Day 2 of Oral Arguments for Same-Sex Marriage in the US
Yesterday we learned that the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments for/against California’s Proposition 8 statute that makes same-sex marriage illegal in California but was eventually overturned as unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (as you may know, the Supreme Court is now deciding whether or not to issue a ruling that may make same-sex marriage legal in California … or possibly issue a ruling that could make same-sex marriage legal in the entire United States of America). Today the high court is hearing oral arguments for/against the Defense of Marriage Act which is a federal statute that was enacted back in 1996 that federally defines a marriage as between a man and a woman. In the case of United States v. Windsor, a challenge has been brought against DOMA in the State of New York that seeks to have that definition of marriage changed so that same-sex married couples can enjoy the same rights and privileges as married straight couples. Today is a historic Day 2 of arguments for/against the legality of same-sex marriage here in the US. More »
The Case Against Prop 8 Today, The Case Against DOMA Tomorrow
The fight for marriage equality has, thus far, been fought in individual States here in the US but today the push for equal treatment for all advances to the US Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. Arguments begin today in the case against Proposition 8 here in California, the ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in the State of California after the California Supreme Court ruled the practice constitutional. Opponents of Prop 8 appealed the passage of the initiative and the US Court of Appeals ruled it unconstitutional but the State has yet to allow same-sex marriage to take place within its borders until the US Supreme Court issues a ruling. Today, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments on both sides and will eventually rule whether or not it is legal to prohibit same-sex marriage in the State of California. BUT, the court could rule more broadly … tomorrow the Court will hear arguments against the Defense of Marriage Act (a federal act that legally defines marriage between a man and woman) and could determine whether or not the practice of same-sex marriage is legal in the entire country. This is a very big day in the course of US History … the arguments that go before the Supreme Court today will affect California and, possibly, the entire United States of America where same-sex marriage is concerned. More »
Same-Sex Marriage is Legal Because It Was Never Made Illegal
Santa Fe mayor David Coss is urging the city council to begin issuing marriage licenses for any same-sex couple who wants to marry in the State of New Mexico because he maintains that same-sex marriage is NOT illegal in the state. Apparently, New Mexico never got around to making same-sex marriage illegal and does not legally define marriage between a man and a woman … therefore, there is NO REASON that same-sex couples cannot get married in the state. Um, hello, is this not the best thing you’ve heard all day?! More »
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'I’ve changed my mind on the question of marriage...'
Today many folks are rejoicing because the first Republican Senator currently serving in the Senate has just come out in support of same-sex marriage. Interestingly enough, just as many people seem to be disappointed by the reasoning behind Senator Rob Portman‘s change of heart and political position. He wrote an open letter in The Columbus Dispatch in which he credits his son, who came out as gay two years ago, as the reason he now advocates for came-sex marriage. Click inside to read the Senator’s letter in full.
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IL Hopes to Become the 10th US State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
The State of Illinois took a huge step forward today in becoming the next US State to legalize same-sex marriage. By a vote of 34-21, the Illinois Senate approved a bill that would make their State the 10th in the US to enjoy marriage equality. There is still a big hurdle to overcome before the marriage equality bill can become law. Even tho IL governor Pat Quinn has promised to sign the bill into law, it must next be ratified by the Illinois House of Representatives … where its passage is not assured. BUT, the GOOD NEWS today on this Valentine’s Day is that the Illinois Senate has voted in favor of marriage equality … which is a BIG win for love! More »
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Here’s some GREAT news to totally make your day … Jim Nabors, the veteran actor most famous for his lead role on the 60′s TV series Gomer Pyle, USMC and his role on The Andy Griffith Show, got himself married at the age of 82 to his partner of 38 years Stan Cadwallader. Not only did I not know that Nabors was gay but I had no idea he was in a committed relationship for over 3 decades! In all honesty, I used to HATE reruns of Gomer Pyle because I always found Jim Nabors‘s voice horribly irritating … but I cannot even tell you how thrilled I am to learn that the man, forced to live in secret for most of his life, was finally able to marry the love of his life. This is really the best story of the day! More »
The 9th US State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Much love and many congratulations goes out to the great State of Maryland today because at the stroke of midnight last night, it became the 9th State (along with the District of Columbia) to legalize same-sex marriage here in the United States of America. As you may recall, fellow New England state Maine became the 8th State legalize marriage equality over the weekend and now Maryland joins Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington & Maine AND the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is legal! Woot!! More »
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DOMA & Prop 8 Will Be Under Review
The US Supreme Court announced today that they will take under review two legal cases dealing with marriage equality in this country. In one case, the Court will determine the legality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act — an act that the US government has decided it will stop defending because it no longer believes in its legality (and has been ruled unconstitutional by lower courts). Section 3 of DOMA deals with federal taxes due from couples in same-sex marriages. The second case will determine the legality of California’s Proposition 8, a proposition that was voted into law overturned the legalization of same-sex marriage in the State of California — and has since been ruled unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Needless today, it’s big news that the Court would take up either of these cases … that they have decided to take up both cases means the Court is ready to make a resounding statement about the legality of same-sex marriage in the United States of America. More »
As in EVE ENSLER, Author Of 'Vagina Monologues'! But Everyone's Still Obsessing Over Anne's Weight.
Okay, I rarely buy magazines… but I may need to pick up this issue. Remember when we had our amazing “slut” conversation a while back, after an actress called herself a slut and publicly advocated for… more slut-dom? We were debating about whether or not you can reclaim the word slut and other words like it, and I brought up Eve Ensler‘s Vagina Monologues (the book of my youth). Well, you can imagine my shock, awe, and delight when I went to grab these photos of Anne Hathaway in the January 2013 issue of Glamour magazine, and saw that she’d been interviewed by the one and only Eve Ensler for the cover story. Ummmm… whhhaaaat?! Click inside for more! The interview– y’all– is amazing. I’m loving every bit of what they’re talking about and I am honestly saddened by the fact that all the headlines about this article are focusing on the ONE thing she said about her weight! Seriously– a great read, very little of which has to do with Anne‘s weight !