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Newlyweds reserve first dance for same-sex couples

girlwithalessonplan:

gaywrites:

At their wedding in Indianapolis, a newly married opposite-sex couple decided that instead of having a traditional first dance together, they would reserve the first dance of the night for the same-sex couples whose relationships couldn’t be legally recognized.

John Green was there, and he posted about the night on Tumblr:

This was a large and very diverse wedding in a state that doesn’t even recognize same-sex civil unions, let alone marriage. And yet the ovation that these people received while dancing to The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” was like nothing I’ve ever heard at any wedding. If there were dry eyes, I didn’t see any. 

Change is coming. 

Change is coming. 

I later learned one of my college pals is in that picture.  :)  So happy.  

Apparently bashing chick-fil-a makes people stewpid.

sweetupndown9:

A very popular humor blogger The Frogman is encouraging his army of followers to “go to chick-fil-a and seductively feed one another waffle fries.”

So a bunch of people went to Chick-fil-a and spent their money at the establishment, so they could “make a scene” by feeding people (typically of the same sex) waffle fries.

Now, I’m not an expert on business or anything…. but if you ask me, spending your MONEY at an establishment that donates MONEY to anti-LGBTQ organizations such as the Family Research Counsel (designated a hate group in 2010) doesn’t really make much sense. Sure, you may upset little Sally Christian running the register, but the people up a corporate who determine how much to donate each year according to company profits, don’t give a rats ass. 

Use your heads kids. Want to stick it to Chick-Fil-A? STOP SPENDING MONEY WITH THEM. 

I hope his stupid attempt at offensive humor doesn’t become the next internet sensation.

(Source: kissing-whiskey)

It’s interesting, some of this is also generational. You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same sex equality or, you know, believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.

BREAKING: US Customs Will Recognize Same-Sex Families At US Borders

The Department of Homeland Security announced today that same-sex families will soon be able to cross the border together, filing just one form for all “members of a family residing in one household.” Before, married same-sex couples had to go through customs separately because the policy referred to married couples, and thus fell under the purview of the Defense of Marriage Act. The proposed change will undergo a series of reviews and a period of public comment before it takes effect.

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow, via abokononist-deactivated20120714)

Church Leaders Rally Behind LGBT Ordinance

kohenari:

A rally was held Monday night in support of Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray’s ordinance that would allow gay and transgendered employees to file discrimination complaints with the city.

The interfaith rally, held at the First United Methodist Church, included leaders from five area churches and the Temple Israel synagogue.

How many of you were surprised to see that this interfaith rally was in favor of the ordinance? Be honest: You saw “Church Leaders Rally” and “LGBT Ordinance” in the headline and thought the worst.

“Omaha, Nebraska: Confounding Your Expectations Since 1854”

pantslessprogressive:

thedailywhat:

Breaking Same-Sex Marriage News of the Day: Maryland today became the eighth state to legalize same-sex marriage after the state’s marriage equality bill passed in the state Senate by a vote of 25 to 22.
The state House passed the bill last week, and Gov. Martin O’Malley has already vowed to sign it.
If the legislation avoids a challenge from opponents who want a referendum on same-sex marriage — a scenario which remains uncertain — same-sex couples can begin tying the knot in January. 
If, however, the issue does get added to November’s ballot, the result is currently unclear. The latest polls show Maryland voters evenly split on same-sex marriage.
[bmoresun / photo: flickr.]

Washington two weeks ago, an attempt from New Jersey last week (this is for you, Christie) and now Maryland…here’s to hoping this is a beautiful year for marriage equality.

pantslessprogressive:

thedailywhat:

Breaking Same-Sex Marriage News of the Day: Maryland today became the eighth state to legalize same-sex marriage after the state’s marriage equality bill passed in the state Senate by a vote of 25 to 22.

The state House passed the bill last week, and Gov. Martin O’Malley has already vowed to sign it.

