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GOP Senator Susan Collins Supports Gay Marriage

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  • Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has come out publicly in support of same-sex marriage, making her the fourth GOP senator to do so. Hooray! [Bangor Daily News]
  • Five thousand organizers in Raleigh, North Carolina, have cancelled their “Sexy School Girl 5K,” a co-ed run in which participants were asked to wear skirts and ponytails. [Cosmopolitan]
  • New York State failed to pass the Women’s Equality Act (again) because Republicans balked over reproductive rights enshrined therein. [Feminist.org]
  • Yeah, the Vatican knows no one is following its rules on sex and marriage. [LA Times] Keep reading »

PurrVerse: I’m A Queer Against Marriage

PurrVerse: I'm A Queer Against Marriage

So it turns out 55 percent of Americans now support gay marriage. I suppose my little queer heart ought to be delighted that we’re slowly stumbling into being treated “just like everyone else.” Instead, if I’m honest, I feel disappointed in the gay rights movement. Keep reading »

Judge Struck Down Pennsylvania Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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  • A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage today, calling it unconstitutional. PA’s Democratic attorney general said she wouldn’t defend the 1996 law, as she found it unconstitutional as well. Congratulations, PA couples who can now get married!  [NBC News]
  • A man who drugged and raped his wife for three years and filmed it all on his phone has only gotten eight years of home confinement as punishment. [Feministing]
  • Blogger Shanelle Matthews on why California should appeal the Maximum Family Grant rule, which forbids financial support to babies who are born into families receiving welfare. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Occupy Wall Street Protestor Cecily McMillan Sentenced To 90 Days In Prison

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  • Occupy Wall Street protestor Cecily McMillan has been sentenced to three months in prison for elbowing a police officer in the face after he allegedly grabbed one of her breasts during an arrest. Nine jurors had written to the judge and asked him to show McMillan leniency. [Guardian UK]
  • An 11-year-old girl in Senegal who was raped and impregnated with twins has given birth. She child was denied an abortion because of a countrywide ban. She said she’s angry at her rapist “because he has stopped me from going to school.” [Guardian UK]

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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]

Judge Rules Idaho Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

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Same-Sex Marriage Legalized In Arkansas; Lesbian Couple Are The First To Get Hitched

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Never thought you’d see the day when gay marriage was legal in Arkansas, did you?

That’s exactly what happened on Friday, when a circuit court judge in Little Rock stuck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, calling it unconstitutional. The ruling referenced a 2004 amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman; it also applied to a 1997 state law outright banning gay marriage.
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Dolly Parton Stands Up For Gay Marriage

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“I think everyone should be with who they love. I don’t want to be controversial or stir up a bunch of trouble but people are going to love who they are going to love. I think gay couples should be allowed to marry. They should suffer just like us heterosexuals. Ha ha ha!”

Oh Dolly Parton, how much do I love thee? So so much. The country superstar told the UK’s Event magazine that while she didn’t know any gay people growing up as a member of a large Pentecostal family in rural Tennessee, she does know of gay family members who will never come out. A shame, as Dolly totally supports gay marriage and would be an amazing gay wedding entertainment, no? [Daily Mail UK[Photo: Getty Images]

80-Year-Old Man Gets Marriage Equality Symbol Tattooed In Support Of Gay Grandson

80-Year-Old Man Gets Marriage Equality Symbol Tattooed In Support Of Gay Grandson
World's Best Grandpa!

Something I hate? When people use someone’s age as an excuse for their intolerance. “He/she’s old, what did you expect?” is something I’ve heard more than a few times in regards to some old person’s hateful rant, as if their racism or homophobia is the same as their fondness for polyester and Dean Martin records. But being “from another generation” shouldn’t be an excuse for, say, 80-year-old men like Donald Sterling, the owner (for now) of the Los Angeles Clippers, who was just banned by the NBA for his own racist rant. Especially when there are 80-year-old men like Frank, above, who got matching marriage equality tattoos with his grandson Joe, who is gay, as a show of support. “This is nothing compared to what my grandson went through when he first came out,” says Grandpa Frank in the video above. What a great grandfather and person. [Buzzfeed]

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]

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