Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
May 28, 2009 9:17AM
Ed. Note: This post from Nathan Schackow, an HRC volunteer leader in Chicago.
Civil Unions in the Land of Lincoln?
All eyes are on the Illinois legislature today as the House will likely take a vote within hours that could bring civil unions to the Land of Lincoln. Yes, that is right. Today the legislature is expected to vote on civil unions HERE in Illinois!
Please join me RIGHT NOW in doing the following 2 things:
1) Call your State Representative in Springfield. Ask them to support the civil union bill, Senate Bill 1716. (The switchboard number is 217-782-2000, and you can determine your representative by entering your address here.
2) Pass this message along to your supportive friends and family members, writing a sentence or two in your own words at the top letting them know this is important to you. (Copy and paste should make this quick and easy.)
We will not let the disheartening California decision stand in our way as we march toward equality nationwide, and we–as citizens of Illinois–have the power to reverse the tide right now.
As a former downstate resident of Peoria and now a proud voter in the Windy City, I salute Representative Greg Harris and Senators David Koehler and Heather Steans, the key leaders who have been working so hard to gain support for the civil union bill. I am honored to have met each of them, and I cannot thank them enough for their unwavering support for the LGBT community in Illinois.
Now let’s all do our part to help them and make sure the civil union bill passes in Illinois!
TO WATCH THE BILL'S PROGRESS (IN TEXT) GO HERE.TO WATCH/LISTEN TO THE VOTE GO HERE.
More updates to come.
NATIONAL: Gallup finds that the nation is holding steady on Marriage Equality support. Statistics guru Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight blog shows us that Latinos are no less supportive of Marriage Equality than Caucasians.
STATE2STATE: HERE'S WHERE THINGS STAND. RHODE ISLAND may be the only New England state whose government is saying "never" to Marriage Equality, but the majority of the citizens are saying "NOW!" PENNSYLVANIA now has a 'Marriage Discrimination' Constitutional amendment up for debate in the legislature, but that bill is about to get some competition--from a MARRIAGE EQUALITY AMENDMENT! A gay FLORIDA Politician is not only honest about his orientation--he's unabashedly so--and calls out other 'less honest' politicians in the process! NEW YORK sees a potential boom in the 'pink buck' if Marriage Equality is legalized. The NYC Public Library is to open a History of Gay Activism exhibit. EMPIRE STATE PRIDE AGENDA has released another awesome Marriage Equality ad. Here are some words from a crazy Assemblywoman. Here are some better words from Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz supporting our rights! Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Shumer send a letter to law-makers URGING them to pass Marriage Equality. However, there is concern that support for Marriage Equality is DROPPING in NEW YORK. Wait 'til they find out about the MILLION$ in store for them, though! MASSACHUSETTS knows well--they've made $111 Million off of Marriage Equality--and most of that time no 'out-of-staters' could even do it! NEVADA Governor Jim Gibbons vetoes Domestic Partnerships.
GOOD WORK: Twitter is rolling out a new 'e-currency' called 'twollers,' but instead of raising money for the fat corporate cats, twollers are raising money for good causes! Starting a "Giving Circle." There are many great organizations that are working hard to try to achieve success today! Harrah's supports same-sex couples LOUDLY! Microsoft goes gay in India.
OFF THE BLOTTER: NOMNOMNOM is starting a crusade... I mean anti-marriage ad blitz. Conservatives may be cheering about the New York Times' decline now, but when the uber-left-leaning web takes the helm of journalism, they're going to miss it. Did AT&T--a sponsor of American Idol--cheat to help Kris Allen win?
TOAST TO ADAM LAMBERT-KEEP 'EM GUESSING, HONEY!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
See the opinion here.
Live Coverage here.
