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Demonstrations of Solidarity

Workers World
October 17, 2006
When the National Executive Board of the United Farm Workers—a predominantly Latin@ union—announced its principled stance in support of marriage equality, UFW Southern California Political Director Christine Chávez restated her grandfather's support of gay rights. [Link]

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PODCAST: Evan Wolfson debates Maggie Gallagher

PODCAST: Evan Wolfson debates Maggie Gallagher at the Jewish Theological Seminary
Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
October 17, 2006


Debating Maggie Gallagher of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, a prolific opponent of gay couples' freedom to marry, Evan Wolfson quotes Ronald Reagan's critique of those who "see something happen in practice and wonder if it will work in theory."[Link to Podcast]

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Wisconsin Legal Protections

What's in store for WI?
Wisconsin State Journal
October 17, 2006


Wisconsin, once a leader in expanding legal protections for gay men and lesbians, is no longer a standout. Nonetheless, a court ruling that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in the state appears neither imminent nor impossible.[Link]

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Gay and lesbian couples optimistic for vote

Denver Post
October 16, 2006
Referendum I would eliminate complex and pricey steps to obtain medical and property rights, and would right wrongs in CO law in several ways, particularly in what some lawyers call "default rules" that determine basic property and decision-making rights. [Link]

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Wisconsin Constitutional Amendment

WI anti-gay measure nears vote
Wisconsin State Journal
October 15, 2006


Wisconsin voters will decide whether or not to reject a discriminatory anti-gay measure constitutionalizing discrimination next month.
"What the proponents of this attack amendment are trying to do is tie the hands of the people of Wisconsin for all time so that the next generation, government agencies, cities, the state Legislature and others can never make their own decision on how to end this discrimination"
-Evan Wolfson
[Link]

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Debating Discrimination

Taking Sides: Debating Discrimination
Freedom to Marry Communications Director Samiya Bashir
October 12, 2006


On the eve of Gubernatorial Candidate Elliot Spitzer's outspoken embrace of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, a leading architect of modern marriage movement squares off against one of President Bush's favorite right wing writer.
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Typical Rights Struggle

U.S. Supreme Court won't see marriage case at this time
Bay Area Reporter
October 12, 2006


"The typical pattern of civil rights advances in America is that national resolution comes after a period of patchwork in which states proceed at different speeds toward equality," said Evan Wolfson, following the news that the Supreme Court rejected the Smelt case.
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Children of lesbian and gay parents speak out about the freedom to marry

Freedom to Marry
October 11, 2006
With National Coming Out Day upon us, COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) and Freedom to Marry are working together to ensure that the voices of these young people who are being directly harmed by discrimination in marriage are heard. [Link]

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Tempe police, firefighter groups oppose anti-gay proposition

The Business Journal of Phoenix
October 11, 2006
The Tempe Officers Association and Tempe Firefighters Association have taken a stand against AZ's Proposition 107. The ballot question would prohibit gay & lesbian couples from marriage and bar governments from offering benefits and health insurance to unmarried couples both gay and non-gay. [Link]

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PODCAST: Evan Wolfson Addresses Kentucky

PODCAST: Evan Wolfson addresses Kentucky Fairness Alliance, rebounding after constitutional amendment vote
Kentucky Fairness Alliance
October 10, 2006


Speaking in Lexington, KY, Evan urges the 700+ non-gay and gay attendees not to "let the constitutional amendment be the last word," but rather, lay out a vision for how to move forward and win marriage equality for the thousands of Kentucky same-sex couples and their kids that the "reachable middle" has only begun to get to know.
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