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Can't Get Queer from Here
The Daily Show with John Stewart
November 4, 2009

Jon Stewart shares his perspectives on the marriage equality vote that occurred in Maine and critiques the advertisements from the Yes on 1/Stand for Marriage Maine campaign.

Suze Orman's Valentine’s Wish: Marriage Equality
The Suze Orman Show
February 14, 2009

Suze Orman calls it a "travesty' that Prop 8 in CA and Prop 2 in FL passed, says everyone deserves the same economic benefits and the right to be loved, and closes with her valentine's wish for marriage equality.


 


Cynthia Nixon on Prop 8, Larry King Interview with Joy Behar
CNN
November 16, 2008

Discussion on Prop 8, Same-Sex Marriage, Obama's Civil Union Position, the Mormon Church Boycott, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and California.


 


Judge Judy Speaks Out About Prop. 8 on Larry King Live
CNN
November 11, 2008

Larry King talks with Judge Judy about her thoughts on the election, the passage of Proposition 8 in California, and the passage of Act 1 in Arkansas.


 

Radio Ads Urge African Americans to Oppose Anti-Gay Discrimination
People for the American Way
October 22, 2008

"The justice-seeking witness of the Black Church is threatened from within by homophobia and an unwillingness to stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters," said Rev. Kenneth Samuel. "We're in California as the debate over discrimination and equality has intensified since the state Supreme Court's decision upholding marriage equality. We are committed to bringing tough and loving conversations to African American churches and communities across the country." Includes text and links to audio of the ads.

 


 

Debate sobre matrimonios homosexuales
Al Punto
June 15, 2008

En el programa Al Punto de Univisión, el Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera, miembro del Comité Timón de Freedom to Marry, participa en un debate conducido por el reconocido periodista Jorge Ramos acerca de la igualdad en el matrimonio desde una perspectiva religiosa, tomando en cuenta los derechos legales iguales que vienen con el matrimonio legal.


 

Barkley speaks out against "fake Christians"
AlterNet
February 16, 2008

"I think they want to be judge and jury," Barkley said. "Like, I'm for gay marriage. It's none of my business if gay people want to get married. I'm pro-choice. And I think these Christians, first of all, they're not supposed to judge other people. But they're the most hypocritical judge of people we have in the country. And it bugs the hell out of me. They act like they're Christians. They're not forgiving at all."


 

VIDEO: 'Let California Ring' campaign
CNN
October 9, 2007

CNN's Mary Snow reports on Equality California's 'Let California Ring' campaign for Situation Room. The TV ad campaign uses an amusing wedding scenario to explain why marriage matters to people who may still be undecided on where they stand on the freedom to marry.

 


 

VIDEO: San Diego mayor rethinks his position on marriage
CBS5
September 19, 2007

Watch this very touching video of the Republican mayor of San Diego rethinking his position on marriage, rejecting civil union, and deciding to sign, not veto, a resolution adding San Diego to the other major California cities calling on the supreme court (and governor) to support the freedom to marry. He talks about his gay staffers, and his lesbian daughter, and being unable to look them in the face and say their love is unworthy or unequal.

 


 

BLOG: The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck supports marriage equality
Good As You
August 2, 2007

On Thursday's episode of "The View," conservative host Elisabeth Hasselbeck said heterosexuals are the ones who should be blamed for "destroying marriage," and also conveyed the idea that civil unions are not enough.

 


 

VIDEO: Edwards on the Leno couch: Wife's support for marriage equality was a surprise to him
YouTube
June 26, 2007

CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer looks to Evan Wolfson to give the Edwards' disagreement some context — and included footage of the couple's couch chat with Leno. Thanks in part to Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, national attention on where the presidential candidates stand on marriage isn't going away anytime soon.

 


 

PODCAST: Loving Day and the freedom to marry
KQED
June 25, 2007

Stuart Gaffney and his parents have something in common. His marriage to his husband and their interracial marriage were declared void by the law.

 


 

VIDEO: Gay and lesbian marriages stay legal in Bay State
The Boston Channel
June 14, 2007

Watch lawmakers vote Thursday to keep a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriages off the 2008 ballot during a joint session of the Massachusetts House and Senate.

