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Judge sees equal rights coming

San Francisco Chronicle
June 15, 2008
California Chief Justice Ronald George says it won't be long before most Californians accept equal rights for gays and lesbians as a matter of course. [Link]

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Quote of the Week

"Today is a historic and deeply personal moment as we witness gay and lesbian couples marrying across California. Many of us have worked so hard, sharing our stories with anyone and everyone about why marriage matters, making every moment a marriage equality moment."


Molly McKay, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) Media Director

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A Toast To The Newlyweds in California, And A Vow To Protect Their Marriages

As the clock strikes 5pm on the west coast today, Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin will be married in San Francisco's City Hall. Together for more than half a century, Phyllis and Del are civil rights pioneers who have spent their lives together working for fairness and equality, and they will be the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license from the state of California.
California is now the second state to provide fairness for all families, and as with all civil rights achievements, the freedom to marry in California must be protected. While we witness this historic moment, remember that the most important action to take is to talk to friends and family members, neighbors and coworkers, about why this moment is so important for families in California and across our country.

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The State-by-State Marriage Race? (Second of Two Parts)

EDGE Boston
June 12, 2008
Wolfson says that as more people see same sex couples marrying and as they realize that no one losing out as a result, the movement towards marriage equality will gain generational momentum. [Link]

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The Marriage Race: Which State Will Be Next? Part 1

EDGE Boston
June 5, 2008
"The California ruling is of enormous importance both because it is so powerful and solid coming from a careful, cautious and highly respected court," said Evan Wolfson. "The influence that will that this decision will have in helping Americans to see families helped and no one hurt couldn’t be bigger," he said. [Link]

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The wedding aisle leads gay couples to California

USA Today
June 12, 2008
As the California Travel and Tourism Commission website showcases packages for gay honeymooners, tourism commission exec Susan Wilcox notes, "There is no doubt that same-sex marriage and vacations to California will be good for the economy."
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Public Opinion on Marriage Equality is Better Now Than in 2004

Pew Research Center
June 12, 2008
The balance of public opinion regarding marriage equality is more positive now than it was during the 2004 campaign.
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NYERS Split with Gov But Ok Equal Nups

New York Post
June 13, 2008
A Quinnipiac University poll found that voters, by 53 to 40 percent, said the governor was right to order the recognition of non-New York marriages without a gay exception.
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CA Friends and Foes List

The Advocate
June 12, 2008
The Advocate's list of our best friends and worst enemies when it comes to preserving the freedom of same-sex couples to marry in California. Here's your chance to get involved!
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When Father’s Day is a double celebration

MSNBC
June 13, 2008
Dads Devin and Geoffrey discuss the ordinariness of their family life with their three adopted children, but they note their desire for marriage equality so they can access the dignity and respect, protections and responsibilities of marriage.
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