Tag Archives: marriage equality

The Best Press Possible

To my mind, the upcoming cover story about Ellen’s wedding in People is the best of possible PR for the No On 8 campaign. Ellen DeGeneres is the most beloved person on TV, bigger than Oprah, and this joyous shot will go miles to convince those undecideds. Brilliant timing, truly.

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Knights Of Columbus Give $1M To Prop 8

The Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, has donated $1M to Protect Marriage, the group behind California’s ballot amendment to overturn gay marriage. Here is a message from Geoff Kors of Equality California: We learned today that the right-wing groups behind Proposition 8 received a $1 million contribution from the Knights of Columbus. The Catholic fraternal ...

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Common Ground

At their joint forum at California’s Saddleback megachurch on Saturday, both candidates voiced their opposition to gay marriage. Though the candidates came down on opposite sides of the California initiative that would ban gay marriage, both stressed that they opposed same-sex marriage. Obama called marriage “a sacred union,” drawing applause when he added, “God is in the mix.” God is ...

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Ellen & Portia To Wed This Weekend

Ellen Degeneres will marry her longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi this weekend. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, 35, will wed this weekend in California, Usmagazine.com has learned exclusively. The pair are planning a small, intimate ceremony with only a few close friends and family.DeGeneres reflected on their upcoming nuptials at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Hollywood in June. “I ...

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Labor Ponies Up To Fight Prop 8

Big money rolled in from labor organizations at Saturday’s Equality California event in Los Angeles. The Service Employees International Union presented a $500K check and the California Teacher’s Association kicked in $250K. Another $25K came from AT&T. A total of $2M was raised, much of which will be used to fund the No On 8 campaign. Equality California’s Geoff Kors: ...

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A Gay Revolution (But Not The Good Kind)

Famed science fiction writer Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game) is so outraged about gay marriage, he wants to overthrow the government. From his op-ed piece in the Mormon Times: If America becomes a place where our children are taken from us by law and forced to attend schools where they are taught that cohabitation is as good as marriage, that ...

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The Master Of Gay Divorce

Up in Massachusetts, the gay divorce industry is in high gear. Sometimes the joy of gay marriage is followed by the pain of gay divorce, but Peter Zupcofska is there to help. In Boston, he has become known as “the master of gay divorce.” And for a $25,000 retainer, he can lead couples through the intricacies of how to best ...

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Christianists Take Gov. Paterson To Court Over Gay Marriage Recognition

Tomorrow the New York Supreme Court will hear the petition of the Alliance Defense Fund, who is suing Gov. Paterson over his order that state agencies recognize out of state gay marriages. Hilariously, their suit claims that Paterson doesn’t understand the dictionary definition of marriage. The Alliance Defense Fund is suing Mr. Paterson, citing an online dictionary’s definition of the ...

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CA Bishops: Marriage Is For Making Babies

The bishops of the California Catholic Conference, which comprises all of that state’s dioceses, have signed on with the haters of Protect Marriage, saying that marriage is meant for procreation. They then went on to condemn marriages for infertile men and post-menopausal women. PSYCH! From their press release: Same-sex unions are not the same as opposite-sex unions. The marriage of ...

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CA Attorney General: If Prop 8 Passes, Existing Gay Marriages Will Remain Valid

California Attorney General Jerry Brown says that even if Proposition 8 is passed and gay marriage is overturned, existing gay marriages will likely remain valid. “I believe that marriages that have been entered into subsequent to the (May 15) Supreme Court opinion will be recognized by the California Supreme Court,” Brown told The Chronicle. Noting that Prop. 8 is silent ...

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Haters Lead Prop 8 Fundraising

The right-wing has surged into the lead in the contest to raise money over the Proposition 8 battle. Proponents of Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage, raised about $3.7 million from Jan. 1 through June 30, according to state filings. In contrast, gay-rights activists who oppose the measure raised about $2.5 million through June 30. The ...

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Wrinkle: Can Prisoners Marry Each Other?

California does not permit proxy marriages, both parties must be present. Therefore male and female prisoners have not been allowed to marry each other. But what if both parties are in the same prison? If prisoners in the same prison apply for permission to marry, the California proxy law doesn’t apply. State officials are scrambling to come up with a ...

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Massachusetts House Lifts Marriage Ban

Yesterday the Massachusetts House repealed the state’s 1913 ban on out-of-state residents marrying there, clearing the way for gay tourist nuptials. The ban had already been repealed by the state Senate and Gov. Duval Patrick will sign it into law shortly. An analysis by the state predicts that up to 30,000 gay couples may visit to marry there in the ...

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PG & E Gives $250K To Fight Prop 8

Pacific Gas & Electric, which provides Northern California with most of its electricity and natural gas, has donated $250K to the fight against Proposition 8. Giving a financial and public relations boost to gay marriage proponents, PG&E announced today that it is giving $250,000 to the No on Proposition 8 campaign. The utility also said it will spearhead the formation ...

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Because The Truth Hurts

Opponents of gay marriage in California were quick to announce that they would sue to overturn last week’s rewording of Proposition 8, which makes it clear to voters that they would be overturning an existing right. The haters claim the Attorney General Jerry Brown had the proposition reworded in order to bolster his gubernatorial chances in 2010. Jennifer Kerns, spokeswoman ...

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BlueCross To Give Benefits To Married Gays

Another domino falls in New York. BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York will begin allowing spousal health care benefits to validly married gay and lesbian couples, the New York Civil Liberties Union announced today. The news comes less than three weeks after the NYCLU filed a lawsuit against the company on behalf of a Buffalo lesbian couple that said it ...

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WordPerfect Founder Bruce Bastian Pledges $1M To Fight Prop 8

Utah resident and WordPerfect cofounder Bruce Bastian has pledged $1M to fight California’s Proposition 8 as out-of-state money continues to roll in on both sides of the issue. When Bruce Bastian of Utah stood up Saturday night at a San Francisco dinner and wrote a $1 million check for the campaign against Proposition 8, he made it clearer than ever ...

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Prop. 8 Reworded (It’s A Good Thing)

The California Attorney General’s office has reworded Proposition 8 so that voters understand that they would be rescinding an existing right. The new text: Proposition 8ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY.INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT Changes California Constitution to eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry. Provides that only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized ...

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LA Police Chief Donates Against Prop.8

Los Angeles chief of police William J. Bratton supports gay marriage and has made a personal donation to the fight against Proposition 8. LAPD Police Chief William J. Bratton has come out — in favor of gay marriage. As a wedding gift to friend and celebrity publicist Howard Bragman and his longtime partner, Chuck O’Donnell, Bratton made it official: He ...

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