Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Office Of The People Used To Deny Civil Liberties/Rights

Senator Diaz To Hold Anti Equality Rally

New York - Senator/minister Ruben Diaz (D) has made it clear all along that he is opposed to marriage equality in the state but has taken his message 1 step further by holding an "emergency summit" to consider the next steps/strategies for fighting any passage of a marriage equality bill in New York.

Recently, in his strict criticism of Governor David Paterson's call for a vote on the bill, Diaz said that it was "ridiculous," particularly given the fact that Archbishop Timothy Dolan was being installed.

Why did Diaz become involved in state politics? How can he be for New Yorkers when he uses his religion to deny some the equal protections/rights that others take for granted?

Also to be noted is that Diaz is planning an "anti equality rally" for May.

Contact - Senator Diaz (D) or call (518)455-2511 and tell him he should not be using the office of the people to deny others their rights/liberties!

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Maine Moves Closer Towards Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality Endorsed By Maine Panel

Detail Maine State Flag

Augusta, Maine - In a bill that could end marriage discrimination to Maine Families, 11 out of 14 judiciary panel members voted in favor of passing the Marriage Equality Bill.

"For me, it came down to discrimination. It's not there" under present law, said one of the supporters, Representative Mark Bryant (D).

Another supporter, Representative Charles Kruger (D) said "Live and let live."

One of the opponents of the bill who had shouted "the bill is morally wrong" had to be ejected by authorities for disrupting the proceedings.

Anti equality group Maine Marriage Alliance said that if the bill were to pass thru both houses, they would begin the process of trying to Amend the state's Constitution to define marriage as only between 1 man and 1 woman.

Also, the group is calling for marriage equality foes to "defend" marriage by praying and keeping up the activism of "The protection of marriages across America from the deceitful plans of the enemy (Psalm 61:13)

Contact - Maine Marriage Alliance and tell them to "defend" marriage equality for all Maine families by strengthening values of commitments and reducing the rates of divorce.

Contact - Governor John Baldacci (D) and tell him to do the right thing to support all families in Maine by standing in support of marriage equality.

Contact - State Senators and tell them to end discrimination due to the intolerance of the religious right by supporting all families in Maine by passing full marriage equality.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Strong Voice(s) For Marriage Equality In New York

Pushing For Marriage Equality In New York

NY State Capitol Building

Albany, New York - Gay Rights groups gathered from around the state Tuesday at the state capitol calling for New York to do the right thing for marriage equality.

"What do we want, marriage equality! When do we want it? Now!"

It is estimated at around 2,000 supporters showed up for the rally and lobby day which is sponsored by the Empire State Pride Agenda.

"This is the first year we have a realistic chance," said Joann Prinzivalli of White Plains who is a lawyer and the director of the New York Transgender Rights Association.

Governor David Paterson (D) said "I want to make a marriage equality bill right here in New York state." That statement gave the governor a standing ovation.

Senator James Alesi (R) and Senator Steven Saland (R) are among the senators the lobbyist are hoping will vote in favor of the Bill's passage but in a statement made by Saland, he said "I do not anticipate supporting gay marriage."

Contact - Senator James Alesi or call (518)455-2015 and tell him that it's ok for him to have his beliefs but it should not get in the way of fairness and equality for all New York families.

Contact - Senator Saland or call (518)455-2411 and tell him that it's ok for him to have his beliefs but it should not get in the way of fairness and equality for all New York families.

New York Assembly

New York Senate

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Lets Move Forward To Put Hate Crime Laws On The Books

Toll Free Call To Stop Hate Crimes

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1913). Right-wing committee members tried to tack on many harmful amendments but all were defeated.

Now, in order to ensure speedy success in the full House, your representative needs to hear from you. Our coalition has provided a toll-free number to make it extra-easy for activists to call their reps and urge them to SUPPORT H.R. 1913.

Call right now, toll-free, and urge YOUR U.S. representative to vote YES on the Hate Crimes Prevention Act.


The toll-free number will expire on Wednesday, so make sure to call today and let others know about the number too as soon as you can.

