Posts tagged gay rights
Posts tagged gay rights
A federal appeals court ordered a halt today to the armed forces’ discharge of openly gay service members, citing the Obama administration’s disavowal of laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation.
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco had intervened in November to allow the government to continue enforcing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, despite a federal judge’s decision that the law was unconstitutional. Today, however, a three-judge panel of the court lifted the stay, saying, “The circumstances and balance of hardships have changed.”
The court noted that Congress has voted to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” as soon as President Obama and the Pentagon certify that the change will not interfere with military readiness or recruiting. The administration has said most troops should be trained for the new policy change by mid-summer, although it had told the court the law should probably stay in effect for the rest of the year.
The panel also cited Obama’s decision in February to withdraw support from another federal law denying benefits to married same-sex couples, and his newly announced view that laws discriminating against gays and lesbians should be declared unconstitutional unless they serve some compelling government need.
So effective today, the military must stop discharging service members under this policy - which was still happening. Unfortunately, the Obama administration is appealing, arguing the decision should be made by Congress. Not thrilled about that, but happy the courts intervened to at least stop people from being discharged under a policy that’s being phased out.
Tour Objective: Last year, I helped organize the 2010 Summer for Marriage Tour with the National Organization for Marriage. Over the course of 30 days, we traveled more than 10,000 miles to spread a discriminatory message I once believed in to oppose same-sex marriage.
Ironically, it was that very summer tour that led me to change my mind and come to support marriage equality. This new tour will serve as a testimony to that change and will seek to spread two messages.
Firstly, that marriage equality is not an ideological issue. Too many see support for gay rights as strictly a liberal issue. That’s a mistake. Supporting the constitutional rights of all citizens is a conservative issue, too.
Secondly, the tour will seek to demonstrate to conservative legislators across the country that more and more people are coming to support marriage equality. Eventually, that truth will start reflecting changes among conservatives, too. If I, an opinionated conservative can change my mind, it won’t be long before many other conservatives do, too. Not to mention independents.
Signal boost! Folks, if you can donate to this, please do. This is Louis Marinelli, former organizer for NOM. He’s attempting, as a conservative, to do a summer of equality tour that’s similar to the NOM tour of 2010.
Read about Louis Marinelli’s personal journey here.
Tour dates here.
Dr. Marcus Bachmann, Michele Bachmann’s husband, on GLBTQ people in America. He runs a Christian counseling center in Minnesota that offers conversion therapy. This is the man who would be “First Dude” should she win the presidency.
At a book signing in Minneapolis, recently declared the hippest and gayest city in America, I greeted 2012 GOP presidential contender and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with a shower of rainbow glitter.
"Feel the Rainbow!" I shouted. Gingrich was conducting the book signing as part of The Minnesota Family Council & Institute Annual Dinner 2011 celebration. The MFC has been an instrumental mover of a marriage inequality amendment that would enshrine discrimination in Minnesota’s state constitution.
I have literally watched this for several minutes and have not stopped giggling…
Well done, sir.
OH HEAVEN HELP US!
Today, the Wyoming Senate killed HB 74, a bill to invalidate same-sex marriages from other states. This is the most conservative legislature in over 90 years, and with 26 Republicans and 4 Democrats, this bill failed on a 14-16 vote.
This song goes out to the senators and representatives who voted to quash this monstrosity:
Rep. Barbuto, Rep. Berger, Rep. Blake, Rep. Bonner, Rep. Brown, Rep. Byrd, Rep. Childers, Rep. Connolly, Rep. Craft, Rep. Esquibel, Rep. Freeman, Rep. Gingery, Rep. Goggles, Rep. Greene, Rep. Illoway, Rep. Kasperik, Rep. McOmie, Rep. Moniz, Rep. Nicholas, Rep. Patton, Rep. Petroff, Rep. Roscoe, Rep. Steward, Rep. Throne, Rep. Vranish, Rep. Wallis, Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, Rep. Dave Zwonitzer, Sen. Burns, Sen. Case, Sen. Christensen, Sen. Coe, Sen. Driskill, Sen. Emerich, Sen. Esquibel, Sen. Hastert, Sen. Hines, Sen. Landen, Sen. Martin, Sen. Nicholas, Sen. Rothfuss, Sen. Schiffer, Sen. Scott, Sen. Von Flatern
Also for the tireless activists at UW QAN, GetEqual WY, WyWatch Watchers, Wyoming GLBT News, attendees of Cognitive Dissonance (my radio show) who spoke out on-air, and people all over Wyoming who asked Wyoming state congresspeople to fo the right thing.
We still have a long way to go for marriage equality. But for the first time, and with a legislative makeup of 76 Republicans and 14 Democrats, we saw a civil union bill brought to committee with narrow defeat. We saw the state version of ENDA get to the house floor. So there’s hope.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has announced plans to introduce a bill in the U.S. Congress that would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws.
Feinstein’s announcement comes on the heels of the Obama administration’s announcement last week that at least one part of DOMA will not be able to pass constitutional muster in federal court, and that the Justice Department will not defend that part of the law in two pending cases in the Second Circuit.
Mike Huckabee, regarding marriage equality and the DOMA. Fuck you, Mike Huckabee. Seriously. Comparing GLBTQ people to guinea pigs is ridiculously offensive.
Here’s the APA on marriage equality: Adopted children thrive in same-sex households
No, Mike Huckabee. You’re the one in denial.
Grandma is outraged about the Iowa efforts to repeal same-sex marriage. Her words are beautiful: “My son is not an issue; he is a person just like you.”
I love that you hear him (I hope it’s him) at the end say, “That was great, mom.”
Grab a tissue. GetEqual highlights just a few of the couples celebrating a second-class Valentine’s Day this year.
Rally for Equality tomorrow at the State Capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyo. from 11 AM to 1 PM! Please, if you live in or near Cheyenne, be there! Re-blog if you don’t, because one of your followers might. Thanks!
If we truly believe that the Bible condemns homosexuality then of course we would not want our children to be gay or lesbian. I get that! But why in God’s name, if we are so sure that this is God’s opinion on the matter, do we continue to condone so many other facets of scripture that carry the same supposed punishment? Cursing your parents, marrying someone who is not a virgin, a betrothed woman who does not cry out while being raped, children who refuse to obey their parents (what if their parents want them to do something illegal or submit to incest and rape?), these are all punishable by death according to the Bible (read out of context). Look at this list and tell me, you think all of these are still valid? How many reading this think homosexuality is a sin “because the Bible says so” and yet got married and was not a virgin at the time?
The Bible condones slavery, but we know better now, don’t we? The Bible understood mental illness as demon possession, but we know better, don’t we? Anyone who wants to use a Bible as a weapon to suppress and deny the gay and lesbian population, must by extension still support slavery and inequality for women.
Written by Rev. Dee Lundberg of Casper. She’s great, and I commend her for this.