Ten years ago Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. And after the US Supreme Court’s landmark rulings in the summer of 2013 a tipping point had been reached; as of right now there are 32 states provide legal recognition and that number seems to be growing by the day.
Author and community organizer, Marc Solomon, who wrote, Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits – and Won, has been invited by TWC to have a “Meet the Author”.
What: Author Salon — Marc Solomon
When: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Where: BoConcept, 999 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA
RSVP: Purchase tickets here
The Author Salon as TWC refers to it is on Tuesday, November 11 in Cambridge. In addition to the titillating discussion, you can enjoy complimentary drinks from Deep Eddy Vodka and Hint, plus the chance to buy a signed copy of Winning Marriage (at a discount!). Previous Author Salons hosted by TWC have sold out so if this is of interest, mark the date on your calendar and get your tix – quick.
Anyone surprised the LGBT community still largely supports President Obama? He remains our single most powerful champion in this fight.
Gay Republican, TIsei, endorsed by Bay Windows
Bay Windows, New England’s premiere newspaper for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, has done something inconceivable – it has endorsed a Republican running for a U.S. Congressional seat.
Richard Tisei (R) is running for Massachusetts 6th Congressional District and as Bay Windows writes, “Tisei is a pro-choice, pro-gay, and qualified for congress. Oh, and he’s gay.” That’s right America, Massachusetts is now ready to export, out & proud gay Republicans. This will be maddening for conservative pundits like Limbaugh and Huckabee. Can you imagine them frothing at the mouth as they say things like “US Republican Congressman, Richard Tisei’s husband…”
More importantly Tisei’s presence could build bridges and help end the war his party has waged on the LGBT community since the 1980s. I don’t mean to infer that electing Tisei will single-handidly change the Republican party’s homophobic attitude toward homosexuality but it certainly adds an interesting dynamic and guarantees Tsei a national platform to talk openly about LGBT concerns. He isn’t afraid of challenging his party. After all he boycotted his own party’s convention when Republicans in our state added language opposing marriage equality. And you know what – he still beat there ass. I can’t wait for this showdown and wish Richard success at the ballot box on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
You know when West Virginia says “I do” to same sex marriage that marriage equality will quickly become the law of the land. Hat tip to one of my good friend and bloggah, Dr. J who writes, You Think You Know, for bringing it to my attention in his most recent post.
After W.VA’s Attorney General announced that his office will no longer fight a court challenge on the state’s ban on same-sex marriages, the current governor, Earl Ray, had this to add,
“I do not plan to take any actions that would seek to overturn the courts’ decisions. West Virginia will uphold the law according to these rulings, and I have directed state agencies to take appropriate action to make that possible. Our state is known for its kindness and hospitality to residents and visitors alike. I encourage all West Virginians—regardless of their personal beliefs—to uphold our statewide tradition of treating one another with dignity and respect.”
Sarah Silverman releases a hilarious video about a not so funny subject; equal pay. Nothing infuriates me more than people treating the idea of feminism like a dirty word. For the record, feminism is about fighting for gender equality and fair treatment. I’m happy that Sarah can bring attention to this topic.
The Equal Payback Project
Earlier this week the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) identified the most anti-equality elected officials in the US Congress. Ratings are based on past voting records, their introduction and co-sponsorship of anti-LGBT legislation, and their public statements.
Any wonder why I self-identify as a Democrat? While both parties are represented, this list is certainly weighted in favor of the Republican Party. I revile this party as a socially divisive, reactionary group that propagates hateful, xenophobic, misogynistic and homophobic legislation. While there are certainly exceptions, until there is a significant change in rhetoric and leadership, I can’t fathom supporting a national candidate who runs as a Republican.
Marriage Equality Update from NYT: The Supreme Court on Monday denied review in all five pending same-sex marriage cases, clearing the way for such marriages to proceed in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The move was a major surprise and suggests that the justices are not going to intercede in the wave of decisions in favor of same-sex marriage at least until a federal appeals court upholds a state ban.