“105 days have passed in order to gain the amount of votes needed for SB-10 (Illinois’ pending same-sex marriage bill) and then at the moment it needed to be called, we suddenly did not have enough votes so it has now been postponed till November. How could they not hear the people cry out for equality? So why should we be subjected to hear them cry out for votes and elections during our time of being proud of who we are and the battles we have overcome? Not to mention the assault of publications handed out by them or their employees during our festivities–IF YOU CAN’T HELP US–WHY SHOULD WE HELP YOU?”
“People were asking, why are politicians in our Pride Parade when we don’t have anything to celebrate this year?” said petition organizer Curtis Bumgarner in a response to frustration over the failure to bring a gay marriage bill to a vote in the Illinois House. “Why should we be subjected to hear them cry out for votes and elections during our time of being proud of who we are and the battles we have overcome?”
The petition will be delivered to pride parade organizer Richard Pfeiffer and to the Illinois state House, Bumgarner said.
Bumgarner said he would like to see organizers revoke lawmakers’ reserved spots in the parade, but he figures that kind of action is unlikely. A compromise, he said, would be to position lawmakers at the back of the parade instead of the front, where they usually march
At this time Chicago Pride has both no comment and no plans to remove lawmakers from the event.
And the number of haters at the NOM Rally was more like 5,000. Many of them bused in by Ruben Diaz which is extremely pathetic considering that they’ve been planning, begging and working with the FRC for months on this hate March.
The Human Rights Campaing, largest and most influential LGBT advocay organization in America has FAILED this year to make it into the top 10 List of Guidestar’s, list of the best LGBT rights and progressive organizations it that it monitors.
Lambda Legal as been named number 1 as having the best practices and accounability among the LGBT non-profit organizations.
“I am very proud of the amazing talent and leadership of the Lambda Legal staff, board and volunteers that has resulted in this top ranking from our colleagues and peers,” said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal. “We have been fighting for equality for LGBT people and people with HIV for forty years, and we have many victories and achievements about which we are proud because they have changed people’s lives – and our society – for the better. This is a transformational time in our movement for LGBT equality. Lambda Legal will continue to lead the way with all our energy and all our hearts. We are grateful to all our supporters and colleagues around the country, and thank those who have honored us with this top ranking for 2012.”
LGBT and human rights organizations in Uganda celebrated today as the Ugandan Parliament failed to pass a bill that would sentence lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people to death before closing for the end of year recess.
After weeks of posturing, at which time Rebecca Kadaga, speaker of the Ugandan parliament, promised to bring a vote on the proposed law – first introduced in 2009 – as “a Christmas gift” to the people of Uganda the bill was officially moved to the bottom of the Parliament’s schedule today, before adjourning until February 2013.
This is a victory for Ugandans who have risked everything to demand fairness, justice and the ability to live openly and love who they choose,” says Andre Banks, Executive Director and Co-Founder of All Out, the world’s largest global movement fighting for LGBT equality.
Gay or lesbian acts are already considered a crime in Uganda, and can lead up to 14 years in prison. While the final bill has not been made publicly available, allegedly the proposed law, nicknamed the “Kill the Gays Bill”, makes the existing legislation even stricter, establishing life imprisonment as the punishment for being in a same-sex relationship and the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality,” which is loosely defined as a homosexual act committed by an HIV-positive person or acts with minors. So-called “serial offenders” would also face the death penalty.
Ugandans have been fighting back against the so-called “Kill the Gays” bill since 2009 when David Bahati first introduced the bill. The bill was shelved after Ugandans and the international community decried the legislation until Rebecca Kadaga resurfaced the bill when she became the speaker in 2011.
“I wish you every happiness this Thanksgiving, every opportunity to know the joy of gratitude. Gratitude for this country we share that still gives us the right to fight for what we think is right. Gratitude for each other, for the knowledge we do not fight this great battle alone. So many millions of loving, decent law-abiding Americans have come together in this fight for marriage, across every line of creed and color. I’m so thankful that you and I know (unlike so many people out there who struggle without this knowledge) this light of the soul: there is a Providence in the world larger than this week’s headline, a deep Reason embedded into the structure of nature, of the universe itself, of the human heart—that loves us infinitely and beyond all measure. Thank you for all you have done to help me and others fight this fight. Thank you above all for caring so deeply and so generously about marriage as God designed it. Enjoy Turkey Day!” – Brian Brown who is thankful for his well-paying gay hate job this holiday season.
Right Brian. So many millions of people, but all NOM’s money comes from two.
Tea Party wingnuts went insane this afternoon thinking that Florida’s St. Lucie County in FL failed to finish their court-ordered recount by today’s noon deadline, prompting Patrick Murphy’s campaign to claim final victory over Rep. Allen West.
Crazed GOP West supporters stormed into the St. Lucie election office screaming, “Count our votes!” While West’s lawyers raced to a judge’s office to demand an injunction against the state deadline all for nothing as St. Lucie election officials are saying that the deadline was met and that Patrick Murphy actually gained votesin the recount.
