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BLOG: Marriage equality advocates gear up for battles in New England, other states

Page One Q
February 20, 2007

"It all comes down to one question: Either civil unions and marriage are the same, in which case why do we need two lines at the clerk's office, or they are not the same, in which case, what is the government withholding, and why should it," Evan Wolfson told PageOneQ. "And I think our opponents have no answer to that question."
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China holds first Freedom to Marry Day protest

Pink News
February 19, 2007
On Valentine's Day, Beijing's gay population protested for marriage equality. This was the Freedom to Marry Day event in China. In addition, many by-standers supported the protesters. "I think it's only fair; it's everybody's right to get married," Liu Peng, one of the crowd who watched the protest, told the Advocate. "I support them. I think it's great." [Link]

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Couples gather for gay rights

The Daily Texan
February 19, 2007
It was unusually warm at the end of a week that charted record low temperatures only days before. More than 100 people welcomed a resurgence of sunshine Saturday at the City Hall plaza for the culmination of national Freedom to Marry Week. [link]

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Marriage supporters rally for their cause at RI State House

The Providence Journal
February 15, 2007
"I am the pastor of a church that recognizes that same-sex marriage is God's will. And I personally believe that same-sex marriage is a part of God's plan. To believe otherwise is unthinkable to us," Dyszlewski said. "To believe otherwise is to imagine that in creating diversity in nature God made a mistake. What's even worse is to imagine that in creating humanity God made a mistake." [link]

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A red-letter day

The Ocala Star-Banner
February 15, 2007
For Valentine's Day, and in observance of the 10th annual Freedom to Marry Week, the Metropolitan Community Church of Ocala recognized seven couples who are in long-term, committed relationships, but cannot be legally married. [Link]

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OPINION: Freedom to Marry Week call to action by mayor of Eugene, OR

The Register-Guard
February 14, 2007
The mayor of Eugene, OR, writes, "This week, I hope the people of Eugene will join me in honoring Freedom to Marry Week, in recognition of the desire of all committed couples, gay or straight, to have their relationships recognized — not in a symbolic way, but in all ways legal, spiritual and philosophical." [link]

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OPINION: The right to marry: who is really at risk?

Minnesota Daily
February 12, 2007
Today the GLBTA community celebrates National Freedom to Marry Day. Though it is not an election year where the right to have one's love legally recognized is at risk, the goal of educating people on GLBTA issues and facilitating open-ended discourse is as important as ever. Even those in the community who do not believe marriage is an institution of which they want to be a part, the ideal of social equality in the near future fuels their drive to fight for what they feel is right. [link]

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OPINION: The right to marry: who is really at risk?

Minnesota Daily
February 12, 2007

Today the GLBTA community celebrates National Freedom to Marry Day. Though it is not an election year where the right to have one's love legally recognized is at risk, the goal of educating people on GLBTA issues and facilitating open-ended discourse is as important as ever. Even those in the community who do not believe marriage is an institution of which they want to be a part, the ideal of social equality in the near future fuels their drive to fight for what they feel is right.
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Marriage battle heats up in Connecticut

PageOneQ
February 9, 2007

Wolfson said they specifically chose the February time period to allow organizers to hold events in conjunction with Lincoln's birthday and Valentines Day, "to reflect the ideas of equality and love, which adds up to the freedom to marry." "Of course, every week needs to be freedom to marry week until we have won the freedom to marry. It doesn't stop on Feb. 17," he said. "But, it is another opportunity to have the all important conversations that help people move toward fairness."
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BLOG: Freedom to Marry vs. Justification to Discriminate

Good As You
February 8, 2007

People are slowly catching on to thing those of us on this side of the issue have always known, which is that they will say almost anything to justify their gay bias! Initiatives like the inspired Washington proposal will only help America connect the dots.
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