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November 5, 2013
One senator recalled having to explain to a colleague that the legislation would not require insurance companies to pay for sex-change operations. Another spoke of phone calls from constituents who were convinced that their children could be taught in school by men wearing dresses.

—The New York Times

5 reasons Republicans oppose the new anti-gay discrimination law

(via theweekmagazine)

WON’T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!?

(via humanrightswatch)

21:25 // 5 months ago
April 26, 2013
And he wasn’t the only one: Three other politicians who are outspokenly opposed to marriage equality voted for the “Marriage for All” bill. Guaino was mocked by his colleagues on the other side of the aisle, and subsequently changed his vote. However, it didn’t matter; the bill passed by over 100 votes and now heads François Hollande, the country’s Socialist president, who campaigned on the issue of gay marriage and will sign the bill. source

And he wasn’t the only one: Three other politicians who are outspokenly opposed to marriage equality voted for the “Marriage for All” bill. Guaino was mocked by his colleagues on the other side of the aisle, and subsequently changed his vote. However, it didn’t matter; the bill passed by over 100 votes and now heads François Hollande, the country’s Socialist president, who campaigned on the issue of gay marriage and will sign the bill. source

19:29 // 11 months ago
April 24, 2013
18:39 // 12 months ago
April 3, 2013

Virginia Attorney General to appeals court: Please consider keeping anti-sodomy laws on the books

  • action A three-judge panel on the 4th Circuit US Court of Appeals overturned Virginia’s anti-sodomy law last month, concluding that it’s unconstitutional for the state to forbid adults from having consensual oral or anal sex in the privacy of their homes.
  • reaction VA Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is challenging that ruling, with his office petitioning the court to review the case again, this time with the full 15-judge panel weighing in. source

More details: The original case that the court was addressing involved consensual oral sex between a man and a 17-year-old woman. Cuccinelli is arguing that the court was right to strike down the anti-sodomy statute, but wrong to overturn the man’s conviction, as his particular case involved sexual relations with a minor. You’ll be hearing a lot about Cuccinelli in coming months, as Virginia will be only one of two states to hold gubernatorial elections this year (the other being New Jersey).

18:14 // 1 year ago
March 25, 2013
I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love…Good people disagree with me. On the other hand, my children have a hard time understanding why this is even controversial. I think history will agree with my children.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, becoming the 42nd senator to support marriage equality. Extra points for making the announcement on her Tumblr
9:14 // 1 year ago
January 24, 2013

cognitivedissonance:

inothernews:

Signal boost for our fellow Tumblrer meg!!!

cognitivedissonance:

Check out this video directed by my friend Will Welch, and edited/produced by me! It’s called “Out in Wyoming: LGBT Advocacy in the Cowboy State” and gives a summary of what’s coming up in this legislative session, advice from Wyoming state legislators on advocacy, plus instructions on lobbying and communicating with your state legislators — even if you don’t live in Wyoming. (Yes, it’s a little long, but we worked really hard, it’s entertaining, and YouTube has a pause button.)

However, if you know people who live in Wyoming, live in Wyoming yourself, or live near Wyoming, definitely share this video. We have a domestic partnership bill, a marriage equality bill, and a non-discrimination bill going to their respective committees on Monday beginning at noon. We’ll also be demonstrating in front of the state house starting at 9 AM in favor of equality on Monday, January 28. If you live close enough to Cheyenne to get to the state house, DO IT!

This action alert from Wyoming Equality’s Jeran Artery gives point-by-point instructions on what you can do to help. We have an excellent chance of passing non-discrimination and domestic partnership bills in Wyoming this year! If you live in Laramie, we’re phone banking tomorrow in the UW Union RRC from 4pm-7pm. It’s mobilizing constituents around the pro-LGBT bills in the legislature. All the bills have bipartisan support. Here’s the bills, with Republican sponsors in bold:

HOUSE BILL NO. HB 168 Domestic partnerships-rights and responsibilities
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Connolly, Byrd, GingeryGreenePetroff, Throne, Wallis and Zwonitzer, Dn. and Senator(s) Burns, Craft, Rothfuss and Von Flatern (5 Democrats; 7 Republicans)

HOUSE BILL NO. HB 169 Marriage-definition 
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Connolly, Byrd, GingeryPetroff, Throne, Wallis and Zwonitzer, Dn. and Senator(s) Craft and Rothfuss (5 Democrats; 4 Republicans)

SENATE FILE NO. SF 131 Discrimination
Sponsored by: Senator(s) Rothfuss,Burns, Case, Craft, Esquibel, F., Hastert and Von Flatern and Representative(s) Blake, Brown, Connolly, Gingery, Greene, Petroff, Wallis and Zwonitzer, Dn(6 Democrats; 9 Republicans)

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE — pass it on! And thank you! 

Cheers,
Meg

Please, keep sharing! The bills have been assigned to friendly committees and we’re likely to get them out of committee. BUT WE NEED HELP! 

For Wyomingites, there will be a lobbying and testifying workshop this Sunday in Cheyenne at 7 PM. It’s presented by Wyoming Equality and Geoff Kors, senior legislative and policy strategist from the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Be there or be square!

In which one of Tumblr’s finest pitches an important campaign in her state, and we give her post a signal boost.

17:41 // 1 year ago
September 17, 2012
In the (nearly 22) years I’ve been there, I honestly come away thinking that every member really wants to make it work … every single member. They don’t agree with each other, but somehow they agree that this is more important than we are and we’ve got to make this thing work.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas - During a Q&A session at “The Constitution Turns 225”, an event honoring America’s founding document, which was hosted by Yale Law School professor Akhil Reed Amar. Justice Thomas’ comments came during part of a larger discussion, about the Constitution, that frequently returned to the subject of race. When asked if he believed “we the people” included minorities at the time of the Constitution’s writing, Justice Thomas replied that he did not; but that he did believe the Declaration of Independence did. “That’s the way we grew up. It was the way the nuns, who were all immigrants, would explain it to us,” said Thomas, continuing, “There was never any doubt that we were inherently equal. It said so in the Declaration of Independence.” source
17:08 // 1 year ago
July 31, 2012
There was a unanimous decision in the drafting committee to include it in the platform…everybody was for it.
Retiring Rep. Barney Frank • On the inclusion of gay marriage as part of the official Democratic Party platform. The 15-member Democratic Party platform draft committee unanimously approved language supporting marriage equality, and according to Frank, a member of the committee, the vote wasn’t even close. The draft still has to be approved by the full platform committee, which meets in two weeks; then, delegates at the Democratic National Convention will have to vote in favor of it it. Huffington Post, which talked to two sources on the matter, claims that “the deal is more or less final.” Reacting to the news, the president of the National Organization for Marriage said that Democrats “can kiss the presidential election, the House and now the Senate goodbye.” What do you think—will this help or hurt Democrats in November?  source (viafollow)
10:44 // 1 year ago
June 8, 2012

hypervocal:

Now THIS is a man of God: “Have you ever read the Gospel and heard Jesus say anything about homosexuality? … Black folk can’t even deal with homosexuality because we got issues with sexuality. And because we got issues with sexuality we can’t have a healthy discussion about homosexuality. Why, why do you get so upset?” Find out much more about this here.

Hey, while you’re here, give our HV Tumblr a follow. We cool.

This is a very bold stance. Good for him.

15:30 // 1 year ago
February 13, 2012
15:39 // 2 years ago