Federal Court in Nevada Rules Against Marriage Equality
Judge Robert Jones on decision against Nevada marriage equality case (Sevcik v Sandoval): "Gay couples have no Constitutional right to marry." Further, going on to say; "straight couples may be disinclined to marry if same-sex couples were allowed to enter into the same institution which would result in additional societal problems."
Justice Jones, a devout Mormon (appointee of George W. Bush (R) ) who's decided that "justice" would best be served for Nevada's straight citizens by disregarding the Forth Amendment & believing that children born out of wedlock would rise due to straight couples not wanting anything to do with the now "no longer sacred" institution of marriage...
It's judges & politicians with this kind of ideology & hatred of a minority group that have continue to divide this great nation.
Your no longer my son - A response to a son coming out to his father. In the letter, you will notice the reference of the "Lord" & "unnatural lifestyle."
This is the face of pure religious extremism, intolerance & nothing more. A face that wounds by making scars run deep. A face that can & often kills.
All this for what? For a gay son who decided he needed to be honest with himself & his family. A son looking for nothing more than love & understanding. Isn't that something taught in the same religious circles this religious father claims to be part of?
As this joyous 1 year anniversary is upon us, I look up & see the beautiful sky that still remains, the sounds of birds singing on this bright sunny day as well as the marriages of heterosexual couples in New York were never in jeopardy (as well as the high number of divorces prior to New York's Marriage Equality).
Those hate filled anti-marriage equality groups have once again shown their messages to be wrong.
As I look back to that memorable day, I'll always remember the love, joy, hopes & visions of those beautiful couples who said "I do" in this great state of New York.
I was honored & privileged to be a part of that historical day!
As we celebrate this Memorial Day, let us take a moment to reflect upon those who serve & who's past military service gave us this great land & so many of the freedom's we take for granted.
Including a most special & sacred freedom, the right to vote.
Yes, the right to vote. Even if it's later used against you through a Constitutional Amendment denying you of the same civil rights that you fought to protect for others.
That's what so many of our LGBT brothers & sister fought & continue fighting for alongside their heterosexual counterparts. Freedom.
As an LGBT rights advocate, along with the thousands of other advocates & rights groups, we will continue to work tirelessly to bring the much needed change & freedoms you expect & deserve upon returning home to this great land we call America.
With the recent push towards equality defeated at the ballot box in North Carolina, the rights of a minority group are once again heading to the ballot boxes. Up next, Maryland, Maine & Washington.
As the extremists, churches, religious groups & organizations fighting to "defend" traditional marriage have begun ramping up efforts to raise the funds to get out their message of; "The institution of marriage & family is under attack!" We, the LGBT community will once again pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off & begin the process of changing hearts & minds through education.
Typical messages of bigotry, intolerance & lies include:
* Lie: Gay marriage will destroy the foundation of what marriage is.
* Truth: Marriage equality will strengthen families by guaranteeing the recognition of said families as a married couple & therefore entitled to the legal rights/responsibilities/protections, tax breaks, medical decisions, etc. Who could argue having these rights/responsibilities would bring harm? Having legal protections & financial security is something all families want.
* Lie - Gay households are not a good environment to raise children & can make them gay.
* Truth - It has been proven that gay households have just as much love as their heterosexual counterparts. Something I sometimes believe to be more so as our community has long had to endure the struggles & burdens of proving to the rest their desire and ability to raise children.
As divorce rates across the country haven't fallen among the heterosexual community, the sun continues to rise each day in the states of Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, D.C. & Iowa.
So, as the Maggie Gallaghers, Bryan Fishchers, Charles Worleys, Paul Camerons & other anti-LGBT voices of the world ramp up their efforts to spew their messages of lies, intolerance, bigotry & hate in Maryland, Maine & Washington, we the LGBT community will continue the message of equality through tolerance, love & most of all, education.