The bill expands the coverage of existing hate crime laws to include not only victims of crime based on race, color, religion and national origin, but also bias-motivated crimes based on the victim's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability. And it gives the DOJ the authority to prosecute hate crimes in states where current law or local actions are inadequate

We've been working hard to get this bill passed for years, and if we pass it this year, President Obama will sign it.

The Religious Right has built a campaign against this legislation based on an outright lie: that the bill would somehow criminalize religious speech. In fact, this bill is about preventing and punishing only violent acts that result in bodily harm and has nothing to do with any expression not specifically related to a violent act -- there's even a provision in the bill stating this explicitly.

We won't let the Right get away with its divisive lies and we won't let our fellow Americans go unprotected against bias-based violence.

Call now, toll-free, and tell your representative to vote YES on H.R. 1913.


Thank you.

- Your Allies at People For the American Way

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tax Free Bigotry/Inequality

Churches Awaiting Response From IRS

Internal Revenue Service

Milwaukee - After months of ignoring a federal tax law on endorsing candidates from the pulpit, 33 churches around the country are awaiting the word on whether the IRS will prosecute for violating the law.

"Pulpit Freedom Sunday,"
triggered a legal fight on whether to overturn rules that prevent places of worship from supporting or opposing a candidate for political office.

On September 28th, pastors urged voters to cast their votes based on conservative views which of course included abortion and gay rights.

The protests were funded by the anti gay organization Alliance Defense Fund.

Legal experts say there are a number of possibilities the IRS can take from just doing nothing to various fines or penalties to losing their tax exempt status. But as of yet, the IRS remains silent.

Contact - Alliance Defense Fund and tell them they were wrong to promote bigotry and inequality in their messages to an organization that is tax exempt.

Contact - The IRS and tell them as an American Taxpayer, you are seeking justice against these organizations that promote inequality towards other American Taxpayers.

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Integrity, Strength And Dedication

Joann Prinzivalli for Westchester County Legislator - District 8

Joann Prinzivalli for Westchester County Legislator - District 8

New York - Joann Prinzivalli is seeking designation as the Democratic Party Candidate for Westchester County Legislator - representing District 8.

District 8 includes the Villages of Sleepy Hollow (in the Town of Mount Pleasant), Tarrytown and Elmsford (in the Town of Greenburgh), parts of the unincorporated Town of Greenburgh (North Elmsford and Fairview), and parts of the City of White Plains.

"I have interviewed with the appropriate Democratic committees in Greenburgh and White Plains," said Joann and am hoping that the various municipal committees will endorse a single candidate - if I am not that candidate I will support the candidate endorsed by the party. If there is no endorsement, or no agreement among the municipal committes as to a single candidate, I will participate in a primary.

Volunteers will be needed to help with obtaining petition signatures - the political calendar provides that petition-gathering can take place between June 9th and July 16th, with completed petitions to be filed between July 13th and 16th.

We will also need volunteers to help plan fundraising events. A political campaign requires money so that we can get the word out and encourage people to vote.

If you live in one of Joann's districts and would be interested in learning more or are interested in volunteering, please drop her a note!
Email - Joann Prinzivalli

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Friday, April 24, 2009

"Live Free Or Die" - Except For The LGBT Community

Senate Committee Rejects Marriage Equality

Concord, New Hampshire - The state's Judiciary Committee recommends the Legislature reject marriage equality.

The committee voted 3/2 against a recent passage of a marriage equality bill by the House. Committee Chair Deborah Reynolds (D), said she does not feel New Hampshire is "ready" for marriage equality.

The Republicans who voted against it said marriage was "created and defined by G-d as the union between 1 man and 1 woman."

Send a strong message or call (603)271-2111 the New Hampshire Senate Committee regarding the fairness for all New Hampshire families and that they need to respect the separation of Church/State in their decisions denying people of their civil rights/liberties.

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Support For AIDS Organizations

Dining Out For Life

Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors and restaurants. In exchange for their financial support, restaurants are listed in a city wide marketing campaign in an effort to increase customer traffic.

In 1991 Dining Out For Life® was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia. Dining Out is now produced in over 55 cities throughout the United States and Canada. An average five to six cities are added each year.

More than 3,500 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from this one special night of dining to the licensed agency in their city. Nearly $4 million dollars a year is raised to support the missions of agencies throughout North America. With the exception of the annual licensing fee of $600, all money raised in these cities stays there.

