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PODCAST: WI State Senator Mark Miller on civil rights and marriage

Forward Forum
July 29, 2006
Excerpts from an interview by John Quinlan on the public affairs radio program, Forward Forum, which aired on July 29, 2006 on WXXM, The Mic, 92.1 (www.themic921.com) in Madison, WI. State Senator Miller reflects on the parallels between laws that had historically prohibited interracial marriage and current prohibitions against marriage for same sex couples. He draws on his own experiences in the late 1960s, early in his marriage to Jo Oyama-Miller, his Japanese-American wife, when the young couple lived lived in Alabama—a state where it was still technically illegal for them to be married. The 13 minute clip also includes excerpts from a speech that then State Rep. delivered on the floor of the WI State Assembly March 4, 2004.
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Fighting Back: Marriage equality backers place newspaper ads
AP Wire
July 24, 2006

Signatories of the ads included the mayors of Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Providence, R.I., Portland, Ore., West Sacramento, Calif., and Palm Springs, Calif.
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What We Need Is More Engagement

Washington Blade
July 20, 2006

"What we need is more engagement, not less. And I can honestly say that I have heard no leader, no organization, no funder, no pundit call for retreat or surrender"

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The Desire for the Freedom to Marry

The Austin American-Statesman
July 19, 2006

"The fight for [marriage equality] is an outgrowth of the huge numbers of gay couples who have assimilated into American society in the past 30 years, bought homes, paid taxes, raised families and created complex life partnerships outside of any legal structure. The desire for marriage from the gay community increases with each decade, as more people come of age with the expectation that they will settle down in an openly gay partnership."

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Blogger: Don’t amend TN Constitution

Instapundit.com
July 15, 2006
"I'm going to try to figure out what I can do to oppose this measure, though it's a tricky political calculus as drawing attention to it may actually help its passage, since a failure to vote on the measure at all is tantamount to a 'no' vote. I suspect, though, that the anti-gay-marriage forces will make enough noise to ensure that it's not ignored." [link]

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Court Uses Accidental Babies to Justify Descrimination

Gay People's Chronicle
July 14, 2006

"In a ruling reminiscent of the now-overturned Bowers v. Hardwick decision upholding gay sex prohibitions, New York's highest court said gay and lesbian couples do not have a constitutional right to marry because heterosexual couples sometimes have accidental babies."

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Court Setbacks

PlanetOut.com
July 14, 2006

"Any threat to the Constitution has to be taken seriously, even if we know that the amendment isn't going anywhere," Wolfson said. "But there are many things we need to do, both positive and defensive. We need to not just survive an attack like this, but to win full marriage equality."



Court rulings against marriage equality won't stop movement
Bay Windows
July 13, 2006

"Am I upset about it? Yes. I am upset, frustrated, angry and shocked at the shoddiness of the opinion," said Wolfson. "But in some ways, that's the silver lining. The opinion is so unpersuasive and such a throw backit's unlikely to be an impediment to any court ready to apply a more serious level of scrutiny."


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Romney biggest contributor to SC anti-gay campaign

365Gay.com
July 4, 2006
"The extent of his involvement with the South Carolina group is seen as the beginning of an attempt to build a national coalition of conservative groups — something he will need if he goes ahead with his quest for the GOP presidential nomination." [link]

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Why We Fight for the Freedom to Marry

Equality California
July 10, 2006

"Our fight for the freedom to marry is a fulfillment of American values -- not just because most people value love, commitment, and protections for family, for which we seek marriage, but also because it is part of the history of freedom that those who seek freedom must stand up for it."


New York Blade
July 3, 2006

"There is no single gain that would more end discrimination and provide protection than winning the freedom to marry"

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COLUMN: ‘Together we shall overcome’

Southern Voice
June 23, 2006
"Ten years ago, I introduced Coretta Scott King at Atlanta Pride. Her message still resonates today." [Link]

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