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Anti-gay bill blocked by New Mexico’s House

New Mexican
February 16, 2005
State legislation banning gay couples from marriage was indefinitely tabled in a House Committee hearing. Opponents of the anti-gay legislation said the Land of Enchantment "need[s] to project an image of tolerance." [link]

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Gay Couples Across the U.S. Asked for Marriage on Valentine’s Day

Planetout
February 15, 2005

Raising awareness for equal marriage, U.S. gay couples spent Valentine's Day at marriage bureaus. Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, said, "the more we talk about it, the more fair-minded Americans will embrace ending our exclusion from marriage." 
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Idaho marriage amendment fails

365Gay.com
February 2, 2005
Eight Republican senators joined with six Democrats striking down the proposed anti-gay amendment to the State's constitution. This is the second consecutive year such a proposal has been defeated. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: The Ohio amendment strikes back

Toledo Blade
January 24, 2005
A vaguely worded amendment + some sharp lawyers = unintended consequences: a legal attack on domestic violence protections. All Ohio residents will pay the price defending against new challenges to laws no one suspected would be vulnerable. [link]

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Okay, we lost Ohio. The question is why?

Washington Post
December 5, 2004
The GOP put on a strong mobilization effort, but that's not what tipped the Ohio election. They did not turn Gore voters into Bush voters by offering a ride to the polls. Instead, it was skillful exploitation of public concern over terrorism by the Bush team -- coupled with Democrats' inability to draw clear, powerful contrasts on the economy and health care -- that pushed Bush over the finish line. [link]

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OPINION: The Anatomy of Myth

Washington Post
December 4, 2004
How did one exit poll answer become the story of how Bush won? The myth of the 'moral values' election has morphed from instant doctrine to gospel truth—pundit prognostications like this must be stopped in their tracks. [Link]

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Scrooge’s nightmare

Salon.com
November 25, 2004
All the claims about mandates and values notwithstanding, the very fact that one-fifth of voters cited moral values means that four-fifths didn't. In fact, we heard much the same talk about the rise of conservative social values in the Reagan '80s, yet scholars who have studied attitudes in that period have found little evidence to suggest any reversal of the social liberalism that began in the '60s, particularly on issues involving family, women, morality, sexuality and overall tolerance. We must be careful not to confuse election results with cultural trends. [Link]

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Judge dismisses transgender marriage-fraud lawsuit

PlanetOut
November 17, 2004
Sandy Gast and Georgi Somers are two transwomen who tried to marry. Gast's application for a marriage license led to her arrest for fraud. [Link]

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Liberal Christians challenge ‘values vote’

Washington Post
November 10, 2004
Throughout the presidential campaign, opinion polls showed that frequent churchgoers were far more likely to support Bush than his Democratic rival, Sen. John F. Kerry. Exit polls on Election Day found that 22 percent of voters cited "moral values" as the key to their vote, and they tilted 4 to 1 toward Bush. The answer to this "God gap," Perriello said, "is that progressives need to embrace the deep moral critique that people are looking for and make that case on poverty and Iraq, and not just try to talk more about God or outpace the Republicans on gay marriage or abortion." [Link]

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Moral Values Malarkey

CBS
November 5, 2004
While the nexus of issues boiled into the words "moral values" certainly were a big factor in this election, it’s being exaggerated partly because of the oddities of the poll itself and partly because the Big Theory conforms with what Republican strategists want you to believe. [Link]

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