Prop 8 back on the Ballot – What Do You Think?

Equality California is considering putting a repeal of Proposition 8 on the 2012 ballot in California.

What do you think? Is this a good idea? What would be the likely outcome? Comment below!

If you feel strongly about your conviction, feel free to take Equality California’s Prop 8 survey.


Obama Declares DOMA Unconstitutional

Today, on the recommendation of the Attorney General, Preside Obama declared that discrimination based on sexual orientation should be presumed unconstitutional.

In response, the Department of Justice has concluded that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional and indefensible.

This means the Department of Justice will no longer defend DOMA in court, and may have greater implications for the marriage equality trials already in the courts.

Still Second Class…

Maine rejected marriage equality today by voting yes on #1.

If only they knew how it feels…
Maybe things would be different…
If only they knew they made me cry…

I’m sorry, I just don’t have it in me to write much more…I really had hoped I wouldn’t end the night teary-eyed and feeling like I was second class.

Looking on the brighter side, Washington approved Ref#71, so we have everything but the title in Washington state.

October is GLBT History Month!

From Equality Forum:

In the 1990’s, teachers and community organizations determined that a month should be designated for GLBT history. They chose October because public schools are in session and traditions, such as National Coming Out Day, occur then.

GLBT History Month is endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association, and other national organizations. In 2006, Equality Forum assumed responsibility for GLBT History Month.

Celebrate Our Heritage

The GLBT community is the only community worldwide that does not learn its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. GLBT History Monthteaches our heritage, provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement of our extraordinary national and international contributions.


About Equality Forum:

Equality Forum is a national and international GLBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum coordinates GLBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual international GLBT civil rights forum. For more information, visit and!

AP: Mormon image suffers after gay marriage fight

Wow…I am glad to hear that those who combat equality suffer for their prejudices.

From the Associated Press:

The Mormon church’s vigorous support for the California ballot measure that banned gay marriage last year has turned the Utah-based faith into a lightning rod for gay rights activism.

A nationwide “kiss-in” Saturday comes after gay couples in Salt Lake City, San Antonio and El Paso, Texas were arrested and cited for tresspassing or harrassed by police for publicly kissing.

In Utah, the July 9 trespassing incident occurred after a couple were observed by security guards on a downtown plaza owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The court case was dismissed, but the kiss sparked a community backlash and criticism of the church.

Church observers say the church’s intervention into California politics has left the faith’s image tarnished.


PR Firm That Led Successful Prop 8 Campaign Hired to Repeal Gay Marriage in Maine

After becoming the fifth state to legalize same-sex marriage on May 6 of this year, marriage equality opponents began collecting the 55,087 signatures necessary to place the law on hold pending a state-wide referendum, that could be held during the November elections.

Opponents of marriage equality have hired Schubert Flint Public Affairs, the same public relations firm that led the successful Proposition 8 campaign that overturned the same-sex marriage ruling in California.  In response, supporters of equality, Maine Freedom to Marry, have hired Jesse Connolly who headed the “Maine Won’t Discriminate” campaign of 2005, which was successful in maintaining Maine’s gay rights law.

These will be high-cost and high-profile campaigns that will undoubtedly have national implications…so keep an eye out, and do anything you can to support marriage equality in Maine and elsewhere.

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