Equaldex: the collaborative LGBT knowledgebase!
A crowd-sourced, verified, beautifully presented representation of equal rights (and how they are specifically denied) for LGBT folks. [via reddit]
Arkansas Judge strikes down gay marriage ban.
And in a surprising move, didn't
put the order on hold so people could appeal. [more inside]
When Australian prime minister Tony Abbott paused on the lawn of Parliament House to engage a group of high school students in conversation, he may have been hoping to impress some future voters. However, the questions fired at him by the 14-year-olds - about asylum seekers, gay marriage and why he has appointed himself Minister for Women - seemed to take him aback
(warning: camera is level with Abbott's crotch.)
The students involved
later participated in the March in March
– a series of protests against current government policies which took place in 29 locations across Australia over three days. Despite over 100,000 turning out, the protests was little coverage by mainstream media – leading to criticism
even from within
the media’s own ranks
More than 12,000 Catholics from five continents answered questions in a massive survey commissioned by Univision
and conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International
. Topics covered included all the issues most likely to generate lively discussion among Catholics all over the world. Here's how they responded
. [more inside]
About the only place this book hasn't been is in my hands, open and upright, with my eyes pointed at it. But that's about to change. Because I'm going to read this book in 20-minute bursts over the next eight hours. Why 20-minute bursts? Because that's how long it takes for a batch of my mother's Slog-famous Christmas Snowball cookies to bake. I'm going to put a tray in the oven, read, swap trays out, read some more. And I think it's fair to say that by the end of the day today—after all my Christmas cookies are baked—I will have read more of this book than Sarah Palin wrote.
- Dan Savage reviews Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.
West Australian MP Stephen Dawson and his partner Dennis Liddelow have become the first same-sex couple
to legally marry in Australia. But the High Court of Australia may declare the legislation that allowed them to get married — and thus their marriage itself — invalid next week. [more inside]
The NFL's Modern Man: How Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin — a bike-riding, socially conscious, Animal Collective–loving hipster — is redefining what it means to be a football player.
New Jersey court to allow same-sex marriages.
A stay was not granted to an earlier ruling
allowing gay people to marry in New Jersey. Asbury Park and Newark are already issuing marriage licenses for couples to marry at the first possible time on Monday.
This defeats a long-term move by governor Christie and conservatives to push a statewide referendum
rather than go ahead with the court's ruling. New Jersey is now the fourteenth state
to allow gay marriage.
Yep it's another proposal video.
The woman being proposed to works for Washington Bus
, a group which focuses on youth involvement in Democracy and was instrumental in helping get Marriage Equality passed in Washington state. SPOILER ALERT: She gets to take advantage of that law! [more inside]
This past Wednesday, the Doña Ana County County Clerk in Las Cruces, NM (my hometown!) started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. The Attorney General of NM says he won't challenge the move. The Washington Times (I know, I know) has the story. So does the NYT
, if you haven't used up all your free articles for the month. Two days later, a District Court judge ordered Santa Fe County to begin issuing licenses to same sex couples.
Bit by bit, the 47th state is becoming the 14th state.
Archie Comics Gets Its First Gay Kiss, Takes On One Million Moms.
A couple years back, Archie Comics introduced its first gay character, Kevin Keller. (previously
) Since, he's become a normal fixture in Riverdale, and even gotten married in an alternate universe
. But finally, Kevin gets an on-panel kiss for the first time -- in his own universe, even! The issue includes a riff on everyone's poorly-counting scolds One Million Moms
. [more inside]
and the A.V. Club
both have some choice perspective to offer concerning Orson Scott Card's public statement about the boycott
of the "Ender's Game" film.
"For the last two years, the agency has kept a list of same-sex couples whose green card petitions were denied, the officials said, anticipating that the Supreme Court would eventually weigh in on DOMA. Those denials will now be reversed without couples having to present new applications, if no other issues have arisen." -- The US Immigration and Citizenship Services agency has issued the first green card to a partner in a gay marriage
“I am sorry for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced. I am sorry that some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt you felt when your attractions didn’t change. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatised parents.” The world’s oldest and largest ‘ex-gay’ organisation, Exodus International
, is finally shutting down
a year after deciding it was wrong.
The French Right Marches against Gay Marriage
. Last month, France became the thirteenth nation
to recognize same-sex marriage. A large religious and political movement continues to protest loudly against the Socialist government's "Mariage Pour Tous" (Marriage For All) law. [more inside]
made against gay marriage in the House of Lords, England, during debate of the Governments proposed Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill
Today, at noon (central daylight time) the Minnesota Senate will begin debate on a bill to legalize same sex marriages. The bill
already passed the Minnesota House. As Reuters reports
, the Senate will likely pass the bill, and Governor Mark Dayton has promised to sign it into law. [more inside]
When Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a gay marriage bill into law just minutes after its passage by the state Senate earlier today, Delaware became the eleventh U.S. state to legalize gay marriage
. Gay marriages will become legal July 1st of this year.