To learn more information regarding DOFL or to find a participating restaurant, please visit their website - Dining Out For Life

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

P.R.I.D.E. Panel Raises Awareness, Answers

Answering With Pride

By Zachary Hughes

As part of an ongoing week of events, People R
especting Individuality in Education (P.R.I.D.E.) hosted a panel Tuesday night in the Flint Hills Room of Memorial Union. The panel members answered questions about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered community.

“I was invited to come to this event by a friend, and I support P.R.I.D.E., so I decided to come and show that support,” said Jonathan Heath, sophomore psychology major. “I’m interested to hear what kinds of questions were asked.”

Questions were selected from a box which was available in the Memorial Union Monday afternoon for students to submit questions to be answered by a P.R.I.D.E. member. Questions answered included issues related to discrimination, identity expression and “coming out.”

Answering questions related to GLBT issues was part of a larger goal of education over P.R.I.D.E. week, said Derrek Zietz, junior communication major and education chair for P.R.I.D.E.

“What we are there for is to educate, not only the group but the public as well, as to discrimination issues that affect students, particularly the GLBTQA community, which stands for Gay Lesbian Bisexual Trans-gendered Questioning and Ally community,” Zietz said. “We are there to educate on political issues that affect us in Emporia and around the world.”

The overall idea behind P.R.I.D.E. week is one of information and awareness, including spreading knowledge about what it means to be a member of P.R.I.D.E. and what it means to be an ally, Zietz said.

Allies, a term for any individual who supports raising awareness and support for GLBT issues, were represented during an Ally Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Zietz said.

“Ally Day is to raise awareness in the general public that just because you are a member of P.R.I.D.E. doesn’t mean you’re gay… you can be an Ally and be heterosexual,” Zietz said. “Just because you see someone supporting P.R.I.D.E. doesn’t mean you are gay and people shouldn’t assume that.”

Educating people over trans-issues was also a major goal during the week.

“We also wanted to educate people on what it means to be trans-gendered, transvestite, and so on, and let people know what that means,” Zietz said, “which is why we’re holding Thursday’s event.”

Thursday’s events include a speech by Sylvia Guerrero, the mother of a murdered trans-individual, which will take place at 7 p.m. in the Kanza Room of the Memorial Union.

P.R.I.D.E. week was the result of a collaboration of efforts between P.R.I.D.E. and supportive groups and individuals at and around ESU.

“The ESU groups have been awesome in helping us get this together, Amnesty International in particular,” Zietz said. “Several organizations donated money to us, including some groups off campus, and we’re really thankful for that.”

For those who attended, P.R.I.D.E. represented the ability of GLBT people to stand in the open without fear. For psychology graduate student Joshua Smith, that also means respecting individuals for who they are.

That respect includes an awareness that GLBT issues are not simply hot-topic or trendy issues and that organizations like P.R.I.D.E. are created in the spirit of fostering unity rather than antagonism, Smith said.

“We want to send a message that we as the GLBTQA community are here, and we’re not going away or sitting silently,” Smith said. “It’s time to accept us for who we are – we’re not anyone’s enemies, we’re just people like everyone else.”

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"Take A Stand For Maine"

Maine Marriage Equality Bill Gets Standing Ovation!

State seal of Maine

Augusta, Maine - A public hearing on allowing marriage equality in the state of Maine opened with a standing ovation.

Senator Dennis Damon (D) says his proposal "recognizes the worth of every man and woman among us." It is backed by 60 co-sponsors.

, Governor John Baldacci (D) has stated that he is keeping an "open mind" to marriage equality where as his former views were opposed to it.

Email - Governor John Baldacci or call (207)287-3531 and tell him you support him for doing the right thing in keeping the views that marriage equality to all of Maine's residents is just the right thing to do.

Contact - Maine Legislators and let them know that the best policy for all families in Maine is to continue the fight for marriage equality

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Former Mayor Shows True "Hypocitical" Colors

Vows Fight Against NY Marriage Equality

Rudy Giuliani

New York - Former NYC Mayor Rudolph "hypocritical bigot" Giuliani (R) vows to take a stand against the upcoming New York marriage equality showdown.

