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The 42nd Annual Chicago Gay Pride Parade kicks off from the northside Lakeview neighborhood at noon on Sunday, led by Chicago’s new mayor, Rahm Emanuel. It will be the first time in a long time that a sitting mayor has appeared in the parade, a salute to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Emanuel is a regular at the parade, having appeared at the festivities almost every year while he served in Congress. He has been a relentless advocate of gay causes, including HIV/AIDS funding, civil unions and gay marriage. Joining him in the parade will be Governor Pat Quinn, recently who signed the Illinois civil union legislation, as Illinois became the sixth state to allow civil unions or their equivalent, giving same-sex couples the same state-level rights that come with marriage.
The parade usually draws around a half-million celebrants, but coming right on the heels of winning the long-sought right for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and the historic passage of the New York bill allowing same sex marriage Friday night, this parade is expected to swell far beyond a half-million rainbow-clad spectators.
This piece includes a number of color photographs and two parade videos.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/mayor-rahm-emanuel-leads-chicagos-42nd-annual-gay-pride-parade/The 42nd Annual Chicago Gay Pride Parade kicks off from the northside Lakeview... more
Matt Gratz, Political Fail Blog
The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill to allow same sex couples the right to marry in the state. After the decision was announced, hundreds of people took to the streets to celebrate another huge step in the civil rights movement.
New York now joins New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, and Vermont, and Washington, DC. in allowing couples who happen to be the same gender to enjoy the same legal and social benefits as their heterosexual friends.
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http://www.politicalfailblog.com/2011/06/ny-becomes-6th-state-to-allow-gay.html?utm_source=BP_recentMatt Gratz, Political Fail Blog The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has signed a... more
They've increased spending on lobbying from $856,000 in 2004 to $20 million in the last two years. The are the fascists with a family line that runs back to Hitler. They want unrestricted, unregulated "free trade" and they think slave wages are hunky-dory. They are of course, the Koch Brothers. And they're getting together in Vail this weekend to see what else they can destroy.
Contact Jenny Flanagan of Colorado Common Cause, the planner behind a media demonstration, to get in on the action.They've increased spending on lobbying from $856,000 in 2004 to $20 million in... more
Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed, and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born.
http://fastcache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/7/2011/06/xlarge_0625_gaymarriage.jpgLawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest... more
The New York Senate voted on Friday to legalize gay marriage, a breakthrough victory for the gay-rights movement in the state where it got its start. New York became the sixth state where gay couples can wed, and by far the biggest. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who campaigned on the issue last year, has promised to sign it. Gay weddings could begin 30 days after that.
Although New York is a relative latecomer in allowing gay marriage, it is considered an important prize for advocates, given the state’s size and New York City’s international stature and its role as the birthplace of the gay-rights movement, which is said to have started with the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village in 1969.
Gay-rights advocates are hoping the vote will galvanize the movement around the country and help it regain momentum after an almost identical bill was defeated in New York in 2009 and similar measures failed in 2010 in New Jersey and this year in Maryland and Rhode Island.
This piece includes photographs and two documentary short films.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/new-york-senate-votes-36-26-to-approve-gay-marriage/The New York Senate voted on Friday to legalize gay marriage, a breakthrough victory... more
Lane Moore — Republican New York State Senator Roy McDonald:
ou get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing. You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it. I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing.
I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this."
Easily my favorite Republican Senator at the moment. I know, I know, it's so hard to choose!http://bit.ly/k8EVg2Lane Moore — Republican New York State Senator Roy McDonald: ou get to the... more
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United Nations Human Rights Council Passes "Historic" Gay Rights ResolutionSubmitted by Misti
The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution supporting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation.
“It talks about the violence and discrimination that people of LGBT persuasion experience around the world,” she says, “and that those issues...need to be taken seriously. It calls for reporting on what’s going on, where people are being discriminated against, the violence that is taking place and it really puts the issue squarely on the U.N.'s agenda going forward.”
Congressional panel approves bill to fast track Keystone XL pipelineSubmitted by JanforGore
Congress took the first step to fast-tracking the Keystone pipeline this week, with a subcommittee moving forward on a bill that would order President Obama to make a decision on the project by Nov. 1.
The bill, voted through a panel of the house energy and power subcommittee, would compel Obama to over-rule demands for a further review of the project from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and disregard local opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline from landowners along its 1,700-mile route.
My state is under the gun to pass this through. I was incensed by the state endowing the rights of eminent domain authority being granted to corporations. I was also enraged by the company going ahead with the project as if it was a done deal. The promotion clips by the XL stated that it would create jobs! Yeah! Boom and bust like communities in Alaska, that left home buyers underwater then. Touting less dependence on foreign oil! Canada is a part of the USA? We can't maintain our infrastructure well today, and sure haven't guarded natural resources as well as we should, either. So fast tracking this deal is a red flag, and I want to send the company home. Why? Because, "THIS IS MY LAND!"
