Gay and lesbian couples in Washington state can start picking up their wedding certificates and licenses tomorrow. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law Wednesday a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in the state. Last month, voters in Washington, Maine and Maryland voted to approve same-sex marriage, making them the first states where gay marriage has passed through popular vote. “This is a very important and historic day in the great state of Washington,” Gregoire said before signing the measure. “For many years now, we’ve said one more step, one more step. And this is our last step for marriage equality in the state of Washington.”
A homophobic Maryland lawmaker has admitted to being drunk when he accidentally crashed his boat into a boat full of children.
Maryland delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr was drinking with another man on his boat on the Magothy River in Pasadena around 7pm when his boat struck a smaller vessel with five children on board.
Four of the children were injured with one, a five year old girl, taken by helicopter to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Two adults on the boat were unharmed.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has requested that the Supreme Court overturn a ruling that allows state employees to keep their same-sex partners on their benefits, including health insurance.
Brewer filed a petition for a writ of certiorari on July 2, requesting that the high court overturn the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s September 2011 ruling in Diaz vs. Brewer. The pushback comes three months after the Ninth Circuit denied a request by Arizona state lawyers to re-hear the case with an 11-judge panel.
Last September, the Ninth Circuit’s ruling prevented Arizona from implementing a law that would have barred state employees’ same-sex partners from remaining on their health plans. The ruling affirmed a lower court’s decision to place a preliminary injunction on the law.
For more than three decades, Exodus International has been the leading force in the so-called ex-gay movement, which holds that homosexuals can be “cured” through Christian prayer and psychotherapy.
Exodus leaders claimed its network of ministries had helped tens of thousands rid themselves of unwanted homosexual urges. The notion that homosexuality is not inborn but a choice was seized on by conservative Christian groups who oppose legal protections for gay men and lesbians and same-sex marriage.
But the ex-gay movement has been convulsed as the leader of Exodus, in a series of public statements and a speech to the group’s annual meeting last week, renounced some of the movement’s core beliefs. Alan Chambers, 40, the president, declared that there was no cure for homosexuality and that “reparative therapy” offered false hopes to gays and could even be harmful. His statements have led to charges of heresy and a growing schism within the network.
Critics denounced a vote Tuesday by Virginia lawmakers rejecting a gay prosecutor for a judgeship in the state’s capital, saying the representatives were on the “wrong side of history” and pushing a “form of bigotry,” according to local local media reports. Tracy Thorne-Begland, a prosecutor for 12 years in General District Court in Richmond, was the only one of more than three dozen judicial nominees who failed to win approval from the House of Delegates, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The final tally was 33 for and 31 against, while 36 either didn’t vote or abstained. Fifty-one votes were needed to approve. Thorne-Begland’s nomination for the bench in the same court where he was a prosecutor came under scrutiny last week after the Family Foundation of Virginia, Republican Delegate Robert G. Marshall and others said they opposed his nomination because of his candor on gay rights.
Polls show that if North Carolina’s Amendment One passes, it’s only because people don’t know what it means. When they do, it’s defeated. Words and images matter: visit ProtectNCFamilies at http://protectallncfamilies.org/ to get informed, and share now!Image Taken from GLAADs Facebook page.From me:I cannot stress the importance of having people at every precinct educating voters about the harms of amendment one enough. Many of you have messaged me and asked “what can I do?”. Well, tomorrow is the big day. The last day to act. Take your vote against signs and go out to the polling places and talk to people. If you don’t have a sign, go to Rite Aid and buy poster board (I’ll give you the dollar) and make one.You’re always going to remember the results of this May 8th primary. Always. This is our history about to unfold. You will also remember how much of a hand you hand in the results. Do you want to remember all of the posts you liked on Tumblr or do you want to remember how you stood at the polls and changed peoples minds and hearts on May 8th? Do it. The time is now!Re-blog this!
Today’s Sioux City Journal devoted their full front page to an editorial about a gay teen who recently committed suicide. On the death of 14-year-old Kenneth Weishuhn, which the paper called “a kind-hearted, fun-loving teenage boy,” the paper had this to say: “This is not a failure of one group of kids, one school, one town, one county or one geographic area. Rather, it exposes a fundamental flaw in our society, one that has deep-seated roots. Until now, it has been too difficult, inconvenient — maybe even painful — to address. But we can’t keep looking away.” A must-read that offers concrete solutions to a major cultural problem; check it out for yourself. (page via Newseum; thanks sarahlee310 for spotting)
What a difference it might make if other papers cared enough about their communities to be so bold. The Sioux City Journal deserves all the recognition we can muster for it. Thanks for posting the graphic and the quote.
… [T]he California Democratic Party has released a statement promising to assist in defeating North Carolina’s anti-gay ballot measure Amendment One, which will go to the voters on May 8. …
This is pretty wildly unprecedented for one state party to involve itself in another state’s legislation. And it is a credit to President Obama’s power of persuasion that his campaign released a very specific letter of condemnation.
Excellent article. I keep wondering why more people aren’t up in arms about all of the abortion restrictions. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that we’ve never lived in a time of illegal abortion. Also, there is such shame attached to the procedure. If a woman enjoys sex, does not want a baby, accidentally gets pregnant, and chooses to terminate the pregnancy, she is painted as a harlot. Or irresponsible. But definitely immoral. This is why rape & incest exceptions piss me off. If the aim of anti-abortion activists is about the baby, then it doesn’t matter how the baby is conceived.
It’s a choice between women and potential babies, which women should win every time, since without us, there are no babies. Do we value the independence of adult women, or do we prioritize a dependent fetus? It’s a bitch of a choice, but it’s an obvious one.
I also think that it’s more satisfying for people to fight for new rights than to protect existing ones. We want to see gay people enjoy the same rights as all citizens. That’s a no-brainer. We take the right to safe & legal abortions for granted because we never had to fight for it. But it’s looking more & more likely that we will be fighting for it. Either women are equal citizens with bodily independence, or we are not. Who is making that decision for us?
|—||John Fugelsang on the vocal opposition to anti-bullying programs in schools from some on the religious right. (via liberal-life)|
In anticipation of the September 20 end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, GQ interviewed gay soldiers from the past 70 years about their experiences. From a Marine on White House duty:
Since I’m a single officer in the Marine barracks and I’ve got the highest security clearance you can get, I also serve at the White House in close quarters with President Bush and President Obama at social events. Very seldom was the president ever alone, but one time the president had said, ‘Go and get the vice president,’ and all the straphangers went, and the president went in the Blue Room and was just standing there waiting for Biden. And there was no Secret Service around or anything, and I went, ‘Fuck it, I’m going to go and talk to the president about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” ’ He was looking out south—there’s an incredible view down past the Washington Monument to the Jefferson. And I just stepped in and said, ‘Sir?’ and he turned around and walks to me and I just started: ‘You know, sir, I want to let you know that there are a number of us that work very close to you who appreciate very much what you’re doing on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”—more than you probably realize.’ And he was shaking my hand, he looks up and it’s like…he got it. I said, ‘I want to thank you for this.’ And he goes, ‘No, I want to thank you. Thank you for your service, and thank you for your courage.’ “
Bilerico reports that an Indiana coroner cited DOMA in his refusal to release the body of Christina Santiago to her lesbian partner. Santiago was one of five killed at Saturday’s stage collapse at the Indiana State fair.
It is situations like this that really shed light on how important ‘gay rights’ are.
pure crap, just crap