News & Politics Round-Up: Gay Divorce in Texas, Lesbians Defy Preconceptions, Bad Sex Ed is Back

GAY DIVORCE: Gay people still can’t get married in Texas, but the state can now divorce them. A Texas judge ruled Thursday that Texas can grant divorces to gay couples married in other states. She also called Texas’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. But don’t expect the ruling to go unchallenged. Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott is already planning his appeal. In fact, a ruling like this happened once back in 2003, and Abbott got it reversed. Texas’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage probably isn’t going anywhere for a while, either.(@dallasnews)

havilandHAVILAND STILLWELL WARRIOR: Guess who’s guest-blogging at California’s National Organization for Women website this month? Haviland Stillwell, obvs! Our favorite part is how the first commenter assumed she wasn’t a lesbian and asked why they didn’t have a member of the GLBTQ community covering the march instead of her. Oh, the deceptive qualities of long hair! Anyhow, we love NOW and this partnership is going to be awesome on 40 levels. (@now)

PARTNERSHIP: Nevada issued its first domestic partnership certificate Thursday. The state still bans gay marriage, but the partnerships provide most of the same rights given to married couples. It’s nice to know everyone now has an equal opportunity to elope to Las Vegas. (@associatedpress)

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL: The Boston Globe reports that an upcoming issue of Joint Force Quarterly, the Pentagon’s top scholarly journal, will include an article that calls for an end to the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military; “the military is essentially forcing thousands of gay men and women to lead dishonest lives in an organization that emphasizes integrity as a fundamental tenet.” (@bostonglobe)

SEX ED: John Stewart takes the democrats to task for not really accomplishing much besides restoring funding for Title V abstinence-only programs:

NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH: Queerty talks about what next weekend’s National Equality March means to them. “It’s about you. It’s about us. And it’s not even about “activism.” It’s about the right to live in a free country as equals. It’s something we’ve all been raised to believe isn’t just possible, but fair and just.” Judy Shepard, Cleve Jones, David Mixner, Lt. Dan Choi and Dustin Lance Black are just a few of the scheduled speakers for the National Equality March. (@queerty)

GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST IN THE NFL: NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Scott Fujita speak out for gay rights. Ayanbadejo: “I think we will look back in 10, 20, 30 years and be amazed that gays and lesbians did not have the same rights as every one else. How did this ever happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Are we really free?”

ATLANTA GAY WEDDING CONTROVERSY: A homophobic email about a gay wedding has caused drama at Morehouse College in Atlanta — and “while this is obviously a story about homophobia, it’s also an illustration of the level of desperation out there of a slice of black women who are weary of the lack of available “marriage-worthy” black men.”

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  1. wow, I loved that Daily Show clip. I felt like Jon Stewart was keepsin’ it reals more than usual right there.

  2. On the Texas gay divorce thing: First they say we can’t get married, and now they say we can’t get divorced. These anti-gay people need to make up their mind. Confusing as hell.

  3. On the article about Haviland, I’m actually the person who called the guy out and set him straight. Haviland’s sexuality isn’t explicitly stated in the article but people should really know better than to assume that they know what lesbians look like. I will not cut my hair because you are lazy, sorry.

  4. It’s amazing, actually, that he made that assumption — and simply reflects the level of heteronormative assumption that people think. This guy went to the CA NOW website, so obvs he’s not a raging douchebag…but it was just a silly mistake…and it’s one more reason why we need to keep becoming visible!

  5. I like how NOW recognizes that Riese doesn’t just have a website she has an online universe. Finally someone who knows the difference.

  6. Scott Fujita has always been one of my favorite players on the Saints and it’s nice to know that he’s a decent person off the field as well. Go Saints! 4-0

  7. i know this comment is coming 2 years after the article was written, but i had to share with somebody the fact that i saw this headline in the “see also” section of another article, and my first thought was that “bad sex ed” was a person. this is a sign to me that i need more sleep…

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