tiggymalvern: (fantastic!)
“Marriage today is not what it was under the common law tradition, under the civil law tradition,” said Ginsburg when Justices Roberts and Kennedy began to fret about whether the court had a right to challenge centuries of tradition.

“Marriage was a relationship of a dominant male to a subordinate female,” she explained. “That ended as a result of this court’s decision in 1982 when Louisiana’s Head and Master Rule was struck down… Would that be a choice that state should be allowed to have? To cling to marriage the way it once was?”
tiggymalvern: (doctor/jack kiss)
The Vice Principal of a local school has married his same sex partner, as Washington state law allows him to do. Because the school he worked for is a Catholic school, he has now been forced to leave his job, for failing to uphold the teachings of the church.

His case is not the first. There have been more than a dozen like it around the US in the last couple of years. It strikes me as being something of a bizarro-world, in which the Catholic Church is willing to let people live in sin, but marrying the person you love is a firing offence.

The good thing about this incident is that the pupils aren't willing to let him go quietly. They have staged sit-ins at the school and demonstrations at the City Hall. If the Catholic Church plans to have any future at all, these teenagers are it, and the old men in charge had better start listening. People in Washington State won't shut up in the face of Rome's idiocies.
tiggymalvern: (fantastic!)
Another government has now legalised gay marriage, and this time it's mine.
tiggymalvern: (doctor/jack kiss)
America's first gay marriage took place in 1971."

More than 40 years ago, a Methodist minister married two men. They're still together.
tiggymalvern: (doctor/jack kiss)
So the Supreme Court struck down DOMA, as expected. Good news for the couples in states where gay marriage is legal - now the federal government can't pretend their marriages aren't real.

Something of a sneaky move by the Supreme Court on Prop 8 - they managed to leave the California court's ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional to stand, thereby killing off Prop 8, without setting a precedent that would mean no state can ban gay marriage. I find it a little odd that they even took the Prop 8 case in the first place - their conclusion that private citizens don't have the right to defend a law that the government won't support was equally valid months ago.

And then, of course, there was the dedicated Wendy Davis, with her nearly 11 hour filibuster in the Texas State Legislature yesterday, and the equally determined crowd of her supporters who managed to stop the bill when her filibuster was halted. The bill would effectively have made it impossible to get an abortion in Texas outside major urban areas - unreasonable demands placed on abortion clinics would have forced most of them to close. When Davis' filibuster was ended and it looked as if the bill might pass, the public gallery took over from her and created a fifteen minute wall of cheering and clapping that stopped the vote from being held. The live stream at that point was pretty awesome, with utter chaos in the Capitol.

After the midnight deadline, when the crowd went quiet, the Senate vote was held, and the timestamp on the official records was altered to make it look like the vote was held before midnight. At least the lieutenant governor, who personally supported the bill, was honest about it, and admitted that the bill was out of time.

So, democracy vs democracy - the elected representatives voted one way, and their constituents turned out in person to say, 'Hey, this isn't what we wanted you to legislate.' Good for them.
tiggymalvern: (doctor/jack kiss)
The state issued its first gay marriage licences today. After the obligatory 3 day waiting period, the marriages can start on Sunday.
tiggymalvern: (doctor/jack kiss)
It seems to be official now - enough of the votes counted and announcement made. In yesterday's voting, Washington state, along with Maryland and Maine, became the first US states to choose gay marriage by popular vote. I live in this amazingly beautiful, varied, awe-inspiring landscape, and apparently I share it with a majority of people who are thoughtful, generous and open-minded. This really is a fabulous place to live, and my fellow Washingtonians have made me so proud to be here.

Of course we also, along with Colorado, became the first state to choose legalising recreational marijuana, a measure publicly supported by several ex-federal drug enforcers, the entire Seattle city council and the King County sheriff, who has better things to do with their time than prosecute people over a joint. I anticipate much fun and games with the federal authorities! Given how much trouble the DEA has been giving California over medical suppliers of pot, it's going to be interesting XD

Edit: Okay, it seems the Seattle Times was getting ahead of itself for a moment there - still not official yet, but everyone seems convinced.
tiggymalvern: (doctor/jack kiss)
Every now and then a politician will do something awesome that melts some of my cynicism about elected officials. Today it is the Mayor of Boston, for bluntly telling the homophobic owner of a fast food chain that his outlets are not wanted in the city.

