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Gay marriage: Don’t make it about ‘rights’

March 21st, 2011

by and

This piece was originally published in the Baltimore Sun.

“What do we want? EQUAL RIGHTS! When do we want them? NOW!”

Catchy — but it doesn’t sound much like a wedding vow.

When couples make that lifetime commitment to each other in front of friends and family on one of the biggest days of their lives, few of them cite the 1,138 federal rights they will gain by making the promise of marriage. And the words “tax benefits” rarely come up in the best man’s toast.

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Asking for Your Hand in Marriage

January 19th, 2011


This piece originally appeared in The Advocate.

“It’s going to happen. Whether you like it or not.” This quote from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, among the nation’s fiercest equality advocates, became the tagline for one of the most frequently aired—and effective—ads run by marriage opponents in favor of Prop 8 during the 2008 battle in California.

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