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Gay Rights: Keep Fightin’ On

True, it’s not in the best way, but hopefully the door has been pushed open just a little bit more by the states that have allowed gay marriage. Hopefully closed-minded people realize that the world doesn’t change, it doesn’t end, it allows more love into the world with lawfully recognized gay marriage. I don’t fully understand how they could make it not legal yet still recognize the marriages that have already taken place. They SHOULD be recognized and I’m very grateful that they are, but is that even logical to recognize them while saying it’s not legal to get married? It’s a head-scratcher.
Keep up the fight, be your best, and keep showing the good of yourself to others – the change is happening. Read this letter below from the HRC. 

Moments ago, the California Supreme Court announced its deeply disappointing decision to uphold Proposition 8.

While we are pleased that the court recognized the legal marriages of the 18,000 same-sex couples married in 2008, we are saddened by the Prop 8 decision.

But we don’t have time to mourn the failure of the state court to restore marriage equality to California.

It’s time to go on offense. To be fearless in our fight for equality. Starting right now:
 
http://www.couragecampaign.org/Fearless

Last week, we asked our members to vote on which year — 2010 or 2012 — the Courage Campaign should support going back to the ballot to restore marriage equality. Your collective response was overwhelming — 82.5% support a 2010 ballot measure. As a result, the Courage Campaign is announcing today its strong support for a 2010 initiative, while respecting that partner organizations are still discussing and deliberating this very important question.

In response to the court’s decision, the Courage Campaign will hit the California airwaves in the next 72 hours with a 60-second TV ad version of “Fidelity” — the heartbreaking online video viewed by more than 1.2 million people, making it the most-watched video ever in the history of California politics.

We are launching this provocative new TV ad in the spirit of Harvey Milk’s call to “come out, come out wherever you are” and proudly tell the stories of the people most affected by the passage of Prop 8 — in moving images set to the beat of Regina Spektor’s beautiful song.

Be fearless. Watch this 60-second “Fidelity” TV ad now and — if you want more people to see it — contribute $25, $50, $100, $250 (or as much as you can afford) to expand our ad buy immediately in Bakersfield, Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco ASAP:

http://www.couragecampaign.org/Fearless

Did you cry when you saw the original 4-minute “Fidelity” video, inspired by pictures sent to us by our members? So did many of the people who watched the premiere of the TV ad version at recent Camp Courage training events in San Diego and Oakland, erupting in cheers and standing ovations, and spontaneously passing the hat to pay to put “Fidelity” on TV.

“Fidelity” is part of a larger strategy to build and empower a grassroots army of Courage Campaign Equality Teams across California. 
For three months now, 24 teams in 15 counties have been laying the foundation for the difficult battle ahead, knocking on doors in the heart of the Central Valley and coastal communities of California.

If you think “Fidelity” symbolizes the kind of fearless campaign you think should be waged to restore marriage equality, please contribute $25, $50, $100, $250 or more TODAY to put it on the air across California. We don’t have much time, so please donate now: 

http://www.couragecampaign.org/Fearless

Be fearless. We can’t win without you.

Rick Jacobs
Chair, Courage Campaign 

P.S. Need to know now where the “Day of Decision” rally is tonight in your town? Our brilliant friends at CREDO Mobile have teamed up again with the Courage Campaign and Join the Impact to make it super-easy to get the info you need ASAP. Just text “RALLY” and your zip code (example: RALLY 94131) to 27336 and you will immediately receive a text message with the event closest to your neighborhood!


Courage Campaign Issues is part of the Courage Campaign’s online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots supporters to push for progressive change and full equality in California.

To power our campaign for equality, please chip in what you can today:
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May 26, 2009 Posted by | Commentary, gay rights | , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s Best: Open To Interpretation?

I came across this CNN interview on Larry King – it was was with Joel and Victoria Osteen. Of course, my eye is always drawn to the part where they start discussing gay rights and the Bible. I was waiting for something slighting the gay community but was pleasantly surprised when they expressed their opinion without throwing the scripture behind the discrimination of gays. I’m still not sure if that’s just a carefully-worded answer or if they truly are of a differing opinion without being offensive. 

King: Do you think that eventually many more states are going to allow same-sex marriage?