Link to the letter.
tiggymalvern: (Xena doesn't like idiots)
Following on from yesterday's post, the people of North Carolina voted for a law they didn't understand, which means the State now officially cannot recognise common-law marriage of any kind. So what's going to happen in those districts of North Carolina that had already chosen to give benefits to unmarried couples in long term relationships? Will they obey the new state law and cut them off? We await the screaming....
tiggymalvern: (action!)
Amendment One goes to the vote today in North Carolina, and would ban not only same sex marriage, but any form of civil union or domestic partnership, including common-law marriage.

Interestingly, Public Policy Polling results suggest that 55% of people will vote for Amendment One, but 52% support civil unions. Dr Barber is right - too many of the people who will be voting on this amendment haven't really read and understood what they are voting on. The media focus on making it exclusively about 'gay marriage' may have won the day for bigots.
tiggymalvern: (doctor/jack kiss)
On February 1, the Washington State Senate voted to approve SB 6239, the marriage equality legislation, by a vote of 28-21.

Now the bill moves to Congress, where we know it has enough support to pass easily, and we also know the governor will be delighted to sign it into law. That will make Washington the seventh US state to approve same sex marriage. Yet another reason I like living here :-)

Of course, it will almost certainly then end up going to a referendum on the November ballot, but that's a whole 'nother fight entirely....
tiggymalvern: (doctor/jack kiss)
Marriage Equality is Coming to Washington State

A State Senator who is herself a traditional Christian has declared her support for Washington's Marriage Equality Bill, and it now has enough guaranteed backers to pass. I love her statement declaring her position, which is quoted in full at the link above.

I know this announcement makes me the so-called 25th vote, the vote that ensures passage. That's neither here nor there. If I were the first or the seventh or the 28th vote, my position would not be any different. I happen to be the 25th because I insisted on taking this much time to hear from my constituents and to sort it out for myself, to reconcile my religious beliefs with my beliefs as an American, as a legislator, and as a wife and mother who cannot deny to others the joys and benefits I enjoy.

Every legislator who opposes gay marriage because of a knee-jerk 'Christian' reaction should read her statement, and maybe it will make them think.
tiggymalvern: (doctor/jack kiss)
Lawmakers from Russia's ruling United Russia party have passed the first reading of a bill to criminalise "public acts" promoting homosexuality, bisexuality or transgender identity in St Petersburg. The bill gives no definition of 'public acts', but is certain to be used to ban gay pride events.

The bill's sponsor stated it was intended to "stop the flow of immoral information that pours over children and young people," in an official commentary. "Sometimes parents and schools are unable to stand up to the powerful showbusiness industry that promotes immorality and permissiveness." The strong implication is that the bill will be used to erase positive LGBT role models from public life and the entertainment industry.

Sign a petition to be delivered to Russian embassies around the world here at All Out.



tiggymalvern: (wtf is with this shit?)
Say Yes to Gay YA! Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith share their story of a publisher who would only accept their novel if they made the gay character straight or removed him entirely. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_ganesh for the heads up.
tiggymalvern: (doctor/jack kiss)
Brazil's Supreme Court ruled 10-0 today to give same-sex couples all the same legal rights as married heterosexuals.

Wait.... isn't that a nation of mainly Catholics?

Hey, United States of America, with your claims to stand for freedom and justice - isn't it time you caught up with the civilised world?
tiggymalvern: (Brothers (HL) by Jhava)
Lyrics not safe for work, if you work in that kind of place.

tiggymalvern: (doctor/jack kiss)
Fort Worth city councilman speaks to bullied teens.

tiggymalvern: (fantastic!)
A US District Court judge has halted enforcement of Don't Ask Don't Tell because the policy is unconstitutional. This is the result of a lawsuit brought by a pro-gay Republican group. There is hope for the US yet.

Wouldn't it be nice if the Department of Justice decided not to appeal?


Aug. 4th, 2010 02:32 pm
tiggymalvern: (fantastic!)
The Federal Court has ruled Prop 8 to be unconstitutional.

Thank you, Judge Walker. No, it should not be possible for citizens to vote to remove the civil rights of their fellow citizens.

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