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Chris Kluwe Quits St. Paul Pioneer Press Over Marriage Equality Amendment Editorial

Chris Kluwe, Minnesota Vikings punter and outspoken proponent of marriage equality, has resigned as a contributor to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in the wake of the paper's editorial on the upcoming vote on Amendment 1, which, if passed, will embed inequality into the Minnesota state constitution.

The Pioneer Press' editorial likely rankled Kluwe in two ways. The editors go to great pains to criticize proponents of marriage equality. But this was the more forgivable problem. More important is the fact that they made their case in the most nonsensical way possible.

Huffington Post
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November 3, 2012
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Ads mislead voters about same-sex marriage in Mass. schools

Maine voters may remember the Parkers’ case from the last marriage fight in 2009. But voters should also know that Massachusetts is not, in fact, teaching children to read, write, and have same-sex marriages. In 2006, a teacher in Lexington did read second-graders a book about a prince who marries another prince. But it wasn’t a regular subject; a federal circuit court that later reviewed the case noted there was no formal curriculum related to the issue.

Boston Globe
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November 3, 2012
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10 Reasons Why Conservative Christians Should Be Fighting for Gay Marriage

This is me, sitting down with you, my conservative Christian brothers and sisters, buying you a cup of coffee, and telling you that I love and respect you, and that I do not think you have hate in your heart or are afraid of gay people. I am afraid for you, and this is an intervention. You are not working in your own interest. In fact, you are on a road toward demolishing the things that mean the most to you.

Huffington Post
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November 3, 2012

My mom's gay wedding

She wanted me to know how pleased she was that we had decided not to get married in New York or Massachusetts, because her physical challenges would prevent travelling to the wedding. She was glad it would be in Washington so that she could attend! She wondered aloud what we would wear. This really was going to be her gay wedding.

The arc of her journey was one in which fear, anger and disillusionment over having a gay son had been replaced with pride, tenderness and hope. It mirrors the journeys that tens of millions of Americans are making about marriage equality.

Washington Post
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November 3, 2012
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Lutheran Bishop says marriage equality is "Basic Matter of Fairness"

What is on the ballot this year is a question that has been crafted with the intention of assuring that religious institutions and religious people are not required to participate in same-gender weddings that offend their consciences. In fact, pastors and priests always have the right not to marry couples for any reason...This question seems to me to involve a basic matter of fairness I believe that our ELCA social statement on human sexuality allows for principled voting both for and against this question.

ReconcilingWorks
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November 3, 2012

Red Hook Beer Raises A Glass To Marriage Equality

In a new ad, Washington-based Red Hook beer weighs in on that state's Referendum 74, a ballot measure that if approved would legalize same-sex marriage, and makes it known that they whole-heartedly support equality.

As they say, "it's about time".

Towleroad
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November 3, 2012
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Even if your candidates are safe, your issues might not be.

Given that Maine voters are once again going to be voting on marriage equality at the ballot box, it bears looking at what happened in 2009, when polls indicated that marriage equality would emerge victorious. Why was a higher-than-anticipated turnout bad news? And what lessons can we learn from that to make sure we don't fall into the same trap again?

GLAAD and Equality Matters Call on Media to Debunk Anti-Equality Ads in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington

GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, and Equality Matters, a national watchdog that fights anti-gay misinformation in support of full LGBT equality, today called on the media in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and around the country to bring attention to the falsehoods present in anti-LGBT "scare" ads running in the four states with marriage on the ballot next week.

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