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A Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT Community

Obama Pride
June 6, 2008
"As your President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws... I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples..." [pdf Link]

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In Massachusetts, a ‘long journey’ changes judgment on marriage

The Mercury News
June 8, 2008
Mass. residents who once opposed marriage for gay couples explain their change of heart: "You go into the homes of gay couples and you feel the happiness...It was kind of incredible." [Link]

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CA Battle Over Marriage Raises Novel Legal Questions

Washington Post
June 8, 2008
"If the November measure were to pass, we would be entering unprecedented territory," said David B. Cruz, an expert on constitutional law at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. "We have never seen a constitutional amendment like this in California that would take away rights that people had already exercised." [Link]

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OP/ED: What hath our initiative process wrought?

Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2008
Why is it easier to take away civil rights than approve a 1/2-cent sales tax? It would take just 51% of the electorate to write discrimination into California's Constitution and a whopping 67% to invest in their infrastructure and environment. [Link]

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California sees economic windfall in gay couples’ weddings

San Francisco Chronicle
June 5, 2008
A multitude of weddings is likely to be good business at a time when many folks are in belt-tightening mode. [Link]

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Timing of marriage licenses for same-sex couples varies

Mercury News
June 6, 2008
The official time for marriage licenses to be available to same-sex couples in California is 5:01p.m. on June 16, but offices will vary as to if they stay open late on the 16th or just start issuing licenses on June 17th. (Link)

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Same-sex couples can begin to marry after workday on June 16

San Francisco Chronicle
June 6, 2008
Same-sex couples can begin marrying June 16 at 5 p.m., the California Office of Vital Records said today. (Link)

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Historic Court Ruling Has National Significance

Washington Blade
June 6, 2008
The attorneys general of 10 states banded together to ask the California justices to issue a stay of their decision. Evan Wolfson called the request from the attorneys general an example of “breathtaking hypocrisy.” [Link]

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California’s Moment

The Daily Dish
June 5, 2008
Andrew Sullivan writes, "If voters are asked to decide on the abstract question of marriage equality, they respond differently than if they are asked to decide about civil marriages already in existence." [Link]

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CA marriage FAQ

San Jose Mercury News
June 5, 2008
Here are some frequently asked questions about new marriage rules, which are scheduled to begin in California later this month. [Link]

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