Watch this beautiful video…. it made me cry!
Same Sex Marriage is now a matter of law in Delaware. The State Senate voted today 12-9 to allow gay and lesbians to wed. Governor Jack Markell signed the bill shortly after it was passed. The day was filled with debate – both for and against.
Weddings licenses will be available to same sex couples July 1 of this year.
In a recent interview, Atlanta Falcons corner back, Asante Samuel said the following in response to NBA player Jason Collins public announcement that he’s gay:
“Straight people are not announcing they’re straight, so why does everybody have to announce their sexuality or whatever? You know, what they prefer…So that’s just how I see it. That’s my opinion on things. All respect you know, I have nothing but respect for the people whoever decisions they make and whatever, but you know, you don’t have to show it and flaunt it like that. You know what I’m saying, we have kids out here, too.”
That paragraph is so loaded, I could write a book on the blanketed, homophobic garbage it contains, but for sake of time (and sanity) I’ll stick to one aspect:
“Straight people are not announcing they’re strait”.
As a gay man, this baffles me. In our world, that is ALL that is happening. Straight people discuss their sexuality continuously. Walk into any workplace. Pictures of boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives, children and grandchildren adorn every available surface including walls, desks and window sills – all like a flashing beacon saying “I’m straight”. Know why I notice? Because if I had a picture of my husband and I at our wedding, it would be “shoving my sexuality down your throat.”
How about question we each get Monday morning…”How was your weekend? What did you do?” A straight person will answer, “The wife and I just hung around the house,” or “My boyfriend was out of town so I went to a movie with a friend”, or “My in-laws were in town… so glad THAT’S over!” Know what a gay or lesbian who isn’t out gets to say? ”Nothin’ much” or “Went to a move.” If we answer, “My partner and I had friends over for dinner”, we’d be ‘flaunting our lifestyle’.
How about tv? Watch any weekly show or movie, and you’ll see heterosexual relationships in nearly 100%. Guess how many shows feature gay characters? Not many, and many of those feature comic stereotypes… The snarky, well dressed gay best friend, the husky girls softball coach with a heart of gold. We are starting to see a few gay families pop up, but so many of them are still caricatures.
And how about commercials? I’ve heard, “Gays are so focused on sex”. Have you seen a Go Daddy commercial? How about one for Axe? I wonder if the guys in the Budweiser commercial ogling the women in bikinis are straight?
Barney Frank, the outspoken and out former congressman said it best at last night’s Equality Forum:
“Let’s be clear. We don’t talk about our sexuality any more than straight people do. The difference is when we talk about sexuality, it’s called ‘coming out.’ When straight people discuss their sexuality it’s called ‘talking.’”
Jason Collins first openly gay active player in one of America’s professional team sports. ESPN brings us the details of Collins’ announcement and the reactions from other players.
On Monday morning Jason Collins, a long time center for the NBA’s Boston Celtics, announced that he is gay.
There has been an outpouring of support from the likes of Bill Clinton, Kobe Bryant, Kenneth Faried, Steve Nash, and more.
Read their tweets and the full article from Yahoo! here. Congratulations to Jason Collins for his bravery and taking an amazing steps that will make the path easier for other gay athletes.
The Rhode Island senate has voted and the result is a monumental movement for gay rights. Same sex marriage is now legal in Rhode Island.
David Klepper on Salon brings us the latest details on this breaking news.
Rhode Island senators put the state on the path Wednesday to becoming the 10th state to allow same-sex couples to marry.
The gay marriage legislation easily passed the Rhode Island House in January, and the Senate vote was seen as the true test. The bill passed 26-12, and now returns to the House for a largely procedural vote, likely next week, before going to Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who supports the legislation.
“This is a historic piece of legislation, one that literally has been in the works for more than 20 years,” said Sen. Donna Nesselbush, D-Pawtucket, the bill’s main sponsor in the Senate. “This is something that undoes centuries of discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.”
While the other five New England states already allow gay marriage, heavily Catholic Rhode Island has been a hold-out. Supporters this year mounted an aggressive and coordinated campaign that included organized labor, religious leaders, business owners and leaders including Chafee and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.
“We’ll tolerate you until you grow up, then we’ll shun you”
Read details here
Nike wants to sponsor the first openly gay athlete to come out on a professional sports team. According to Rick Well, the former Phoenix Suns executive who came out as gay in 2011, says the company is ready. According to a report in Bloomberg,
“…the first openly gay team-sport athlete — provided he’s a recognizable name — would earn millions in endorsements and speaking engagements from companies seeking to capture more of a U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adult population whose annual buying power he pegs at almost $800 billion.”
It sounds like the incentives for the first gay athlete are growing. I could have never imagined how quickly minds have changed.
read the entire article here.
Imagine, one day soon, gays will be “so 2013″! Sounds wonderful to me!
Check out this delightful video from Towle Road. Last night my husband showed it to me…. It brought back wonderful memories of our own wedding performed in the same place by the same celebrant! Made me smile!
South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson says he now supports gay marriage. “After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation,” Johnson said in a written statement. “This position doesn’t require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom.”
Read the full article here.