Under Florida law, the final certified results were due from all of the state’s 67 supervisors of elections today. If the results do not arrive on time, the certified unofficial results submitted last Sunday stand. Those results have Murphy winning by 0.58 percent. A spread of less than 0.5 percent would have triggered an automatic recount. “Today at noon, it became clear Patrick Murphy will be officially certified as the next congressman from the 18th Congressional District,” Anthony Kusich, Murphy for Congressman campaign manager, said in a prepared statement issued around 12:40 p.m. “The voters have spoken and Patrick Murphy is once again the clear winner. It is beyond time to put this campaign behind us and put the interests of the people of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches first.”
Murphy campaign senior advisor Eric Johnson was quick to reaffirm victory. “As far as we’re concerned, this puts an end to it,” Johnson said. “The West people demanded a recount. They got that retabulation and Patrick Murphy gained a margin of 242 votes. “This election is over,” Johnson added. Mowery said the final count was 65,841 votes for Murphy and 52,704 for West.
This may signal the end for Alan West. But Florida is still and will remain to be the laughingstock of the country when it comes to voting regulations and voters rights.
After months of stomping thier feet, crying, and even trying to make believe that they believed in civil union to push the repeal of same sex marriage in New Hampshire. The National Organization for Marriage was dealt a MASSIVE BLOW today when the New Hampshire Republican-controlled House today rejecting a bill aimed at repealing the state’s existing marriage equality law with a 211 to 116 vote.
Also the New Hampshire House voted down the Bates Amendment, which would have forced a non-binding referendum on marriage onto the November ballot and replaced marriage with civil unions.
Stripping away the freedom to marry in New Hampshire was a top priority of the National Organization for Marriage and other national anti-gay groups, which had predicted that they would be able to garner the vote of two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and the Senate to override the promised veto by Governor John Lynch.
Craig Stowell, co-chair for Standing Up For NH Families reacts.
Today is a banner day for the freedom to marry. Our opponents have been crowing about getting their two-thirds, but in the end, it’s clear they couldn’t muster the votes. This is a victory for our supporters — the majority of Granite Staters who oppose any roll back of marriage equality — because they reached out time and again and told lawmakers to leave this law alone. This was our opponents’ best shot and they blew it. This was supposed to be the most favorable legislative climate for repeal and they couldn’t even get a majority. Still, we cannot simply pack our bags and go home. Our opponents still want to end marriage equality in New Hampshire and we must keep a watchful eye on the Legislature, and make sure voices of equality are heard in November. But this is a good day for all New Hampshire families who can celebrate tonight and know their marriages are no longer under attack in Concord.”
Congratulations to the law makers of New Hampshire the Live Free or Die state for telling Brian Brown, NOM, and all the other anti-gay organizations out there to Fuck Off And Die!
Freedom to Marry Ohio was dealt a crushing blow as Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (who happens to be a Rick Santorum supporter) has rejected their their initial required 1,000 voter signatures to repeal and replace a 2004 state constitutional amendment that says Ohio only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman because the group had not supplied “an adequate description” of the measure.
DeWine’s initial approval was needed before the group could start an effort to obtain the 385,000 signatures needed to put the measure before Ohio voters.
During President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, his last before the 2012 elections in November. President Obama drew sharp contrasts against Republicans on such high-profile issues as taxes, job creation, and the housing market and warned Congress that he “intends to fight obstruction with action.”
But only once did Obama mention the gay community and that was near the end of his speech and was lumped into a section about Americas Armed Forces.
“Those of us who’ve been sent here to serve can learn from the service of our troops. When you put on that uniform, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white; Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich or poor; gay or straight. When you’re marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails. When you’re in the thick of the fight, you rise or fall as one unit, serving one Nation, leaving no one behind.”
There was no mention of LGBT Equality, DOMA, same sex marriage, or ENDA and the discrimination that LGBT folk face mainly because of the Republican party.
Now as many gay Obama supporters say “This president is the most LGBT-friendly president in active office EVER!” and thats true. Is he the tenacious advocate he promised to be “no”. Do we have any other choice but to vote for him “no” anything else and even not voting at all is insane because we MUST keep the GOP out of office. But just because Obama has done some little things SKIRTING AROUND DOMA instead of pushing to dismantle it does not give him a pass on the larger issues.
Many in our community say to be grateful and not complain that the President has larger fish to fry at the moment than LGBT equality. But to think that in the year 2012 in the United States of America the “greatest country in the world” that a section of its population is demonized, discriminated against and purposely treated differently by their own country as second class citizens is a pretty GODAMM BIG FISH.
I will continue to complain that it’s not enough because IT ISN’T ENOUGH! And if you choose to accept less than those around you then sit by and take the scraps that are doled out to you and are wiling to wait for something that may never come than that’s all that you deserve.