Mar 13, 2012

Marriage Equality (and other) News 03.13.2012

While the US ultra religious hate groups and the pro-gay organizations trade their usual promises and verbal barbs, and the Catholic Church leaders keep bashing us, most news recently have been international.

Ex UK prime minister Tony Blair strongly supports the current PM David Cameron and a big part of his Cabinet's efforts to establish marriage equality in the United Kingdom. A consultation on gay marriage will be launched this month, even though it has been met with aggressive opposition from the Catholic Church and the Church of England. The exact words of Blair, a recent Catholic convert, are that he "strongly supports the Prime Minister's proposal". Cameron himself has this to say about his bid for gay marriage:

"Society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other. So I don't support gay marriage despite being a Conservative; I support gay marriage because I'm a Conservative."

Perhaps some Republican parties who shall remain unnamed should listen to this and take note?


On a much lighter, and absolutely adorable note, the Ben & Jerry's box you see at the top of the post is not a photoshop invention, but an actual renaming of their "Oh! My! Apple! Pie!" flavor in the UK. The company has done this to show its support for the upcoming marriage equality on the island. They've also launched a campaign together with Stonewall for a new app allowing users to "marry" each other on Facebook, thus showing their support for marriage equality in the Kingdom as well. This is not the first time Ben & Jerry's have done this either; they changed their "Chubby Hubby" to "Hubby Hubby" to celebrate gay marriage in Vermont in 2009.


A bit to the east, Denmark moves rapidly to legalizing gay marriage as early as June, 2012. Here is a quote from the Danish press:

Gay couples can look forward to a church wedding this summer.

At her weekly press conference, Tuesday, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said the government is putting the finishing touches to a bill that will come into force on June 15th, allowing homosexuals and lesbians to walk down the aisle in the church of their choice – if they can find a priest who’s willing to conduct the ceremony.

You don't want to perform a ceremony? Fine, don't, your choice to be a douchebag. But don't demand that nobody else does either. It seems that marriage equality is not such a tough issue when the government is ruled by the desire to actually make people happy rather than indoctrinating them with Evangelical dogma... Who knew?


And as rainbows rain all over Europe, US states continue to actively try and murder children just so long as the "gay agenda" doesn't win. Kentucky house panel just turned down an anti-bullying bill that would include sexual orientation. Apparently, despite pleas from parents whose children committed suicide because of bullying, the panel desided that "existing anti-bullying laws are sufficient". Instead of my own opinion here, I'll just post Joe's, as it says EXACTLY what I want to say:

Republicans in the Kentucky House Education Committee today squashed an anti-bullying bill because it would help prevent gay children from killing themselves. Not even sobbing pleas from the parents of dead children can move these monsters.

I have already posted about the issue of gay teen suicide, and I will repeat what I said then - allowing politics to define decisions about children's safety, allowing bigotry to make you turn a blind eye to kids committing suicides, is NOT lawmaking. It is not being a politician, a representative of a party, and ideology, or anything else. The only thing it makes you, is a murderer.


The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking the public's opinion for a proposed plan to ease the ban on blood donations from gay men. If you want to add your voice for or against an amendment, you can do it in the comments section in the above link, which will be open for the next 90 days. Personally, I can't wait to see what pseudo-scientific "argument" hate groups will come up with to try and fight this. The outrage should be awesome.


Here is the latest video from Marriage News Watch (link to American Foundation for Equal Rights in the side bar):

I hope those polls will continue to be in our favor. Even though anti-gay campaigns will start when the November ballot approaches, and numbers will surely drop, it is clear that without brainwashing, the majority of Americans are now FOR, instead of against us. What a difference in just a few short years...


EDIT: This just in. The city of Omaha, Neb has passed a bill that protects LGBT people from work discrimination. A random fluke or a tendency? Let's hope the latter.

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