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Post by Deej on Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:49 pm

Tribal council of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians approves marriage statute

UPDATED 3/15: On Friday morning, the chairman for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians approved the resolution, and a Michigan couple - Tim LaCroix and Gene Barfield - became the first couple from the tribe to marry. Read more HERE.

This week, the tribal council of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, based in Michigan, approved a statute that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in the tribe. The measure now goes before Chairman Dexter McNamara, who can sign or veto the legislation.

Tribal nations based geographically in the United States operate with their own constitutions, court systems, and governments. Last year, when discussion of the marriage stattute began in the tribe, then-chairman Ken Harrington explained, "It's our right to express equality. In my mind, we're all equal in our creator's eye."



http://www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/tribal-council-of-little-traverse-bay-bands-of-odawa-indians-approves-marri

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Post by ElaineB on Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:58 pm

Cool!

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Post by Athena on Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:52 pm

That is fantasic!
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Post by Lilien on Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:56 am

This is not surprising, but it is always good to hear.

Hillary Clinton backs gay marriage in online video



Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced her support for gay marriage.

Gay and lesbian couples should enjoy equal rights that "includes marriage", Mrs Clinton said, in a five-minute video for a gay rights advocacy group.

Mrs Clinton added that she supports same-sex marriage "personally and as a matter of policy and law".
Other Democrats seen as possible 2016 presidential contenders have also publicly backed gay unions.

Vice-President Joe Biden, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley - seen as possible presidential hopefuls - have also backed same-sex marriage.
Correspondents say the announcement, which comes weeks after Mrs Clinton left her post as the top US diplomat, is likely to fuel speculation that she may be considering a second run for the White House.
According to a Gallup opinion poll in November, 53% of American adults support same-sex marriage while 46% are opposed.
Views on gay marriage appear to be changing faster than on any other major issue, analysts say.
On Friday, Rob Portman became the first Republican senator to announce his support for same-sex marriage, saying he had a change of heart after learning that his son is gay.

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Post by ElaineB on Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:01 am

Yeah, not a surprise, but it looks like whoever runs for president in 2016, on the Democratic side, will support marriage equality. What a shift!

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Post by Athena on Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:13 pm

it's good to see that Hillary supports us.

I also respect Obama because he did some stuff for gays and lesbians like getting rid of the "Don't ask don't tell" policy. I don't know however if all his actions made life easier though...
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Post by Deej on Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:54 pm

This one's for Proof. :-) Took place in RI on Friday. The kid was a hit.


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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:23 am

Excellent video, deej. Thanks for sharing that.
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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:29 am

My wifey read something on Facebook yesterday that said something about the reason Obama was re-elected was because of the black and the hispanic vote. The post went on to say that these people are Americans, so Obama was re-elected by AMERICANS.

I think the same kind of thinking is necessary when it comes to marriage. How about instead of calling it "gay" marriage, how about we call it MARRIAGE? That's always bugged me.

One of the bands I was in a few years consisted entirely of lesbians. My brother, bragging to his friend, said something like, "Yeah, my sister is in a lesbian band." Uh! I was so deflated. We were a BAND! Not a LESBIAN band. Not that I am ashamed of being a lesbian or that we were collectively hiding the fact, but, sh*t, couldn't we just be a BAND?!?!?! :evil: Grrr...
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Post by Deej on Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:43 am

Straights, hets, whatever you want to call them feel the need to label us? Why? Are you his gay sister? No, you're his sister. It's not just him though, it's society. Maybe we need to start identifying hets as those straight people???

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Post by Deej on Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:52 am

So yesterday was the beginning of a two day review of GLBT rights being reviewed by SCOTUS!
Hollingsworth v. Perry: Full Transcript Of Oral Arguments On Gay Marriage Released (AUDIO)


The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the case over Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.

Both supporters and opponents of gay marriage packed the grounds near the Supreme Curt building while the arguments took place.

HuffPost's Ryan Reilly and Mike Sacks report:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/26/hollingsworth-v-perry_n_2952605.html

Hopefully today's case will be more focused on what's really at stake, and why equality is so, so important to us.

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Post by Deej on Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:41 pm

[size=150]Today at the Supreme Court: Ms. Windsor Goes to Washington[/size]



I'm writing from DC, where "Team Edie" has spent the last few days in intense preparations for today's Supreme Court oral arguments in Edie Windsor's challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.

Edie's case presents a straightforward question of equality: Is it fair for the federal government to pretend that her marriage to Thea Spyer, with whom she shared her life for 44 years, never happened? That's what DOMA requires the federal government to do – treat the approximately 130,000 married same-sex couples in the United States as unmarried for purposes of the 1,100 different federal programs where being married makes a difference – from family medical leave, to social security survivor benefits, to veterans' benefits. The Court's answer to that question will determine whether DOMA falls.

For Edie, the important thing is to stand up to discrimination, something that she's been doing all her adult life. Since the mid-1970s, Edie has been a leader in the LGBT rights community in New York, first quietly, and then with increasing confidence and vigor. Today she has become one of the most recognizable LGBT rights figures based on her tenacity and the strength of her story. And what a story hers is!

