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Supreme Court Makes Ruling On DOMA/Prop 8 Later Today: Stay Tuned

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Today could be one of the biggest days in LGBT history with a decision could change our way of lives for the better. Or the Supreme Court could make it that much harder on the progress we’ve made to enforce equality. Or both cases (more particularly DOMA) could be sent back because of rules and statutes surrounding the case resulting in no progress at all leaving us exactly were we are right now.

There is a somewhat pessimistic view on what the possible outcomes could be after the Supreme Court Justices dismantled a key component in the Voting Right Act (VRA) that kept a system in check to help prevent discrimination at the voter polls due to race/ethnic minorities. Who is to say that the underhanded tactics of the religious, sanctimonious right somehow extend their oppression to other minority groups like the LGBT community that had a hand in reelecting President Obama.

Also last night in Texas we witnessed a paltry disintegration of rules and regulations set in place to govern and maintain order as the GOP ruthlessly and shamelessly broke the law so they could take away a woman’s right to choose an abortion. The bravery of State Senator Wendy Davis served as a beacon of hope and reason as she stood there implementing an over ten hour filibuster until she was unfairly silenced by her male, power hungry counterparts. But Texas GOP decided to push and bully until they called for an illegal vote that was later rescinded.

And here we are, the LGBT community at the epicenter pf the possibly the biggest court decision to affect a group of people since Loving vs Virginia. The climax and the precipice of change has been heavy because we know the impact the decisions nine justices will have on us. With the incredible events that have taken place politically over the past two days, to say tensions are at their apex is a great understatement. We are talking about the lives of millions of families that could be impacted on this decision. So the big political news of the past two days makes it harder for us to pinpoint what to expect. Still, some feel they have a pretty good idea of what to expect. ]

For instance, it’s expected that if Prop 8 is upheld then same sex couples from California will still not have the right to marry their significant other. this could also challenge the other twelve states that allow same sex marriage and give states the right to say marriage is only between a man and woman.  If it’s struck down then there’s several possibilities including civil unions, same sex marriage for California only or saying any ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. And as I stated earlier the court could decide to not decide the case at all sending it back to a lower court to dispute.

As for DOMA, if the bill is upheld would prevent same sex couples from having the same federal benefits as straight couples. If it is struck down then allow same sex couples to have the same federal benefits as straight couples. It is important to note that the case could be thrown out because the Obama Administration was not the one to bring the case to court.

It is also theorized that today’s decisions could also have long term effects in other areas that affect the LGBT community. For example the progress (or lack thereof) in the case of the Employee Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) in congress that would protect LGBT men and women for being fired solely on the basis of their sexual orientation. A favorable decision for the LGBT community could mean we’d finally see more momentum in protecting our livelihood.

With all the tension and anticipation many have began to speculate what we’ll do after today’s decision. Some have mentioned both jokingly and seriously that they are ready to move up north to Canada in the event of an unfavorable decision for the LGBT community. While the rest of us (myself included) have vowed to make a stand against the tyranny of the GOP who are desperate to strip us of not only the rights we are being denied but also the freedoms we already have in place. We want to show the future generation of LGBT men and women that no matter the outcome, we must stand up for our rights no matter what.

We will keep you up to date on the historic decisions as they happen. Let’s hope the court sees that it is time to move this country forward to equality. Stay tuned

Retired LA Laker and “Basketball Wives” Stars Doug and Jackie Christie Stand Up For Marriage Equality

As life-long supporters of the gay community, Doug and I remain humbled by the overwhelming love, acceptance and friendship they have extended with open arms while treating us like family,

As we celebrate 17 years of marriage, it weighs heavy on our hearts that the same love shared by many of our friends is considered “less than” and is not widely recognized due to antiquated laws, lack of acceptance, and misperceptions, among other discriminatory factors. Tonight was nothing less than a celebration of the recent advancements made in the fight for Marriage Equality, but also a reminder of the work that still needs to be done. Until that battle is won, Doug and I will remain soldiers on the frontlines.” Jackie Christie

Retired L.A. Laker Doug Christie and his wife Jackie who are featured on Basketball Wives L.A., the BET series Committed, renewed their wedding vows on their 17th anniversary Monday night and with the NoH8 Campaign camera crew standing by had the above photo taken and issued the heartfelt message above about marriage equality.

