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 »
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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“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]
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]
Happy Valentine’s Day, sinners and sodomites! Yesterday, a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The ban is in violation of the equal protection and due process clauses in the United States Constitution’s 14th amendment. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s wrote in the ruling, “Our Constitution declares that ‘all men’ are created equal. Surely this means all of us.” She also singled out the ban for “unlawful prejudice.” (This ruling also means VA has to acknowledge same-sex marriages which are legal in other states.)
Earlier this month, VA’s Attorney General had made clear that he would not defend the same-sex marriage ban on behalf of the state. Gay marriage opponents are already planning to appeal the decision and it’s likely this could head to the Supreme Court. [New York Times, CNN, NPR]