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June 23, 2013
nbcnews:

Same-sex marriage opponents plan for DOMA ruling, weigh constitutional challenge
(Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP – Getty Images file)
Opponents of same-sex marriage prepare for their next chapter as they await highly-anticipated Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. If the decisions aren’t in their favor, they say they may pursue an amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
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Anyone seeing them actually being able to pull off such an amendment? Here’s what it would take, according to Wikipedia:

Before an amendment can take effect, it must be proposed to the states by a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress or by a convention (known as an Article V convention) called by two-thirds of the states, and ratified by three-fourths of the states or by three-fourths of conventions thereof, the method of ratification being determined by Congress at the time of proposal. To date, no convention for proposing amendments has been called by the states, and only once—in 1933 for the ratification of the twenty-first amendment—has the convention method of ratification been employed.

The first route is unlikely considering the current makeup of the Senate in particular. The second route is unlikely because it would require a lot of movement at a grassroots level to make it happen.

nbcnews:

Same-sex marriage opponents plan for DOMA ruling, weigh constitutional challenge

(Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP – Getty Images file)

Opponents of same-sex marriage prepare for their next chapter as they await highly-anticipated Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. If the decisions aren’t in their favor, they say they may pursue an amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Continue reading

Anyone seeing them actually being able to pull off such an amendment? Here’s what it would take, according to Wikipedia:

Before an amendment can take effect, it must be proposed to the states by a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress or by a convention (known as an Article V convention) called by two-thirds of the states, and ratified by three-fourths of the states or by three-fourths of conventions thereof, the method of ratification being determined by Congress at the time of proposal. To date, no convention for proposing amendments has been called by the states, and only once—in 1933 for the ratification of the twenty-first amendment—has the convention method of ratification been employed.

The first route is unlikely considering the current makeup of the Senate in particular. The second route is unlikely because it would require a lot of movement at a grassroots level to make it happen.

22:01 // 1 year ago
June 22, 2013
chrisgeidner:

Meet Eric Fanning. He’s gay, and, as of Friday, he’s the acting secretary of the Air Force — the highest ranking civilian in the service branch. 

Fanning, discussing working for the service before the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: “I didn’t know what I was going to do if we didn’t get the repeal through because some people couldn’t work because they were openly gay or lesbian.”

chrisgeidner:

Meet Eric Fanning. He’s gay, and, as of Friday, he’s the acting secretary of the Air Force — the highest ranking civilian in the service branch. 

Fanning, discussing working for the service before the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: “I didn’t know what I was going to do if we didn’t get the repeal through because some people couldn’t work because they were openly gay or lesbian.”

12:29 // 1 year ago
June 19, 2013
18:46 // 1 year ago
I’d hire a gay guy if I thought he was a good worker. But if he comes into work in a tutu… he’s not producing what I want in my office. If a guy has a particular predilection and keeps it to himself, that’s fine. But if he wants to use my business as a platform for his lifestyle, why should I have to subsidize that? And that’s what these anti-discrimination laws do.
Cornel Rasor, chair of the Idaho Republican Party’s resolutions committee. In the last year and a half, six Idaho cities have passed ordinances banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation; Idaho Republicans aren’t happy with this, and so party officials have passed a non-binding resolution calling on the state’s Republicans to do everything they can to invalidate said ordinances. source
18:36 // 1 year ago
June 17, 2013
10:46 // 1 year ago
June 14, 2013
pewresearch:

12 is the median age at which lesbian, gay and bisexual adults first felt they might be something other than heterosexual or straight. Among those who have “come out” to a family member or close friend, 20 is the median age at which they first did so.

“I really have not had to tell anyone. I am usually asked. My parents still do not understand, and it is something that is never discussed with my family.”
— 52 year old gay man

Our interactive data explorer lets you sort through a variety of personal coming-out experiences.

Recommend checking out the data explorer, which lets you filter by age. One of the respondents was 86.

pewresearch:

12 is the median age at which lesbian, gay and bisexual adults first felt they might be something other than heterosexual or straight. Among those who have “come out” to a family member or close friend, 20 is the median age at which they first did so.

“I really have not had to tell anyone. I am usually asked. My parents still do not understand, and it is something that is never discussed with my family.”

— 52 year old gay man

Our interactive data explorer lets you sort through a variety of personal coming-out experiences.