Republican New York Senator Comes Out For Gay Marriage With Awesome QuoteSubmitted by Emucratic
Republican New York State Sen. Roy McDonald came out for legalizing gay marriage, bucking the majority in his party.
“You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing,” McDonald, 64, told reporters.
“You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing.
“I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this.”
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“Zero” is a highly acclaimed Australian stop-motion animated short film, written and directed by Christopher Kezelos. “Zero” has screened at over 50 film festivals and won 11 awards, including Best Animation from LA Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island International Film Festival and has been nominated for an AFI Award.
The film follows life in a world of yarn puppets, where the main character is a zero. This is a world in which from birth your destiny is determined by a number boldly displayed on your chest, representing all that you are or can be. 9′s are the elites of this world, and the very lowest you can sink, the untouchables, are cursed as Zero.
The dark fairytale takes place in a world built upon a rigid foundation of social intolerance. In this land of numbered characters, the zeroes endure lives of constant heart-ache, never allowed to have romantic relationships, marry, have children or be parents. Faced with constant prejudice and persecution, one oppressed zero walks a lonely path of disappointment and abuse until a chance encounter changes his life forever: he meets a female zero. Together they prove that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can become truly something.
This piece includes color photographs, as well as the much-awarded animated short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/zero-a-courageous-yarn-of-forbidden-love/“Zero” is a highly acclaimed Australian stop-motion animated short film,... more
I believe that gay marriage should be legalized. I believe this because it is not only the right thing to do, but because the current system simply violates the civil rights of gay citizens.
In order to appeal to the people that generally oppose gay marriage, I submit the following: Gay weddings. There is no greater economic stimulus than the jobs that would be created when gay men start planning weddings with budgets that would rival a Broadway show. More weddings mean more jobs, plain and simple. More weddings also means more divorces. More divorces means more lawyers. More lawyers means more jobs. Do you really want to ban something that would create jobs, Conservatives?
Another argument that I have heard and that I find absurd is the proposition that gay couples will destroy the American family and will be detrimental to children. The idea of the two parent heterosexual American family is an outdated fantasy. The reality is statistically about 30% of children of heterosexual relationships will wind up in a single parent household. The reality is that a loving household, no matter who heads it, is better than some situations that children endure. The people that make the argument that gay people can not make good parents seem to be unable to comprehend the over 100,000 children in the United States alone that are lingering in foster homes or facilities. There is no question that a loving gay parent home is better than a foster home or facility. And there is also no question that some people should never be allowed to have children but they do anyway. It has nothing to do with sexual preference. Limiting the opportunities of any child to have a safe, loving home because of prejudice is wrong.
The final argument that needs to be addressed is religious belief. The simple response is separation of church and state. However, the biggest opponents of this issue; the Christians that state that homosexuality is forbidden in the bible, would then have to start actually adhering to some other little items that are in the bible.
When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. Exodus 21:20-21
You must kill those who worship another god. Exodus 22:20
Don’t associate with non-Christians. Don’t receive them into your house or even exchange greeting with them. 2 John 1:10
Shun those who disagree with your religious views. Romans 16:17
Paul, knowing that their faith would crumble if subjected to free and critical inquiry, tells his followers to avoid philosophy. Colossians 2:8
If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. Leviticus 20:10
But if this charge is true (that she wasn't a virgin on her wedding night), and evidence of the girls virginity is not found, they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death, because she committed a crime against Israel by her unchasteness in her father's house. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst. Deuteronomy 22:20-21
I can quote the bible too. If you insist on ignoring your own rules, I am going to have to insist on ignoring anything that you have to say about homosexuality.
Here is a quote that I enjoy that actually has a bearing on how laws are established.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
It is from the Constitution and I think it just about covers how your argument may be appropriate in your church, but not during a process in which laws are created.
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Extremism is a sacred word in the bipartisan lexicon, solemnly reserved for willful and persistent deviations from the holy mainstream. For that reason, it is not extremism to favor a policy that led to 2 million deaths in Vietnam. Our mainstream politicians supported that, you see. It is not extremism to have favored the indefensible war in Iraq, which led to at least hundreds of thousands of deaths and four million people displaced. How could it be? Why, the Washington Post and the New York Times favored it!
How about a sanctions policy that led to the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children? Even if this statistic were false, American officials, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson, said half a million dead Iraqi children were "worth it." No mainstream outlet I am aware of has referred to Albright and Richardson as extremists.
For that matter, no one has been called an extremist for thinking it’s all right for people to stick their hands down your pants at the airport. This is a matter of public policy, citizen.
