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OPINION: Love, marriage and ... lutefisk?

Winona Daily News
August 20, 2006
If you think same-sex marriages are a corruption of family values, we're a society that allows crack-heads, criminals, and Ozzy Osbourne to marry and have kids. Are a couple of antiquers from San Francisco really more of a threat to children than Britney Spears? [link]

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Asking For What We Deserve

INTERVIEW: Evan Wolfson brings message to Seattle, to speak at ERW fundraiser
Seattle Gay News
August 18, 2006


We are not asking for too much. We are asking for what we deserve and the more we make the case the more people are coming to understand that. The set backs are a predictable and inescapable feature of struggle. ... It's just unrealistic to think that we can ask America to change the way it has imposed second class citizenship on Gay people and their loved ones without having defeat as well as victories. Unfortunately, we have to live through both but - if we battle through both - we will bring ourselves to a full triumph.

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Illinois officials vote to keep anti-gay ban off November ballot

Bgay.com
August 14, 2006
The Illinois Board of Election on Friday upheld a decision not to allow a proposed referendum on marriage for gay and lesbian couples on the ballot in Illinois because the conservative group behind the initiative did not collect enough valid signatures. [Link]

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Hope in CO, SD, WI

Stateline.org
August 11, 2006
"The public is talking about (same-sex parented) families and how denying them the right to marry hurts them, and that continues to move public opinion in our favor," said Evan Wolfson, director of a group, Freedom to Marry, and one of the first lawyers to sue for same-sex couples' right to marry in Hawaii in the 1990s. [link]

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Public Opinion

Hope in CO, SD, WI
Stateline.org
August 11, 2006


"The public is talking about (same-sex parented) families and how denying them the right to marry hurts them, and that continues to move public opinion in our favor"
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Feeling unwelcome, some gays vacate VA

The Washington Post
August 7, 2006
Art director Beth Lower and her partner, Kati Towle, owned a home in Arlington but didn't know about the Virginia laws until they went to a lawyer to draw up a will and adoption paperwork for Lower after Towle became pregnant. "The lawyer said, 'Don't have that baby in Virginia,' " recalled Lower, who works for a trade association. "We weren't really into Virginia politics, so we didn't really know about any laws that might be working against us." [Link]

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Oklahoma marriage case survives standing motion

Leonard Link
July 31, 2006
U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled on July 20 in Bishop v. State of Oklahoma, 2006 WL 2045877, that two Oklahoma same-sex couples can litigate various challenges to the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act and Oklahoma's anti-same-sex-marriage constitutional amendment, but sharply reduced the scope of the case by eliminating certain legal theories from consideration and finding that the couples lacked standing to raise certain legal questions. [link]

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Success Comes from Convincing Americans

Court decisions point to timidity
Christian Science Monitor
July 28, 2006


"Whether you start this in a court or you start this in a legislature, ultimately to succeed we have to convince Americans that it is wrong to exclude same-sex couples from marriage," says Matthew Coles, director of the ACLU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project in New York.
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They Do Their Job, While We Do Ours

Washington legislator promises to introduce marriage-equality bill
The Advocate
July 27, 2006


"By 5-4, these judges failed to do their job. Now the legislators must do their job, acting to end this discrimination, while we do ours, speaking out about who gay families are and why marriage matters."
-Evan Wolfson
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Attempt to De-Legitimize Courts

Washington court's decision disappointing
Washington Blade
July 27, 2006


The past few months have been a rocky patch for the marriage equality movement, partly by coincidence and partly by concerted efforts on behalf of religious right groups to "intimidate and de-legitimize the courts."
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Decisions create resolve
Gay City News
July 27, 2006

"Almost everyone in America agrees that marriage is important, it's clear that marriage is a fundamental right under the Constitution, but somehow when it comes to gay couples the courts treat their exclusion from marriage as trivial and warranting only a very minimal review,"
-Evan Wolfson

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