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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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?

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

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?

 

“Love Is Love”

Article 1: http://www.upworthy.com/love-was-taken-to-court-in-australia-won-and-ate-a-piece-of-marriage-equality-cake-in-the-process

Article 2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24619686

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0nf52zW0rs

The marriage equality bill has been passed in Australia.

“The Australian Capital Territory has become the first part of Australia to legalise same-sex marriage.”

I look forward to seeing Australia progress in their acceptance.

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Just some facts and stats:

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Switcheroo – I See What You Did

Article: http://goodmenproject.com/arts/switcheroo-a-confrontational-gender-bending-experiment/

As an amateur photographer, I am naturally drawn to and interested in all things photography. However, this article I stumbled across is special. It talks about my passion, marriage equality.

 

“Hana Pesut’s Switcheroo photos expose how gender and identity are defined by the clothing we choose to wear.”

Hana Pesut, the photographer, who composed this brilliant, yet controversial photo experiment, has tested the limits of gender expectations. Women and men are expected by society to wear a specific type of clothing according to their gender, respectively. A question to ask yourself is this: what would our lives look like if we were not confined and judged by the clothing that we wear?

It also reminds me to challenge the traditional view of what marriage looks like. Women can love men. Women can love women. Men can love men. It’s the same love.

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Children React To Gay Marriage

Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/kids-react-gay-marriage_n_4212543.html

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TJxnYgP6D8&noredirect=1

A lot of times in society, we hear the “two cents” of every adult and their dog about gay marriage; everyone has an opinion about everything. However, how often do we make a big deal about what children have to say, even about arbitrary things. What about significant topics, such as marriage equality?

Let me tell you, this video is a B I G  D E A L!

It’s quite interesting; this generation is becoming more and more accepting of marriage equality and gay people in general than previous generations. It’s true that we still have a long way to go, but we are making steps of progress. For those of you actually reading this, let me know what you think of the video.

This video has surely solidified how strongly I feel about marriage equality. Also, a tear or two may have been shed.

See how children of varying ages react to marriage proposals between people of the same gender!

Homecoming Queen and Queen

Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/lesbian-homecoming-queens_n_4214476.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

One thing that most of us remember and associate with our High School years is the celebrated Homecoming dance. Along with Homecoming, there is naturally the Homecoming King and Queen competition. Traditionally, there is one male and one female that are crowned as King and Queen. Calabasas HIgh School of Los Angeles, California broke the tradition and awarded Lily Cohen and Greta Melendez as the two Homecoming Queens. This is significant, because the two teen females happen to be a couple. Melendez also happens to be the “president of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance” organization. 

What a victory! Their crowning has encouraged similar situations to occur.

Watch the news coverage of their crowning here! :

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_njKSIO_xA

Don’t Let Being Gay Get In The Way

Article: http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/04/21305448-maine-gov-candidate-yes-im-gay-but-why-should-it-matter?lite

As people become more accepting of gay people, hopefully they become more understanding of the role gay people can play in society. An example of this is through holding positions of power as an openly gay person. This is what Maine Democratic Representative Michael Michaud, who is a candidate in the race for Maine governor.

“…If he wins in a year, Michaud would be the first openly gay candidate elected governor in history.”

Gay people have the right to hold power just as much as the next person, whether they be homosexual or heterosexual.

Support gay people!

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Depicted above is Michaud. Look at that cheerful face!