 


 

VIDEO: New Yorkers march for marriage equality
NY1: Brooklyn
May 19, 2007

"We aren't here in favor of mandatory gay marriage. We are neither advocating that people become gay or become married. We are saying that there's a certain dignity this country aspires to," said Representative Anthony Weiner.
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VIDEO: A march across the Golden Gate Bridge for equality
CBS 5
May 19, 2007

In San Francisco marchers gathered at Crissy Field, marched across the Golden Gate Bridge and then return to Crissy Field for wedding cake and entertainment. The march was led by 4-year old Abigail Hasting-Tharp who has two mothers hoping to marry.

 


 

AUDIO: Marriage milestone, looming legal fight in MA
NPR
May 17, 2007

When Dean Hara married his longtime partner, former Massachusetts Rep. Gerry Studds, he wasn't thinking about the rights, benefits and protections of marriage that advocates always talk about. But two years later, Hara's legal rights were very much on his mind when Studds suddenly collapsed, and Hara rushed to the hospital. He spent 10 days there, sitting at Studds' bedside and making complicated medical decisions about his care until the day Studds died. "All I can say is thank God we were married. Thank God that I could make those decisions. I'm very, very fortunate in that context," Hara said.

 


 

AUDIO: 'It's a matter of equality'
NPR
May 17, 2007

In the three years since marriage equality became a reality in Massachusetts, interest in — and enthusiasm for — civil unions has dropped off sharply in the four states that allow them.

 


 

VIDEO: Baltimore church shows support for gay couples
WJZ
February 11, 2007

In an effort to show their support for equal rights, the congregation and ministers unveiled a banner saying they support civil marriage. "We support them, some of us are them and we support them as human beings, because all of us have inherent worth and dignity," said Allison Farnam.

 


 

AUDIO: A personal view of marriage
NPR
November 14, 2006

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently declared the state's anti-gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Two of the plaintiffs in that case, Alicia Heath-Toby and Saundra Toby-Heath, describe what marriage means to them.

 


 

Rosie speaks for marriage on The View
AfterEllen.com
November 6, 2006

Rosie O'Donnell spoke candidly about her family and her life during her time on The View. She regularly refered not only to her children, but also to her wife, her in-laws, her now-rescinded marriage in San Francisco, and marriage equality in general. Watch her name-check Evan Wolfson and his book Why Marriage Matters, and talk about how important gay civil rights are to a civilized society. Watch HERE.

 


 

VIDEO: Bush backs civil unions
YouTube
October 27, 2006

Bush on record in 2004 as supporting civil unions in 2004, even if he didn't mean it, and even though his anti-gay campaign of state-by-state constitutional amendments would forbid them.

 

 


 

John McCain waffles on marriage
MSNBC
October 19, 2006

"I think that gay marriage should be allowed, if there's a ceremony kind of thing, if you want to call it that. I don't have any problem with that, but I do believe in preserving the sanctity of a union between man and woman."

 


 

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.

 


 

RADIO INTERVIEW: Samiya Bashir on the importance of marriage equality
Rainbow Radio
February 12, 2006

Freedom to Marry Communication Director Samiya Bashir joins RAINBOW RADIO in South Carolina for their Freedom to Marry Week program to discuss the importance of marriage equality.

 


 


VIDEO/HUMOR: A look back at Massachusetts
Comedy Central
November 3, 2005

Ed Helms, a correspondent for "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, last Thursday presented a news segment called "Mass.Hysteria" that looked back on the year since Massachusetts legalized gay and lesbian marriages.

 

VIDEO: San Diego mayor rethinks his position on marriage

CBS5
September 19, 2007
Watch this very touching video of the Republican mayor of San Diego rethinking his position on marriage, rejecting civil union, and deciding to sign, not veto, a resolution adding San Diego to the other major California cities calling on the supreme court (and governor) to support the freedom to marry. He talks about his gay staffers, and his lesbian daughter, and being unable to look them in the face and say their love is unworthy or unequal.

VIDEO: Gay and lesbian marriages stay legal in Bay State

The Boston Channel
June 14, 2007
Watch lawmakers vote to keep a constitutional amendment that bans gay marriages off the 2008 ballot during a joint session of the Massachusetts House and Senate.

VIDEO/HUMOR: A look back at Massachusetts

Comedy Central
November 3, 2005
Ed Helms, a correspondent for "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, last Thursday presented a news segment called "Mass.Hysteria" that looked back on the year since Massachusetts legalized gay and lesbian marriages.