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Which One Is Iowa?

DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a pivotal same-sex marriage case that could echo throughout the nation and be far more difficult to challenge at the ballot box than a high-profile ruling in California, legal experts say.

The case, Varnum v. Brien,could make Iowa the first state in the Midwest to legalize gay marriage, says University of Iowa law professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig. Other high-court decisions favorable to gay rights advocates have come from traditionally liberal, coastal states: California, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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I know it’s somewhere in the middle, but there will be plenty of time to figure that out later.  Depending upon how this goes down, maybe this will be the month I have all my innermost desires fulfilled:
    1.) TI performed on SNL 
    2.) Kanye had a song on Grey’s Anatomy
    3.) Gay marriage makes another step forward which may allow me to one day launch my new site, barnyard-match.com

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December 7, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know?, Economy, Fitness, Funny, gay rights, Inspiration, Music, Music Video, Politics, Rant | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

eHarmony Settles & Launches ‘Compatible Partners’

Online dating service eHarmony.com has agreed to create a new website for matching same-sex couples, as part of discrimination settlement with New Jersey’s Civil Rights Division.

The agreement comes more than three years after New Jersey resident Eric McKinley filed a formal complaint against the matchmaking company over its heterosexuals-only policy. The state’s Division of Civil Rights held an investigation and ruled in 2007 it had probable cause to uphold the allegations.

Under the terms of the settlement, eHarmony will launch a separate service next March, called Compatible Partners. eHarmony will also pay $50,000 to the attorney general’s office to cover investigation-related administrative costs and pay $5,000 to McKinley. He’ll also get a free one-year subscription to the new website.  (Read More)

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Dubyabejay Commentary:
I’m not a big fan of the name for the new spinoff site – it doesn’t have any sizzle.  And, why can’t they just invest in their IT and online programming to expand the services of their existing site?  Wouldn’t that be a lot more like right?

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November 20, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know?, gay rights, Rant, technology | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Prop 8 – Not So Easily Said By Ashton; Valid Nonetheless

Ashton stumbles over his words a bit, but joins in a discussion about the spiritual and political parameters involved with Prop 8.

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If given a platform to vent…    I’d identify that if given the opportunity, the bulk population of American Christians would vote with the same spitefullness against recognizing the Mormon Church as really being a Christian religion as they presumably would to pass Prop 8. 

So, why the battle cry from the LDS??? 

If you’re a member of the LDS, how would you feel if a political decision denied the validity of something that you’re passionate about?  Just a thought…

November 15, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know?, gay rights, Inspiration, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Daddy Beats Mommy Because Gay People Can Marry”

Finally, an apology for all the trouble that’s been caused!

November 11, 2008 Posted by | gay rights, Inspiration, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keith Olbermann Speaks Up For Love!

It’s only been a little over 40 years since a third of the US didn’t recognize marriages between varying races.  I can only imagine the propaganda that kind of fight involved. 

To a great degree, America should be ashamed of itself.

November 11, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know?, gay rights, Inspiration, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mormon Thievery

Much has been voiced about the discrimination of the approval of Proposition 8 in California, but maybe you’re like me and were really surprised the vote came down to such a close percentage spread. 

Since then, I’ve been wondering how could it have passed…?  Here’s an interesting theory, Mormon Thievery & Oppression.

In short, the site above summarizes the efforts of the Mormon Church to lead a feet on the street, propaganda, and fear based campaign to sway voters to pass Prop 8.  (Additionally, the site goes on into explaining the positioning, history, and agenda of the Mormon Church, which I always think is good info to review from time to time, so I know who it is that is knocking on my door, riding around my neighborhood on a bike, etc.)

Controversy without recourse…?  NO!  According to the IRS, groups such as the Mormon Church can lose their tax exempt status if they participate in the actions, summarized above. 

If you’re a California resident, there’s an online petition that you can use to express your support for rallying to amend the tax laws towards the Mormon Church.  If you’re not a CA resident then keep an eye out for similar efforts in your area. 

Finally, if you haven’t already seen enough on this subject, there are a few interesting videos for you after the jump.

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November 9, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know?, gay rights, Inspiration, Politics, Rant | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

SARAH PALIN IS ANTI-GAY, SHOCKING HUH?

“America may not know much about Sarah Palin, but based on what our community has seen of her, we know enough,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “Sarah Palin not only supported the 1998 Alaska constitutional amendment banning marriage equality but, in her less than two years as Governor, even expressed the extreme position of supporting stripping away domestic partner benefits for state workers. When you can’t even support giving our community the rights to health insurance and pension benefits, it’s a frightening window into where she stands on equality.”

When asked about the right-wing’s reaction to the choice of Gov Palin, the New York Times quoted Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition as saying, “They’re beyond ecstatic”.

Highlights of Governor Palin’s Anti-Equality Record

· Prior to being elected governor, Palin supported the 1998 constitutional amendment barring marriage for same-sex couples and has said she would support a ballot measure overturning a state supreme court decision mandating benefits for domestic partners of state employees

· She is close to “traditional values” groups, like Family Research Council, because she is strongly anti-choice

Marriage and Relationship Recognition

· Palin told the Anchorage Daily News that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment on marriage.

· In addition, she told the Daily News that she would support a ballot question that would deny benefits to the domestic partners of public employees, which were ordered by an October 2005 decision of the Alaska Supreme Court, because, she said “honoring the family structure is that important.” (Source)

· While she followed the Court’s decision and he also signed legislation –her first legislative act as Governor of Alaska—to put the issue on the April 2007 ballot for a nonbinding advisory vote. This was the only issue on the ballot and that election cost the state taxpayers $1.2 million. This measure passed, but the legislature did not follow the public’s advice and it chose not to take any further action to overturn the court’s decision.

· She did, however, veto legislation passed by the state legislature in 2006 that would have prohibited providing DP benefits to state workers, in defiance of the Alaska Supreme Court’s ruling. She did this after the Supreme Court had already ruled and the Attorney General (Republican) advised her that the legislation was unconstitutional. Palin went on to state that, as a matter of policy, she was in favor of the bill.

Ties to Anti-LGBT Groups

· She will be honored alongside anti-gay Representative Michelle Bachman (R-MN) at an event at the 2008 Republican Convention, the “Life of the Party,” sponsored in part by long-time opponent of GLBT rights, Phyllis Schlafly.

August 29, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, gay rights, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

REST IN PEACE DEL MARTIN, AND THANK YOU FOR INSPIRING US ALL

Lesbian activist Del Martin died on Wednesday, just two months after marrying her partner of 55 years in one of the first legally recognized California same-sex weddings.

Martin, 87, who wed Phyllis Lyon, 83, in San Francisco’s City Hall in June, died of natural causes at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center on Wednesday morning, the National Center for Lesbian Rights said.

The same-sex couple also had been the first in California to marry in San Francisco’s 2004 “Winter of Love,” when Mayor Gavin Newsom opened the door to gay marriage. Those unions were annulled, but an ensuing legal battle ended this summer with court backing of same-sex marriages. A stampede of marriages followed.

Trend-setting California is one of only a few countries and U.S. states to allow same-sex marriage, although state voters in November will decide whether to abolish the right.

“I am devastated, but I take some solace in knowing we were able to enjoy the ultimate rite of love and commitment before she passed,” Lyon said in a statement after her wife’s death.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Inspiration | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment