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Note: Please look through resources very carefully. This is a controversial issue so some sources may have bias. Same Sex Marriage laws are different from state to state or country to country. Most of the resources listed apply to the State of California.

Same Sex Marriage


  1. American Foundation for Equal Rights, an organization that is against Prop.8. Includes links to legal filings and hearing transcripts http://www.equalrightsfoundation.org/

  2. Arguing Equality - Guide to learn, understand, and present the arguments in favor of gay marriage. Includes ways to get involved, blog, and forum.

  3. California Courts official webpage on Proposition 8 with links to documents related to the case http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/highprofile/prop8.htm

  4. California Official Voter Information Guide on Proposition 8, Title and summary, analysis, arguments and rebuttals, and the text of the proposition.

  5. Californians Against Hate - Non-profit group organized to oppose proponents of 2008's Proposition 8.

  6. Civil Marriage | Civil Right - Massachusetts couple Bob and Gary, who were among the first gay couples to be legally married in that state, tell their personal story and present arguments in favor of legalizing same-sex unions.

  7. Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons

  8. Domestic Partnerships and Same Sex Marriages - Collected information on domestic partner policies and same sex marriages.

  9. Domestic Partnerships and Same Sex Marriages - Collected information on domestic partner policies and same sex marriages.

  10. Equal in Every State: Equality in Marriage - The campaign uses gay and lesbian couples' stories to produce greater community awareness about the importance of the freedom to marry for committed same-sex couples and continues the promotion of the Marriage Resolution.

  11. Family Law in Massachusetts - Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders guide to marriages in state and how it relates to winter 2004 court decisions.

  12. Gay Marriage: The Arguments and the Motives - An essay on why the arguments against gay marriage don't hold up in the light of reason.

  13. Goodridge v. Department of Public Health - The Supreme Court of Massachusetts held in 2003 that people of the same sex are entitled to be married according to that state's constitution. [PDF]

  14. National Implications of the Massachusetts Goodridge Decision - U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on March 3, 2004 regarding a Massachusetts Supreme Court decision that declared a right of same-sex couples to marry.

  15. Same-Sex Marriage A Selective Bibliography of the Legal Literature

  16. Same-sex marriage collected legal news at JURIST

  17. Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnerships collected news and commentary at The New York Times

  18. Same-Sex Marriage: Developments in the Law", Emily Doskow, NOLO, 2008.

  19. Senate Journal - Joint session report from March 11, 2004 discussion on constitutional amendment. (March 11, 2004)

  20. JSTOR articles search on “Same Sex Marriage” (full text): http://www.jstor.org/action/doAdvancedSearch?q0=%22same+sex+marriage%22&f0=all&c1=AND&q1=&f1=all&acc=on&fc=off&Search=Search&ar=on&sd=&ed=&la=&pt=&isbn=.

Defense of Marriage Act DOMA


  1. Text of legislation: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/104/hr3396

  2. Full Congressional legislation including amendments and voting records: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d104:h.r.03396:

  3. JSTOR article search on DOMA (full text): http://www.jstor.org/action/doBasicSearch?Query=%28%22defense+of+marriage+act%22%29+AND+%28cty%3A%28journal%29+AND+ty%3A%28fla%29%29&Search=Search&gw=jtx&prq=%28%22same+sex+marriage%22%29+AND+%28cty%3A%28journal%29+AND+ty%3A%28fla%29%29&hp=25&acc=on&aori=a&wc=off&fc=off.

Proposition 8


  1. Guardian - Prop 8 - News articles, videos, and blogs with a primary focus on gay marriage.

  2. Human Rights Campaign Foundation - State of the Workplace for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Americans, 2005-2006

  3. I Can't Marry You - A documentary that explores same-sex marriage issues through the personal experiences of twenty gay and lesbian couples who have been in long-term relationships.

  4. Institute for Marriage and Public Policy - Debates whether same-sex marriage will help or hurt marriage as a social institution. Includes news, links, resources, and weblog open to all and features contributors from academia, media, law, and advocacy groups.

  5. Institute for Marriage and Public Policy - Debates whether same-sex marriage will help or hurt marriage as a social institution. Includes news, links, resources, and weblog open to all and features contributors from academia, media, law, and advocacy groups.

  6. La Times: Questions and answers about Proposition 8 on the Los Angeles Times website. Dated May 2009. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/05/california-supreme-court-to-rule-on-proposition-8.html

  7. Los Angeles Times article on January 15, 2009 focus of Proposition 8 trial being children raised in same-sex households http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-prop8-trial16-2010jan16,0,4135684.story

  8. MarriageFairness.org - An online community for gay and lesbian couples to help educate the public about the effects a ban on gay marriage would have on real people and real families.

  9. Mormons for Proposition 8 is the site for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which talks about their involvement in the 2008 passing of Proposition 8. Also includes a list of donors with city and amount donated. http://mormonsfor8.com/

  10. New York Times article criticizing decision to ban cameras from the Proposition 8 trial http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/us/19bar.html

  11. New York Times: Index of articles on same sex marriage: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/s/same_sex_marriage/index.html.

  12. Newsweek article on Proposition 8 supporters claiming to be the “under dogs” in the court battle. http://www.newsweek.com/id/230823

  13. No On Prop. 8: Organizational opponent to Proposition 8

  14. Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples - A national resource supporting the diverse community of committed gay and lesbian partners through a variety of media. Contains a wealth of information regarding gay partnership issues.

  15. Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples - A national resource supporting the diverse community of committed gay and lesbian partners through a variety of media. Contains a wealth of information regarding gay partnership issues.

  16. Points in Defense of Gay Marriage - Designed to educate people about some of the reasons for legalizing gay marriage and provide arguments to aid amateur activists for gay rights.

  17. Points in Defense of Gay Marriage - Designed to educate people about some of the reasons for legalizing gay marriage and provide arguments to aid amateur activists for gay rights.

  18. ProCon_Gay Marriage: online index to pro and con articles regarding same sex marriage

  19. Protect Marriage - Supporting proposition 8, which would eliminate same-sex couples' right to marry in California.

  20. ProtectMarriage.com: Organizational sponsor of Proposition 8

  21. ReligiousTolerance.org: Homosexual Marriages and Civil Unions - Overview of same-sex marriage and civil unions exploring current status in various countries with additional emphasis on religious organizations' reactions.

  22. ReligiousTolerance.org: Homosexual Marriages and Civil Unions - Overview of same-sex marriage and civil unions exploring current status in various countries with additional emphasis on religious organizations' reactions.

  23. Republicans Against 8 - Opposing Proposition 8, which would eliminate same-sex couples' right to marry in California.

  24. Sacramento Bee section on Proposition 8 http://www.sacbee.com/prop8/

  25. Variety article on media coverage of Proposition 8 trial http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118013934.html?categoryId=22&cs=1

  26. Yes on 8: Main website in support of Proposition 8 http://www.protectmarriage.com/


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