In a firm belief in the "sanctity of marriage (3 marriages, 1 of which was to a cousin of his, an affair as well as his current wife having divorced twice)," Giuliani says that he supports civil unions but believes marriage is strictly between 1 man and 1 woman and said - "I do think that people who have a sexual orientation one kind or another should NOT be discriminated against"

Rudy, who's been giving Governor David Paterson (D) much grief over his support and recent vote for marriage equality in New York, is receiving support of the GOP and is making sure his socially conservative peers are clearly understanding of his shock and appall of the gay marriage issue.

"Good for Rudy for having the courage to speak up now for marriage as the union of husband and wife," said Maggie Gallagher, the woman who seems unable to stay away from the hyperbole when talking about wedding bells of gay couples.

Contact - Rudolph Giuliani and let him know that he needs to keep religion out of government and that if he is to run for Governor of New York, he needs to stand up for all New York families.

Email - Maggie Gallagher or call
(202)216-9430 and tell her she is wrong to discriminate against marriage equality and that her organization "Institute For Marriage And Public Policy" needs to stand up for marriage for ALL FAMILIES and that she needs to concentrate more on the social issues of divorce.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

President Obama, What About DOMA?

A Campaign Promise In Allowing To Serve Openly

Barack Obama

"Counterproductive Strategy" - On the campaign trail, "Senator" Obama had promised to work towards lifting the ban against gays serving openly. That time is NOW

Now, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says it could take years to actually bring about the change of the U.S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" or "DOMA"which forbids gays from serving openly in the armed services.

"If it ever happens..."

Gates, who recently spoke at the U.S. Army War College says he hasn't taken a position yet on when it whether gays should be open about their sexuality which, under current rules can lead to discharge.

Gates says to a group of reporters that "it's a touchy subject" and that he needs to have a one on one conversation with others regarding it.

I say, it's time for Gates to go! Mr. President, can you hear us? Serving proudly in the military is what its all about!

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Recent Victories, Could They Set Us Back?

One Way Only, Forward March!

One Way Sign Clipart

With the recent victories in Iowa, Vermont and Washington State, do you feel we could be heading towards a "1 step forward and 2 steps back situation" since the conservative religious right are once again rearing their ugly "values" heads in calls for the ouster of a governor in one state and a referendum for a ballot initiative in another?

With these recent actions, we must continue taking a firm stand against intolerance by sending a clear message that we will not be silent anymore!

What do you think?

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Talibanic Christians Calling For Repealing Washington Partner Law

Anti Equality Group Seeks Referendum

Olympia, Washington - Bigoted group, Washington Values Alliance is seeking to prepare a referendum to have the newly enacted Domestic Partnership Bill repealed which similar to civil union laws.

The anti equality group hopes to have the needed signatures collected to put the question to voters by November.

The newly enacted law makes domestic partnerships equal to marriage in various areas of powers of attorney, property and guardianship. Also, it allows partners the right to refuse to testify against partners in court.

To be eligible under the law, couples must be 18 or older and not be currently married or in any other domestic partnership. The law also requires couples to live under the same roof and be financially dependent of each other.

Email - Washington Values Alliance or call
(360)-631-1894 and tell them to do the right thing and take a stand to protect all families in Washington as well as to respect and defend the laws of the US Constitution!

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Friday, April 17, 2009

A New GOP Direction?

GOP Warned It Risks Becoming "Religious Party"

Steve Schmidt, former top adviser to John McCain during the presidential campaign, is urging Republicans to shift their views on gay marriage. (AP Photo)

Washington - Steve Schmidt, the former top adviser from the McCain presidential campaign urged fellow Republicans to warm up to gay rights and warned that if the GOP didn't heed his advice, they risk becoming the "religious party" with their focus on opposition to same sex marriage.

Schmidt urged Republicans, in the near term to endorse civil unions and stop using the Bible as rationale for marriage equality.

Schmidt, whose sister is gay and who supports marriage equality, said he understands the Republican Party probably won't reverse its course on resistance to marriage equality anytime soon though.

"If the party is seen as anti-gay, then that is injurious to its candidates," especially in Democrat leaning states he said.

