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!

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.

“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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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