Love Should Not Be Hidden, But Proud

Article: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/persistence-pays-in-fight-for-marriage-equality-99411.html

I interviewed a Communications Major student at Texas A&M University, who happens to be a mother. This is her response to the article and the issues covered within it:

Me: “Do you think it’s fair that Edie and Thea were engaged for so long and that they couldn’t wear an engagement ring? Do you think it’s right that they are denied tax status and health benefits, things that other married couples have the privilege of?”

Interviewee: “No it’s not fair. This is a nation founded on so many freedoms. We still haven’t learned from the past! Stop unfairly treating people. Leave them alone. Be who and what you want to be and let others do the same.”

Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer

Look at how happy they look!

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GOP, Oh My

Video: http://www.msnbc.com/now-with-alex-wagner/watch/gop-leaders-still-behind-on-marriage-equality-64689731732

I interviewed a Senior Anthropology Major student at Texas A&M University to watch this video and respond. This is what she said:

Me: What is your response to this video? Do you think what was said is accurate or right?

Interviewee: “Proponents of traditional values in the United States federal government are confused about two things, their jobs and the definition of traditional values.  This is a pluralistic society.  Any attempt at censoring what is considered deviancy by one religion compromises our ability to coexist with those of other backgrounds.  In addition to the ethical dilemma there is a problem with claims of a scientific nature by the right.  Equating homosexuality with sickness has no scientific basis, just as assuming same-sex couples raise dysfunctional children has no basis in reality.”

“The issues associated with same-sex couples by conservatives can just as easily be applied to hetero couples.  Obsession? Check.  Alienation? Check.  Remorse? Check.  Disease? Check.   Your argument is invalid.  And if you’re going to praise the Russians for their values, you might want to ask a citizen about their quality of life and civil liberties. “

Gay Does Not Equal Crap, Your Math Is Wrong

Article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/24/using-gay-mean-crap-bullying-gap-people

Words.

They can tear people down, and build people up.

They can mean absolutely nothing, and they can mean absolutely everything.

In this society, people frivolously use words like “faggot” and “gay” without considering the repercussions of their careless language.

We were given a mind to use caution, discretion, and prudence. We were given a mind and heart to care for people, not to fester hatred.

Bullying is a problem, especially for LGBT people. The definition of “gay” has evolved. The fact that “gay” and “crap” are used synonymously is not right.

Let me put this into perspective, “23% of gay or bisexual young people have tried to take their own lives and 56% have self-harmed.”

Verbal bullying has the power to tear people down. We need to make a change.

Stonewall is a gay charity with a campaign who is fighting anti-gay language. I will encourage you to learn more about this charity, and to support them.

The only way to change is through exposure to an alternate way of doing things.

Will you stand up for those who are cast off to the wayside? Will you be a voice to the unheard?

Political Family Feuds: More Interesting Than Most

Video and Article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/onpolitics/2013/11/18/liz-cheney-gay-marriage-sister-facebook/3625829/

“Liz — this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree you’re just wrong — and on the wrong side of history.”

This is a passionate statement to proclaim to someone, especially over Facebook. To make matters more interesting, this comment was made by Mary Cheney, younger sister of Liz Cheney, “who is running in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Wyoming”.

I can only imagine how difficult it is for a family to not see eye-to-eye on this topic, especially the Cheney family.

This also is fascinating when looking at this tension from a political point of view. Is there any way with Liz’s younger sister being gay, and married, that she could become tolerant of gay marriage herself?

 

It’s certainly a tough question to ask, and only time will truly tell.

 

This is Mary Cheney and her partner, Heather Poe.

I would like to make a special note that Dick Cheney endorsed gay marriage in 2009. 

See what Dick Cheney’s view of gay marriage is here:  http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/05/video-of-the-day-dick-cheney-endorsing-gay-marriage-in-2009/256961/

Gay Rights Best And Worst: An Interview

Article: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/30/gay-rights-world-best-worst-countries

I conducted an anonymous interview with a Texas A&M undergraduate Communication major.

I asked my interviewee the following questions regarding the above article:

Me: “What is your reaction to the different nations and their level of acceptance of marriage equality? How do you think the worsening countries can change? What has made the bettering countries successful?”