If the legislation avoids a challenge from opponents who want a referendum on same-sex marriage — a scenario which remains uncertain — same-sex couples can begin tying the knot in January. 

If, however, the issue does get added to November’s ballot, the result is currently unclear. The latest polls show Maryland voters evenly split on same-sex marriage.

[bmoresun / photo: flickr.]

Washington two weeks ago, an attempt from New Jersey last week (this is for you, Christie) and now Maryland…here’s to hoping this is a beautiful year for marriage equality.

(Source: thedailywhat, via pantslessprogressive)

When teachers are afraid to stand up for their students, as were Justin’s, and when leaders stand by and allow masses to trample over the vulnerable, what is there left to teach, and who is left to lead?

America, you have a problem. You need to grow up. Life is too short and the world too complicated. You have too much to give to your country and others to be dragged down over gay and straight. So please look up.

When you do, you will see a country of multiple faiths that is learning to live with faith, difference, and dignity. Civility and decency are not virtuous aspirations; they are necessities. Like it or not, to borrow a lesson from one of your favourite books, we are our brother’s keeper.

I know this is none of my business. Yet I couldn’t stay silent any longer. It’s like watching two trains headed towards each other in slow motion.

From time to time it’s necessary that friends speak from the heart. And frankly, you need it now, because from your big neighbor to the north, not only literally, but also figuratively, you’re looking kind of small.

pantslessprogressive:

Washington state has legalized same-sex marriage. Washington’s legislature passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage Wednesday by a 55-43 vote, making Washington the 7th state to do so.
Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will sign the legislation into law next week.
Washington joins Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont (and Washington D.C.) in granting marriage licences to same-sex couples.
State Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle), who is gay, spoke on behalf of the approved bill:

“I would like for our four children to grow up understanding that their daddy and their poppa have made that kind of a lifelong commitment to each other. Marriage is the word that we use in our society to convey that idea.”
pantslessprogressive:

Washington state has legalized same-sex marriage. Washington’s legislature passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage Wednesday by a 55-43 vote, making Washington the 7th state to do so.
Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will sign the legislation into law next week.
Washington joins Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont (and Washington D.C.) in granting marriage licences to same-sex couples.
State Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle), who is gay, spoke on behalf of the approved bill:

“I would like for our four children to grow up understanding that their daddy and their poppa have made that kind of a lifelong commitment to each other. Marriage is the word that we use in our society to convey that idea.”

pantslessprogressive:

Washington state has legalized same-sex marriage. Washington’s legislature passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage Wednesday by a 55-43 vote, making Washington the 7th state to do so.

Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will sign the legislation into law next week.

Washington joins Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont (and Washington D.C.) in granting marriage licences to same-sex couples.

State Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle), who is gay, spoke on behalf of the approved bill:

“I would like for our four children to grow up understanding that their daddy and their poppa have made that kind of a lifelong commitment to each other. Marriage is the word that we use in our society to convey that idea.”

(Source: pantslessprogressive, via kileyrae)

pantslessprogressive:

