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.

 

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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“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!

Speak Up With Jimmy (And Bradon)

VIDEO: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jimmy-nguyen/speak-up-with-jimmy-bradon-mcdonald_b_4172385.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-marriage

I found this gem today. It is one of the most heartfelt videos I’ve seen concerning gay marriage. Jimmy Nguyen, host of ‘Speak Up With Jimmy’; founder of DiverseStory Project; digital media lawyer, speech expert, and motivational speaker wrote a little blob about one of his episodes. In this episode that I linked to above, Jimmy interviews a finalist Bradon McDonald from Project Runway.

Jimmy and Bradon discussed Brandon’s proposal to his long-time boyfriend, on an episode of Project Runway. It wasn’t until after Bradon won a project with Jesse Tyler Ferguson as a guest judge. Ferguson, who you may know from the ABC sitcom Modern Family as Mitchell Pritchett, is the founder of the Tie The Knot organization, which raises money for marriage equality. After winning this round, Brandon decided to propose to his boyfriend, Josh, of eighteen years on national television. They are now engaged, so the risk was worth it.

What I found interesting in the video is that Bradon was able to change a woman’s mind about same-sex marriage. Bradon received a letter confirming this.

We have the power to change our world by simply speaking up.