Interviewee: “Well, I was shocked. When it talked about how in some African countries it was illegal to be gay. I know gay individuals definitely don’t have many rights across the world, but the face that it was flat out illegal made me angry and sad. And in Iran where people are literally executed on the streets. It also shows how broken and corrupt those societies are. These countries don’t have the right government/political leaders to challenge the existing views. Even having political supports of gay rights isn’t even enough. The US is a prime example. And seeing all the countries making progresses toward equality makes the US look terrible. I feel like any type of protest and movement is one step toward equality. An example would be rights in the US for African Americans. Their battle lasted for hundreds of years, and their rights is a relatively new concept to the american people. I feel this examples applies to gay equality. I personally feel it’ll be YEARS before there will be a universal change. But all those people need to keep up their protesting and not give up.”

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Yes, this is Ron Swanson, and bacon.

 

Where Church And Hate Shouldn’t Meet

Article: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/pa-pastor-facing-church-trial-gay-marriage-20916701

“A Pennsylvania pastor charged under United Methodist law with officiating his son’s same-sex marriage is scheduled to go on trial.”

This is an absolute outrage. Banning same-sex marriage has already been deemed unconstitutional. I don’t recall ever being more offended in my life. If I was the son of Reverend Frank Schaefer, I would want my father to officiate my wedding.

The interesting part about this “trial” is that it will be held at the church’s retreat.

Another problem with their argument is that he officiated the wedding ceremony in 2007. Get over it, people!

There are so many other things in this world that should be focused on.

This is not a good representation of how God says in the Bible to treat people fairly.

I’m disappointed by this specific situation. For others who have faced or are facing the same situation, I am utterly sorry.

 hs_Rev_Frank_Schaefer-1024x796 Reverend Frank Schaefer and his son Tim. Schaefer faces a church trial in south-eastern Pennsylvania

Costs + Benefits = Outcome

Article:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/16/massachusetts-gay-marriage_n_4288726.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-marriage

Gay marriage acceptance was”almost impossible before Massachusetts opened the door on Nov. 18, 2003, with a Supreme Judicial Court ruling that declared a ban on gay marriages unconstitutional.”

It’s baffling to contemplate how far our nation has come since the ruling. As of today, FIFTEEN states have legalized gay marriage.

However, the fight is not over. We still need to persevere and hold fast until all states allow marriage equality.

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Where Military and Homosexuality Collide

Video: http://www.msnbc.com/craig-melvin/watch/the-evolution-of-gay-couples-in-the-military-62804547999

“Veterans John Banvard and Gerard Nadeau who were married after being together for 20 years discuss the evolution of same-sex couples in the military.”

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Watch this video where the two military veterans talk about the relationship between gay couples and the military.

“Texas and 5 Other States Resist Processing Benefits for Gay Couples”

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/11/us/texas-and-5-other-states-resist-processing-benefits-for-gay-couples.html

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Judith Chedville is a Texas Army National Guard. She is married to her wife, Alicia Butler, who happens to be a woman. They have a precious daughter, Jordan that they care for and love. They were married in California, which means they have an official California marriage license dated 2008. The couple “went to Austin’s Camp Mabry so Ms. Butler could get a military spouse identification card and register for the same federal marriage benefits provided to wives and husbands of heterosexual service members.”

They ran into some trouble when trying to get Ms. Butler a license. Texas is “refusing to comply with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s order that gay spouses of National Guard members be given the same federal marriage benefits as heterosexual spouses.”

This social injustice is unacceptable. When will Texas change? How much longer will they fight against something that is not right?

 

Texas Politics Ticks Me Off

Article: http://www.msnbc.com/martin-bashir/gay-marriage-lawsuit-texas

It’s hard to for a gay couple to marry in a state where there is a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. This is why two couples: Marc Pharriss and Vic Holmes, Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman “are suing the state for violating the the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution, which they argue trumps state law.”

This is paramount in the battle for marriage equality in Texas. If no one ever stands up against what they believe is wrong, nothing will ever change.

“A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry told My San Antonio that the governor stands by “the majority of Texans” who voted back in 2005 to amend the state’s constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.”

This is discouraging news, because I am from Texas. What our governor stands for disheartens me, but it does not discourage me from believing that Texas politics can change for the better.

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