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OPINION: A Victory for Equality and Justice

New York Times
May 17, 2008
“An individual’s sexual orientation — like a person’s race or gender — does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold rights,” wrote Chief Justice Ronald George, first appointed to the bench by Gov. Ronald Reagan. (Link)

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CA marriage decision may help Republicans

San Francisco Chronicle
May 16, 2008
"If (McCain) comes out in favor of discrimination, he will be in stark contrast with the single most popular Republican in the country - his good friend, Gov. Schwarzenegger," said Evan Wolfson. (Link)

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California Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage a Benefit to Everyone

Black America Web
May 16, 2008
National Black Justice Coalition's H. Alexander Robinson writes, "Today we stand at a pivotal point in history. As a black community, we have the unique opportunity of ushering in a new era of social change and progress for another oppressed group." (Link)

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Opposition prepares for battle

New York Times
May 18, 2008
Just hours after the California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, Mathew D. Staver was already raising money to overturn the decision. (Link)

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California chief justice says marriage ruling was one of his toughest

Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2008
As he read the legal arguments, the 68-year-old moderate Republican Chief Justice was drawn by memory to a long ago trip he made with his European immigrant parents through the American South. (Link)

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Marriage ruling splits faith leaders

San Jose Mercury News
May 18, 2008
There are signs that just as public opinion is moving toward accepting gay rights, including state-sanctioned marriages, so might religious communities. (Link)

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Quote of the Week

"In view of the substance and significance of the fundamental right to form a family relationship, the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples."
The California Supreme Court in their landmark decision granting gay and lesbian couples in California the freedom to marry

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D.C. Council expands DP law

Washington Blade
May 16, 2008

The D.C. Council approved the addition of 39 new provisions to the city’s domestic partners law, bringing the law to a point where same-sex couples who register as domestic partners will receive most, but not quite all, of the rights and benefits of marriage under District law. (Link)

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Equal rights are now promised every Californian

San Diego Union Tribune
May 16, 2008

Barbara Cox discusses the personal importance of the CA decision to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage which will recognize her marriage, and notes how the court understood the weight of "marriage." (Link)

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Will I Live to See My Wedding Day?

Huffington Post
May 15, 2008

Shaun Jacob Halper blogs about anticipating the California Supreme Court decision on marriage for gay couples, and his personal fear that he will never be able to marry. (Link)

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