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Making same-sex couples’ marriages count

Los Angeles Times
July 18, 2008
Decisions about data collection should not be driven by political and value-laden judgments about marriage. They should be grounded in the demographic and legal realities of this nation. [Link]

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Majority in poll rejects marriage ban

Sacramento Bee
July 18, 2008
A new Field Poll finds that 51 percent of Calif. voters oppose a constitutional amendment to ban marriage for gay couples, while 42 percent support Prop. 8 and 7 percent are undecided. [Link]

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Exclusion looks even dumber now

Detroit Free Press
July 18, 2008
As Michigan wages a mostly unsuccessful struggle to retain good jobs and well-educated workers, its policy of excluding gays (or exempting them from rights and privileges enjoyed by other citizens, which is the same thing) looks stupider with each passing day. [Link]

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Some say Calif. draining money from Fla. amendment fight

Washington Blade
July 18, 2008
Evan Wolfson said he hopes supporters of marriage equality would “all dig a little deeper and support important work in Florida.” But he called California an “absolutely top priority” and said all supporters should contribute to the campaign because a victory there would “tremendously benefit” the nationwide fight for marriage. [Link]

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One Month Anniversary of Marriage in California

San Francisco Bay Times
July 17, 2008
Local communities have also expressed support for these weddings. In Santa Cruz, Dinah and Gail, together 26 years, got married and in response, their county clerk said, “When you talk to these couples who have been together decades, it just breaks my heart knowing they couldn’t do this before.” [Link]

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Gay couples’ marriages are forever in Oklahoma

Macleans
July 16, 2008
First comes love, then comes marriage — and then, for many couples, comes divorce. Unless, that is, you're gay and you live in a state that doesn't recognize your union. Couples who find themselves in this predicament can face a terrible prospect: being unhappily married for life. [Link]

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Repeal could motivate action

Associated Press
July 17, 2008
For marriage equality supporters, "it's certainly a step in the right direction. It does show how society is evolving," said Rick Trombley, a gay activist and former Democratic state senator in New Hampshire. [Link]

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Pastors defy United Methodist officials to conduct gay weddings

Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2008
Scores of United Methodist Church ministers in California are putting their careers on the line in an open revolt against religious edicts that forbid them to conduct weddings for gay and lesbian couples. [Link]

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Bid to stop gay couples from marrying will stay on ballot, California Supreme Court rules

Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2008
A voter initiative to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage will remain on the November ballot, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Wednesday. [Link]

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CA: Marriage Numbers Remain High Month After Legalization

CBS5
July 16, 2008
"They're waiting in line for half an hour or 45 minutes and they get to your window, and they're happy,'' Chief Deputy Clerk Vicki Petersen said. "I've worked here for almost 22 years and never have we had a time when we got so many thank you cards, so many e-mails, so many letters.'' [Link]

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