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Young Republicans Ask Their Elders To Support Marriage Equality
This week a group of young conservatives from Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry sent a nice polite letter to the Republican National Committee Platform Committee, asking them to please leave opposition to marriage equality out of the platform when they meet for the party convention in Tampa later this month. Here are some extra special parts of the letter, which was signed by Margaret Hoover, a conservative commentator, political strategist and CNN contributor, Sarah Longwell, vice president at Berman and Company, a communications firm in Washington, D.C., and five other conservative advocates for marriage equality.
"Giving people more personal freedom is the foundation of the Republican Party. Which, as the Party of Lincoln, has a proud tradition of expanding liberties. We respectfully request that the GOP honor that tradition as it considers how to address the freedom to marry in its plank."
"We feel strongly that excluding committed same-sex couples from marriage does not mesh with those principles. Same-sex couples who want to make that commitment in life before family and friends should be able to share in that commitment under law through marriage. And, if we truly believe in family values, then we must value all families."
Maine Is Potentially Changing The Gay Marriage Game
Marriage equality activists in Maine are trying out a new strategy for the first time, and if it works this could be a game changer for all other states. Basically, instead of defending ourselves, we are going out on the offensive. Matt McTighe, the campaign manager of Mainers United for Marriage, feels confident that the timing for this new move is right, and he also used to play hockey so he makes some great sports analogies.
Apparently Hip-Hop and Gay Rights are Having a Moment
We love spreading fun in the sun on Sunday Funday, but we're genuinely sad that Carmen isn't writing this post like usual for the sole reason that this story basically has Carmen Rios written all over it. Pop & Hiss, The L.A. Times Music Blog, wants you to know that for hip-hop and gay rights, we are experiencing a transformative moment.
Across the board, hip-hop is having a change of heart. Either in song or in interviews, one headliner after another — the mogul Jay-Z; Jayceon Taylor, better known as Game — has thrown his support behind the gay community.
Mazel Tov to Ellen and Portia
Ellen and Portia celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary on Thursday of this week! They are the cutest, and will always be the cutest, and Vanessa is obsessed with this photo of their closet. [Ed. note: Lemon is also obsessed with this photo.]
Don't worry, we're not gonna mention Ellen and Portia and only show you a photo with a bunch of shoes. Nobody panic -- we got this!
Ezra Miller is Queer
Indie-darling Ezra Miller came out as queer to Out magazine recently, with the queerest, most adorable statement possible. He said:
I'm queer. I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular. I've been trying to figure out relationships, you know? I don't know if it's responsible for kids of my age to be so aggressively pursuing monogamous binds, because I don't think we're ready for them. The romanticism within our culture dictates that that's what you're supposed to be looking for. Then [when] we find what we think is love — even if it is love — we do not yet have the tools. I do feel that it's possible to be at this age unintentionally hurtful, just by being irresponsible — which is fine. I'm super down with being irresponsible. I'm just trying to make sure my lack of responsibility no longer hurts people. That's where I'm at in the boyfriend/girlfriend/zefriend type of question.
21-Year-Old Awesomely Defends Homosexuality With The Bible
This week, a video surfaced of the 21-year-old Matthew Vines advocating "for the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people within Christian communities and in society at large" with a talk he presented at the church that he grew up with in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. Vines' talk was the final product of two years of research on the subject of Christianity and homosexuality.
I’m asking you to ask yourself this: How deeply do you care about your family? How deeply do you love your spouse? And how tenaciously would you fight for them if they were ever in danger or in harm’s way? That is how deeply you should care, and that is how tenaciously you should fight, for the very same things for my life, because they matter just as much to me. Gay people should be a treasured part of our families and our communities, and the truly Christian response to them is acceptance, support, and love.
12 Democratic Women Are Running for Senate and Dominating the Fundraising Scene
Women this cycle are raising more money than ever on the Senate campaign trail. According to Jezebel, Tammy Bladwin, an openly gay candidate from Wisconsin, is receiving a lot of money from LGBT activist groups and almost $4.5M more than her GOP competitor Tommy Thompson. Wisconsin, along with a Massachusetts, is one of the states that has a good chance of swinging the balance of the Senate. There is a good chance that women will hold more seats in both chambers of Congress this go around than ever before. And we all know what that means. Shit will get done, and shit will get done right.
o.b.® Ultras are back
Mean Girls taught us that it's totally not your fault if you have a heavy flow and a wide set vagina, but it's still a pain in the ass if you can't find a tampon to fit your needs. Well ladies with heavy periods can rejoice, because if you're one of the many women who lamented the disappearance of the mega-absorbent beyond-super-plus o.b.® Ultras, you'll be happy to know that they're back in stock! If you're as excited as we are about this news, head on over to the Autostraddle o.b.® Custom Corner and share your feelings.
This Baby Flamingo
Let it be known that Vanessa had her eye on this little video of puppies adorably falling asleep, however, since I have the privilege of editing this post last, here is this hilarious baby flamingo because flamingoes.