Katha Pollitt believes it's because, unlike gay marriage, "Reproductive rights are inescapably about women." Same-sex marriage is something men want. Lesbian couples account for the majority of same-sex marriages, but even the vernacular "gay marriage" types it as a male concern. That makes it of interest to everyone, because everything male is of general interest. Though many of the groundbreaking activists and lawyers who have fought for same-sex marriage are lesbians, gay men have a great deal of social and economic power, and they have used it, brilliantly, to mainstream the cause. [more inside]
Oklahoma. This was a place where Kathryn's workplace had a cussing jar, a quarter per swear, and the words written on it, “Let Go and Let God.” Here, Christianity was the religion — Tracy and Kathryn were believers — and Oklahoma football was the religion — Tracy and Kathryn were believers — and people could be decent and kind and judgmental, sometimes all at once, which was why, when Tracy told some Rotary Club friends that she and Kathryn were getting married, she kept her eyes planted above their heads so she wouldn't have to look at their faces.
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 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.
The granting of gay marriage rights in New Hampshire seemed to be a step in the right direction.
However recently there is a push back to refuse service in public places to the gay community based on religious objections
, seemingly against earlier legislation written to stop this exact type of discrimination
You may or may not remember a similar story featuring an upstate New York town clerk (NYT)
A progressive Australian political advocacy group
have produced a 2-minute advertisement
showing their support of Marriage Equality Down Under. Warning: May pull heartstrings. [more inside]
Last Friday, prop 8 supporters filed an emergency stay of Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling with the 9th circuit
. Today the stay was granted
but the appeal has been expedited and oral arguments will be heard on the 6th of December, less than four months from now. [more inside]
With a ruling scheduled
today on Prop 8 — the California ballot measure that took away the right to marry from same-sex couples — Dave Fleischer has an in-depth analysis
of all of the polling data
on Prop 8, and his findings include some counter-intuitive numbers, like that the confusing wording actually ended up helping the No vote more than the Yes.
Argentina Approves Gay Marriage.
With a 33-27 vote in the Senate, Argentina has become the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage. (Mexico City
legalized it in 2009.) Reactions: 1 2 3 [more inside]
Sonoma County CA separates elderly gay couple and sells all of their worldly possessions.
Three months after he was hospitalized, Harold died in the nursing home. Because of the county's actions, Clay missed the final months he should have had with his partner of 20 years. Compounding this tragedy, Clay has literally nothing left of the home he had shared with Harold or the life he was living up until the day that Harold fell, because he has been unable to recover any of his property. [more inside]
In a first for Latin America, Mexico City's legislature voted to legalize gay marriage
Monday night, changing "the city's civil code definition of marriage from the union of a man and a woman to the 'free uniting of two people.'" [more inside]
The Australian Capital Territory
, the home of the Australian capital of Canberra
, has passed a bill allowing same-sex civil unions
. As marriage is a federal matter in Australia, this is the highest recognition of same sex unions that is constitutionally allowed in a state or territory of Australia. However, it does give political momentum to the movement looking towards the repeal of the "one man and one woman" Marriage Amendment Act of 2004.
"We should have got nasty a long time ago,".
So the mormon church has decided to get itself involved with the politics in California? Some California residents have decided to attempt to have the church's tax exempt status revoked
while others are taking the fight more directly to the church
. Some have called for a boycott of Utah
while possibly the only mormon in Utah who doesn't give a crap about gay marriage has written a very insightful piece
The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to repeal a ban on out of state marriages that has been on the books since 1913. The up-shot? Out of state gay and lesbian couples may soon wed in Massachusetts
. The vote goes next to governor Deval Patrick, who has already indicate that he is in favor of repealing the law. [more inside]
Orson Scott Card
on gay marriage
, which he says "marks the end of democracy in America". Not everyone is too happy about that
During a question-and-answer period, someone says they'd once heard Johnston call for the execution of gays and lesbians. He vigorously denies the charge. Later, he tells me that the decision to put gays to death is a matter best left up to the states.
Ohio's precedent-shattering new ballot initiative and the people behind it.
(Salon, ad req'd.)
has had gay marriage
for years, and surprise surprise, the institution has not collapsed. It's amazing how rarely Americans take advantage of these sorts of international comparisons...
Where Having Sex is a Crime: Criminalization and Decriminalization of Homosexual Acts.
As Western countries ponder the legalization of gay marriage, it's well worth keeping in mind that queer men and women are living in the dark ages elsewhere. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
tries to keep track of progressive and regressive steps, and advocate for liberty. It's a tough job
Where is my gay apocalypse?
I have been waiting patiently.
I have been staring with great anticipation out the window of my flat here in the heart of San Francisco, sighing heavily, waiting for the riots and the plagues and the screaming monkeys and the blistering rain of inescapable hellfire. I have my camera all ready and everything.
Derek Powazek shares a series of images of same-gender couples who were married in San Francisco over the last week, and sells one stark image in poster form to raise funds for DontAmend.com
, an organization committed to fighting the radical right's efforts to add an anti-gay marriage/union amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Axis of Medieval?
Hot on the heels of Bush's announcement that his adminstration is seeking ways to ban gay marriage, the Vatican has issued a document
condemning same-sex unions as "deviant" and "gravely immoral." One Bishop has warned
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien (a Catholic) that "his eternal salvation is in jeopardy. He is making a morally grave error and he's not being accountable to God."
Are we witnessing a coordinated attack on the burgeoning campaign for broader gay rights? What is the relevance of the Church's edicts, in combination with Bush's announcement? Are we about to see "the backlash" that some gay rights activists have warned of, or is this the (almost) last gasp of self-evidently outmoded thinking?
Do you, Adam, take this man Steve, to be your lawfully wedded husband ... "... a panel of Ontario judges ordered Parliament to broaden its definition of marriage to include gay men and women, the first decision of its kind in Canada. "
Rulings on cases in BC and Quebec to follow.
Good news for the Canadian Tourist industry, at any rate. So far the only heartbreak in all this is the utter lack of Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, and Pottery Barn stores in Canada for these people to register at.
Compassionate Conservatives are Hate Males
It has been a strange day today. I got a letter in the mail from a nearby church asking me to change my religion because said religion was supporting homosexuals. You know what, I'm thinking of going to their service on Sunday and letting them know what I think of their Hate mail they sent me. Deeply offensive.
Then I find out that a Shrub (George W. Bush) does not support seperation of Church and State. And infact wants to have state 'sponsored' 'official' religions!
Personally I am getting a little sick and tired of intollerance. Furthermore, I am gettign sick of Gerorge W. Bush. The man makes my skin crawl. Please, someone offer me a job outside of Texas...
If it looks like a duck and it smells like a duck and it sounds like a duck it's a . . . . Holy Union
The same-sex domestic partnerships bill
in Vermont has been approved
by the state's lawmakers. "The continued denial of these legal protections, benefits and responsibilities to a small but vulnerable class of Vermont's citizens diminishes their humanity, dignity, freedom and independence.
" It's about damn time, hopefully other states will soon follow suit. Oh, and if you have a problem with this, listen to this
and let me know why you continue to have problems with it.