Hickenlooper Talks Civil Unions

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper gave his longest State of the State address on Thursday, January 10th, 2013. While the speech did cover expected topics such as gun control, marijuana regulation and Medicaid, Hickenlooper did make a point to mention civil unions. This topic has not been on the forefront of recent Colorado debates given the media attention on other issues. However, Gov. Hickenlooper did take the time to urge lawmakers in Colorado to pass legislation allowing civil unions for same-sex couples.

Any mention in favor of gay rights and marriage equality in politics is favorable and we hope to see the encouraged legislation passed sooner than later.

See a clip of Denver Post reporters discussing Hickenlooper’s speech in the video below or read more about the speech from Tim Hoover’s article in the Denver Post.


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Coming Out Letter and Teacher’s Amazing Response

I came across a letter posted on Gay Star News this morning.  It was about a letter written by an English student to his teacher.  The assignment was to write about  ”The weight that I carry daily”, and the student chose to bravely come out.  The article was focused on the amazing response from the teacher in her comments.  They read:

‘I am honored to be a witness to this weight being lifted off. You are an amazing, dynamic, compassionate, ‘with it’ young man who will give the world a gift just by you being you offering your love and spirit.

‘If people choose not to be comfortable with your honesty – their loss my friend – their loss.‘”

Read the students letter here.

 

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What To Expect When the Supreme Court Takes up Marriage Equality

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In December, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear two cases involving marriage equality.   Oral arguments are scheduled for March, and a final decision on both cases should come early in the summer, at the end of the courts current term.  Douglas NeJaime, an associate professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles has written an OpEd for the Advocate arguing that marriage equality for all may not be in the cards, even if court decides in the favor of LGBT couples.  It’s a good read and a reminder that total equality may still be years away.

Read the article here.

National Cathedral to Perform Same Sex Weddings

The Washington National Cathedral announced on Wednesday, January 9th, that they will soon host same sex marriages. The National Cathedral, where new presidents are celebrated and national tragedies are mourned, will be among the first episcopal congregations to host gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender weddings.

The cathedral’s dean, Very Rev. Gary Hall, explained more behind the decision for the National Catedral to perform same sex weddings. “As a kind of tall-steeple, public church in the nation’s capital, by saying we’re going to bless same-sex marriages, conduct same-sex marriages, we are really trying to take the next step for marriage equality in the nation and in the culture.”

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest group for gay rights in the U.S., applauded the move and said that the cathedral’s actions sent a strong message to LGBT Episcopalians, that they are loved for just the way they are.

Gay weddings are allowed immediately but the Cathedral will most not likely see any marriages until this summer due to being booked for the next six months.

Read the full article by Brett Zongker here, on The Big Story.

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Marriage Equality Bills Introduced in Rhode Island

We are only a week into the New Year and there are already exciting developments. Two brand new marriage equality bills for Rhode Island have been introduced. Also, while the vote on same sex marriage stalled in Illinois, the bill will be presented again and may be voted on as soon as February. Marriage News Watch covers the above as well as the latest news on a Congressional bill to repeal DOMA in the video below. 2013 will be an exciting year indeed.

Oregon Couple Shares Their 60 Year Love Story

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Eric Marcoux, left, and Eugene Woodworth, photographed in Chicago in 1955 by photographer Jo Banks, have been a couple for almost 60 years.

This is a wonderful article about a couple that has been together for 60 years.  When they met, their relationship was illegal.  Now, marriages are being performed in the state next door.  Read the article here.

My favorite quote:  ”There wasn’t anything else. Really. There was nothing else for me to do other than spend my life with him. From that very instant that we met. That was it.”

 

Watch: Video from Theramin Trees

This is a great short video from  Theramin Trees.  The “about” section on YouTube reads, ”

People who don’t want you to think are never your friend

All I require of my fellow human is an ability to separate their ‘stuff’ — personal opinions, hopes, needs, beliefs, etc. — from other people’s.

A good reminder that we need to respect one another…. and that everyone should be treated equally – especially under the law.

Fighting Homophobia in Sports

Today, the sports world is still a struggle for gays. While studies show that society’s perspective is evolving-approval of same sex marriage has gone from 11% in 1988 to 46% in 2010-there is still a perception that homosexuality and sports do not mix. In  fact, more often than not, homosexuality is ignored in sports. Yet there are a few athletes that are taking grand steps to change that.

Brendon Ayanbadejo, a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, and Matt Jarvis, a professional European soccer player, have both stepped up to advocate for gay rights and are fighting homophobia in sports.

Ayanbadejo joined Athlete Ally, a program designed to challenge homophobia in sports through athletes speaking to management, coaches, and players. Ayanbadejo stated, “Athlete Ally is about respect and ensuring people the opportunity to be themselves. There’s nothing more fundamental than that when it comes to football.”

Jarvis, a married and well known soccer player, stood up for gay rights by posing on the cover of Attitude, the best-selling gay magazine in Britain. He discussed the fear that a gay footballer would have and yet affirmed that there would be a large amount of support for anyone that did come out.

Hopefully, this is just the beginning of athletes taking a stand for equal human rights. Read more from the full article on Ayabbadejo in Outsports, Or learn more about Jarvis from The Independent, in the full article here.

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Tammy Baldwin Sworn In – Becomes First Openly Gay Senator

Tammy Baldwin was sworn in today as a senator from Wisconsin, making her the first openly gay person to serve in the senate.

Chuck Wolfe of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund said: “LGBT Americans have finally broken through a glass ceiling that held firm for more than two centuries.”

Baldwin previously served in the congress along side other LGBT legislators Barney Frank of Massachusetts, David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Jared Polis of Colorado (my rep!)

The 113th congress, which begins today, does so without Frank, who retired after the last term. There are four more LGBT members joining Polis and Cicilline: Mark Pocan, who won his bid to fill the 2nd Congressional seat being vacated by Baldwin, Kyrsten Sinema, of Arizona, becoming the first openly bisexual member of Congress, Sean Patrick Maloney, of New York and
Mark Takano, of California, becoming the first openly gay Asian-American in Congress. Takano’s newly created 41st Congressional District includes the Inland Empire, a region located east of Los Angeles.

Our momentum just keeps building!

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