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Maryland Marriage Equality: Coming to a Couple Near You in 2013

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.

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Newt Gingrich Explains Why Marriage Equality Should Be Legal (without meaning to)

On January 25th, Newt Gingrich held a conference call for some of his religious supporters. During the call, Newt was explaining why the Religious Right should be supporting him for President. Interestingly enough, Newt brought up an idea that I had years ago about marriage equality, but I have neither the money nor the connections to pursue this idea. The following is a quote from that call.

It’s pretty simple: marriage is between a man and a woman. This is a historic doctrine driven deep into the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, and it’s a perfect example of what I mean by the rise of paganism. The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization.

You may have stopped reading that quote during the first or second sentence. If you did, please go back and read the entire quote. Believe me, it will be worth the bile that forms whenever you think of Newt talking about marriage rights. Go on. Read the whole quote. Continue reading

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The Week of Marriage Equality News « Repost from Queer Landia

(This post is from Queer Landia. Click the link at the bottom for the full article)

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.

via The Week of Marriage Equality News « Queer Landia.

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Openly Gay Mormon Takes LDS Leadership Role In SF | Queer Oakland

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I don’t know how I feel about this. I kind of feel like an abused wife who is getting a new dress from the abusive husband. Does the Church of Latter Day Saints really believe that taking away our rights can be rectified by putting a queer on the pulpit? Do they really think that having a celibate gay man preaching to the world is going to fix anything?

If the Mormons really wanted to patch things up with our community, they would spend millions of dollars and man hours to get Prop H8 overturned.

via Queer Oakland | A local gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender news and events blog!.

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LGBT Omnibus Bill of 2011 | Queer Oakland

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Under Federal laws, LGBT citizens do not enjoy full equality. I received the following email from Representative Jared Polis asking me for help in writing a new bill. Instead of having numerous bills with limited focus, Jared would like to create an all-inclusive bill.

This is your chance to give your Congress your opinion. What do you think is the number one priority for equality? What areas of the law are we treated unequally? There is even a place where you can share your own personal story.

I know that the fight for equality is extremely hard, time consuming and very expensive. We don’t get many opportunities to make a difference by spending 5 to 10 minutes on our computer. Please don’t let this opportunity pass by without giving your voice, even if this doesn’t directly effect you. If we don’t speak up, how will anyone hear us?

via LGBT Omnibus Bill of 2011 | Queer Oakland.

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Rhode Island Approves Civil Unions | Queer Landia

With all of the excitement around New York passing marriage equality, Rhode Island’s passage of civil unions with extreme religious exemptions seems to have been lost in the news cycle.

While I do agree with the exemptions that New York passed, I think the Rhode Island exemptions go a little too far. The exemptions allow religious hospitals, cemeteries and schools to ignore the unions.

While I also agree that religious groups should be allowed the freedom to follow their religious beliefs, I believe that organizations that are critical for human needs and organizations that receive public tax money should not be allowed to discriminate under any circumstances. Continue reading

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New York Senate approves same-sex marriage – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs

Now we have another reason to sing “New York, New York”

New York legislators cleared the last major hurdle to legalize same-sex marriage Friday when the state Senate followed the Assembly’s lead in approving legislation to do so.

Earlier in the day, the Assembly passed a version of the bill that included an amendment about religious institutions. The Friday night vote in the Senate means the legislation’s fate is now in the hands of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who proposed it.

via New York Senate approves same-sex marriage – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs.

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New York Edges Closer to Marriage Equality | Queer Landia

Earlier today, 365Gay ran an article about three Democratic Senators switching their votes on marriage equality. Previously, Senators Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., Shirley L. Huntley, and Carl Kruger all voted against marriage equality, but now they say they will vote for passing the legislation.

I was really excited to hear this news, but the Senate was still three votes short for passing the legislation. That was until this afternoon.

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How the Grinch Stole Gay Marriage

How the Grinch Stole Marriage by Mary Ann Horton, Lisa and Bill Koontz (with apologies to Dr. Seuss.)

Every Gay down in Gayville liked Gay Marriage a lot……

But the Grinch, who lived just east of Gayville, did NOT!!

The Grinch hated happy Gays! The whole Marriage season!

Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.

It could be, perhaps, his Florsheims were too tight.

But I think the most likely reason of all was

His heart and brain were two sizes too small. Continue reading

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NOM Followers Convert One of Their Own | Queer Landia

Louis Marinelli organized the National Organization for Marriage’s bus tour. He drove the RV and blogged about the bus tour. He has made comments such as “homosexuals have shorter life spans due to their lifestyle” and “homosexuals are deceitful people who care only about themselves”.

So how does one of the higher-ups in an anti-gay group become an advocate for marriage equality? He listened to his followers and became repulsed by what they were saying. He also listened to the LGBT protesters and a light bulb went off for him. Read some quotes from him below, but also make sure you check out the original interview.

via NOM Followers Convert One of Their Own | Queer Landia.

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