So who do we want to take rights away from next? Since we can now vote to just take away rights en masse from an entire group of people, we should start setting up all sorts of tiers of citizenship! That's what our forefathers would have wanted.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I have a lot to cover later today, including the fact that I may be able to get Civil Unionized next week in my state, Illinois! The White House also seems to be gearing up for an all-out pro-gay blitz in advance of Pride--they better, because all of the unhappy queers getting together at Pride and spreading their distaste for the administration to all of the other queers out there is going to be REALLY hard to undo!
If any more information becomes available about ILLINOIS Civil Unions, I will be sure to get it to you as fast as possible. Keep checking in next week. Because there is no specific date set, couples could begin entering into Unions 30 days after the law takes effect.
Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the WHITE NIGHT RIOTS. Read more about the biggest uprising in our community's history here.
TOAST TO GOOD OLD HARVEY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! LA'CHIAM!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
WHITE HOUSE WATCH: The Pentagon has officially stated it has "no plans" to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, though they've had initial conversations with the White House. The Courage Campaign has added 120,000 signatures to its petition to save Lt. Dan Choi's job--ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LIST! Anderson Cooper takes the White House to task AGAIN on Don't Ask Don't Tell, and seems to be painting Tony Perkins into a corner! Meanwhile, my old Representative, Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, Michigan, says he has enough votes to force a Judiciary Committee vote to overturn the Defense of marriage Act (DOMA)--AND QUEER BLOGGERS ARE MAKING SURE THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT FLIP FLOP ON DOMA--YOU MUST READ THIS!!! Conyers was one of only 67 Representatives to vote against DOMA 13 years ago. You may remember him when he told Michael Moore, "Sit down son..." Members of Congress "...don't read most of the bills" that come before them. Obviously HE read that one, saw it was a stinker, and STILL thinks so... unlike the other 350 Representatives that voted for it after obviously just skimming.
STATE2STATE: Tomorrow (Wednesday), NEW HAMPSHIRE's full legislature will vote on Governor John Lynch's amendments to the Marriage Equality bill. No word on when that will finally get to the Governor's desk. Christine Quinn, Speaker of the NEW YORK CITY Council, spoke with NEW YORK STATE Senate leader Malcolm Smith and members of the Senate about passing the House's Marriage Equality bill, and came back from Albany feeling very optimistic. PENNSYLVANIA is facing an anti-Equality Constitutional Amendment vote in their legislature. It won't pass, but it sure is interesting.
OFF THE BLOTTER: NOM's trying to sound sane... trying being the operative word--read this 'rational' argument against the rational arguments for Marriage Equality.
FINALLY: ME ON THE RADIO: I'm going to be on the AZ-based radio show, Lundon Calling with Ace Lundon, on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00pm Pacific. Make sure you have either Windows Media Player, WinAmp, Quicktime or RealPlayer first. Go to Lundon-calling.net, or click this link to take you to the show page. From there, look on the right side menu for "**Listening Live" If you use WinAmp, click the WinAmp stream link. If you use WMP, click the WMP stream link. If you use RealPlayer, click the RealPlayer stream link. And if you use Quicktime, click the Quicktime stream link. It might prompt you to do something like download something or open software or something like that. I assure you that Ace is not trying to put malware on your system. You can also listen to the show after the fact in a podcast form a few days later at this link here. I believe they're posted on Sundays. I'll let you know.
UPDATE: Ace and I talked on the phone today. If you're having trouble connecting to the stream, EMAIL THE WEBMASTER IMMEDIATELY! If they're having stream trouble, they need to know right away.
TOAST TO MY FRIENDS JOE MODERATE AND DAYSOFMARRIAGE!
Monday, May 18, 2009
TOAST TO MY LAST WEEK WITH EIGHTH GRADE!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
- Visit him in the hospital if he gets sick
- Inherit property from him
- File a joint tax return
- Receive survivor benefits
- Sponsor him for citizenship
- Adopt a child with him
- Make medical and end of life decisions with him
- Be placed together in a nursing home
- Be shielded, legally, in the case of any court cases...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009