The Democratic Party is set to officially incorporate a pro-gay marriage stance into its 2012 convention platform after a 15-member draft committee approved the new pro-marriage equality language over the weekend.
Much like the reaction to President Barack Obama’s recent (supposedly) conversion to pro-gay marriageness, reasonable people are saying: Hooray!
And also duh. And also about time.
The thing is, I don’t think you have to be a Democrat — or young — to appreciate the fact that civil rights for all people are a good thing. Maybe I’ve spent too much time reading Yo! Is This Racist? but I am both young and a Democrat and my patience wears ever thinner for people who can’t get with the fucking program on not being hate-mongering idiots. Keep reading »
Target is just one of several retailers that has realized gays and lesbians have money to spend and have decided to reflect that in their advertising. Under the tagline “Be Yourself, Together” with the words “That’s Love” under the red logo, Target’s new ad for its Wedding Gift Registry depicts a same-sex couple holding hands and touching noses as confetti falls around then. Very cute! But we also can’t forget that Target made a 2010 political donation to an anti-gay marriage candidate in Minnesota, prompting Lady Gaga to cancel an exclusive album deal with them. I hope this just one of many ways the company’s will make amends. [Styleite, Huffington Post]
The suburbs of Minneapolis are a land of quiet cul-de-sacs, hot dish potlucks, and mostly conservative politics, but in light of a new amendment that seeks to add a gay marriage ban to the Minnesota constitution, these neighborhoods have become something a bit more unexpected: a sea of rainbow flags. And who’s leading the charge? Church ladies, of course!
As soon as the State Legislature voted to include this despicable amendment on the November ballot, Gwin Pratt, a senior pastor at St. Luke Presbyterian Church, sprang into action, brainstorming ways to fight it. One church member, Cindy Eyden, proposed a plan: what if they bought rainbow flags and handed them out to anyone who wanted one? Keep reading »
A federal law that denies a host of benefits to gay married couples is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled today. The 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, discriminates against gay couples. The court agreed with a lower court judge who ruled in 2010 that the law is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage and denies married gay couples federal benefits given to heterosexual married couples, including the ability to file joint tax returns. Read more…
President Obama appeared on “The View” today, and damn, the talk was serious as if he appeared on “Meet The Press.” But there were very serious matters to discuss: last week’s announcement that the president believes lesbians and gays should be allowed to marry, the economy, and of course whether or not Mitt Romney is “a rich man who is out of touch” with average Americans. All the president will say about that last point is that Romney’s financial success should be celebrated, but as a politician he has “a different vision on how to move the country forward.”
After the serious talk, the ladies quizzed the president on his pop culture knowledge, including (gulp!) 50 Shades Of Grey. Hear his response, after the jump:
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“I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple … I think it’s the right thing to do, so whether it costs him votes or not — again, it’s not about votes. It’s about people. It’s the right thing to do as a human being.”
– Jay-Z shares his thoughts on gay marriage — and President Obama’s recent endorsement of it — with CNN. Well said, Jigga! [Towleroad]
[It] would’ve been helpful for [President Obama] to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview. … Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking. In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of “Glee.”
Unwed mother Bristol Palin penned a blog post about President Obama’s announcement yesterday that he supports gay marriage, no doubt while taking it doggy-style from another man to whom she is not legally married. You know, since the sanctity of marriage so important to her.
Also, if you read Bristol’s entire post, it’s a weirdly-argued screed about Christian submission in household and how liberals are upset when wives submit to husbands but Obama “submits” to his teenaged daughters. Um, WHAT? I just can’t anymore. [Patheos via Politico] Keep reading »