PART 2 (page 13 of 34)
As The Hysteria About Homosexuality and Gay Marriage Gives Way to Real-Life Experience
Game Changer - President Obama Personally Supports Marriage Equality
And Here's More Evidence in the Form of a Chart That Shows Why Gay Folks WILL Have Equal Rights In The Future
An Overview of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate
The Wedding - The unlikely story of the first gay military union.
The US Supreme Court rules gay couples nationwide have a right to marry.
By Robert Barnes in the Washington Post June 26, 2015
A deeply divided Supreme Court on Friday delivered a historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5 to 4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live.
The court’s action rewarded years of legal work by same-sex marriage advocates and marked the culmination of an unprecedented upheaval in public opinion and the nation’s jurisprudence.
Marriages began Friday in states that had previously thwarted the efforts of same-sex couples to wed, while some states continued to resist what they said was a judicial order that changed the traditional definition of marriage and sent the country into uncharted territory. As of the court’s decision Friday morning, there were 14 states where same-sex couples were not allowed to marry.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who has written all of the court’s decisions recognizing and expanding gay rights, said the decision was based on the fundamental right to marry and the equality that must be afforded gay Americans.
“Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right,” Kennedy wrote. He was joined in the ruling by the court’s liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Click HERE to continue reading.
Same-sex marriage status in the U.S. as of June 26, 2015
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), enacted in 1996, prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and allowed each state to refuse recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states. DOMA had been found unconstitutional in eight federal courts up to June 26, 2013, but now everything has dramatically changed for the better which you will see as you click on the following headline:
Supreme Court June, 2013 DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
During the 21st century, public support for legalizing same-sex marriage has grown considerably, and various national polls conducted since 2011 show that a majority of Americans support same-sex marriage. On May 9, 2012, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to publicly declare support for the legalization of same-sex marriage. The above is from Wikipedia. In Mexico, the State of Coahuila has passed a law recognizing gay and lesbian unions. And on December 21, 2009 Mexico City lawmakers made the city the first in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, a change that will give homosexual couples more rights, including allowing them to adopt children. The first licenses were issued on March 4, 2010. The Mexican Supreme Court on August 4, 2010 ruled that Gay Marriage in Mexico is perfectly constitutional and that these marriages carry the same weight as non-gay marriages including the right to adopt children. Gay Couples who marry in the Capital and reside in one of the other 31 states can now go back home and have their marriage fully recognized in their home state.
As of February 4, 2014, 17
countries allow gay marriages including adoption rights and all the rights
granted to heterosexual couples: Canada, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, the
Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina and now
Wales and now
A Must See Amazing You Tube Video of 19 year-old University of Iowa Engineering Student Zach Wahls Speaking Proudly About His Two Lesbian Mothers in Testimony before Iowa Legislators
President Obama Backs Gay Marriage
WASHINGTON -- In a nod to a dramatic shift in public
opinion, Barack Obama on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 became the first sitting
president to announce his support for same-sex marriage.
In a sit-down interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, Obama completed what has been a markedly long and oft-mocked evolution on the matter.
"I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," Obama told Roberts, in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" aired on Thursday, May 10.
"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," he said.
“It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” the president said. “You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same sex equality or, you know, believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”
The statement constitutes an act of political bravery on the president's behalf, as well as a major victory for the gay rights community, which has been pushing him to declare his support for marriage equality for several years. With the issue back in the news this week, the pressure intensified.
The president's support of same-sex marriage will have little political impact, from a practical standpoint, as much of the activity on the issue is currently occurring in the states and the courts. Already the Obama administration's Department of Justice has stopped defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman. Legislation to overturn DOMA outright would likely be blocked by congressional Republicans.
The more promising path for same-sex marriage advocates remains a friendly hearing by the United States Supreme Court.
Still, the symbolism of Obama's remarks is hard to ignore. In becoming the first president to publicly support marriage equality, he sets the bar for its political acceptance. He also has the ability to shape public opinion further on the matter. Click Here to read more of this article at the Huffington Post.
And Here's More Evidence in the Form of a Chart That Shows Why Gay Folks Will Have Equal Rights In The Future:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.” This chart proves his wisdom. ( MoveOn.org September 28, 2011
Don't Let The Children See!!!!!!
Top 10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage Is All Wrong
1. Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.
2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
4. Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
5. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
6. Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.
7. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.
9. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
10. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.
