Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Gay Marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will be hearing two cases on gay marriage this upcoming March. This March’s ruling could make history for the nation’s stance on whether or not same-sex couples can legally marry.

However, despite the excitement and attention surrounding this case there are several barriers that the cases need to cross before they are even officially heard. If either case can not prove that there are real injuries to their specific party, than the case will not be heard by Federal courts, i.e. the Supreme Court.

For the broadest perspective on the federal legality of same-sex marriage, both cases would need to be heard with a decision that same-sex marriage is legal and marriage in itself a constitutional right. The judges in the Supreme Court are predicted to lock in a 5-4 split, and the outcome could fall either way.

We will keep you updated as the story evolves!

Read more from the full Time article by Michael A. Lindenberger here.

Gay Marriage Legal in Washington

In November, Washington state voters passed Referendum 47 which legalizes same sex marriage. As soon as the law went into effect on December 6th couples began collecting their long awaited marriage certificates with onlookers cheering them on with roses, coffee, kleenex and swag.

Only a few minutes after midnight Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, and Pete-e Petersen, 85, were the first same sex couple in Washington state’s history to receive a wedding license. As quoted in David Ferguson’s article on Rawstory, Lighty commented on the significance of the moment, “To have our 35 year loving relationship publicly honored and celebrated and have this be a legal marriage means everything to both of us.”

Gay Marriage Washington

Congratulations to Jane and Pete-e and all of the other couples that can now legally celebrate their union!

Take a peek at Seattle Weekly’s slideshow of the happy couples!

Supreme Court on Same Sex Marriage

Check out the updates from Prop 8 and the latest cases in the Supreme Court on same sex marriage.

Quote of the Gay – Clive Barker

“Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work.”

Clive Barker, Author and Director

Quote of the Gay – Fran Lebowitz

“Girls who put out are tramps. Girls who don’t are ladies. This is, however, a rather archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon a girl who doesn’t put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have found a lady. What you have probably found is a Lesbian.”
Fran Lebowitz

Sigmund Freud on Homosexuality

Excerpt from a letter wrote in response to a mother concerned about her son’s homosexuality.

Watch: Dawn of a New Day for Marriage Equality

From the Human Rights Campaign

Gay Rights Win Big in 2012

Last Tuesday was probably the greatest day in American history thus far regarding gay rights.  For the first time, voters approved marriage equality.  Not once, not twice, but three times.  Voters stood up for equality in Maine, Maryland and Washington.  Also, in Minnesota, where an anti-gay measure was on the ballot to approve a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman, voters again stood on the side of equality and rejected it.

But marriage equality wasn’t the only winner.  Many gay and lesbians were voted into pubic office as well.  Nationally, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin was voted in as the first LGBT Senator of the United States.  Five other legislators will be heading to congress including Mark Takano (CA), Sean Maloney (NY), David Cicilline (RI), Marc Pocan (WI), Jared Polis, (CO).  Krysten Sinema from Arizona’s racing is still pending.

Several state legislatures gained LGBT lawmakers this year including North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, New Mexico, Texas and Pennsylvania. Florida added two LGBT members.  Many local races were also won by LGBT candidates.

According to the Victory Fund, 121 of the 180 races they endorsed won.  I feel like we have the momentum now.  I know we’ll continue to have bumps in the road, and equality is far from assured, but we are getting closer and stronger by the minute.  A good indication is how much the anti day bigots are wringing their hands and predicting the fall of the country…. more on that later.



The Best Argument Yet for Gay Marriage!

Guys against gay marriage, beware.  If you don’t support us, gay men will marry your girlfriends!

tipped from the ever amazing Thomas from Beantown!

Marriage Equality Wins Big!

Marriage Equality Wins!

Wow!  Last Tuesday was morning I had a sense of dread.  I am usually an optimist, but the odds were against equality in this election.  With a weak economy, it was very possible Barack Obama, the first president to openly endorse marriage equality (and do more for gay rights than any other president) would not be elected.  In his place would be a man that not only opposes marriage equality, but also civil union, gay adoption and gays serving in the military.  There were three ballot measures asking voters to approve same sex marriage in their state, and a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a solely heterosexual union in Minnesota.  Marriage equality had never won a  popular vote, and the polls all showed an extremely close race in all 4 states.

My husband, the more pessimistic of the couple, assured me Obama would win and that at least one state would approve marriage equality.  He is from Canada, and he just shakes his head that, in his words, the most powerful and democratic country in the world continues to be so far behind in equality.  At least one more liberal state, like Maine has got to come through.

I went to bed Tuesday night having just heard Obama had won and Maine had approved marriage.  I was elated!  I figured Michael was right and we won our two victories November 7.  I was wrong!

I woke up Wednesday morning to hear that Maine and Maryland had both approved marriage equality and that Minnesota had rejected the amendment.  Washington was still undecided, but the trend seemed like we might win there as well.  Yesterday, the anti-gay groups that put the measure on the ballot conceded.  Washington has marriage equality as well!

This is a huge victory.  Polls have shown a growing acceptance of gays and lesbians’ relationships, especially over the past few years, but polls don’t make a difference if they don’t transfer over to actual votes – Apparently the tipping point was reached.

I am an optimist, but also a realist.  I know these huge victories will start a new momentum for marriage equality in this country, as well as gay rights in general.  But i also know the battle will continue.

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