Edie and Thea got engaged back in 1967, not because they thought they'd actually be able to marry, but because getting engaged captured the kind of relationship they were building together. An engagement ring would have prompted unanswerable questions at Edie's job at IBM, so Thea proposed with a circular pin of small diamonds instead. In 1977, Thea was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis, which ultimately left her unable to walk. Edie and Thea dealt together with the challenges of M.S. for the next 30-plus years. They finally were able to marry in 2007, just two years before Thea died.

Edie soon discovered that she owed federal estate tax on all of the possessions that Thea had left her, including the apartment they had shared for decades. While New York considered Edie and Thea married, DOMA required the federal government to treat them as legal strangers. So Edie's tax bill was $363,000, whereas it would have been $0 if she had been a straight widow. If you haven't seen the video about Edie take a look, it's quite moving.

http://www.aclu.org/blog/lgbt-rights/today-supreme-court-ms-windsor-goes-washington

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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:48 pm

Sigh. It's so unfair. She's brave for putting her story and her entire life out there for all to see. Nah, she's not brave...SHE'S PISSED! :!:
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Post by Athena on Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:13 pm

It is unfair indeed. I hope she succeeds.
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Post by Lilien on Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:10 pm

The same-sex marriage Senate endorsement tracker

The cascade of senators announcing or clarifying their support for same-sex marriage in the past two weeks has somewhat obscured the fact that more than half of the Democrats in the Senate backed the policy before it became fashionable. By the time Vice President Joe Biden abruptly announced his own support for the policy on May 5, 2012, nearly two-dozen senators had already signed on to a campaign begun several months earlier calling for marriage equality to be included on the Democratic Party's platform. Another eight, including independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, expressed their support prior to 2012.
The following chart tracks each Democratic senator's position on same-sex marriage organized around when he or she made the announcement. In some cases, this date is ambiguous. After the Huffington Post listed Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow among those who had not formally supported the measure, for example, her office indicated that she had already done so as part of her 2012 reelection campaign. Wikipedia has a highly comprehensive page on the subject that served as a basis for many of the links in this chart, all independently verified.
The chart also includes notable Democratic leaders outside the Senate as well as Republican and independent senators who have endorsed same-sex marriage.

You can check the chart on this link:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/same-sex-marriage-senate-endorsement-tracker-154748412--politics.html
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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:21 pm

Love charts like that! Of course, both the senators from my state of Florida have given NO Endorsement. Yuck. Time to move?
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Post by Deej on Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:24 pm

Big day for GLBT - listen up ladies

Rhode Island passed a measure for SS marriage which will not go before the entire senate there. Woot!!!

Also -

France Legalizes Gay Marriage After Harsh Debate, Violent Protests

PARIS — France legalized gay marriage on Tuesday after a wrenching national debate that has exposed deep social conservatism in the nation's heartland and triggered huge protests in Paris from both sides of the divide. Legions of officers with water cannon braced outside the National Assembly for possible violence on an issue that galvanized the country's faltering right.

The measure passed easily in the Socialist-majority Assembly, 331-225, just minutes after the president of the legislative body expelled a disruptive protester in pink, the color adopted by French opponents of gay marriage.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told lawmakers that the first weddings could be as soon as June.

"We believe that the first weddings will be beautiful and that they'll bring a breeze of joy, and that those who are opposed to them today will surely be confounded when they are overcome with the happiness of the newlyweds and the families," she said.

As night fell in Paris demonstrations by opponents of the law remained peaceful. Outside the parliament building on Paris' Left Bank there appeared to be more police than protestors.


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Post by Athena on Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:19 pm

I read about it a lot since France is our neighbour country. All those anti-gay demonstrations were insane. Tumbsdown I would have never thought that would happen.
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Post by Deej on Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:30 pm

Why Athena? Why did the demonstrations surprise you.

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Post by Athena on Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:21 pm

Well, mostly because there have been surveys that show that the majority of the French peope are not against gay marriages. And I also thought of France of a more liberal country. I was sure people would be a bit ashamed to so openly oppose to gay people.

Don't get me wrong, the french like to demonstrate for almost everything but mostly it is the liberal people who do so. And I was also surprised by the way those anti-gay people wanted to intimidate the politicians there into not allowing that law to pass. One of those politians even got a threatening letter covered in gunpowder.
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Post by Deej on Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:12 pm

Ahhh, so they're getting like the Americans then. laugh Thank you for explaining, and yeah I thought they were more liberal as well.

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Post by Lilien on Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:36 pm

Liberté, égalité, fraternité!
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Post by Proofrdr on Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:44 pm

Yesterday, our Senate voted to approve the marriage equality bill and it will become law effective August 1. Athena and have had a long engagement. It's time to make an honest woman of her! Yahoo
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Post by Deej on Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:50 pm

I would say 39 years is a long engagement and yes it's time. OK

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