A Series of Unstoppable Events: The Fight for Marriage Begins Again

Gay Wired
June 4, 2008
Sarah Whitman writes, "Whether you look to the Stonewall Riots or the more recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court rules on Goodridge vs. The Department of Public Health, change cannot be stopped. And like the Brown vs. the Board of Education case, it is about more than marriage rights. It is about human rights. It is about equality on every level." [Link]

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The California Anti-Marriage Initiative - What Does It Mean?

Leonard Link
June 3, 2008
Arthur Leonard writes, "What would the proposed amendment mean, if it were enacted? Most significantly, what impact would it have on the validity of same-sex marriages that were performed prior to its effective date?" [Link]

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Jay Leno Says “I Do” in Support of the Freedom to Marry

E! Online
June 3, 2008
The Tonight Show host decided to make an appearance at a marriage celebration in California in support of the recent Supreme Court decision. [Link]

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In Harlem, the Governor’s Support of Marriage Equality Gets a Mixed Reaction

New York Times
June 2, 2008
Harlem residents express a variety of reactions to Gov. Paterson's support of marriage equality from very negative to very positive. “I have nothing against same-sex marriage, if it makes people happy,” said Lorice Johnson, 70. Other Harlem residents voiced more nuanced views, saying that while they disagreed with "same-sex marriage", they still approved of Mr. Paterson’s leadership. [Link]

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This time, “gay marriage” won’t galvanize voters

Bloomberg News
June 1, 2008

Albert R. Hunt discusses why “gay marriage” will not be a key factor in the 2008 election and notes, “the arguments against gay marriage are eroding.” [Link]

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First Monday: The Moment Has Arrived — The Fight For Fundamental Freedom In California

June 2, 2008
Seth Kilbourn discusses Equality for All, the campaign to stop the anti-marriage initiative in CA and protect the freedom to marry: “The battle is on…We can win this campaign if we all dig deep and contribute what we can, whether we live in California or not. This has to be a national effort. As we have demonstrated time and time again in California: working together we can ensure fundamental freedom, fairness, and equality for all.” [Link]

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Anti-marriage measure qualifies for California ballot

Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2008
The California secretary of state said an initiative barring “gay marriage” had enough signatures to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot. [Link]

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The Same People

June 9, 2008 Issue
Anna Quindlen discusses the social movement toward support of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples: "Scream, shout, jump up and down. No matter. The gay-marriage issue is over and done with. The upshot: love won... The California Supreme Court called gay marriage a 'basic civil right.' In hindsight, it will merely be called ordinary life." [Link]

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Who Supports Marriage Equality? ... A Show of Hands

In the wake of the California Supreme Court decision upholding the freedom to marry (for which the court just denied a rehearing or stay) and New York's Gov. Paterson directing state officials to rightfully uphold the state's law to honor out of state marriages by same-sex couples, support for marriage equality is being voiced across our country:

— Polls Nationwide and in California Show Majority Support

Macys Publishes Full-Page Ads Honoring the Freedom to Marry

Jay Leno Says "I Do" in Support of Marriage Equality

Bill O'Reilly & Gov. Schwarzenegger See Defeat for Anti-Gay Advocates in CA

Editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial

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Quote of the Week

"With the position of mayor comes life and death authority and responsibility in
running a police force, emergency preparedness system and fire departments," he
said. "But gay folks still can't be trusted to be married."
Sam Adams, upon being elected mayor of Portland, Oregon, largest city to elect an openly gay mayor

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