With 71 votes from the Chamber of Deputies, Uruguay became the third country in the Americas to legalize gay marriage.
From the article:
While some countries have carved out new territory for gay and lesbian couples without affecting heterosexual marrieds, Uruguay is creating a single set of rules for all people, gay or straight. Instead of the words "husband and wife" in marriage contracts, it refers to the gender-neutral "contracting parties."
How Ellen DeGeneres Helped Change The Conversation About Gays
"Ellen DeGeneres is ... almost a litmus test of where we have been as a society," [Dietram Scheufele, a communications professor at the University of Wisconsin] says. "When she first came out and really put the issue of same-sex partnerships on people's agendas, and I mean people who really wouldn't have thought about it, I think the country was still in a very different state."
From her first stand-up performance on national TV in the US
in 1986, the same year that the Supreme Court ruled that states have right to enforce code of sexual behavior
, to 2008, when Ellen married Portia de Rossi
, after California's Supreme Court ruled a previous ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional, Ellen's public life has mirrored the broader shift towards accepting homosexuality. [more inside]
Earlier today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the California Prop 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry
. SCOTUSblog has a round-up of their analysis of today's arguments here
. NYT article
. LA Times article. [more inside]
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Issues A Smackdown
The CEO of the hugely successful, not universally beloved coffee chain gives a brief statement on the intersection, or lack thereof, between economics and respect for diversity.
Conservative Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) came out in favor of marriage equality today, in an interview on CNN
and an Op-Ed in the Columbus Dispatch.
This reversal comes via Portman's son, who came out as a gay man to his parents two years ago. Reaction has been mixed.
Gomer Pyle got married to his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, last week.
Jim Nabors, aka Gomer Pyle of Mayberry and of the U.S.M.C., also of many records featuring his inimitable voice, particularly this rendition of "The Impossible Dream,"
, and the national anthem,
married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, last week in Seattle.
[First link opens a news window, which can be loud.] [more inside]
Gay marriage: Religious 'opt-in' offered, but not to CofE -
"The Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned in law from offering same-sex marriages, the government has announced.
Other religious organisations will be able to "opt in" to holding ceremonies, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said.
But she added that the Church of England and Church in Wales had "explicitly" stated strong opposition and would not be included."
Included in the legisation is "Amending the 2010 Equality Act to ensure no discrimination claim can be brought against religious organisations or individual ministers for refusing to marry a same-sex couple."
The Gay Marriage Plot: On November 6, four states -- Maine, Washington, Maryland, and Minnesota -- took the side of gay marriage in ballot referenda. The improbable sweep for an issue that spent decades as an across-the-board political loser has already changed the landscape for gay rights in America -- and could provide a new framework for other causes.
Paul Harris is the head of the Marriage License Department for Clark County, in the American state of Washington. Today, after 40 years with the same man, he can finally apply for his own marriage license
. [more inside]
In the wake of historic victories on marriage equality in Maryland, Maine, and Washington state, and the defeat of an anti-equality constitutional amendment in Minnesota, LGBTQ people are thanking their straight family and friends
for their contributions to the cause. [more inside]
Don't like gay marriage? Fine. Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends
The Seattle Times will run campaign ads supporting Washington Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna
and the state's pro-same sex marriage measure Referendum-74
, paid for by the Seattle Times Co.
A song and film produced by Seattle hip hop artist Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
in support of legalizing same-sex marriage
in Washington State.
Earlier this month Australian Christian Lobby head Jim Wallace suggested a homosexual lifestyle was more hazardous to health than smoking
, but he was not was not comparing homosexuality with smoking
. Smokers were offended
Last night, on the ABC's Q&A program
) the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, backed the comments
''It's very hard to get to the facts here because we don't want to talk about it, and in this country censorship is alive and well.".
But Wallace's claims were based on a 25-year-old study
by a discredited researcher
. [more inside]
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo
, one of the NFL's few vocal advocates for legalization of gay marriage, donates two tickets to his team's season opener to a Marylanders for Marriage Equality fundraiser. Maryland state delegate Emmet C. Burns
asking Ravens management to silence Ayanbadejo. Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responds
with epic smackdown.
"When the jubilant couple were wed
in June, they exchanged personalized vows and titanium rings, cheered the heartfelt toasts and danced themselves breathless. Then, as the evening was winding down, unexpected questions started popping up. One after another, their guests began asking: Are you going to have kids? When are you going to have kids
?" [more inside]
As a marriage advocate, the time has come for me to accept gay marriage and emphasize the good that it can do. I’d like to explain why.
The founder and president of the socially conservative Institute for American Values has changed his mind on same-sex marriage. If not much else.