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!

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/

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?

 

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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“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

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!

Review of Gay Marriage Acceptance

Here’s the article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/02/gay-marriage-states-supreme-court/3175799/

This article beautifully reviewed the journey the issue of marriage equality has travelled along. Ever since the Defense of the Marriage Act was reviewed in June of this year, acceptance of gay marriage has sky-rocketed. The flood gates have literally swung wide.

Opportunities have arisen since the review of DOMA. For example, lawsuits in southern states such as Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina have been filed in hopes of challenging the gay marriage ban that is currently in effect.

“Even so, things are happening a lot faster than Brenda Clark, 66, or her partner of 25 years, Carol McCrory, 69, thought possible.

“I thought I’d be 90 before I saw the laws change,” says McCrory, a retired teacher. The Fairview, N.C., couple plan to marry in New York on Nov. 9.

Two years ago, they had T-shirts made to wear every time there is a development in the fight for gay marriage.

“Before I die,” the shirts say. They’ve been donning the shirts a lot these days.”

Stories like this couple’s are quite common. It’s such a relief to couples that have waited as long as these have for change and progress to be made.

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Couple Therese Struble and her bride are given a toast by Therese’s father. They are another lovely, newly wedded gay couple.

“Therese Councilor, 52, and Tanya Struble, 47, who live an hour north of Albuquerque in Jemez Springs, initially sought and were denied a marriage license, but over the summer, they were among the first to receive a license and get married.

Their wedding capped a love affair that began 23 years ago when the two met while putting on a product show for IBM.”