Thank you Doug and Jackie Christie and congratulations on your Anniversary.

Gay Football Player Adam Goddard Poetry Slams Obama Over Marraige Equality (Video)

In  high school former football fullback Adam Goddard was stuggling with his sexuality and was having a hard time finding himself until he eventually found the Los Angeles Gay Football League and began to grow.

Adam who now identifies as gay performed at the NOH8 campaign’s third anniversary party  at the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd., where he recited a slam poem, titled ‘Yes we can but no we haven’t,‘ written by Goddard himself for a class project on marriage equality.

NCSI Television Star Pauley Perrette Wears NOH8 Dress to the People’s Choice Awards

Actress Pauley Perrette is best known for her role as Abby Sciuto on CBS’s NCSI (which stars the human tripod Mark Harmon), but after last night’s People’s Choice Awards Pauley will be remembered for her most awesome fashion statement

Pauley walked the red carpet in a corseted, asymmetric wedding gown with the logo: NOH8 placed prominently on the front., the emblem of the LA-based NOH8 Campaign that works to bring celebrity support of marriage equality into the public eye

When asked about the outfit Pauley stated said she had the idea and immediately phone her stylist, Teri King. She paired the thought-provoking gown with her signature bangs, a bright red pucker and, as she said, her heart on her sleeve.

Mr. Blackwell may hate it but I LOVE IT!

Major PROPS Pauley!

Cindy McCain Flip-Flops On The NOH8 PSA And Now Supports Her Husband John on DADT Stance – REMOVE CINDY McCAIN FROM THE NOH8 CAMPAIGN!

Lass than 24 hours ago Cindy McCain was heralded as by the LGBT Community for standing up to her homophobic husband Se. John McCain and speaking HER mind during an appearance in a NOH8 Campaign PSA in which Mrs. McCain stated:

Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future……….They can’t serve our country openly………….Our government treats the LGBT community like second class citizens, why shouldn’t they?

Well in less than 24 hours Mrs. McCain has turned her back on that and last night tittered the following tweet:

Perhaps her homophobic husband, who is leading the charge on trying to filibuster the effort to repeal DADT, got to her.  Perhaps it wa the GOP itself.  But Ms. McCain cannot have it both ways.  She cannot stand by her husband on DADT and still support NOH8 and LGBT Rights.  It’s like saying I am just a little bit bigoted.

Cindy McCain’s video snips and portrait picture MUST BE REMOVED from the NOH8 Campaign IMMEDIATELY,

If she cannot stand up and support us and bows to pressure to support her husband who is amongst our Number 1 enemies right now she has no right to be a part of the campaign.    Not to mention, the really great message she just sent to others.

If someone pressures you, cave and support hate

VIDEO: Cindy McCain Stands Up For DADT Repeal And Against Anti-Gay Bullying.

Sen. John McCain’s wife Cindy appears in a new PSA ad denouncing DADT that the NoH8 campaign has just put out an anti-bullying and other LGBT issues.

The PSA highlights a range of topics contributing to the way gay and lesbian youth are perceived by their peers, including religion-based bigotry, the disciminatory ban on blood donation by gay men, marriage inequality, and bans on gay adoption.

Among the other celebrities who appear in the spot are Tom Bergeron, Gene Simmons, Antonio Cromartie, Denise Richards, Slash, Dave Navarro, Jeff Probst, Bridget Marquardt, Kat Von D, and Dr. Drew.

Cindy’s husband, John McCain  biggest block in the U.S. Senate to getting the ban lifted. McCain has threatened a filibuster if DADT is attached to the Defense authorization bill, and was recently reported to be trying to make a deal to strip the DADT provision from the bill

Personal note to John McCain:
John McCain, you are a self-declared homophobe and a disgrace to the uniform you wore. Retire, become the grumpy old man in one of your many mansions, and let the world of your wife and daughter run things. We simply have no use for you anymore. You should have retired after losing to Bush in 2000 when your reputation was high.