Zero percent of teens with lesbian parents report instances of abuse; probably this means everyone should have two moms, like Riese. Also: You can get married over Skype now, Dan Choi is eloquent on Veterans/Remembrance Day, and meeting Autostraddlers and making friends will make you happy.
Edith Windsor had to pay crippling estate taxes when her wife died as if they were strangers because the federal government didn’t recognize them as being married. Now she’s suing on the basis that DOMA “effectively creates a tax on being gay.” Meanwhile two other lawsuits have been filed against DOMA by a Boston-based gay advocacy group. Are lawsuits the future of the gay rights movement?
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THERE IS LESBIAN HAPPINESS IN THE WORLD THIS WEEK AND WE HAVE PROOF.
The conclusion to our brief and largely ironic community romance with Ann Coulter. “Blacks must be looking at the gays saying, ‘Why can’t we be oppressed like that?’”
This excerpt announces new efforts from strange people to repeal Prop 8 for everyone except like 4 people, make homosexuality illegal in Montana, and vote in favor of DADT.
Surprise! An extremist right-wing group is trying to strong-arm Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger into defending Prop 8! But nobody has stronger arms than Arnold, don’t they know that? Also: international gay news including gay adoption in Australia and your Gay Republicans update.
In China, “transformative change” is observed when two teenage girls, one with a “masculine hairstyle,” kissed on the subway “in an unmistakably romantic way.” Meanwhile in the US, someone’s son wants to wear a dress, someone else’s son comes out every day and pro-gay-bullying organization feels bullied. Kids these days!
The Pentagon has agreed to meet with a group of partners of gay servicemembers and discuss the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal in addition to listening to the opinions of straight soldiers’ partners. One small step for mankind, amirite? (amirite?) Furthermore, Ken Mehlman being gay is NBD ’cause apparently the GOP doesn’t care about same-sex marriage anymore anyhow? Also the (conservative) guys raising money for our rights have historically raised money for anti-gay candidates. Oh yeah and Roger Ebert loves gay people.
Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter have gone rogue on the Hatred of Gay People issue, and other conservative groups are Very Upset about it. What goes into the making of a conservative who just kind of feels whatever about gays? We check Google News, look at the Jennifer Keeton case (we won!) and make an informed report – and consider the possibility that maybe The Facts sometimes win.
So the National Organization for Marriage has had this Summer of Marriage tour happening for a while now, which is like the Summer of Love except the exact opposite. Bigots vanquished by adorable precocious children! NOM embarrassed and stood up by Maggie Gallagher! Gays win activism!
It’s three days until you can get legally married in California, so you had better get all your feelings about the bourgeois upper-middle class heteronormative paradigm out now, before they have to come out in couples therapy later on. While you’re here you can check out an infographic on Lady Gaga, find out which person you have possibly heard of came out this week, mourn the passing of Portland’s only lesbian bar, and celebrate BABIES with NEIL PATRICK HARRIS.
Costa Rica’s solution to Prop 8 was to not let voters pass one — an attempt to have a voter referendum banning civil unions was shot down by the nation’s top court. We support this policy, and want everyone to learn a lesson from our friends and neighbors in Latin America.
On Friday afternoon something special happened: Republican Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he thinks gay people should be allowed to get married right now! Not everybody agrees with him, though.
Did you read the Prop 8 Trial recaps? Even if you didn’t, you’ll LOVE the highlights from this 138-page ruling, it’s everything you’ve ever wanted to hear w/r/t your rights and the other side’s ridiculousness. Riese let me write this post because it’s easier than you reading the whole thing and cheaper than me going to therapy.
Judge Walker’s ruling on the constitutionality of California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 was handed down today: we give you the rundown, and ask for your thoughts. HOLY FUCKING SHIT, DID WE ACTUALLY JUST WIN?
Target recently donated $150,000 to a group that supports anti-gay Republican Tom Emmer. Vote with your dollars, sign change.org’s petition, or both!
The Prop 8 trial isn’t the only federal litigation happening right now regarding the definition of marriage – two other cases are currently making their way through the federal courts in Massachusetts that challenge the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. Autostraddle’s Legal Eagle explains how this could be a real game-changer.
US Rep. Luis Gutierrez is hoping Congress will support the Uniting American Families Act, which would allow gay couples equal treatment under immigration law.
Argentina’s legislature approved marriage rights for all citizens last night, after a hard-fought battle between the country’s president and the Catholic Church. It’s the first country in Latin America to do so.