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04/19/2007


Obama's LGBT Fundraiser and NY Marriage Equality Dominate Nightly Cable News Shows: VIDEOS

The nightly news talk shows were lit up with the issues of Obama's LGBT fundraiser and marriage equality in New York. Check out coverage on five of the major shows, below.

CENK UYGUR: Lt. Dan Choi and Brian Ellner from the Human Rights Campaign face off on Obama's accomplishments.

LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson talks about the OBama LGBT fundraiser.

RACHEL MADDOW: Obama's LGBT fundraiser discussion with former New Paltz Mayor Jason West, who illegally married couples in his town in 2004.

ANDERSON COOPER: Obama's LGBT fundraiser and progress with Wolfson and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Finally, HRC's Fred Sainz and blogger John Aravosis talk with Ron Reagan on Hardball.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.


Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson Talks to Anderson Cooper About Anticipation Over Marriage Equality in NY: VIDEO

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Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson joined Anderson Cooper and CNN legal expert Jeffrey Toobin last night for a talk about the status of marriage equality in New York and the consequences of its passage on the rest of the country.

Wolfson seems very hopeful. Stay tuned to Towleroad today for all the developments.

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Watch: Hate Group Leader Peter Sprigg vs. Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson on Boehner's DOMA Decision

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Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson and designated hate group Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg debate John Boehner's announcement that the House will defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.

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Freedom to Marry Launches 'Why Marriage Matters' Campaign

MARIBETH AND JEAN: A couple gets married and accepted by their family.

JILL JOHNSON-YOUNG: A California woman talks about the joy of marrying her wife, and their family's pain of losing her when she died.

FOUR COUPLES: The true meaning of marriage-- love, commitment and family.

NEIGHBORS: Darrick and Kate tell how they've learned that letting gay people get married fits in with the values that they want to teach their own children.

Freedom to Marry today announced 'Why Marriage Matters', a $10 million public education effort that's being launched with a Valentine's Day ad buy on CNN featuring the 'Four Couples' ad you see above. The other ads are part of the campaign.

They write:

Whymarriagematters "Freedom to Marry analyzed over 85 data-sets representing 6 years of research to develop messages that are proven to be effective in swaying public opinion around marriage.  In particular, the data showed that people who have had conversations with their gay and lesbian friends about why marriage matters to them are more likely to support the freedom to marry.  By shifting the conversation from a focus on rights to a conversation about shared values of love and commitment, support for the freedom to marry grows.  In partnership with local and state groups, the Why Marriage Matters campaign will include a variety of mixed media advertising, including TV, radio, and online ads."

To accompany the campaign, the group has launched the site WhyMarriageMatters.org, which features stories, facts, and online resources about marriage equality.

Said Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson: “Across the country the thinking of many Americans, from the president to the people next door, continues to ­­­– as President Obama put it ­­­– ‘evolve’ toward support for same-sex couples joining in the freedom to marry.  Freedom to Marry’s team has crunched over a decade’s worth of polling data and field experience to crack the code on moving the reachable but not yet reached. By engaging friends, families, and neighbors in personal conversations about why marriage matters, each of us can help fair-minded people wrestling with a lack of information and uncertainty, and change hearts and minds.”


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #707: Special Prop 8 Edition

Here are a bunch more clips related to yesterday's Prop 8 ruling.

TED OLSON: His victory speech.

RICK SANCHEZ: CNN anchor interviews Family Research Council's Tony Perkins and Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson.

KEITH OLBERMANN: Olbermann interviews HRC President Joe Solmonese and Supreme Court Appellate attorney Lisa Blatt.

RACHEL MADDOW: Maddow reports on the Prop 8 side's two pathetic witnesses.

MORE MADDOW: Dahlia Lithwick reports on the ruling.

MORE ANDERSON: In the second part of Anderson Cooper's coverage of the ruling, he interviewed Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson and NOM's Maggie Gallagher.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.


Tony Perkins and Evan Wolfson Debate Maine Marriage Vote

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Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry joined Anderson Cooper last night to discuss the marriage defeat in Maine.

WOLFSON: Well, what happened is it's very difficult for a minority to persuade a majority to stop discriminating. And we came very close to persuading people in Maine to uphold the freedom to marry but didn't reach everybody in particularly the more rural corners of the state with the conversations, with the personal stories, with the making it real that we need to do in order to move hearts and minds. And we need to keep doing that work.

PERKINS: Well, this is unique, Anderson. This was the 31st state where voters have had the chance, they have stood for traditional marriage. But what's different here is you had a legislature that had special interest money come in, make some moves in the legislature. The legislature then created same-sex marriage. The first time we've had a legislature create it, followed by a vote of the people that have repudiated what the legislature did. That's very significant, because this law had been passed. It was in a completely defensive posture, they had to go out and work to overturn what the legislature had done. That's significant. And also, it's significant, because I can imagine as a former legislator what some of the conversations were in Maine today. These legislators who voted for this and in their districts, the voters went to the polls and overturned it. There's now an infrastructure there and there could be some political fallout to this.

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