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New York's New Bully Pulpit

Boxing Gloves Off And Ready To Fight

Archbishop Timothy Dolan speaks during a news conference in New York, Wednesday

New York - With the paint still drying in his new office, Archbishop Timothy Dolan says he will use the power and prominence of his new job to challenge marriage equality in New York.

With hours before his installation Wednesday, Dolan said he will work with other New York Roman Catholic Bishops in the fight to defeat any legislation for Marriage Equality.

"You'll find I don't shy away from those things. I would not sidestep them," Said Dolan.

Contact - The New York Archdiocese (212)371-1000 and tell them that the new Archbishop's message for "hope and intolerance" in New York is wrong. There are issues of importance that really need his help such as hunger, homelessness, hatred, divorce, etc.

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An Unlikely Ally - "Over There"

McCain's Lend Some Voice To Gay GOP Group

Meghan McCain is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage.

Washington - Megan and Mother Cindy McCain will be making an appearance at the conservative gay rights group Log Cabin Republicans 4 day convention which kicked off Thursday evening.

"Of all the causes I believe in and speak publicly about, this is one of the ones closest to my heart" said Megan, who has been a vocal supporter of Marriage Equality.

In a Thursday interview with CNN, Log Cabin Spokesperson Charles Moran said the organization is lobbying New York Republicans to help pass the same sex marriage law championed by the state's Governor David Paterson (D).

Finally, GOPer's not afraid of speaking up for what is right, EQUALITY!

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Threatened Before It Is Signed

"All But Marriage Bill" Threatened By Bigots

State seal of Washington

Olympia, Washington - Opponents of a recently passed Legislative bill granting full rights and responsibilities to domestic partnerships vows to gather signatures to put it to a referendum when the governor sign it into law.

Governor Chris Gregoire (D) recent stated, "I want to thank the Legislators who worked tirelessly to get this bill passed in the House. The Legislation will expand basic benefits, provide better financial security and ensure equal treatment for Domestic Partners living in Washington State. Our state is one that thrives on diversity. We have to respect and protect all families that make up our communities. I look forward to receiving this bill, and signing it into law."

Although Domestic Partnerships are not equal in the sense of Marriage Equality, the new protections and benefits afforded by it is a step in the right direction.

Congratulations to the state Legislators and Governor Gregoire in doing the right thing and recognizing that all families in Washington deserve rights and responsibilities.

Will Washington State be yet another "Proposition H8" battleground? Stay tuned!

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Rights Should Not Be Stifled By Fear

Governor Introduces Marriage Equality Bill

State seal of New York

New York City - In a show of support for equality, Governor David Paterson (D), surrounded by Christine Quinn (D), NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) and various union and gay rights organizations leaders has introduced a same sex marriage bill this morning.

The proposal is the same bill the Democratic controlled state Assembly introduced in 2007. Unfortunately, the bill never made it out of the previously Republican controlled Senate for a vote.

Paterson said "gays and lesbian couples are denied over 1,350 civil protections such as health care and pensions because they can't marry."

"Rights should not be stifled by fear. What we should understand is silence should not be a response to injustice. And that if we take no action, we will surely lose" says Paterson.

Email - Governor Paterson and thank him for standing up against the bullies of bigotry and fighting for what is right!

Email - State Senators and tell them the time is now, that all families in New York State deserve equality. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Silence - A Powerful Message

National Day Of Silence 2009

April 17th - In a message against hate, intolerance and bullying, students in schools around the country will be taking part in the annual "Day Of Silence," a grassroots project of GLSEN and in co-operation with the United States Student Association.

The project was born out of the need for a powerful message against hatred towards LGBT individuals in schools.

During the Day Of Silence, students maintain a verbal silence with many handing out cards explaining why and what is taking place.

To learn more, please visit - GLSEN Day Of Silence as well as inform others to help spread the word.

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Fight For Equality Nationwide

Yes On Gay Marriage

Please Sign the Petition!

We at LGBT Minute say "yes to gay marriage!"

As supporters of same-sex marriage, we urge all Americans to embrace love and tolerance by signing this petition, which will be presented to the U.S. Congress to show citizen support for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and even the author of DOMA have called for its repeal. Now is the time to act, but it'll take strength in numbers to focus our Congress members' attention on this issue. Only unified, citizen-based action will give the LGBT voice in Washington the strength to overcome our opponents and overturn DOMA.

