I’ve only visited Maine once in my life. It was late September and the leaves were just barely starting to show variations in their colors. I spent a long time at the airport in Bangor waiting for the luggage the airline had lost. While at the airport, authorities spotted a suspicious package and evacuated the entire terminal. I stood outside with a hundred or so other people. We were all caught off guard, a bit confused and some of us were even a bit scared.
“I don’t care what gay people do, just call it something else.” As if the word marriage is owned by religion. Marriage is a religious word. Really? Then why does it appear on almost every form or document that you fill out? Should we have different sets of forms now? Civil unions, domestic partnerships, marriage. If the point is to have all the same rights, why have different names? I’ll tell you why. So straight people can call attention to gay couples. “No, I’m not married. But I am in a union. A civil union.”
Trial Date Set for Fed Lawsuit Against CA Same-Sex Marriage Ban – Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker announced that the trial will begin January 11, 2010. Judge Walker also ordered the depositions and the discovery process to start right away. Dates were also set for other processes related to the case. The Judge also indicated that he was surprised Governor Schwarzenegger has taken such a passive role in the case.
Lesbian Couple Embraces Then Asked to Leave Restaurant in MD – They noticed a heterosexual couple kissing in another booth of the family restaurant – so they embraced each other – but did not kiss. Aiyi’hah Ford and her partner Torian Brown were then asked to leave the restaurant in Silver Spring. They did return with some supporters hoping for an apology – but the manager would not apologize. Once they stepped outside the waitress followed them and apologized.
LGBT Tenants in New York Mistreated by Co-Op Board – A group of tenants who live at Kew Gardens – happen to be Gay and Lesbian. The problems started with a terrace which began leaking during a rain storm.
Utah Newspaper Rejects Gay Wedding Announcement – Tyler Barrick and Spencer Jones live in San Francisco and were married June 17, 2008. Mr. Jones is originally from Utah and wanted the announcement printed in his hometown paper – prior to a family party there. The clerk at The Spectrum initially accepted the announcement information along with the payment – then later the announcement was decined. The Spectrum had been on GLAAD’s list of inclusive newspapers – and GLAAD did try to help but without success. The announcement has since been published in The Salt Lake Tribune – another local paper.
Tennessee Schools Agree to Remove Anti-LGBT Filter – In April 2009 the ACLU sent a letter to the Nashville school district. The district had set up filters on school computers – blocking access to LGBT friendly websites. Students were having to out themselves to their teachers to try to gain access.
Maggie Gallagher and her National Organization for [Heterosexual Only] Marriage are campaigning to:
“Recruite 2 Million Americans to Stop the Repeal of DOMA.”
The campaign includes an offer of a free heterosexual-only marriage sticker, which seems like a bit of a rip-off of CREDO’s free marriage equality sticker. NOM’s sticker reads:
“Don’t Mess with Marriage!”
Recently, a few folks on twitter have been attempting to get members of the LGBT community to order the stickers – in mass. The theory being that NOM will be delayed in fulfilling the orders, exhaust a significant amount of their advertising budget and many people who support oppressive laws will not get the stickers they believe in.
Same sex marriage: Are there any original thoughts left on this topic? I can’t believe how many times I have read, and seen refuted, the arguments against same-sex marriage. I still cannot find one that is reasonable. The Iowa Supreme Court could not find one that was reasonable. Neither could the California Supreme Court. The judges were interpreting laws regarding equality. For that, their punishment is to be called activists judges.
Ask just about anyone on the street if they support civil rights and they will likely say yes, but ask specific questions and you’ll hear a wide variety of responses.
Rev. Eric P. Lee, the President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Council (“SCLC”) has come under fire by members of the purported civil rights organization. The scrutiny isn’t because Rev. Lee is against civil equality, but instead, because he supports civil equality.
The SCLC was formed in the late 50’s in response to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The group, popularized by Martin Luther King, Jr., has been a leadership organization for civil rights for decades. Unfortunately, not all members agree that civil equality applies to all people.
Perhaps one of, if not the, greatest asset to the quest for LGBT equality is our heterosexual allies. These people, for reasons known only to them, “come out” and support LGBT people and often face similar ridicule and harassment that LGBT people face.
In this episode of Closet Talk, jaysays.com talked with Jane Wishon, a straight ally, about her “coming out” as a supporter of equality. Jane spoke eloquently about why she joined the fight and her epiphone moment, when she realized separate was not equal in the fight for marriage equality.
Famed science fiction author, Orson Scott Card, joined the Board of Directors for the National Organization for [Heterosexual Only] Marriage back in April. That’s no big surprise considering Mr. Card’s history of anti-gay rhetoric; however, the big surprise is that Mr. Card has written words that seem contrary to NOM’s “Main Message.” According to NOM’s website, another aspect of their “Main Message” is thus:
“Gays and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose; they don’t have a right to redefine marriage for the rest of us.”