Freedom to Marry Voices for Equality figure prominently in 2010 election

Many of Freedom to Marry’s Voices for Equality figured prominently in the 2010 election cycle.

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Voice for Equality: Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck is an American conservative radio and television host, political commentator, author, and entrepreneur. Beck, a convert to Mormonism, weighed in on the Proposition 8 ruling on the O'Reilly Factor on August 12, 2010 following the Prop 8 stay ruling, saying that he does not think the government "has anything to do with marriage. That is a religious rite."

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Voice for Equality: Gayle King

Gayle King is editor-at-large for "O, The Oprah Magazine" and is the best friend of Oprah Winfrey. She has previously worked as a television news anchor and talk show host. King was also instrumental in the planning and creation of the Legends Weekend. In September 2006, King began to host "The Gayle King Show" on XM Satellite Radio.

On her radio show on Friday, July 9, 2010, King expressed her support for marriage equality and the previous day's marriage ruling in Massachusetts.

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Voice for Equality: Cynthia Tucker

Cynthia Tucker is an American syndicated columnist. She was recognized with a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2007 "for her courageous, clear-headed columns that evince a strong sense of morality and persuasive knowledge of the community". She was a Pulitzer-nominated finalist in 2004 and 2006.

On June 20, 2010, in reaction to David Blankenhorn's testimony at the Prop 8 trial in California, Ms. Tucker wrote in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "There are no good arguments for denying gays and lesbians the right to a civil (non-religious) marriage. But of all the arguments that opponents make, perhaps the most ridiculous is this: If gays are allowed to marry, heterosexual marriage will be weakened."

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Two weddings, a divorce and ‘Glee’

Frank Rich discusses the Prop 8 trial in California: "Gays are far from the only Americans still facing discrimination, but as [David] Boies said when I interviewed him about the Prop 8 case last week, the ban on the freedom to marry 'is the last area in which the state is taking an active role in enforcing discrimination.'”

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Voice for Equality: Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile is an American author, professor, and political analyst affiliated with the Democratic Party.

On April 13, 2010, on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, in response to Gov. Mike Huckabee's comments equating marriage equality to legalizing polygamy, incest, and drug use, Brazile stated: "Well, these kinds of statements have no place, I think in our political dialogue. We can disagree on marriage equality. I support marriage equality. Five states and the District of Columbia now allows gay marriage. ... But I think the governor should really distance himself from these statement. He should be a man of love. He is a preacher, after all. And I’m very disturbed by some of the things he said."

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Voice for Equality: Rev. James Forbes

The Reverend James Forbes is the Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church, an interdenominational (American Baptist and United Church of Christ) church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. He was the first African American minister to lead this multicultural congregation, and served it for 18 years.

Rev. Forbes is a proud signer of Freedom to Marry's Marriage Resolution.

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Voice for Equality, Dr. John Corvino’s upcoming speaking engagements

February 3, 2010

Upcoming appearance dates for Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, Dr. John Corvino:

Feb. 4: Otterbein College, "Born or Made-and What's the Difference?"

Mar. 2: Missouri State University (Springfield), Debate with Glenn Stanton on the Existence of God

Mar. 4: DePauw University (IN), Homosexuality/Morality talk

Mar. 5: University of Lethbridge (AB, Canada), Homosexuality/Morality talk

Mar. 9: St. Olaf College (MN), Marriage Debate with Glenn Stanton

Mar. 30: Millersville University (PA), Marriage Debate with Glenn Stanton

Mar. 31: University of Detroit-Mercy, Marriage Debate with Jeffrey Ventrella

Apr. 6: Drake University (IA), Homosexuality/Morality talk

Apr. 8: NE Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium (Wilkes-Barre), Workshop

Apr. 9: Delaware County Community College (PA), Homosexuality/Morality talk

Apr. 20: Wright State University (OH), Homosexuality/Morality talk


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Voice for Equality: Dr. John Corvino

Dr. John Corvino has been speaking and writing on GLBT issues since the early 1990s. He has educated and entertained professional organizations, government contractors, churches, and hundreds of college and university audiences.

John holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is the editor of Same Sex: Debating the Ethics, Science and Culture of Homosexuality and the author of over 100 articles and opinion pieces, which have appeared in regional and national print media, at the online Independent Gay Forum (, and in numerous academic journals and anthologies.

John’s column “The Gay Moralist” appears every Friday at LOGO Online’s, “America’s Most Read Gay News Source.” His DVD presentation of “What’s Morally Wrong With Homosexuality?” is available at

John has been a guest on MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country” and on numerous radio programs. An award-winning teacher, he is also the recipient of a 2004 Spirit of Detroit Award from the Detroit City Council for his work on behalf of GLBT rights. Learn more here.

Freedom to Marry salutes Dr. John Corvino as a Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality here.

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Voice for Equality: Don Imus

Don Imus is an American radio host, humorist, writer, and philanthropist. Imus’s sometimes controversial statements and colorful language have often drawn the attention of the press and have gotten him into several well-publicized battles, one of which resulted in his show being pulled from the air. The current version of his nationally-syndicated talk show, Imus in the Morning, returned to television on October 5, 2009 and is currently seen on Fox Business Network from 6:00-9:00 EST Monday-Friday. Learn more here.

On January 27, 2010, Imus in the Morning featured David Boies, co-counsel with Ted Olson for the pro-freedom to marry side in the Prop 8 Trial in California. In the course of the discussion, Don Imus expressed support for the freedom to marry, saying: "I supported—not that it’s important, but I support it [the freedom to marry] on the basis of the philosophy of my friend Kinky Friedman, who thinks that they [gay couples] have a right to be as unhappy…as anybody...It's great that you and Ted are doing this, and I hope you win, good luck." During the interview, Mr. Boies explained the constitutional and civil rights issues at stake in the case. Watch the video of the Don Imus/David Boies interview below:

Freedom to Marry salutes Don Imus as a Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality here.

If Mr. Imus' support speaks to you - get involved.

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