The proudest vote I’ve ever cast was in favor of marriage equality in Maryland. I don’t really even know how to adequately describe the feeling of having cast a vote in the first (if only by an hour or so) same-sex marriage initiative to pass via popular vote.
That said, it was also quite humbling to walk into the voting “booth” and vote on some other anonymous person’s civil rights. It’s not like choosing a candidate. It’s not simply saying “I think this person would best represent me.” It’s something else entirely.
Same-sex marriage ballot measures turn voters into allocators of rights. These initiatives say “You have been granted the power to decide whether or not people in your community should be allowed state recognition to love who they want…what say you?” I’m definitely not comfortable with being in such a position. Similarly, I would not want other people to have such control over my life.
I hope, before the next election, we see how ridiculous it is to allow one person in a community to assign rights to another, and find ways to treat all people equally.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s video thanking/celebrating LGBT service members. The Pentagon recently announced it would celebrate June as Pride Month.
This video can be found on the main page of defense.gov.
Going forward, I remain committed to removing as many barriers as possible to make America’s military a model of equal opportunity, to ensure all who are qualified can serve in America’s military, and to give every man and woman in uniform the opportunity to rise to their highest potential.
Hate group “One Million Moms” (which is comprised of only about 40,000 sexually repressed women) is pressuring JCPenney to pull this ad, because it feature lesbian mothers.
Signing this petition will let you tell JCPenney that you like the ad and hope they’ll keep it around.
While it may not seem like much, it’s worth remembering that bigots can take rights away from other people, but they cannot make those people go away.
Photo from a series called 214 Trans4M by Daniel Kusner and Bryan Amann. The series places transgender models in iconic places or scenarios (in and around Dallas, TX). The exhibit is at the Kessler in Dallas.
(Image credit - Daniel Kusner and Bryan Amann)
I posted this on my art/inspiration blog. I thought it was worthy of reblogging over here. Cool photo project idea indeed.
An Open Letter to Joe Scarborough
I was beyond appalled by your comments about marriage equality this morning. (Video above, transcript below). Your words indicate not just that you lack any type of social awareness, but both an ignorance and irreverence that should be mortifying for your employer.
You said, Joe, that you wouldn’t compare marriage equality to civil rights. I’m shocked to have to be the one to inform you that marriage equality IS civil rights. It’s a civil rights issue. You, Joe, who loves to play the “patriot card” the “I love my country” card, should be aware of the Inalienable Rights set forth in the Declaration of Independence “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. When people are not free to love, without fear of repercussions, they are being denied their inalienable rights.
The institutionalized hatred of LGBT(etc.) individuals in this country has not just lead to beatings and deaths nationwide, but sparked a suicide trend among young Americans who don’t see a future that includes liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
And you think marriage equality is just a “perk” or an “accessory”? Marriage Equality is 3 weeks paid vacation at a new job or an armful of bangle bracelets to compliment an LBD?
Marriage Equality, Joe, is far more than that. It’s the country, the government, lawmakers, individuals banding together and saying “We will not discriminate against other Americans and we will not tolerate those that do.” If that is not the definition of a civil rights movement, Joe, I’m not sure what is.
Good luck in your future endeavors, I hope MSNBC sees the error in spreading your ignorance on the air.
JOE: (Marriage Equality) is a movement that 80% of Americans don’t really care about, don’t want to talk about and when George Stephanopoulos and other people…
DAVID REMNICK: Which you could have said about civil rights at a certain point…
JOE CONTINUES: In debates…Well I wouldn’t compare it to Civil Rights, I would not compare gay marriage to people getting beaten and killed and lynched in the south …
REMNICK: No, but normalizing the lives of a big segment of our population, people who’ve been without those rights, is, of course there’s a difference, there are many
JOE INTERJECTS: I, I understand why it matters a great deal to a lot of people…
REMNICK INTERJECTS: The one thing we haven’t heard in this race is…
JOE: I’ll just say though David, though that it’s not really
REMNICK: We haven’t heard a word about the poor, we haven’t heard
JOE: That is not where the overwhelming majority of Americans are focused right now, most are focused on jobs.
REMNICK: Fair enough, but not all movements begin with overwhelming majorities.
It was on this day in 1940 that the 40 hour work week went into effect as a result of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Several garment/textile unions, the AFL and the CIO, as well as other unions were pivotal in getting this legislation passed. If you enjoy working 7-8 hour days and having your weekends free, show a union some love.