Meanwhile, people typically accused of "extremism" in America are not responsible for even one death, and have usually been the people trying to prevent these deaths. The political and media establishments hope to drown out these dissident voices by labeling them "extremist," hoping most Americans will be too lazy to uncover how truly Orwellian that label is.
In that spirit, the left-wing Mother Jones magazine recently featured an article called "Ron Paul’s 15 Most Extreme Positions." Oooh, extreme! Beware, citizen! Block your ears! You shall hear only those positions that have been approved for you by Mother Jones and National Review! For who could possibly dissent from both Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney? Only an enemy of society.
I have tried to keep videos on my YouTube channel brief, but I couldn’t help myself this time. I went through all 15 "extreme" Ron Paul positions as fast as I could. Enjoy.
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Eddie Long Settlement Case Dismissed with Prejudice. In truth, Eddie paid for his sex and Eddie walks away keeping his rocks in his sack.http://mauricelacunza.blogspot.com/2011/05/eddie-long-settlement-case-dismissed.html
"Like David, I got five rocks. And I ain't thrown one yet! I'm gonna fight this!" Eddie settles his case which will most likely seal the case from ever seeing what "rocks" he had in his sack.http://mauricelacunza.blogspot.com/2011/05/eddie-long-settlement-case-dismissed.html... more
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota has a long and potentially polarizing campaign in store after state lawmakers agreed to allow voters to decide whether to limit civil marriage to heterosexual couples — a prohibition that already exists in state law.
The House voted 70-63 just before midnight Saturday after nearly six hours of emotional debate that raised many of the issues likely to resonate in the coming campaign.
Critics of the amendment said it would divide families and neighbors and harm the dignity of gay people, while its supporters said the definition of marriage is important enough that voters alone — not judges or legislators — should decide how it's addressed in the constitution.Jason Adkins is executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, which lobbied for the amendment at the Legislature. He said if opponents of the amendment think they can win over the public then they wouldn't have lobbied the Legislature so hard to reject it.
"If they were so confident of winning the debate in the public square, I'm not sure why they were so afraid to put it on the ballot," Adkins said.
Adkins said their principle argument would be that "children thrive and are nurtured best when they are raised by a mother and a father."
"Marriage under civil law is about attaching children to their parents, not just a relationship based on a consensual agreement between two adults who love each other," he said.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110523/ap_on_re_us/us_gay_marriage_minnesotaST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota has a long and potentially polarizing campaign in... more
Although California is presently the only state with an official Harvey Milk Day, cities all across the country will be holding rallies and events today to honor the first openly gay man to be elected to public office and an icon of the gay-rights movement. Milk, who would have been 81 years-old, gave us his life 32 years ago, knowing that the first of any civil rights movement, who clearly and loudly proclaim their right to equality, most often meets a violent and sudden end. Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He fought to end discrimination against gays and lesbians and built coalitions of gay-rights groups, labor unions and small-business owners. He was 48 when he was killed a year later by a former supervisor, Dan White.
“The Times of Harvey Milk,” a documentary film, won the 1984 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. The movie “Milk,” was released in 2008, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn as Milk and Josh Brolin as Dan White. “Milk” received two Academy Awards, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. In August 2009, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Harvey Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to the gay rights movement stating, “He fought discrimination with visionary courage and conviction.”
This piece includes a number of high-resolution photographs, a photo-gallery and four videos, including the full version of the Academy Award-winning documentary “The Times of Harvey Milk.”
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/harvey-milk-day-2011-youve-got-to-give-them-hope/Although California is presently the only state with an official Harvey Milk Day,... more
PRINCETON, NJ -- For the first time in Gallup's tracking of the issue, a majority of Americans (53%) believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages. The increase since last year came exclusively among political independents and Democrats. Republicans' views did not change.PRINCETON, NJ -- For the first time in Gallup's tracking of the issue, a majority... more
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally lobbied Republican senators Tuesday to legalize gay marriage, while the Senate Democratic leader predicted the measure wonALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally lobbied... more
As Republicans and President Obama square off over the Defense of Marriage Act, a new CNN poll shows that a small majority of Americans now support legal recognition for same sex marriages.
In the poll, 51% of adult Americans said they thought same sex marriages should be recognized by law, while 47% said they should not. That's a significant reversal from the same poll two years ago when Americans opposed same sex marriage by a 10-point spread, with 44% in favor and 54% against.
It's the second time in as many months that a pollster has for the first time found majority support for legalizing same sex marriage. In March, a Washington Post/ABC News poll showed that 53% of adults supported legalizing same sex marriage, while 44% opposed it.As Republicans and President Obama square off over the Defense of Marriage Act, a new... more