TRANSCRIPT: California Marriage: The Ruling and One Couple’s View

washingtonpost.com
June 16, 2008
University of the Pacific law professor Larry Levine was online Monday, June 16 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the implementation of the recent California Supreme Court ruling, and the fight ahead. He was joined by Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis. [Link]

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Editorial: Today belongs to couple, married at last after 50 years

Mercury News
June 17, 2008
The Mercury News editorial board congratulates committed same-sex couples who are marrying in California, and hopes weddings "will offer a human face to the polemics, and, we hope, persuade voters not to use the ballot box to deny them joy and respect." (Link)

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Religious views and a free society can co-exist

Christian Science Monitor
June 17, 2008
"Our society has done a pretty good job balancing personal views, including religious views, with the need to have basic rules protecting everyone against discrimination in the public sector, and there is no need now for a special gay exception," says Evan Wolfson. [Link]

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Defense of Marriage Act Splits ‘08ers

ABC News
June 16, 2008
As marriage equality was getting underway in California, the presidential candidates again found themselves on opposite sides of repealing the federal Defense of Marriage Act (D.O.M.A.) with Obama pledging repeal and McCain wanting to uphold the discriminatory law. (Link)

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Our opinion: Time right for marriage equality

The Desert Sun
June 17, 2008
After previously saying the state was not ready for marriage equality, the Desert Sun editorial staff opines, "We believe the time has come to allow - and accept - same-sex marriages. We also urge California to remain a strong leader in this movement." (Link)

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