Please sign the petition today and pass it on to your friends and family.

We must never give up the fight for equality!

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Bigot Governor Vows The Power Of The Veto Pen

Nevada Governor Threatens Domestic Partner Bill With Veto

Keeping Nevada Safe

Carson City - In his vow to keep the good citizens of Nevada safe from the potential falling sky caused by a recognition of Domestic Partnerships, Governor Jim Gibbons (R) has threatened to veto its passage should it reach his desk.

Gibbons who believes LGBT families are and always will be nothing more than second class citizens who should have no recognition or equality. In a recent statement, he was quoted as saying "I just don't believe in it."

He did not believe in it! To heck with what is fair and just, he decides who and what is equal. Time and time again we are reminded that bigotry in office serves no purpose but to isolate a minority from the "privileged majority." Liberty and justice for all some!

Email - Governor Gibbons or call (775)684-5670 and tell him he is wrong in using his office to enforce bigotry and inequality to many of Nevada's families.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Gender Protections Law Passes In Westchester County, NY

Westchester County Stands Up For Transgendered Rights

Westchester logo

White Plains, New York - In a unanimous vote, Legislators approved a local law to change the definition of the word "gender" in the Human Rights Law to prevent gender-based discrimination in Westchester County.

The Human Rights Law definition will match the definition included in the County's Fair Housing Law.

Standing up for and protecting the rights of our community. Yet another reason Westchester County is such a great place!

Thanks Joann!

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Marriage Equality Safe For Now In Iowa

Legislators Once Again Block Debate Over Marriage Equality

Des Moines Iowa - Iowa Legislators once again have blocked debates on issues over same sex marriages which became legal April 3rd, 2009.

Previously, Senate Democrats refused Republican requests to join a bill to oppose gay marriage and to call for a resolution to create a Constitutional Amendment that would ban same sex marriage.

Email - Iowa Legislators and thank them for their "brick wall" separation against the GOP bigots in protecting liberty and justice for all loving Iowa families.

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Tea Bag Party

National Tea Bag Protests

4/15/09 Nationwide - GOP anti Obama groups to hold tea party in protest of the stimulus and taxes (taxes? shouldn't the GOPer's dig into their junk drawers to find the bush brand tax tea bags?). How do you think we go this way? Past 8 years????????

Strange how the ones who claim to be so "patriotic" are the ones rallying against taxes. How do you think the country operates?

Why is it the GOP is always complaining when anyone wants to have the rich pay their fair share?

There is nothing wrong with paying taxes as long as they are fair and equal to all, not just the sheltered rich.

If it's anyone who should be paying a reduction in taxes, it should be the LGBT community as the GOP bigots insist we are NOT equal and therefore not entitled to many of the benefits our straight counterparts share and enjoy.

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Thou Shal Not Kill Unless It Is In Protest Of Gay Marriage

Iowa Lawmaker Receives Death Threats Following Marriage Equality

Des Moines, Iowa - Law enforcement officials have begun an investigation into the death threats of openly gay politician Matt McCoy (D)

McCoy met with state law enforcement officials but the details of the meeting were not released to the media except for confirmation that he did receive death threats.

Threats and emotions were raised by opponents of same sex marriage after the April 3rd decision that Iowa would no longer discriminate against same sex couples in regards to marriage equality.

Since the threats against the Senator, the State Police issued an advisory to all legislators that if they receive any threats through their emails or legislative phones to contact them.

I guess the part about "thou shal not kill" is ok to these so called "Christian" Hypocritical zealots.

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Amazon's "Oops" Corrected

Amazon Restores Sales Ratings

New York - The missing sales numbers are returning back to Amazon.

After 2 days of removing the sales ranks of LGBT books caused by the "glitch," the numbers have returned.

Some authors who's rankings were dropped have posted messages to Amazon saying their books had been categorized as adult and were removed from the best selling lists and searches.

Amazon has yet to comment on the messages but called the deletions an "embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error" and said there would be new measures implemented to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future.

Sounds like someone at Amazon has a lot of explaining to do and that the gay community should not fully accept the "ham-fisted cataloging error" excuse.

Looks like the thousands of messages sent around the web and to Amazon has caused them stand up and take notice in that the gay community will not accept this form of bigotry...