“At churches like First Baptist Church of Anoka [in Minneapolis], parishioners believe that homosexuality is a form of mental illness caused by family dysfunction, childhood trauma and exposure to pornography – a perversion curable through intensive therapy. It’s a point of view shared by their congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who has called homosexuality a form of ‘sexual dysfunction’ that amounts to ‘personal enslavement.’ In 1993, Bachmann, a proponent of school prayer and creationism, co-founded the New Heights charter school in the town of Stillwater, only to flee the board amid an outcry that the school was promoting a religious curriculum. Bachmann also is affiliated with the ultraright Minnesota Family Council, headlining a fundraiser for them last spring alongside Newt Gingrich.
Though Bachmann doesn’t live within Anoka-Hennepin’s boundaries anymore, she has a dowdier doppelgänger there in the form of anti-gay crusader Barb Anderson. A bespectacled grandmother with lemony-blond hair she curls in severely toward her face, Anderson is a former district Spanish teacher and a longtime researcher for the MFC who’s been fighting gay influence in local schools for two decades, ever since she discovered that her nephew’s health class was teaching homosexuality as normal. ‘That really got me on a journey,’ she said in a radio interview. When the Anoka-Hennepin district’s sex-ed curriculum came up for re-evaluation in 1994, Anderson and four like-minded parents managed to get on the review committee. They argued that any form of gay tolerance in school is actually an insidious means of promoting homosexuality – that openly discussing the matter would encourage kids to try it, turning straight kids gay.
‘Open your eyes, people,’ Anderson recently wrote to the local newspaper. ‘What if a 15-year-old is seduced into homosexual behavior and then contracts AIDS?’ […]
At the close of the seven-month-long sex-ed review, Anderson and her colleagues wrote a memo to the Anoka-Hennepin school board, concluding, ‘The majority of parents do not wish to have there [sic] children taught that the gay lifestyle is a normal acceptable alternative.’ Surprisingly, the six-member board voted to adopt the measure by a four-to-two majority, even borrowing the memo’s language to fashion the resulting districtwide policy, which pronounced that within the health curriculum, ‘homosexuality not be taught/addressed as a normal, valid lifestyle.’” - Sabrina Rubin Erdely
One Town’s War on Gay Teens: In Michele Bachmann’s home district, evangelicals have created an extreme anti-gay climate. After a rash of suicides, the kids are fighting back.

pantslessprogressive:

“At churches like First Baptist Church of Anoka [in Minneapolis], parishioners believe that homosexuality is a form of mental illness caused by family dysfunction, childhood trauma and exposure to pornography – a perversion curable through intensive therapy. It’s a point of view shared by their congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who has called homosexuality a form of ‘sexual dysfunction’ that amounts to ‘personal enslavement.’ In 1993, Bachmann, a proponent of school prayer and creationism, co-founded the New Heights charter school in the town of Stillwater, only to flee the board amid an outcry that the school was promoting a religious curriculum. Bachmann also is affiliated with the ultraright Minnesota Family Council, headlining a fundraiser for them last spring alongside Newt Gingrich.

Though Bachmann doesn’t live within Anoka-Hennepin’s boundaries anymore, she has a dowdier doppelgänger there in the form of anti-gay crusader Barb Anderson. A bespectacled grandmother with lemony-blond hair she curls in severely toward her face, Anderson is a former district Spanish teacher and a longtime researcher for the MFC who’s been fighting gay influence in local schools for two decades, ever since she discovered that her nephew’s health class was teaching homosexuality as normal. ‘That really got me on a journey,’ she said in a radio interview. When the Anoka-Hennepin district’s sex-ed curriculum came up for re-evaluation in 1994, Anderson and four like-minded parents managed to get on the review committee. They argued that any form of gay tolerance in school is actually an insidious means of promoting homosexuality – that openly discussing the matter would encourage kids to try it, turning straight kids gay.

‘Open your eyes, people,’ Anderson recently wrote to the local newspaper. ‘What if a 15-year-old is seduced into homosexual behavior and then contracts AIDS?’ […]

At the close of the seven-month-long sex-ed review, Anderson and her colleagues wrote a memo to the Anoka-Hennepin school board, concluding, ‘The majority of parents do not wish to have there [sic] children taught that the gay lifestyle is a normal acceptable alternative.’ Surprisingly, the six-member board voted to adopt the measure by a four-to-two majority, even borrowing the memo’s language to fashion the resulting districtwide policy, which pronounced that within the health curriculum, ‘homosexuality not be taught/addressed as a normal, valid lifestyle.’” - Sabrina Rubin Erdely

One Town’s War on Gay Teens: In Michele Bachmann’s home district, evangelicals have created an extreme anti-gay climate. After a rash of suicides, the kids are fighting back.

(via pantslessprogressive)

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