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Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down In Texas

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  • In 2005, Texas voters approved an amendment to the Texas constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Today, a  federal judge has struck down a ban on same-sex marriage, deeming it unconstitutional. Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that denying gay couples the right to marry is a violation of equal protection and due process. However, gay couples will not be allowed to marry immediately because a stay was issued on the ruling, pending an inevitable appeal. [New York Times]
  • On the thin female characters of “True Detective”… [The New Yorker]
  • But maybe the show treats its female characters badly for a reason. [Slate]
  • Buy an old “purity ring” on eBay and raise money for Planned Parenthood! (Spoiler: the ring didn’t “work.”) [Virginity Movie]
  • Project Rose in Phoenix, Arizona, is working in conjunction with police to have sex workers arrested in order to “save’ them. How fucked up is that? [VICE] Keep reading »

Virginia’s Same Sex Marriage Ban Overturned!

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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]

Four Same Sex Couples Challenge Wisconsin’s Ban On Gay Marriage

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  • Four same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit today through the American Civil Liberties Union challenging Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage. [LGBTQ Nation, Bloomberg]
  • “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski spoke out publicly this morning in support of Dylan Farrow, who wrote a piece in the New York Times this weekend about the sexual abuse she (allegedly) suffered by her father, Woody Allen. “I believe her,” Brzezinski said. ”I’m never going to a Woody Allen movie again. I will say it, I believe her.” [Huffington Post]
  • What happens when you tell people you’re only reading books written by women. [The Toast] Keep reading »

Ex-Vikings Player Chris Kluwe Claims He Was Released From Team For Speaking Out About Gay Rights

Father's Letter To Gay Son
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  • Ex-Minnesota Vikings player Chris Kluwe has a bombshell piece on the sports blog Deadspin today about how he believes he was released from the team because he speaks out on behalf of gay rights. It’s extremely damaging to members of the Vikings’ management and ends with this inspiring comment: “ Never be afraid to do what’s right. If no one ever says anything, nothing ever changes.” [Deadspin]
  • Miley Cyrus said alleged comments she made about Beyoncé’s body and career — including “As Beyonce grows in motherhood and all the crap it does to your body, it will create a vacuum for fresh young faces to rise up” — in the UK’s Daily Mail are completely made up. [Daily Mail UK]
  • How to avoid “Sherlock” spoilers! [The Wire] Keep reading »

“Your Holiday Mom” Provides Loving Messages For LGBTQ People Without Family Support

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The holiday season means lots of family time, which means this is an extremely stressful, lonely time of year for people whose families don’t accept them. Unfortunately, for many LGBTQ people, living their truth means being shut out, judged, or mocked by close-minded family members. Hopefully all the homophobic moms out there will come around sooner rather than later (seriously folks, get it together), but in the meantime, a website called Your Holiday Mom is doing something to help ease the pain:

“This season, supportive moms (and dads, sisters, brothers, grandparents and friends too!) have gathered to send a holiday message to all LGBTQ children, teens and adults who are without family support and who would like a ‘stand-in Holiday family.’ Knowing that not every parent is ready to accept her own LGBTQ child exactly as-is (as hard as this is for us to imagine), we have written to extend our love beyond that of our own family.” Keep reading »

13-Year-Old Calls For Marriage Equality At His Bar Mitzvah

A speech to remember!

Filed under The Sweetest Thing You Will See Today: 13-year-old Duncan McAlpine Sennett spoke out in favor of marriage equality at his Bar Mitzvah last month.In preparing for his Bar Mitzvah (a religious initiation for Jewish men at age 13), he took a look at Genesis, where he noted that the concept of traditional marriage has evolved several times over since the bible was first written. Keep reading »

Homophobic Parent Gets Served By Advice Columnist

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A girl named Laurel comes out to her parents with an "I'm gay!" cake. Read More »
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Asky Amy Tells Homophobic Parent To Change Their Sexuality

I’ve always liked The Washington Post‘s advice columnist Amy Dickinson, AKA “Dear Amy,” but after reading her recent response to a homophobic parent, I LOVE her. Here’s the letter:

DEAR AMY: I recently discovered that my son, who is 17, is a homosexual. We are part of a church group and I fear that if people in that group find out they will make fun of me for having a gay child. He won’t listen to reason, and he will not stop being gay. I feel as if he is doing this just to get back at me for forgetting his birthday for the past three years — I have a busy work schedule. Please help him make the right choice in life by not being gay. He won’t listen to me, so maybe he will listen to you. — Feeling Betrayed

Ugh, right? But don’t worry, Amy’s response is on point: Keep reading »

Cory Booker Kicks Off Same-Sex Marriages In New Jersey

  • Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker married seven same-sex couples minutes after midnight this morning. New Jersey has officially begun recognizing gay marriage, making it the 14th state in the nation to do so. Mazel tov to all the happy couples who can finally tie the knot! [Guardian UK]
  • Tyra Banks is open to adopting a child and says she’s dating someone who is “not famous.” [ONTD]
  • Cee Lo has been cleared of charges that he sexually assaulted a woman after slipping Ecstacy in her drink. However, he will be charged with the felony of possession of Ecstacy. [TMZ]
  • Ashley Judd and her estranged husband, race car driver Dario Franchitti, are giving their marriage another go after a separation. [Fox News]
  • “Bridesmaids” star Chris O’Dowd is in talks to join James Franco in a Broadway revival of the John Steinback novel Of Mice and Men. [Playbill]
  • Danielle Fishel from “Boy Meets World” married her boyfriend, Tim Belusko, this weekend; her former co-star Rider Strong married his longtime girlfriend this weekend, too. Congrats! [People] Keep reading »

NJ Court Says State Must Recognize Gay Marriage

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  • A New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must recognize gay marriages now that the federal government does, so that NJ citizens can receive their federal benefits. Presently, LGBT folks in NJ can only have civil unions.  [WNYC, New York Times]
  • The Center for Reproductive Rights, the ACLU, and other organizations filed a federal lawsuit to block portions of the severely restrictive anti-abortion law in Texas from going into effect in late October. [RH Reality Check]
  • California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that guarantees overtime pay for domestic workers like some nannies and home health aides, a largely female workforce. [Sacramento Bee]
  • Why the real mommy wars are against mothers who don’t have choices. [Salon] Keep reading »

New Mexico To Consider Legalizing Marriage Equality

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  • The New Mexico Supreme Court will hold a hearing on October 23 regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage. Woo hoo! [Talking Points Memo]
  • Read MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s touching letter to Tiana Parker, the seven-year-old Black girl who had to switch elementary schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, because the dress code deemed her Afro “unacceptable.” [MSNBC]
  • Meanwhile, 111 Black women have sent little Tiana an uplifting care package. Very cute. [Ebony]
  • One of our writers, Shanelle Matthews, is up for a social media award from the Women’s Media Center for her work as a feminist activist. You can vote for her at the WMC website. Congrats, Shanelle! [Women's Media Center] Keep reading »
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