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Gay Marriage

Forum focuses on same-sex marriage and Catholicism [26 November, 2008]

The passage of Proposition 8 in California came about because of efforts by Christian fundamentalists and the Mormon Church.  As a result, there has been a great deal of discussion about the relationship between the gay and lesbian community and religion.  Most accounts tend to separate the two; it’s often forgotten that a significant number of gays and lesbians are also people of faith.

Prop 8 protest in Evanston [26 November, 2008]

The Century Landmark Theater in Evanston was the scene of a Proposition 8-related protest on Saturday, November 22.

Proposition 8 bans same-sex marriages in California.  Following its passage, gay activists have been finding and releasing information about corporations and/or their employees that helped fund the measure, in an effort to bring about a widespread economic boycott.  Alan Stock, CEO of Cinemark, the corporation that owns Century Theater, gave a personal contribution of $9,999 to support Proposition 8.

Gay dollars, labor and boycotts [3 December, 2008]

The gay dollar has never been stronger.  The passage of the anti-same-sex-marriage initiative Proposition 8 brought protests across the country.  Subsequently, gay activists have released the names of prominent businesspeople who donated to the ballot measure, and called for economic boycotts of their corporations.

“Day Without a Gay” supporters [17 December, 2008]

In the wake of Proposition 8 in California, gay groups across the country urged people to take a day off from work by calling in “gay for a day” and refusing to spend any of their dollars contributing to the economy.  They chose December 10, which is also International Human Rights Day.

No on 8: Why Chicagoans Gave to the Campaign [4 March, 2009]

Last week, Windy City Times looked at Chicago Proposition 8 donors who supported the Yes on 8 campaign.  This week, we look at those who donated to the No on 8 campaign.

Prop 8 donors [11 March, 2009]

In the Chicago area, the number of donations to the No on 8 campaign (to defeat the Proposition) far outnumbered contributions to support.  As it turns out, this reflects the national trend.  According to, opponents of Proposition 8 raised about $43.3 million while the measure’s backers amassed $39.9 million.

Group holds anti-Prop 8 vigil [11 March, 2009]

On Thursday, March 5, the California Supreme Court began hearing arguments about Proposition 8.  Join the Impact Chicago organized a candlelight vigil on the evening of March 4 to draw attention to the issue.  This was part of a nationwide series of such events designed to draw attention to what organizers feel is a critical testing point for the validity of the legislation.  Similar vigils took place in cities like San Francisco; Santa Barbara, Calif.; and New York.

Interview with Walter Benn Michaels: Is celebrating all the stripes in the rainbow enough? [March 2007]

I knew the man as well as any of the other commuters. He stood outside the Chicago “el” station, selling copies of StreetWise, the weekly city paper written by homeless people who sell copies on the streets for a dollar each. They get to keep a percentage of the price, and the idea is that you give a homeless person a chance at learning skills that they might use to get jobs.

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