Joel Osteen: You know, I don’t know where it’s all going … I’d love to see it stay between a male and a female, not knocking anybody else.

King: Supposing there were more states that had it. What would be the harm?

Victoria Osteen: We really want to see marriage between a man and a woman. There [are] going to be people who get together and have relationships and have what they call their families. But I just think marriage should be sanctified by the church. It should be between a man and a woman.

King: Should a gay couple be allowed to adopt?

Joel Osteen: I think that, again, it’s best for a male and a female. I’m not saying that gay people aren’t good people. …

King: Or good parents.

Joel Osteen: Yeah, exactly. But again, I like to shoot for God’s best, and that is a father and a mother in the home. It doesn’t always happen. I know a lot of people raised by single parents. And you know what? We bless them and pray for them as well. But I think God’s best is a male and female.

Watch the interview here and I’m curious, what do you think? Is “God’s best” truly just a man or a woman? I mean, who created me then and if God created everything and everyone, then why would he create me as a gay man? I had no examples of gay people growing up, they weren’t on TV, I grew up in a conservative town, with conservative parents, etc. So I’m curious as to how that’s not “God’s best”. And frankly, you can say you’re not knocking me but when you implement laws or spread the opinion that I’m less-than, it’s knocking me with a smile – and is that worse?

April 8, 2009 Posted by | gay rights | , , , , , | 7 Comments

The Bible and Gay Marriage

bibleLet’s try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does. Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, who slept with his servant when he discovered his beloved wife Sarah was infertile? Or to Jacob, who fathered children with four different women (two sisters and their servants)? Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon and the kings of Judah and Israel—all these fathers and heroes were polygamists. The New Testament model of marriage is hardly better. Jesus himself was single and preached an indifference to earthly attachments—especially family. The apostle Paul (also single) regarded marriage as an act of last resort for those unable to contain their animal lust. “It is better to marry than to burn with passion,” says the apostle, in one of the most lukewarm endorsements of a treasured institution ever uttered. Would any contemporary heterosexual married couple—who likely woke up on their wedding day harboring some optimistic and newfangled ideas about gender equality and romantic love—turn to the Bible as a how-to script?

Of course not, yet the religious opponents of gay marriage would have it be so. Read more of the insightful Newsweek article here.

December 9, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, gay rights | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

Personalize Your Expression Of Hate!!!

Just in time for the holidays…

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November 27, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know?, Funny, gay rights, Inspiration, Movies, Politics, Rant | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bill O’Reilly Gets Spun on The Daily Show

Jon Stewart tells Bill O’Reilly that gay marriage is the next step in America’s tradition. Watch these two go at it a bit, although you won’t probably change your opinion of either. Go Jon!

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November 14, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know?, Funny, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Melissa Etheridge, I’m With Ya Sister!

Melissa Etheridge takes to the blogs and talks about how she feels about Prop 8 passing, which basically makes any gay marriages in California null and void. Here’s an excerpt from the complete blog entry:

“Okay. So Prop 8 passed. Alright, I get it. 51% of you think that I am a second class citizen. Alright then. So my wife, uh I mean, roommate? Girlfriend? Special lady friend? You are gonna have to help me here because I am not sure what to call her now. Anyways, she and I are not allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen. Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen…Gay people are born everyday. You will never legislate that away… Obama has been elected president. This crazy fearful insanity will end soon. ”

I find it interesting that I could marry a stripper this weekend in Vegas and because it’s a female, somehow it is considered to be blessed by God, yet if I’ve been in a committed, monogamous, loving relationship with a man for many years, somehow it’s less blessed by God. And better yet, I could marry that stripper, get a divorce, marry another stripper (let’s say that I have a thing for strippers), get divorced, and on and on…yet, that still would be better than being in one gay relationship forever. How is that even logical? If people are worried about the sanctity of marriage, perhaps they should reduce or abolish the ability to get divorced – just a thought.

You know, the Bible says many many things that aren’t exactly, let’s say, accurate for today’s times or even consistent in the times it was written. Have a look if you don’t believe me. No disrespect to the Bible, but it is something to ponder eh?

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know?, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

GEORGE TAKEI (SULU) GETS MARRIED Y’ALL!

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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