I’d like to see that putrid piece of humanity try to put me in a camp. If it’s true that Ms Reid made homophobic comments, it can be allowed that people change their views on any number of subjects. I feel like so often we want straight people to accept us and understand us when they hate us, but then when they do see the light, no one is willing to accept it. Pence, on the other hand, is unrepentant.
Pulse shooting survivor Brandon Wolf has faced anger after saying that US Vice President Mike Pence wants to put gay people in “concentration camps.”
Wolf made the comments while talking to embattled MSNBC host Joy Reid, who has come under pressure over homophobic blog entries posted to her blog prior to her rise to fame.
Wolf – a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando who heads LGBT advocacy group The Dru Project – urged LGBT people to focus their fire on the Trump administration rather than Reid.
This made me smile, made my heart swell and brought a tear to my eye. One of the better things to have happened this week.
I admit that the way things are worded seems to be intentionally confusing. I am hoping that Not Just a Blonde can read this and comment on it as she is from Indiana. The title seems to indicate it’s not so good news, but the body of the story says otherwise.
The Indiana Senate gave final approval Monday to the amended version of a proposed statewide constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples, restarting the years-long process that ultimately puts off a voter referendum on the matter until at least 2016.
Even though the measure passed, LGBT advocates at the Freedom Indiana coalition celebrated Monday’s vote as a victory, saying proponents’ plan to put the question before voters this year was thwarted.
“We can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief that lawmakers are finished with the amendment this session, and it will not appear on the ballot this November,” said Megan Robertson, campaign manager at Freedom Indiana.
Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled chamber voted 32-17 on House Joint Resolution 3, which the body advanced to a final reading last week even though it was stripped of language banning civil unions and other similar arrangements by the state’s House — disqualifying the ban from appearing on this November’s ballot.
As much as I feel for these two guys and what they experienced in India, I marvel at how people from other countries are naive enough to think that we allow just anyone into this country. We cannot, nor do I think we should. We may be more accepting of gays than in India, but even if every single state in this country were to approve gay marriage, there would still be those who are against it.
Millions of gay Indians suddenly became criminals when the Indian Supreme Court restored the country’s sodomy law in December. But the ruling actually helped set one couple free.
When the ruling was issued, two men from northwest India had spent more than six months in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso, Texas, waiting for a judge to decide on their petition for asylum. It was a bitter ending to their yearlong journey across more than 10 countries to reach the United States. They had left India after death threats from their family and being targeted for police abuse because of their sexual orientation, though at the time the law criminalizing same-sex relationships was suspended by a lower court ruling. And when they finally reached the country that they expected to protect their rights, they wound up in a facility that felt exactly like prison.
The whole experience had felt cruelly backward to the couple, so it was perhaps fitting that the U.S. released them from detention only when they formally became criminals at home.
Maybe things will change in Florida next. Here’s hoping…
WASHINGTON — Six same-sex couples in Florida and a statewide LGBT advocacy group there are suing in state court for marriage rights for same-sex couples, the National Center for Lesbian Rights announced.
Led by Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello, NCLR is filing the lawsuit in state court on behalf of them and five other same-sex couples, as well as the Equality Florida Institute, in Miami on Tuesday.
“Florida is our home, it is where we are raising our child, and where we want to get married,” Pareto said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed. “Karla and I wish for our family the same things that other families want. We want to build our lives together, provide a safe and caring home for our child, and share in the responsibilities and protections of marriage.”
Another battle set to take place…
A coalition of LBGT advocacy groups is working to build public support for marriage equality in Ohio and has hired a campaign manager to lead the charge.
“What we are doing now is that we are pulling together the leaders of the LGBT community here and nationally and having conversations with them to come up with a consensus opinion on how to proceed,” said Michael Premo, who has been hired to lead the campaign, Why Marriage Matters Ohio said Wednesday.
With 2014 around the corner, Premo said he is ruling nothing out in Ohio, where the constitution was amended to define marriage as a man and a woman and where both civil unions and domestic partnerships are prohibited.