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Pride isn’t just a ‘Party’ it’s How you Should Live Daily

June 29, 2014 Comments off

From San Francisco to New York the LGBT community and their friends are celebrating Gay Pride this weekend.

As wonderful as it is, there are so many rural areas of the country where there is no parade,no Pride flags hanging and no support groups rallying for equality. But that doesn’t mean the fight for equality is relegated to the cities.

Every one of us can and should carry the ideals of Pride to every corner of this great country. It’s each individual’s actions that carry those ideals forward. Whether you’re out and proud in small town America, act as a role model to others in the work place, or by just being yourself and changing the hearts and minds of neighbors, family and friends you advance the opportunity for equality.

The parades celebrate how far we have come but it’s up to each of us on a daily basis to continue to build a future for the next generation so they can live their lives without prejudice, without bullying and without fear of losing their jobs.

I’m constantly reminded and motivated by the words of Harvey Milk.

It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.

Now go… Go celebrate Pride in your own way, enjoy how far we’ve come and continue the daily fight for full equality!

BREAKING NEWS: Gay Marriage Bans Fall in Utah and Indiana

June 25, 2014 Comments off

Lady Liberty

 

Bans on Same Sex Marriage failed both the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for Utah and a Federal Judge in Indiana! The 10th Circuit Court put an immediate stay in effect pending appeal, however the Federal Judge in Indiana did not, allowing LGBT couples to immediately begin marrying in that state!

 

 

10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver:

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The three-judge panel in Denver ruled 2-1 that states cannot deprive people of the fundamental right to marry simply because they want to be wedded to someone of the same sex.

The judges added they don’t want to brand as intolerant those who oppose gay marriage, but said there is no reasonable objection to the practice.

“It is wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of love and commitment of same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples,” they wrote, addressing arguments that the ruling could undermine traditional marriage.

 

 

The decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Utah’s gay marriage ban. However, the panel immediately put Wednesday’s ruling on hold so it could be appealed, either to the entire 10th Circuit or directly to the nation’s highest court.

via Federal Appeals Court: Utah Can’t Ban Gay Marriage – ABC News.

 

INDIANAPOLIS

A federal district judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, saying the law violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

Judge Richard Young did not issue a stay on his ruling, so couples can start marrying immediately. Marion County Clerk Beth White in the state’s capital city said she is prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her office downtown.

via Judge throws out Indiana ban on same-sex marriage.

Granting Equality Takes No Compromise!

March 27, 2013 Comments off
“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” Harvey Milk
Support marriage equality? Share this image and ask your friends and family to join you!Check out www.hrc.org/StandForMarriage to find out how you can be involved!
Support marriage equality? Share this image and ask your friends and family to join you!

Check out www.hrc.org/StandForMarriage to find out how you can be involved!

Legal and Economic benefits of Marriage Denied to Same Sex Couples…

Marriage Equality (HRC)

Marriage Equality (HRC)

On the eve of SCOTUS (The Supreme Court) hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, I thought it was important to share with people who may not know that the fight for same sex marriage isn’t just about the right to get married down the street from your home.  There are daily and life changing legal and economic benefits to the federal government recognizing same sex marriage.  Here a just a few of the 1400 rights not currently given to same sex couples:

  • joint parenting;
  • joint adoption;
  • joint foster care, custody, and visitation (including non-biological parents);
  • status as next-of-kin for hospital visits and medical decisions where one partner is too ill to be competent;
  • joint insurance policies for home, auto and health;
  • dissolution and divorce protections such as community property and child support;
  • immigration and residency for partners from other countries;
  • inheritance automatically in the absence of a will;
  • joint leases with automatic renewal rights in the event one partner dies or leaves the house or apartment;
  • inheritance of jointly-owned real and personal property through the right of survivorship (which avoids the time and expense and taxes in probate);
  • benefits such as annuities, pension plans, Social Security, and Medicare;
  • spousal exemptions to property tax increases upon the death of one partner who is a co-owner of the home;
  • veterans’ discounts on medical care, education, and home loans; joint filing of tax returns;
  • joint filing of customs claims when traveling;
  • wrongful death benefits for a surviving partner and children;
  • bereavement or sick leave to care for a partner or child;
  • decision-making power with respect to whether a deceased partner will be cremated or not and where to bury him or her;
  • crime victims’ recovery benefits;
  • loss of consortium tort benefits;
  • domestic violence protection orders;
  • judicial protections and evidentiary immunity;
  • and more….
  • via Legal and economic benefits of marriage.

Breaking!: Release Dorothys Gay Agenda

March 26, 2013 Comments off
Gay Rights-Marriage

LGBT RIGHTS

 

 

 

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hottest topics of the day, PROP 8 and DOMA.  Both, are paramount to LGBT community for good reason.  It’s been a long struggle to get to the Supreme Court and momentum for Same Sex Marriage has never been stronger or more widely accepted in America.  As I read article and commentary on  PROP 8 and the Court, I think we’re missing a phenomenal opportunity to educate and raise awareness with our supporters.  Acceptance of same sex marriage is important, but regardless of what the SCOTUS decides, our fight is far from over.  Infact, this is really just the end of the beginning!  Our plight is FULL equality.  Exactly what is it? Well glad you asked.  We at Release Dorothy have compiled a short but important list:

  • Military Service and Benefits Equality
  • Marriage and legal recognition of marriage in ALL 50 states
  • Employment Non-Discrimination (in 38 states LGBT can be terminated with just cause for being… themselves!)
  • Hate Crimes legislation
  • Full medical rights
  • Ability to Adopt and foster children in all 50 states
  • Conjugal Visits
  • Blood Donation (in 2013 LGBT are not ALLOWED to donate blood)

While this list is not exhaustive it’s a great set of talking points related to the struggle and inequalities LGBT American’s face.

 

The Real Gay Agenda Republicans Don’t Want You to See

September 24, 2012 Comments off

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws

—Amendment 14 Section 1 of the United States Constitution

Its time the Government abide by the law of the people of this great nation and the vision of our founding fathers that ALL American’s have equal protection for their rights under the law and strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Intel Ends Donations to Boy Scouts

September 21, 2012 Comments off

 

The Boy Scouts of America has lost its largest corporate donor, Intel, whichannounced todaythat it will stop giving to the group unless it vows to stop discriminating against gay people.

Intel Ends Donations to Boy Scouts Due to Discriminatory Policies | Advocate.com.

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