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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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.

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!

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.”

Hawaiian Church Supports Gay Marriage

Here is the article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/29/episcopal-church-gay-marriage-_n_4167686.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-marriage#slide=1731544

“The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii on Saturday voted to encourage the state Legislature to pass marriage equality, the largest denomination to announce its support of an issue that has divided people of faith.”

You now have yet another excuse to visit Hawaii.

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Happy Anniversary!

http://articles.courant.com/2013-10-07/news/hc-op-stanback-gay-marriage-ruling-connecticut-at–20131007_1_civil-unions-marriage-equality-state-marriage-laws

Tomorrow, it will be the five year anniversary of Connecticut legalizing the marriage of same-sex couples. At the time, Connecticut became the second state in the United States to allow gay marriage.

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The Boxtrolls

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/03/the-boxtrolls-trailer-laika-gay-parents_n_3540489.html

To be released in theaters by September 2014, “The Boxtrolls” is an animated film that isn’t based on gay marriage, but will hint at it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di_w1K5fEMg&noredirect=1

Just watch the trailer. In the beginning, there is a child who appears alone. A man and a woman appear; a man and a man appear; then, a woman and a woman appear. In the end, trolls appear to take care of the child. Is it a sign of the times that gay marriage is now being interwoven into our animated movies?

It doesn’t matter what gender the parents are. What is important is that the child gets cared for in a loving environment.

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Victory For Gay Advocates

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/san-antonio-adopts-disputed-gay-rights-measure-96362.html

SAN ANTONIO!

I would like to personally applaud you.

Anti-bias protections for LGBT people has been passed in San Antonio. [Fireworks go off.]

As the 7th largest city in our nation, that’s a strong feat to accomplish. Also, because Texas is highly regarded as a Conservative state, this is a pleasant surprise.

“Dee Villarubia, 67, said she’s a former Air Force officer whose landlord at a San Antonio apartment evicted her two years ago because she is gay. “When I say the pledge of allegiance, I say ‘justice for some’ because there’s an asterisk that means not me,” Villarubia said. “Today, I would take that asterisk away and finally say ‘justice for all.'”

How disrespectful is that? For someone to evict a FORMER AIR FORCE OFFICER for being gay, really? Talk about unpatriotic.

“Victories for gay rights advocates have been elusive in the Republican-controlled Texas Capitol. They’ve had more success on a local level: Houston has a lesbian mayor, and Austin offers health benefits for same-sex couples. Dallas, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth and El Paso are among the Texas cities that already have anti-bias ordinances of varying scope. Conservative pushback in San Antonio was notable coming on the turf of Castro, a rising star who delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention last year. The opposition in his backyard was a weed in Castro’s narrative that San Antonio embraces the kind of political values that will soon spread statewide and turn Texas blue.”

Ahh…the sound of Texas becoming a blue state.

Hopefully the passing of this ordinance will successfully spread peace to San Antonio in the LGBT community.

Peace and blessings.

 

If you have not already hear/seen this video, you should go ahead and do that.

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This many people already have.

This beautiful, creative music video by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis exhibits why gay rights are important, and how people are negatively affected by discrimination. They are peacefully advocating for equal treatment to men who love men and women who love women.

However, last week, a school teacher in North Carolina got in trouble for showing this video to students.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/12/teacher-discipline-macklemore_n_3909253.html

According to this article, “Alexander County Schools Associate Superintendent Dr. Jeff Peal told local outlet The Taylorsville Times that school officials deemed the “Same Love” video“inappropriate” and “outside the bounds of the curriculum.”

This is ridiculous. Really? How long will people remain homophobic? Just because they are not legally allowed to marry anywhere in the United States doesn’t make the amount of gay people in the United States, or even the world, any less.

“When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same, but that’s not important
No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it”