Same sex marriage could be legalized today in Minnesota!
Saint Paul Mayor Coleman announced that the Wabasha Bridge has been renamed to the Freedom to Marry bridge this week. YEAH MINNESOTA! So awesome.
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Two years ago, Minnesota Republican-led legislature was introducing an amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. Last Thursday, the House passed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to wed. The Senate debate and vote begins today at 12pm (CT). If MN Senators vote as anticipated, Governor Dayton will sign the bill into law tomorrow and same sex couples could marry as soon as August.
Individuals like Twin Cities PR Exec. Tom Horner believe the proposed amendment actually assisted in the progression of the current push for marriage equality. ”Just from a political perspective, I don’t think we would be at the point we’re at today had it not been for the amendment [banning same sex marriage]. We would have been there eventually, but probably not this year.”
Horner also noted that he has “never seen any public policy issue change in public sentiment as quickly, as dramatically”. (Source: TwinCities.com)
Minnesota is one of several states currently working on ensuring equal rights for LGBTQ individuals.
Just last month Nevada State Senate voted 12-9 in favor of repealing the statewide constitutional amendment that currently bans same-sex couples from marrying. This is the first time a state has voted to repeal a law such as this.
Marriage equality is happening, people. Which side of history will you be on?
Delaware becomes the 11th state + DC to legalize the freedom to marry. Gov. Jack Markell immediately signed the bill into law.
Rhode Island is the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Marriage equality could take effect by August 1st.
After the Supreme Court rules in the Windsor marriage case, many right-wingers are going to denounce marriage equality for same-sex couples, but claim that they don’t believe in discrimination against LGBT Americans,” Almeida said. “That’s the time when we should call some of those bluffs by putting ENDA on the Senate floor and letting all 100 senators go on the record about whether hardworking Americans should get fired just because of who they are or who they love.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act will be (re)introduced on Thursday in both the House and the Senate!
An investigation confirms that Savita Halappanavar, the Irish woman who died last year after being denied an abortion after an incomplete miscarriage, lost her life because her doctors prioritized her unviable fetus over her own health.
I refuse to let my civil rights be limited based on where I live. I will not die without fighting and there are millions more just like me.
Until now, same-sex couples, regardless of where they lived, lacked such federal recognition. If the court rules as many legal scholars predict, the decision could create a radical level of inequality among gay couples based exclusively on geography.
(Photo credit: Donna Binder)
Equal Pay Day (by TheIwmf)
April 9 was equal pay day in the U.S., where the wage gap remains a stubbornly high 23%. In Switzerland, where the gap is closer to an even 20%, a bank cooperated with a local women’s organization to make this video dramatizing that country’s wage gap. When men tried to withdraw CHF100 from an ATM, they received CHF80 instead. Their variously angry, bewildered, and violent reactions — until the ATM receipts explain the prank — are priceless. (via Jezebel)
Awesome, so awesome.
I’m writing this because no gay player is currently out, and the first gay player who eventually does come out needs to know that — despite all the indoctrination from the league about not being a distraction — if he’s the one to take the first step, he will have allies. He will have support. He will have those of us who realize that people’s sexuality doesn’t define who they are, just as their jobs don’t define who they are, and that guys who bring our wives and children to games and team events are no different than those who would bring their husbands and children.
— “An Openly Gay Player in the NFL is Not a Distraction,” by Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe for CNN. Brilliantly said. (via gaywrites)