Gay Marriage Promotes Community Stability
and is Therefore a Conservative Value
People and governments are slowly beginning to realize that when a society does everything in their power to give gay people the opportunity and incentives to form lasting relationships that lead to civil union, domestic partnership or marriage, they are actually promoting stability in their neighborhoods and communities. To deny gay people these opportunities is really only promoting promiscuity and instability which ultimately hurts us all.
gay & lesbian couples
are normal people like everyone else-The only difference is who they love
And all over the United States as communities are more and more accepting of homosexual relationships, their neighbors are finding out that gay and lesbian couples are normal people just like everyone else. The only difference is who they love. They’re finding out that homosexual couples, though they clearly face many more challenges, stay together or separate for most of the same reasons and at the same rates that straight relationships succeed or fail, according to Janet Halley, a professor at Harvard Law School who has studied same-sex divorce. They’re finding out that there are extremists among homosexuals just like there are extremists among straights and that the extremes don’t represent the group as a whole. A heterosexual bank robber, murderer or serial womanizer doesn’t represent all heterosexuals. And they’re also finding out that Christian family values are just as important to homosexuals as they are to heterosexuals. And because of the tragic experience of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, where millions of young African adults, both male and female as well as children have been infected and died, these neighbors are also finding out that HIV/AIDS is not a homosexual disease nor does it represent “the judgment of God” but is a disease that results from poor choices made in sexual matters by straight and gay adults alike. These neighbors also remember what Pope John Paul II said on March 13, 2000 in one of the most significant acts of his papacy, an apology: the Pope asked forgiveness for the past sins of the Roman Catholic Church, including its treatment of Jews, heretics, women and minorities, things that happened over a period of 2,000 years. How long do homosexuals and bisexuals have to wait for an apology directed specifically at them?
Will and Erwynn met at church and fell in love. But they had a big problem—“don’t ask, don’t tell.” The unlikely story of the first gay military union. By Katherine Goldstein|Posted Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 6:30 AM ET in SLATE
Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali (right) and Will Behrens (left) at the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
chapel, where their civil union was held on
June 23, 2012. See more photos of their wedding and lives here.
by Jeff Sheng
It’s almost Christmas, and I’m eating lunch with Tech Sgt. Erwynn Umali and his fiance Will Behrens at a Cracker Barrel in New Jersey. Erwynn, 34, is an active-duty serviceman in the Air Force. Will, 35, is a branch manager for a financial firm. There are six months to go until Will and Erwynn get married at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a joint military base in Wrightstown, N.J. It will be the first publicly announced gay civil union or wedding ever to take place on an American military installation. But today is about family, not planning for the big day. With us are Will’s children from a previous marriage, his 11-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son. When the country fried steak and chicken and dumplings arrive, everyone joins hands in prayer. Will thanks God for our food and prays that I’ll make it home safely. We say amen and eat.
Little about the couple’s biographies would suggest that they would become gay rights trailblazers or find themselves on the progressive side of a culture war. Will was born outside of Chicago in 1976. His mother was a teacher. His father, a marine-turned-fundamentalist-minister, spent most of the year on the road through his work with Fairhaven Baptist church in Chesterton, Ind. Will’s father was its youth pastor and vice president of the church’s small Christian college.
Fairhaven Baptist was founded by Dr. Roger Voegtlin, a firm believer in corporal punishment. Will recalls Dr. Voegtlin giving spanking demonstrations and instructions during church. Will’s parents followed Dr. Voegtlin’s example, imposing strict discipline on Will and his three siblings. Will ran away from home twice, in fifth and sixth grade, because he was so fearful of punishment from his father.
Will attended Fairhaven Baptist Academy, the K-12 extension of Fairhaven Church. Last year on Anderson Cooper 360, former students of the academy alleged that they were subjected to a host of abuses, including violent public beatings and humiliation for minor infractions at the hands of teachers and school administrators. In the CNN interview, Dr. Voegtlin admitted that public paddlings meant to humiliate children had taken place, but he denied knowledge of other incidents of abuse that the students alleged. Will describes Fairhaven as “not a place I want to remember,” and says he’d never send his own children to school there.
As a kid, Will was passionate about music, particularly orchestra and piano. But the community preferred sports as a hobby for boys. Will wrestled and eventually became co-captain of the soccer team in high school. He couldn’t allow himself to ask, even in his own mind, whether he might be gay. He believed, as he later explained to me, that “God knows your thoughts, and if you even think something like that, God could strike you dead and send you to hell.” He also feared what might happen to him if people suspected he was gay. “Kids got shipped off to homes,” Will recalls. “There was a girls home and a boys home. If a girl got pregnant in high school, or someone suspected you were gay, they sent you away.” His sister, Jo Ann Trout, says that to Will’s parents, being gay was “like never being born to the family.” (Will’s parents did not respond to repeated requests for comment on this article.)
Will stayed true to the teachings of his parents and his church. He attended Fairhaven Baptist College, earning a degree in pastoral theology and music. He married his wife, a childhood friend and college classmate in 1998. Then they moved to New Jersey so Will could pursue a career in business. They had two children.
Around that time, Will’s parents left the Fairhaven community. According to Will, they had become disillusioned with Dr. Voegtlin’s harsh teachings and methods. They moved to a different fundamentalist Baptist church in Pennsylvania. Will and his wife found a new congregation, too. They joined Solid Rock Baptist church, where Will became the choir director. Anti-gay sermons were common at Solid Rock, but Will never dared speak up. You “could never disagree with what the church taught,” he says. Click Here to continue to read this very captivating article in Slate.
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