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Oregon’s Gay Marriage Ban Is Triumphantly And Poetically Struck Down

Same Sex Marriage Legalized In Oregon

“Where will this all lead? I know that many suggest we are going down a slippery slope that will have no moral boundaries. To those who truly harbor such fears, I can only say this: Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other … and rise.”

These beautiful, poetic, and true words form the conclusion of a ruling by Judge Michael McShane in Eugene, Oregon today, in which he struck down the state’s gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, and allowed same sex wedding to proceed, regardless of appeals from opponents. The ruling in Oregon marks the 13th straight win for gay marriage. The tide is finally turning, America. This is an exciting time to be alive. You can read McShane’s entire ruling here. And now, champagne! [OregonLive] [Photo via Oregon United For Marriage]

Arcade Fire’s New Video For “We Exist” Tackles A Young Person’s Struggle With Gender Identity

Arcade Fire "We Exist"
This Is Powerful.

Last month at Coachella, Andrew Garfield walked out on stage in a white lace dress and a blonde wig to strike a few victorious poses during Arcade Fire’s song, “We Exist.” As the teaser we posted last week indicated, the live footage was shot for the finale of the “We Exist” video, which stars Garfield  as a young person struggling with gender identity. The mini movie is equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring, a combination of reality and fantasy. By the end, it’s hard not to cheer along with the Coachella crowd. Check it out above. [Rolling Stone]

Dallas Morning TV Host Storms Off Set In Protest Of Michael Sam Kiss

Dallas Morning TV Host Storms Off Set In Protest Of Michael Sam Kiss
Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out!

God, it was must be sooooo difficult being on the WRONG side of history. I almost — almost, but not at all, really — feel bad for Amy Kushnir, one of the hosts of Dallas’s morning show “The Broadcast,” who got into it with two of her fellow cohosts — including the totally rad Courtney Kerr — over the “appropriateness” of Michael Sam’s gay kiss being shown on ESPN this past weekend. Sam, as I’m sure you remember, became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL on Saturday and celebrated by — GASP — kissing his boyfriend, Vito Camissano, while cameras rolled. This has apparently been too much for some people — including Kushnir and some other homophobic ninny on “The Broadcast” — to handle. Kerr and Kushnir got into it because Kushnir pulled the usual tired old “but what about the childddddddren?” card, saying:

“When parents do not have a choice about whether or not they want their children to see this, it is wrong … I don’t call it a moment of celebration … It’s being pushed in faces. I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see cake in your face, kissing each other.”

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Honey Maid Shuts Down Homophobes With Amazing “Love” Ad

Honeymaid Love Ad
Love Conquers Hate.

Last month, Honey Maid, the maker of graham crackers and Teddy Grahams, debuted a new ad campaign called “This Is Wholesome.” The commercial featured loving images of gay and interracial families. The sweet 30 seconds of TV time predictably outraged homophobic groups like One Million Moms (which, it should be noted, only has 64,000 followers on Facebook). Angry letters were sent. Boycott threats were made. And then Honey Maid did something awesome: instead of bowing down to the homophobes, they actually stood behind their message of tolerance and inclusion in a really beautiful way, hiring two artists to transform the hateful response into an inspiring message of love. The result is this video, a powerful reminder that the tides are turning, and hate is losing. I’ve watched it three times, cried three times, and now I really want some chocolate chip Teddy Grahams. Honey Maid: mission accomplished! [Jezebel]

Support For Gay Marriage Is Higher Than Ever

Same Sex Marriage

After the recent news that Arizona could possibly be making a law that would make it legal to refuse service to gays, you might think that our country hasn’t made much progress on the gay rights front. But thankfully, a new poll is happy to report the opposite. Read more on Your Tango…

RIP Society: South Carolina Wants To Pull Funding From Colleges For Teaching “Gay” Books

south carolina gay books

South Carolina legislators are trying to “punish” two colleges in the state for assigning books they don’t approve of. The College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate incorporated “books on homosexuality” as required reading as part of their new student orientation. The books in question are Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir Fun Home, about the lesbian author’s father and his struggle with homosexuality, and Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, which tells the story of South Carolina’s first LGBT radio show.

To exact revenge on the institutions, state House legislators have “tentatively approved” a bill to cut $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,142 from USC Upstate. The amount of funds being cut are meant to be similar to the amount spent on implementing the reading campaigns. Republican Representative Garry Smith of Simpsonville says he set the cuts into motion after the schools refused to offer alternative reading for students. Keep reading »

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