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
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
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
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.
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
This movie came out 5 years ago, but I only recently found the movie on Netflix and added it to my list. I started watching this expecting a cheesy movie about marriage rights and how bigoted the other side was in this debate. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised by a beautiful movie (that was sometimes cheesy) that dealt with both sides of the gay marriage debate. The movie did not have a happy ever after ending, but it did have great moments.
In the movie, Eric Dane plays a speech writer (Ben) for a Republican governor in Maine. His character is also dating the governor’s daughter and proposes to her at the beginning of the movie. John Stamos plays Eric Dane’s sorta-out gay brother (Shel). Once the engagement is official, Ben’s fiance asks him to get his brother to be the wedding planner. From there, the movie gets going on a fun ride that is well worth watching. Continue reading
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.
Maryland Reaches a Stalemate
Posted on March 12, 2011 by Zander
All of the great efforts to get marriage equality in Maryland have come to a stalemate for the year. The Maryland House has shelved the bill due to a lack of support. This is sad news for Marylanders, but it is not the end. As we reach these stalemates (and even losses), we have to remember that we have wins across the country as well.