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Feeling unwelcome, some gays vacate VA

The Washington Post
August 7, 2006
Art director Beth Lower and her partner, Kati Towle, owned a home in Arlington but didn't know about the Virginia laws until they went to a lawyer to draw up a will and adoption paperwork for Lower after Towle became pregnant. "The lawyer said, 'Don't have that baby in Virginia,' " recalled Lower, who works for a trade association. "We weren't really into Virginia politics, so we didn't really know about any laws that might be working against us." [Link]

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Oklahoma marriage case survives standing motion

Leonard Link
July 31, 2006
U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled on July 20 in Bishop v. State of Oklahoma, 2006 WL 2045877, that two Oklahoma same-sex couples can litigate various challenges to the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act and Oklahoma's anti-same-sex-marriage constitutional amendment, but sharply reduced the scope of the case by eliminating certain legal theories from consideration and finding that the couples lacked standing to raise certain legal questions. [link]

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Success Comes from Convincing Americans

Court decisions point to timidity
Christian Science Monitor
July 28, 2006


"Whether you start this in a court or you start this in a legislature, ultimately to succeed we have to convince Americans that it is wrong to exclude same-sex couples from marriage," says Matthew Coles, director of the ACLU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project in New York.
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They Do Their Job, While We Do Ours

Washington legislator promises to introduce marriage-equality bill
The Advocate
July 27, 2006


"By 5-4, these judges failed to do their job. Now the legislators must do their job, acting to end this discrimination, while we do ours, speaking out about who gay families are and why marriage matters."
-Evan Wolfson
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Attempt to De-Legitimize Courts

Washington court's decision disappointing
Washington Blade
July 27, 2006


The past few months have been a rocky patch for the marriage equality movement, partly by coincidence and partly by concerted efforts on behalf of religious right groups to "intimidate and de-legitimize the courts."
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Decisions create resolve
Gay City News
July 27, 2006

"Almost everyone in America agrees that marriage is important, it's clear that marriage is a fundamental right under the Constitution, but somehow when it comes to gay couples the courts treat their exclusion from marriage as trivial and warranting only a very minimal review,"
-Evan Wolfson

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Long-Term Conversation

Decision due today on marriage
The Olympian
July 26, 2006


The ruling, due at 8 a.m. PST on the court's Web site, is not expected to settle the marriage issue but rather to send it to the state Legislature for fresh battles.
"[T]he more states that begin to end this discrimination, the more it gives people around the country to see families helped and no one hurt ... Obviously it also matters tremendously to the families living in Washington state."
-Evan Wolfson
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Mayor Anderson signs on with marriage ads
KUTV
July 24, 2006

"This is a long-term conversation ... Our job is to make sure people hear about gay families and why marriage matters, and not be drowned out by the horse race of the moment."
-Evan Wolfson

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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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Newspaper Ads

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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