Monday, June 16, 2008
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When Senior Assistant Attorney General Christopher Krueger was leaving home to represent the state in opposing same-sex marriage during a historic hearing before the California Supreme Court in March, his wife kissed him on the lips and said, "Good luck, but I hope you lose."
Soon after the state high court cleared the way for same-sex marriage, Ellen DeGeneres announced her engagement to her longtime partner, Portia de Rossi.
"We are all the same people, all of us. You're no different than I am. Our love is the same," DeGeneres told Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, when she needled him about his views on same-sex marriage during his guest appearance on her show. "When someone says, 'You can have a contract, and you'll still have insurance, and you'll get all that,' it sounds to me like saying, 'Well, you can sit there, you just can't sit there.' "
When the Arizona senator disagreed with her, DeGeneres joked: "So, you'll walk me down the aisle? Is that what you're saying?"
McCain backs the November ballot measure to limit marriage to a man and a woman.
It still takes acts of courage for gays and lesbians to come out. About 30 states do not have laws on the books that protect gay employees from being fired because of their sexual orientation.
The first marriage licenses are to be issued in a handful of districts from 5:00 pm (0000 GMT) on Monday, before an expected state-wide stampede by thousands of couples gets underway the following day.
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