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Scrooge’s nightmare

Salon.com
November 25, 2004
All the claims about mandates and values notwithstanding, the very fact that one-fifth of voters cited moral values means that four-fifths didn't. In fact, we heard much the same talk about the rise of conservative social values in the Reagan '80s, yet scholars who have studied attitudes in that period have found little evidence to suggest any reversal of the social liberalism that began in the '60s, particularly on issues involving family, women, morality, sexuality and overall tolerance. We must be careful not to confuse election results with cultural trends. [Link]

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Judge dismisses transgender marriage-fraud lawsuit

PlanetOut
November 17, 2004
Sandy Gast and Georgi Somers are two transwomen who tried to marry. Gast's application for a marriage license led to her arrest for fraud. [Link]

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Liberal Christians challenge ‘values vote’

Washington Post
November 10, 2004
Throughout the presidential campaign, opinion polls showed that frequent churchgoers were far more likely to support Bush than his Democratic rival, Sen. John F. Kerry. Exit polls on Election Day found that 22 percent of voters cited "moral values" as the key to their vote, and they tilted 4 to 1 toward Bush. The answer to this "God gap," Perriello said, "is that progressives need to embrace the deep moral critique that people are looking for and make that case on poverty and Iraq, and not just try to talk more about God or outpace the Republicans on gay marriage or abortion." [Link]

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Moral Values Malarkey

CBS
November 5, 2004
While the nexus of issues boiled into the words "moral values" certainly were a big factor in this election, it’s being exaggerated partly because of the oddities of the poll itself and partly because the Big Theory conforms with what Republican strategists want you to believe. [Link]

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Discriminatory marriage ban passed in North Dakota

USA Today
November 2, 2004
The North Dakota measure limits marriage rights to man-woman couples and restricts civil unions. [link]

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OPINION: Reject my mother’s bigotry

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 29, 2004
"I am the daughter of Sadie Fields, president of the Christian Coalition of Georgia... I am writing to encourage you not to follow my mother's lead." [Link]

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Ohio marriage supporters gain powerful ally — the AARP

Rainbow Network
October 5, 2004
The powerful 35 million member senior support and lobbying organization, the American Association of Retired People, has announced opposition to a state constitutional amendment. [link]

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Kerry explains support for Massachusetts and Missouri amendments

Washington Blade
September 24, 2004
"I was unbriefed and I thought it was the same amendment we had in Massachusetts... I just thought it was a simple prohibition...I just didn't know it went as far as it did and, obviously, I don't support it." [link]

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NBJC condemns discriminatory constitutional vote in Missouri

National Black Justice Coalition
August 4, 2004
"George W. Bush and his radical conservative allies are seeking to divide us on this issue...African Americans oppose discrimination in all its forms." [link]

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LIBRARY JOURNAL: Book review, Why Marriage Matters

Library Journal (July 2004)
July 13, 2004

Wolfson shows that marriage has changed in meaning over the years and points out how similar fears were raised in the 1960s to justify denying marriage to interracial couples. [Link]

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