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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…

March 26, 2013 1 comment
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.

The Gay Marriage Shot heard around the world 27.5 Million Times…and Counting!

March 26, 2013 1 comment

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.

Sutherland Institute Peddles Questionable anti-LGBT Family Study as Reputable

June 21, 2012 Comments off
Choose the Dorothy!

Choose The Dorothy!

University of Texas associate professor of sociology Mark Regnerus recently published a study that made several negative claims for the outcomes of children raised LGBT parents. Of course the local Uath based anti-LGBT hate group Sutherland Instituteand their BYU ‘educated’ staff jump at the chance to claim legitimacy for a study denouncing LGBT families.  On You Tube Bill Duncan says:

Last week, a reputable scholarly journal published a key study showing there are significant differences among children raised by gay and lesbian parents when compared to children raised by intact biological families. Bill Duncan, Sutherland Institute’s Director of the Center for Family and Society, says this study makes some important discoveries.

Study on Children of Parents In Same-Sex Relationships – YouTube.

Billy boy, I’m sorry but you’re betting the farm on the wrong associate professor.  Lets just start out with the fact that the study was funded by the Witherspoon Institute and Bradley Foundation ($695,000 and $90,000) respectively.  Why is that important?  It’s important because one of Witherspoon Institutes leadership members is fellow Robert P. George.  Robby is the Chairman Emeritus for the National Organization for Marriage and sits on the Board of Directors of the Bradley Foundation.  He used to sit on the Board of Directors for the Family Research Council. He’s dedicated his career to disparaging LGBT peopleand families.  The only way a study that has funding from this man is going shed positive light on the LGBT community is when my gardenias bloom in the Arctic.

Critics have charged that Regnerus’ study is flawed because the study never bothered to answer the question of how children with LGBT parents fare in healthy, stable homes.

Critics also noted what it showed is that kids with at least one parent in a same-sex relationship didn’t fare so well in broken homes.

“An investigation is sorely needed to get to the bottom of how an inferior, politically loaded study found its way onto a mainstream campus at the expense of the institution’s academic integrity,” Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out, a nonprofit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism.

“What we are looking at with this study is the equivalent of an ugly push poll or a nasty robo call — with footnotes to give it a veneer of academic legitimacy,” Besen said.

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/

So between the questionable intent of the funding and the inherent flaws in the study itself, Bill Duncan has done nothing more than to try and pass off pseudo-science as legitimate scholarly work.  But, should we really expect anything less than that from the Utah based Sutherland Institute?  In my opinion they’ve been trying to pass themselves off as a ‘think tank’ for years.  So far the only thinking they’ve done is with their ass, which isn’t surprising since their collective heads are buried up the ass of the Utah Republican Party or the Mormon Church Leadership (oh wait… same thing).

What Does PRIDE Mean to You!

June 17, 2012 Comments off

Idaho Media Brushes Boise Gay Pride Festival Under the Rug-Just like Idaho Legislature Brushes LGBT Rights Under the Rug

June 16, 2012 Comments off
English: Boise Pride 2011 at the Idaho capitol.

English: Boise Pride 2011 at the Idaho capitol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It wasn’t enough back in February 2012 for Idaho’s anti-modern family and anti-human rights leaders in the

 Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee to kill legislation which would have added protections for gay, lesbian and transgendered individuals in Idaho… much to the shock, anger and sadness to LGBT Human Rights supporters.

via Idaho Senate Committee Kills Legislation to Add Protections for Gay and Lesbian Citizens.

Today is the annual LGBT Pride Parade in Boise Idaho.  But wait, where’s the media coverage of the event?  Your guess is as good as mine.  Local ‘breaking news’ websites such as KTVB mention nothing about the struggle for equality and first class citizenry so blatently disregarded in a state brimming with legislative bigotry and anti-equality values.  They are happy to report on their community pages such marked events as the Dairy Parade.

Well, fortunately because of the internet, traditional  media organizations such as KTVB of conglomerate BELO Companies no longer have control over the flow of information in their area.

Today is a courageous day.  A passionate day, a liberating day, and a day of political will… A day for PRIDE.   Today is the day where LGBT and supporters UNITE to show solidarity in common causes such as Same Sex Marriage, Equal Protections under the 14th amendment and the end of local “Jim Crow” laws.  We gather and march to celebrate the defeat of legislated bigotry such as DOMA, DADT, and California’s Proposition 8.  and a mark in time to remind Idaho and America that it’s time as a nation of people from various cultural, religious, ethic and social backgrounds to support individuals as they shed their fears and stand up for who they really are!

Here are photo’s of today’s Boise Pride Parade passed on by an LGBT supporter (Pat B.) and an outstanding show of support from one of Idaho’s largest local companies.  SUPERVALU Inc. under the grocery Banner of Albertson’s had an amazing turnout and supported the equal rights causes of LGBT citizens across the state of Idaho.

As you can see there was a fantastic turnout of support from the community!

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Oh, and by the way.  If you’re frustrated about the lack of local attention this event is receiving contact the following traditional media outlets:

KTVB-CONTACT

Idaho Statesman

If you’re frustrated about the bigotry and anti-human rights record of the Senate State Affairs Committee here’s how you contact them as well:

Senate State Affairs Committee

Senator  Curt  McKenzie (R) – Chair   E-mail

District 12, Nampa
412 W. Franklin St., Boise, 83702
Bus (208) 344-4379
FAX (208) 331-2150

Senator  Denton  Darrington (R)   E-mail

District 27, Declo
302 S. Hwy. 77, Declo, 83323
Home (208) 654-2712

Senator  Bart  Davis (R)   E-mail

District 33, Bonneville
2638 Bellin Circle, Idaho Falls, 83402
Home (208) 529-4993
Bus (208) 522-8100
FAX (208) 522-1334

Senator  Brent  Hill (R)   E-mail

District 34, Rexburg
1010 S. 2nd E., Rexburg, 83440
Home (208) 356-7495

Senator  Russell  Fulcher (R)   E-mail

District 21, Meridian
P.O. Box 1166, Meridian, 83680-1166
Bus (208) 332-1340
FAX (208) 332-1422

Senator  Chuck  Winder (R)   E-mail

District 14, Boise
5528 N. Ebbetts Ave., Boise, 83713
Home (208) 853-9090
Bus (208) 866-0113

Senator  Patti Anne  Lodge (R)   E-mail

District 13, Canyon
P.O. Box 96, Huston, 83630
Home (208) 459-7158

Senator  Edgar  Malepeai (D)   E-mail

District 30, Pocatello
585 S. 19th, Pocatello, 83201
Home (208) 232-2702

Senator  Michelle  Stennett (D)   E-mail

District 25, Ketchum
P.O. Box 475, Ketchum, 83340
Home (208) 726-8106