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Live Free Or Die (Gays Too?)

New Hampshire Senate To Hold Hearings On Same Sex Marriage

State seal of New Hampshire

Concord, New Hampshire - On Wednesday, April 15th, the state Senate will open a hearing into whether the Granite State would become the next state to have marriage equality.

The measure was narrowly approved in he House last month.

Governor John Lynch (D) has made it known that he opposes marriage equality but it is not known at this time whether or not he would veto it.

Contact - Governor Lynch (603)271-2121 and/or the State Senate (603)271-2111 and tell them to do the right thing and support equality for all New Hampshire families.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Bigotry in Wisconsin's Constitution Scrutinized

Wisconsin Supreme Court Considers Review Of Anti Gay Marriage Amendment

Madison Wisconsin - A court of appeals in Wisconsin has asked the State Supreme Court to review a Constitutional Amendment that bans same sex marriage.

The Amendment passed in 2006 by 59 percent of voters.

The lawsuit was filed by political science instructor William McConkey of the University of Wisconsin.

The lawsuit also claims the Amendment violates a portion the Constitution of the United States known as the Equal Protection Clause.

Stand with your LGBT brothers and sisters in Wisconsin. Contact - State Legislators and let them know that bigotry written into the state's Constitution is just plain wrong and should be fought and struck down as unconstitutional.

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Here We Go Again!

Hate Mongering Iowa GOP Looks For Constitutional Amendment
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Des Moines Iowa - In yet another round of GOP bigotry and inequality towards the LGBT Community, the Iowa Republicans tried and failed at 2 attempts to force a Congressional vote to the floor.

But, in a new weapon in the arsenal of GOP intolerance, the conservatives have decided to look to a Constitutional Convention. Once every decade, Iowans can decide to hold a Convention by simple majority.

Conservatives believe if a Constitutional Convention were held, a vote on a Constitutional Amendment banning same sex marriage could go to the voters by a special election in 2011.

Stand with your LGBT brothers and sisters. Email - Iowa Legislators and tell them to support equality in marriage for all Iowans and that bigotry does not belong in the state's Constitution.

So, are we heading to yet another "Proposition 8 like showdown?" Stay tuned.

Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Designating Who Without Marriage

Designated Beneficiary Act Signed Into Law

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Denver - Governor Bill Ritter (D) signs House Bill 09-1260 also know as the Designated Beneficiary Act into law.

Introduced by Representative Ferrandino,
the bill authorizes two adults who are not married to enter into a designated beneficiary agreement. In the absence of a super ceding legal document, a designated beneficiary agreement entitles each party to certain rights and responsibilities.

Under those certain rights and responsibilities to committed unmarried couples including same sex are designations in health care, hospital visits, inheritance rights and dependencies.

It is long overdue in passing protections and rights to ALL COMMITTED LOVING CITIZENS OF COLORADO and not just those that can "legally show their love thru marriage."

Email - Governor Bill Ritter or call (303)866-2471 and thank him for doing the right thing.

Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hate, Bigotry, Oppression Rhode Island Style!

Governor Donald Carcieri Joins Anti Gay Organization

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Providence - Governor Donald Carcieri (R) made a recent "major step" in the battle to "protect" the state of Rhode Island against the LGBT community by joining the Rhode Island chapter of The National Organization For Marriage (another nationally bigoted hate group who's soul purpose is to rid America of fairness in marriage equality). Besides the Governor becoming it's star state member, his wife Sue also happily joined (I wonder if it was under the "family plan") the fight to make the state safe and help guarantee it's citizens that the sky will not fall in Rhode Island as long as she and her gov husband are part of the fight!

Email - Governor Carcieri or call his office - (401)222-2080 and tell him that he is VERY WRONG using his office to join and promote a group that uses tactics of fear, lies and deception to sway individuals to pass laws that deny a group of individuals their civil rights and liberties

Shame on you Governor Carcieri!

Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart!

Lets Get With It New York State Senate!

Governor David Paterson Calls For Marriage Equality Vote

David Paterson

Albany - Governor David Paterson is calling on the New York State Senate to vote on same sex marriage, even if there is not enough votes to pass equality legislation.

