Video: Marriage News Watch for August 27th, 2012

Proposition 8 Plaintiffs Ask Supreme Court to Not Hear Case


The Plaintiffs in the case against Proposition 8, the law prohibiting same sex marriage in California, have filed a brief withthe Supreme Court asking them to not hear the case, according to the Advocate.  Lower courts have ruled that the law is unconstitutional as it is based on “animus” (or prejudiced and often spiteful or malevolent ill will)  towards gays.  If the Supreme Court declines to hear the case, the lower courts decisions stand, and the law will be reversed, making same sex marriages legal in California.

In part the brief states, “”The Ninth Circuit found that eliminating the ability of gay and lesbian couples to have their relationships designated as marriages — and relegating them to separate and unequal domestic partnerships — achieves nothing except the marginalization of gay and lesbian individuals and their relationships, and therefore cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny.”  The brief was written by ” plaintiffs’ attorneys Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, who famously argued against each other in the Bush v. Gore case in 2000.

A review of the case so far can be found here.

HRC Video Featuring GOP Supporter of Marriage Equality

It is so nice to be able to post a GOP supporter of marriage equality.  Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders is for marriage, period.  These types of messages from the Republican Party are too rare.  Especially when you consider the new draft of their platform, fresh off the presses for the national committee meeting this month.  Among other extreme measures, the party officially wants:

  • Only appoint  Judges who are against marriage equality to be appointed and that support for marriage equality should disqualify them from the bench.
  • A constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.
  • Reinstatement of DADT.
  • All previous LGBT marriages performed to be dissolved and declared illegal.
  • Repeal of the DC marriage equality law.
  • The Republican Party Platform is now officially against civil unions.
  • A constitutional amendment banning abortion including no exemptions for rape or incest.

  I have never agreed with GOP policies, but I could often respect their opnions.  But as they move farther to the right and are beholden to radical hate-groups and Chrisitanists, I find even mild respect for the party impossible.  

Quote of the Day

“It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom.”

Albert Einstein.

Marriage News Watch Update

I’m late in posting this!

The Wrong Direction

A very cute and funny video with some great looking guys!  Asking Mitt the tough questions the media just won’t ask… “What your like down below?”

Democrats Include Marriage Equality in Party Platform

More than 100 Democrats unanimously agreed to include Marriage Equality as part of the official party platform.   Although the final language has not yet been made public, early reporting form the Washington Blade included this statement:

“We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law,” the language states. “We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.”

This is a very important.  The last statement is just pandering as it reaffirms what is current practice.  Churches  can and always have been able to decide who can and cannot get married in that church.  The screams from the religious right get everyone excited, but this is nothing new.  Marriage, as far as the government goes, is a civil contract.  You do not need to be married in a church to get marriage benefits…. that is if you’re straight.  If you are gay and get married in this country, you are denied more than 1500 rights afforded to your straight counterparts.  Somehow, the words “…with liberty and justice for all” just don’t right true in this great land of ours….. at least, not yet.

Read the full article here.

Obama Speaks Out Against The Boy Scouts’ Descrimination

Once again, President Obama shows he’s on the right side of history.  Through a statement made to the gay newspaper, The Washington Blade, the president, while praising the organization as a whole, calls out their recent decision to ban gay leaders and scouts as “discrimination”.

“The President believes the Boy Scouts is a valuable organization that has helped educate and build character in American boys for more than a century,” White House spokesperson Shin Inouye said in the statement. “He also opposes discrimination in all forms, and as such opposes this policy that discriminates on basis of sexual orientation.”

Either he sees his recent  statements supporting LGBT equality as a political plus (many polls show the acceptance of gays has increased dramatically in recent years) or he is doing what he thinks is right regardless of the political consequences.  Either way,  history will look back and see a pioneer in the new civil rights movement…. I wonder how we’ll see Rick Santorum and Michele  Bachmann?

“No one has the right to tell anyone what makes a family.” Drew Barrymore

I think she puts it beautifully… each family is unique.  From LGBT News.

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Parenting, in my view, is much about learning how to tap into what motivates your child…. this is brilliant!

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