Take 5 minutes out of your day to watch and listen to this beautifully portrayed message of pride and love. If you only watch one thing today, this should be it.
Until We Could is a video poem by Richard Blanco and posted to the Freedom to Marry YouTube channel. The film is narrated by Golden Globe winning actress Robin Wright and actor Ben Foster.
For more info on the campaign to win marriage nationwide, visit www.freedomtomarry.org.
Only weeks after a district judge upheld Louisiana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, a Louisiana state judge just ruled the law is unconstitutional.
Judge Edward Rubin ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and in violation of the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the full faith and credit clause.
Since the Supreme Court struck down DOMA in 2013, we witnessed 21 sequential rulings against same-marriage bans that was abruptly, and erroneously, broken by District Judge Martin Feldman.
This latest ruling is good news, my friends…although I would wager it will be appealed.
A group of New York business moguls released a letter lobbying state legislators to legalize same-sex marriage. They argue the decision is not only fair, it makes good business sense.
The group includes the CEOs of Goldma Sachs, Thompson Reuters, Con Edison, and 23 other firms.
The letter is titled, “An open letter from business leaders on the importance of marriage equality” and argues that not allowing same-sex couples to marry affects the state’s ability to attract qualified workers.
As New Yorkers and business leaders, we believe that attracting talent is key to our state’s economic future,” the letter reads. “We strongly urge New York State to enact marriage equality legislation to help maintain our competitive advantage in attracting the best and brightest people the world has to offer.
Other notable signers include Jes Staley (CEO of JP Morgan’s Investment Bank), John J. Mack (executive chairman of the board of Morgan Stanley), and Daniel L. Doctoroff (president of Bloomberg).
Louis Marinelli was a key strategist for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). He was responsible for developing the grassroots and online messaging strategy for the group and had been leading NOM’s national bus tour.
Recently, Marinelli defected to announce that he has undergone a “transition” from ardent opponent of LGBT rights and marriage equality to supporting full marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Marinelli posted this on his blog:
Having spent the last five years putting all of my political will, interest and energy into fighting against the spread of same-sex marriage as if it were a contagious disease, I must admit that it is hard for me to put the following text into words let alone utter them with my own voice.
Whether it is an issue of disbelief, shame or embarrassment, the one thing that is for sure is that I have come to this point after several months of an internal conflict with myself. That conflict gradually tore away at me until recently when I was able to for the first time simply admit to myself that I do in fact support civil marriage equality.
Apparently traveling the nation and witnessing the handful of NOM supporters and anti-LGBT protestors met with hundreds or even thousands of supporters of equality really puts things into perspective.
But the best part is, with Marinelli’s exit from the group, NOM lost 290,000 Facebook followers. The group’s page was down to only 15 fans at one point, but has since regained a few hundred crazies.
That’s right! It’s your turn Obama. You kicked off your 2012 campaign today…better start supporting gay marriage before that election.
After passing the Maryland Senate and the governor’s promise to sign the bill into law, the state’s gay marriage bill died Friday without getting a final vote in the House.
The House did not believe it had the 71 votes needed to pass the measure, and sent it back to committee without a final vote. They have vowed to bring the bill back for a vote next year.
A sad say for supporters of equality. Maryland residents remain second class citizens for at least another year.