Same sex marriage legislation passed the Assembly in 07 but failed in the former GOP controlled Senate (they refused to take up the bill).

Democrats who now control the Senate still don't have the necessary votes needed says Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D) who goes on to say he does not want to bring up the bill at this time but rather when there is a better chance at more votes.

Both Smith and Paterson are on record as strong supporters of marriage equality.

Paterson spoke on a local radio station saying he wants to bring up the bill for a vote ahead of the upcoming Marriage Equality Day lobby which is scheduled for the 28th of April. The event which is held annually is organized by the Empire State Pride Agenda.

Email - New York State Senators and tell them to do the right thing and vote for what is right and fair. We want nothing more, nothing less!

Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart!

Iowa Equality Delayed

I Do, You Can't! Due To The Budget

Des Moines - The Iowa Supreme Court is delaying the recent victory of marriage equality due to budget constraints.

Court spokesperson Steve Davis recently announced that people can begin filing for licenses on the 27th due to the 24th being designated as a furlough and the courts being closed.

Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart!

Hate Crime

Murdered For "Being Gay"

DA says Lateisha Green was killed because of her gender expression. (Photo via TLDEF)

Onondaga County, New York - A Grand Jury has indicted Dwight DeLee, 20 for shooting Lateisha Green, 22 after thinking she was gay. Green had been shot and killed outside a house party in Syracuse on November 14th of 08.

Teisha Green, born Moses Cannon prior to her adoption of her female gender identity.

DeLee has also been charged with multiple weapons offenses in addition to the murder and hate crime charges. He faces up to 25 years if convicted.

According to the Transgender Legal Defense And Education Fund, this is the first prosecution for murder for a hate crime in Onondaga County which is located in Central New York in the Finger Lakes Region.

"It took a long time for Teish to live her life openly and proudly" said Lateisha's mother.

Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I Do Vermont!

Marriage Equality Comes To Vermont!

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In a show of strength against intolerance and bigotry, Vermont becomes the 4th state in the union to pass marriage equality.

With the promised veto by Vermont's Governor Jim Doulgas (R), the Vermont Senate garnered the 2/3rd votes necessary to override it and pass marriage equality. The new law goes into effect September 1st.

Another first for marriage equality is the legislative passage without any lawsuits or court orders. Vermont stands with Massachusetts, Iowa and Connecticut in doing the right thing!

Congratulations! Lets celebrate and continue the fight!

Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Equality Iowa!

Iowa Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

State seal of Iowa

In a unanimous vote of the Iowa Supreme Court, the state's law on discriminating marriage as only between 1 man and 1 woman has been struck down as unconstitutional.

"The statue that limits civil marriage as between 1 man and 1 woman violates the equal protection clause under Iowa's Constitution" said the justices in their 69 page ruling.

Civil Unions were discounted as an alternative to marriage.

The recent decision means that gays and lesbians will be granted immediate marriage licenses with the ability to marry in 21 days.

Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart!

"I Want To Recruit You!"


Harvey Milk

Being an infrequent movie goer, I have to say that for the first time in awhile, it was actually a pleasure (and not tiring as I have fallen asleep in theaters in the past) to see a movie, especially a documentary on the life of someone who really made an impact on our community.

A big thank you goes out to my friend Grace who invited me to see the movie.

If you are like me and don't really enjoy going to the movies, trust me on this one as I say:
"I want to recruit you to see it!"

Harvey Milk, an openly gay man and activist who grew tired of seeing how the gay community was treated and being a constant target of the police, had just had enough and decided that someone had to make a stand.

With no representation in government and that what little rights (and I do mean little) we had, Harvey Milk set out to run for political office. After a run of 3 unsuccessful bids, Milk would claim victory in 1977 to become one of San Fransisco's first openly gay Board Supervisors (district 5).

Serving 11 months, Milk would go on to pass a stringent gay rights ordinance for San Fransisco before tragically being gunned down on November 27th, 1978 along with Mayor George Moscone by a former Board Supervisor named Dan White (White whom had recently resigned but in a failed attempt at getting his job back after second thoughts decided that he would get even).

Go see the movie and become inspired to stand up for our rights because if you don't, the memories of a great individual like Milk will be just that, memories.

Keep a smile on your face and love in your heart!