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Open Letter to California Mormons

Affirmations
June 24, 2008
Jeffrey Nielsen, a member of the Mormon Church, writes, “We should never allow our constitutions, whether state of federal, to become weapons in a crusade to impose a particular religious value system upon a pluralistic democracy.” (Link)

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Gay marriage redux

The Hill
June 24, 2008
Mark Mellman shows that not only were theories of anti-marriage amendments affecting the 2004 presidential race baseless and wrong, but also such theories are again wrong about the California anti-marriage initiative this year affecting the 2008 presidential election. (Link)

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John Wildermuth: Presidential race could sway outcome of California’s marriage initiative in Novembe

SF Gate Politics Blog
June 23, 2008
John Wildermuth discusses how the 2008 presidential campaign could affect the outcome of the anti-marriage initiative in California (especially with the surge of young voters), instead of the opposite being true, the initiative affecting the presidential race. (Link)

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Commissioners advance benefits proposal for gay married couples who work for Cook County

Chicago Tribune
June 24, 2008
Same-sex couples who work for Cook County won't lose their benefits if they get married in other states under a proposal county commissioners advanced Tuesday. (Link)

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Marriages, Hoses, and Dogs: California Will Defeat Anti Marriage Equality Ballot Measure in November

California Progress Report
June 22, 2008
Bob Mulholland predicts the anti-marriage initiative in California will be defeated this November because people across the country have reanalyzed their views on marriage equality after 2004 and equality in Massachusetts, which has led to continually increasing public opinion for the freedom to marry. (Link)

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I Don’t (But I Might Soon)

AFF Doublethink Online
June 24, 2008
Dorian Davis writes that, "it seems clear that the long-term fate of the issue is already settled. The question that remains, then, is how long it will take the Republican party to notice." [Link]

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Marriage Equality Is Supported by a Majority of the Public

AlterNet
June 23, 2008
Deb Price writes that one of the most exciting things about the delightful first wave of gay couples' weddings across California was how much the nation took it in stride. [Link]

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COLUMNIST: Same-sex marriages strike blow to prejudice

Fresno Bee
June 23, 2008
"I'm sensing that, just like the state Supreme Court, a majority of Californians are coming to their senses about gay marriage and understand that prejudice is prejudice -- whether we're talking about race, gender, religion or sexual orientation." [Link]

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Ocean State politicos seek marriage equality

EDGE Providence
June 24, 2008
Five members of the General Assembly have sponsored marriage equality legislation in Rhode Island this year. Rep. Frank Ferri (D-Warwick) recently celebrated the second anniversary of his marriage to Tony Caparco, and they were recognized on the floor of the House. [Link]

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Editorial: Marriage shouldn’t be government’s concern

Orange County Register
June 22, 2008
The editorial staff writes in favor of the freedom to marry in California and refutes a line of attack: "It is argued that allowing same-sex marriage will infringe on the religious freedom of people who have a religiously based objection to it. It is hard to see the validity." (Link)

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