SAN DIEGO AP — Some of the loudest cheers Saturday at San Diego’s gay pride parade were for active-duty troops marching in military dress, the first time that U.S. service members participated in such an event while in full uniform.Dozens of soldiers, sailors, and Marines marched alongside an old Army truck decorated with a “Freedom to Serve” banner and a rainbow flag. They were joined by dozens more military personnel in civilian clothes, but the uniforms stood out among the flower-bedecked floats and scantily clad revelers.Spectators waved signs reading, “Thank you for your service.” A woman held a placard that said: “My gay son is a Naval officer.””Today is so important,” said Navy Lt. Brian McKinney, who marched with his civilian partner, Hunter Hammonds. “It’s about putting on my uniform and taking pride in my service, my fellow service-members, my family and myself. It’s something I’m incredibly thankful for.”
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This week, Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill that will extend marriage equality to same-sex couples. Maryland will become the 8th state to offer this equality (plus Washing D.C.). The law will not go into effect until 2013.
Washington State previously passed a marriage equality law that will go into effect in June, 2012. That means that over 15% of United States will have marriage equality beginning in 2013. This has been a very good year for us.
Image from the Washington Post
This has been a roller coaster week for marriage equality. On Monday, Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the marriage equality law that was passed in Washington state. Washington will become the seventh state to offer marriage equality starting in mid-June. Currently, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Iowa offer marriage equality, along with Washington D.C.
Also this week, lawmakers in New Jersey passed a marriage equality bill with a narrow margin. As expected, Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill. With the narrow passage, the legislation is not expected to have enough votes to override his veto. The only (marginally) good thing to come out of the New Jersey loss is that Gov. Chris Christie has proposed creating an “ombudsman to oversee compliance with the state’s civil union law, which same-sex couples have said is flawed and promotes discrimination”. “The ombudsman will be charged with increasing awareness of the law regarding civil unions, will provide a clear point of contact for those who have questions or concerns and will be required to report any evidence of the law being violated. In this way, we can ensure equal treatment under the law,” Christie said in a statement. Hopefully, this will help to ensure that Civil Unions truly offer all of the benefits of marriage until true marriage equality is passed.
I have to start this post off by stating that I really do not care about the sex lives of our politicians. Unless having sex with a hooker or sexting pics of your penis can compromise our national politics, I really don’t care. What I do care about is where our politicians stand on certain issues.
Currently, there is a lot of buzz around Newt Gingrich’s murky marital past. He has been married three times, had affairs and allegedly asked one of his wives to have an open relationship. While these stories make for great reading, I don’t see how this is relevant to the task at hand. The Republicans are trying to pick a presidential candidate. If Newt owed $300,000 in back taxes, that would be relevant. If Newt is continually overdrawing his bank account, that is relevant. Getting divorced, having an affair and the various other sex scandals are just not relevant. Continue reading
I started blogging many years ago. Most of my blogs would start off well, but then fizzle over a couple of months. I kept starting new blogs, though, because I knew that I had a voice and a vision to share. Last year, this all changed and I find myself trying to outdo myself in the new year.
Last year, Mike Martinez contacted me about contributing to Queer Oakland. He wanted me to take the reins and run the blog like a pack of wild dogs. While I never got the full pack going, I did manage to get some puppies out there. Over the year I had good weeks and bad weeks with Queer Oakland, but in the end I found myself being a better communicator. For this, I would like to thank Mike even as the doors were closed on Queer Oakland.
I also spent much of last year working on Back to Me and Queer Landia. In hindsight, I wish I would have focused more attention on these two as ultimately, they are the tools for my vision in the coming year. Queer Landia gives me a place to share my moderate views on politics, queerdom and many other topics. I look forward to seeing where this blog will go this year. Back to Me gave me a place to share my random thoughts and appreciation for sexy men and humor. This year this will expand as my blog grows. Continue reading
This sickens me. Pure and simple. Beyond the hate, the rhetoric, the politics and the degrading of gay men, the Boy Scouts have just stepped so far out of bounds. There is nothing that repulses me more than a group of people that turn a blind eye to the abuse of children, especially sexual abuse.
The Catholic church has become a joke over the last few years because of the scandals with the priests. Unfortunately they are still around. I hope the Boy Scouts aren’t so lucky. I stopped being a fan of the Boy Scouts when they became Christianized to the point of kicking out perfectly good Scout leaders who happened to be gay. Apparently, the powers that be in the Boy Scouts think that men should sleep with women or little boys. Gods forbid that a grown man sleep with another grown man.
Okay, ranting aside, read the following article from Yahoo News. It seems the Boy Scouts are hiding over 5000 people suspected of child abuse. If the “kicking the gays out” issue wasn’t enough to keep your money in your wallet, I hope this is enough. And to think I just gave the United Way $20 in the last few weeks.
via Queer Landia.
Okay. I understand the desire to ban smoking in restaurants and in public buildings. I am on the fence about banning smoking in bars, but I am leaning toward understanding that as well. People want to ban smoking within 50 feet of entrances to buildings, which is fair I guess.
Where I draw the line, however, is banning smoking in outdoor public areas. I don’t understand banning smoking on airport property. I recently flew to Indianapolis and the new airport there is completely smoke free. Even the outdoor areas that are hundreds of yards from the general public area. Seriously? Continue reading