Recommend checking out the data explorer, which lets you filter by age. One of the respondents was 86.

11:40 // 1 year ago
May 25, 2013
breakingnews:

Around 30 arrested at Moscow gay rights rally
Reuters: Around 30 pro- and anti-gay activists were arrested on Saturday after defying Moscow’s ban on gay rights demonstrations.
Russia’s parliament has given preliminary approval to legislation which bans ‘homosexual propaganda’ which critics say would in effect ban gay rights demonstrations. Saturday’s arrests occurred at the same time as Ukraine held its first ever gay rights rally which was protected by police.
Photo: A gay rights activist holds a placard during a rally to mark the international day against homophobia in St. Petersburg on May 17, 2013. The placard reads ‘Homophobia kills!’ (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

A reminder that the gay-rights battle still has many fronts around the world.

breakingnews:

Around 30 arrested at Moscow gay rights rally

Reuters: Around 30 pro- and anti-gay activists were arrested on Saturday after defying Moscow’s ban on gay rights demonstrations.

Russia’s parliament has given preliminary approval to legislation which bans ‘homosexual propaganda’ which critics say would in effect ban gay rights demonstrations. 

Saturday’s arrests occurred at the same time as Ukraine held its first ever gay rights rally which was protected by police.

Photo: A gay rights activist holds a placard during a rally to mark the international day against homophobia in St. Petersburg on May 17, 2013. The placard reads ‘Homophobia kills!’ (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

A reminder that the gay-rights battle still has many fronts around the world.

11:49 // 1 year ago
May 5, 2013
This is not a ritual for me where you just come on camera and say you’re sorry and hope to move on. I’m truly sorry about what happened. I believe deeply in good journalism and fair journalism and I am determined to learn from this episode and minimize the chances of anything like this happening again.
CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz • Apologizing, at extreme length, for his erroneous reporting about the Jason Collins story as well as his sloppy overall reporting in recent years. Kurtz, who left his job at The Daily Beast last week, said that his departure from the publication was amicable and mutual, and already in the works before the Collins situation broke. Kurtz, who also faced conflict-of-interest questions over his ties to a small-scale site called The Daily Download, spent a full fifteen minutes atoning for his journalistic sins this morning, according to Politico.
12:41 // 1 year ago
May 2, 2013
The Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have parted company. Under the direction of our newly named political director John Avlon we have added new momentum and authority to our Washington bureau with columnists such as Jon Favreau, Joshua Dubois and Stuart Stevens joining our outstanding DC team of Eleanor Clift, Daniel Klaidman, Michael Tomasky, Eli Lake, David Frum and Michelle Cottle—giving us one of the best politics teams in the business which was instrumental in this week’s Webby win for Best News site.
A statement from The Daily Beast, revealing they had dropped Howard Kurtz, days after Kurtz wrote a column for the site suggesting that openly-gay NBA star Jason Collins had lied about a prior engagement—despite the fact that Collins had been up front about the situation in interviews and had specifically mentioned the fact in his Sports Illustrated cover story. The publication retracted the column, though Politico notes that the firing may have had just as much to do with Kurtz’s extremely busy schedule. On top of the Beast, Kurtz also hosts CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and writes for “The Daily Download,” a media criticism site.
15:48 // 1 year ago
May 1, 2013
hypervocal:

The Lavender Scare is REALLY important. Watch this terrific trailer here and think about funding —> http://hypr.vc/1du1le

"A central character in the film is Dr. Franklin Kameny, who was an astronomer working for the U.S. Army when he was summarily fired just because he was gay. But unlike the thousands before him, Frank challenged his dismissal. This film will be a tribute to Frank and the other early leaders of the movement, whose sacrifices and commitment made the world a better place for generations of LGBT people who followed.”

hypervocal:

The Lavender Scare is REALLY important. Watch this terrific trailer here and think about funding —> http://hypr.vc/1du1le

"A central character in the film is Dr. Franklin Kameny, who was an astronomer working for the U.S. Army when he was summarily fired just because he was gay. But unlike the thousands before him, Frank challenged his dismissal. This film will be a tribute to Frank and the other early leaders of the movement, whose sacrifices and commitment made the world a better place for generations of LGBT people who followed.”

18:40 // 1 year ago