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!
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.
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.
Check out www.hrc.org/StandForMarriage to find out how you can be involved!
- Marriage Equality All Over Facebook (lezgetreal.com)
- I support marriage equality (unchainedfaith.com)
- A Gay Dad, Republican Fathers and 4 Big Questions for Rob Portman (evolequals.com)
- 15 Marriage Equality GIFs To Spread The Progressive Word [Gallery] (collegecandy.com)
- Knowing A Gay Person More Than Doubles Support For Marriage Equality (buzzfeed.com)
- Why Do We March? (tasithoughts.com)
- Powerful Anti-Hate Ad Imagines What Harvey Milk, Matthew Shepard, and Others Would Be Like Today: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Why Bud Light Is Publicly Supporting Marriage Equality (thinkprogress.org)
- Beyoncé and Madonna come out in support of equal marriage (musingsofamildmanneredman.com)
- Paint The Town Red For Marriage Equality (eshcetera.wordpress.com)
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.
- SCOTUS Blog Seems Certain Prop 8 Going Down (lezgetreal.com)
- Marriage Equality: Celebs Weigh In on Prop 8 Debate at the Supreme Court (eonline.com)
- Marriage Equality Before the Supreme Court: Prop 8 and DOMA (blogher.com)
- The Justices Are Not Ready To Bring Marriage Equality To Alabama, And They Want Prop 8 To Go Away (thinkprogress.org)
- Gay Marriage Advocates Ask Justice Antonin Scalia to Recuse Himself From Prop. 8 Deliberations (blogs.sfweekly.com)
- Senator Baldwin, Rep. Pocan React To Supreme Court’s Prop 8 Arguments (lezgetreal.com)
- Prop 8: Transcript on SCOTUS arguments, tweets and images of this FABULOUS and historic day (freakoutnation.com)
- Prop 8 Lawyer Makes Surprise Remark (huffingtonpost.com)
- Marriage Equality Discussed in the Court, On the Web (colinlpowellcenterblog.org)
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.
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.