- December 2022
The main newspaper here in Seattle has been marking and celebrating the 10-year anniversary of same-sex marriage becoming legal in Washington state.
The anniversary is definitely something to be celebrated. However, to me the press coverage also serves as a burning reminder that my same-sex marriage ended in same-sex divorce.
I signed up for a marathon and fell down a manhole at mile two.
U.S. President Joe Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law on Tuesday at a jubilant celebration that featured U.S. singer Cyndi Lauper performing "True Colors" in front of thousands of supporters on the White House lawn.
- November 2022
I just called my daughter and her wife—who are expecting a baby next spring—to let them know that this Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act!
Sen. Chuck Schumer
The good news is Singapore's parliament has decriminalized sex between men.
The bad news is Singapore's parliament has also amended its constitution to fend off court challenges that could lead to legalizing same-sex marriage.
Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam summed up this approach by saying, "We will try and maintain a balance . . . to uphold a stable society with traditional, heterosexual family values, but with space for homosexuals to live their lives and contribute to society."
If the homosexuals can live in a "space" barely wide enough for a drag queen's eyelashes.
The world seems to be fascinated that beauty queens from Argentina and Puerto Rico have married. Each other.
For one thing, it's news to a lot of people that femme lesbians exist.
For another thing, beauty pageants are built around the female form as idealized by men, and Mariana Varela and Fabiola Valentin have all but said, "We're not here for you, boys." They've broken the rules.
Which is why I find myself wondering how the nuptial news has played throughout Latin America, where macho culture is far from dead.
Of course, I also find myself wondering if Miss Ecuador is jealous.
- September 2022
Image by Matthias Oben at Pexels
In a national referendum yesterday, Cubans approved a new "family law" code that will allow gay couples to marry, and to adopt children.
These changes faced opposition from Cuba's growing evangelical movement.
Which guarantees, as Hurricane Ian nears the island nation, that some local fundamentalist firebrand will claim the storm damage is God's wrath for the vote. What's Spanish for "Hey, it works for Graham and Robertson, doesn't it?"
- July 2022
Like most of his GOP colleagues last week, Rep. Glenn Thompson voted against protecting same-sex marriage.
Three days later, the Pennsylvania congressman attended his gay son's wedding.
If only his son's wedding registry had included equal rights as well as cheese knives.
The far-right 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court is on a rampage against basic freedoms currently enjoyed by the American people. In his concurring opinion in Dobbs, Justice Clarence Thomas gave us a heads-up that the court is next coming for the ability of same-sex couples to get married. I am one of only nine openly gay members of this body. For me, this is personal.
Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York, speaking before the House voted yesterday to protect marriage equality
Source: The Hill
- June 2022
Gallup conducted its annual Values and Beliefs poll last month, and found that 71 percent of Americans support legal same-sex marriage, the highest number ever recorded.
The main demographic holdout against gay marriage? Weekly churchgoers.
And those who list their employment as Supreme Court justice.
- March 2022
We get it, Senator Cornyn; you're still mad at gay marriage for taking away none of your rights.
She's baaaack. In the news, anyway.
Kim Davis, the former county clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015, violated those couples' constitutional rights, a federal judge has decided.
Is this any way to treat a woman who was—for at least 15 minutes—the darling of social conservatives?
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that gay couples had a constitutional right to marry, Davis balked. She said dispensing licenses to same-sex couples in Rowan County went against her Apostolic Church beliefs. She spent five days in jail for contempt of court, and won the support of 2016 Republican presidential candidates like Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz.
By invoking "God's authority," Davis became Joan of Arc, Bluegrass-style.
The irony at the time was that this self-styled arbiter of marital morality had been married four times to three husbands. You can't make this stuff up.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge David Bunning declared that Davis "cannot use her own constitutional rights as a shield to violate the constitutional rights of others while performing her duties as an elected official." In other words, religious freedom isn't a license to discriminate.
Now a jury will decide whether Davis must pay damages to the plaintiffs after a nearly seven-year legal tussle. If the answer is yes, I hope for her sake Huckabee and Cruz will still take her calls.
- February 2022
Change is possible, even if it takes time. When I was younger, Asian men couldn’t legally marry white women.
Now look at me. I married a white dude.
Source: LGBTQ Nation
- October 2021
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