For the First Time Ever, Most Americans Back Gay Marriage

A milestone was reached for gay rights last week when a new survey from ABC and the Washington Post announced that more than half of Americans (53% to be exact) say that gay men and women should be allowed to legally marry.

This is the first time the percentage has broken 50% in the nearly 10 years of surveys. In 2004, that number was only 32%, so we have come a long way in gaining mainstream acceptance.

Additionally, majority support for same-sex marriage is no longer exclusive to people in their 20s. 65% of people in their 30s approve of same-sex marriage (up 23% since 2005), and 52% of people in their 40s (up 17%) agree with equal marriage rights.

Unfortunately, these numbers will not make much of a difference for Republicans because the people that are against equality are really against it, and we all know that people who are really against something make a pretty good base of political support. But for all of you Republicans that will continue to discriminate against the LGBT community for your own political gain, being on the wrong side of history is never fun. Just ask the Nazis or the KKK.


And a (7-Year-Old) Child Shall Lead Them (to Marriage Equality)

After he heard a radio story about the mistreatment of gays and lesbians, 7-year-old Malcolm decided to donate to two LGBT charities (The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign).

He had been given $140 to donate to the charity of his choice in an effort to teach him the importance of improving the world around him. Along with his donation, Malcolm included a note: “I’m sending this money because I don’t think it’s fair that gay people are not treated equally.” And, his mother included a note that challenged the LA Gay and Lesbian Center to raise $27,000 in her son’s name.

Click here for more info on donating.

Florida court throws out case of lesbian banned from seeing dying partner

From PinkNews:langbehnpond

A lesbian who was banned by a hospital from visiting her dying partner has had her case thrown out of court.

Janice Langbehn sued Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for not allowing her to see Lisa Pond, 39, her partner of 17 years.

Pond suffered a fatal brain aneurysm on February 18th, 2007. Langbehn says a social worker would not let her see her partner, who died alone the next day.

The couple, who had three adopted children, were on holiday on a gay-friendly Caribbean cruise when Pond became ill.

Langbehn and her children were not allowed to be with Pond in her final hours and hospital officials allegedly told Langbehn she was in an anti-gay city and state.

After waiting eight hours, she was eventually allowed to see Pond for five minutes as a priest performed the last rites.

Langbehn and gay charity Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against Jackson Memorial Hospital but this was thrown out of court this week.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that the case should be dismissed because the hospital had no obligation to allow visitors to see patients.

It also ruled that there was no obligation to provide patients’ families, healthcare surrogates, or visitors with access to patients in their trauma unit.

The court has given the Langbehn-Pond family until October 16th to review the ruling and consider all legal options.

Beth Littrell, staff attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office in Atlanta, said: “The court’s decision paints a tragically stark picture of how vulnerable same-sex couples and their families really are during times of crisis.

“We hope that because of Janice’s courage to seek justice for her family in this case that more people better understand the costs of anti-gay discrimination. This should never happen to anyone.”

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

From the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 1

  • All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2

  • Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3

  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 7

  • All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 16

  • 1. Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  • 2. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
  • 3. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

This declaration, which is signed by every member nation of the UN, declares the equality of ALL human beings and does not in any way define marriage to be solely between a man and a woman.

Also, take a look at the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.  Neither this nor the UDHR state anything about children having the right to live with male and female biological parents.

Think about it…and while you’re at it, check out this blog post: Gay marriage is a violation of human rights?

Obama Signs Memo for Limited Gay Benefits (And Mentions DOMA)

Obama just signed the memorandium granting some benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers as he originally promised today.  However, he did not provide them many benefits (such as health care), and this falls far short of what gay rights groups have been demanding.

He also called DOMA discriminatory and claims it will be repealed (does he think we have already forgotten the DOJ’s brief that was filed last week?)…

As Americans, how long are we going to accept our representatives saying one thing and then doing another?  As far as I am concerned, actions still speak louder than words–and Mr. President, your actions are illustrating your lack of true concern for equality and civil rights.

Check out the full story and video of the speech on MSNBC.